Ken Madison joins LATICRETE as National Account Manager, Lowe’s

Ken Madison---National Accounts Manager

LATICRETE, a global manufacturer and leader of premium installation and finishing systems for the building industry, has announced today the appointment of Ken Madison to the position of National Account Manager, Lowe’s. Based in Mooresville, North Carolina, Madison will report to Ken Barnum, LATICRETE Director of Home Center Sales.

Madison has worked in the home center channel for nearly a decade in both sales and marketing capacities. He comes to LATICRETE from Franke, a domestic manufacturer of kitchen sinks. Prior to being at Franke, Ken spent three years with Briggs & Stratton. He has an extensive background in dealing with Lowe’s and Lowe’s reporting systems.

“We’re excited to have Ken on board,” stated Barnum. “He’s an experienced sales professional with extensive knowledge of the home center business. We know he’ll make a strong contribution to the team.”

LATICRETE International, Inc. is a US-based, family-owned global manufacturer and leader of premium installation and finishing systems for the building industry. LATICRETE® products are produced and distributed worldwide in the commercial and consumer channels. The company’s philosophy of innovation and technical expertise has led to an unparalleled reputation and commitment to superior quality, performance and customer service. Manufactured in state-of-the-art ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities, LATICRETE offers a broad product portfolio including an extensive line of low VOC sustainable products independently certified by GREENGUARD. LATICRETE®, LATAPOXY®, SpectraLOCK®, Hydro Ban® and DRYTEK® are registered brands of LATICRETE International, Inc. Corporate Website:

USG Announces The Winners Of “Fiberock and Win” Promotion

USG has announced the winners of its “Fiberock and Win” promotion. The event, which ran from August through November 2011, generated more than 2,000 participants for its instant win game, as well as more than 2,500 contractor/distributor entries who vied for a chance to win one of four grand prizes, including a gas grill, Miter saw, hi-definition TV or a $500 Visa gift card.

“The overall goal of the promotion was to give back to the contractor community, as well as help increase awareness of the vast network of USG Fiberock distributors,” USG noted.

The winners of the grand prizes are:

  • Contractor: Robert Mills, Elite Floor Covering, Auburn, WA ($500 Visa card).
  • Distributor Counter Rep: Tony Porterfield, The Cronin Co., Kent, WA ($500 Visa Card).

David Allen Co. Presents Multiple Sclerosis Society With $54,686 Check

David Allen Company presented The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Capital Chapter with a donation of $54,686 yesterday. These are from the proceeds of their golf tournament that was held at Heritage Hunt Golf Course on October 7, 2011. These funds will be invested directly into the community to support local families affected by MS.

L-R – Susan Allen DAC, Lesley Dean DAC, Kathy Halcomb DAC, Kate Shifflet- MS, Chris Broullire – NMS Chapter President, Philip Halcomb- Sr. VP David Allen

Daltile Announces Winner of The Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation at Surfaces 2012

Sarah Garcia (l.),winner of the inaugural Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation, shown with Daltile senior marketing director Lori Kirk Rolley. As the grand-prize winner of the competition, Garcia received a $10,000 scholarship at Surfaces 2012 to continue her education in the field of interior design.

DALLAS (January 25, 2012)– Daltile, in conjunction with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation, is pleased to announce Sarah Garcia as the winner of the inaugural Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation. As the grand-prize winner of the competition, Garcia was presented with a $10,000 scholarship at Surfaces 2012 to continue her education in the field of interior design. Sarah’s winning design was on display at Surfaces 2012, where she was present as Daltile’s guest of honor.

“On behalf of Dal-Tile Corporation and the ASID Foundation, we congratulate Sarah Garcia on winning the Daltile Interior Design Competition,” said Lori Kirk-Rolley, senior marketing director of Daltile. “Choosing the winning entries was a daunting challenge, but we feel confident that Miss Garcia, the runners up and merit winners, are the best of what the next generation of interior designers has to offer.”

Winners of the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship presented by the ASID Foundation were selected by a panel of industry experts, including Kirk-Rolley, Donna Vining, FASID, RID, CAPS, Lori Carroll, a professional Member of the ASID and member of the International Interior Design Association and Robert Nieminen, Editor of Interiors & Sources. In addition to the grand-prize winner, $5,000 scholarships were awarded to the first-, second- and third-prize winners, and $2,500 scholarships were given to each of the ten merit award winners. All 14 winning entries will be on display at Daltile’s booth at Surfaces.

“Through the competition, we challenged students to design a space using Daltile products, inspired by an artistic movement or a specific work of art,” said Kirk-Rolley. “The response was tremendous, drawing over 300 entries from across the United States, with artistic inspiration as varied as the designs themselves,” Kirk-Rolley said.

Garcia, a senior at Sacramento State University, was inspired by postmodern design in her entry, a concept for a Nike Retail space. It used Greek architecture to play off the heritage of the Nike brand, and create a sense of movement and fluidity in the space. Garcia cleverly used a variety of Daltile products, including one of Daltile’s newest products, SlimLite™ Panels in Oyster and Smoke and Ebony. Additional selections, including Identity™ and Fabrique™, two ColorBody™ Porcelains, as well as a variety of natural stone products, were chosen to showcase the Nike brand and create visibility for the space within a high-traffic retail environment. These products allowed Garcia to achieve an aesthetically pleasing, yet functional space that incorporated a number of design elements, including color, texture, dimensions and innovative use of materials.

“Sarah Garcia’s winning entry expressed a cohesive design statement in the concept and execution, featuring a variety of colors and textures that were well-coordinated and helped achieve a contemporary effect using an impressive number of Daltile products,” said Robert Nieminen, editor of Interiors & Sources. “Her design also expressed a clear connection to the postmodern genre that she selected as the inspiration for her design.”

Daltile is currently in the planning stages for the 2012-2013 Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, again partnering with the ASID Foundations. The upcoming competition will continue to challenge students to push the design envelope and prepare them for the critical thinking and competitive nature of the world of interior design.

For more information on the 2011 Daltile Interior Design Scholarship presented by the ASID Foundation, and to view this year’s winners, please visit

Emser Tile to Unveil New Products Introductions at 2012 Surfaces Trade Show in Las Vegas

Los Angeles, California: (January 11th, 2012) – Emser Tile, a premier designer and marketer of floor, wall, counter tile and natural stone will introduce an extensive line of new product offerings at this year’s Surfaces Trade Show in Las Vegas, NV, on January 24-26, 2012.
Emser’s new introductions will include fourteen new ceramic and porcelain collections, namely Alpine, Cabana, Cosmopolitan, Del Mar, Dimensions, Granada, Napa, Paseo, Peninsula, Perspective, Rock, Sakai, St. Moritz, and Titan. The fashion forward Lucente Glass series has been expanded to over 150 items. Image, an extraordinary new glass collection, will feature 18 colors and 6 blends.
Camelot metal series, boasting nearly 50 items, and Treasure metal mosaic series, which consists of six colors and 3 blends, will also be featured.

Emser’s industry leading selection of Natural Stone products is also expanding with many new introductions. Included in these introductions are full lines of Trav Cottage Tumbled Collection, Trav Ancient Tumbled Silver Collection, Bianco Gioia Honed Collection and Hamlet Mini Split-face Series. In addition, Emser Tile has added a Scabos Travertine, an Onyx Trav Chiseled and a Champagne Light Limestone to the program. Emser Tile has also expanded many of its current best sellers including decorative additions to the Trav Ancient Tumbled Series and has added sizes to Bianco Gioia Polished , Crema Marfil Classico, and Crema Marfil Plus, expanded its Marble Metro Series with 2 additional colors, and added a 24×24 and a Banded Versailles to the Earth Slate and Golden Sand collections.
“Surfaces is a terrific venue for Emser to highlight and introduce new products. Many of our customers use this show to view new items and identify trends and we are eager to assist”, said Bob Baldocchi, Director of Marketing at Emser Tile.

Surfaces Show 2012 will take place on January 24-26th, 2012, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Emser’s booth number is B4215, Exhibit Halls BaySide A-D section.
For meeting and press appointments, please contact Aris Gharapetian at [email protected]

About Emser Tile LLC:

Emser Tile LLC is the largest privately held designer and marketer of tile and natural stone products in the United States. Our principal offering includes an extensive line of ceramic, porcelain, natural stone and decorative products to service the design and product needs of our customers. Our products are distributed nationally through a company-owned network of local sales and service locations that service our trade partners. The company’s products are used extensively in new home construction, remodel applications as well as commercial projects including multi-family housing, hotels, malls, office buildings and education facilities. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook at

For Additional Information Contact:
Emser Tile
Attn: Aris H. Gharapetian
Marketing Manager
8431 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
323-650-2000 Ext 345
[email protected]

Time is Now to Enter Your Installation Into the New Coverings Installation and Design Awards

Ceramic tile, natural stone and mosaic tile/glass offer designers, architects, installers and contractors endless and timeless design styles to choose from to create character and beauty for their residential and commercial projects.

Coverings has transformed the TileLetter & NTCA Installation Awards into the CID Awards which honor achievement in the outstanding use of the materials and the synergy between installation and design.

Projects will be judged on their levels of creativity, craftsmanship, and outstanding use of materials and achievement in the use of ceramic tile, natural stone, and/or glass within the residential and commercial project categories. Of particular interest are projects that demonstrate an original or unusual use of materials, incorporate an innovative technology, reflect installation excellence or successfully combine aesthetics with function in a unique and interesting way.

To download the application and enter your project, go to the following address:

Coverings Installation and Design Awards

Waters Edge Launches Fluid, Easy to Navigate, New Website

Iowa-based Waters Edge, a state-of-the-art waterjet cutting, design and fabrication company, well known for murals and medallions produced with waterjet-cut hard surface materials, has recently launched a new website. The site highlights the company’s commitment to offering quality waterjet work, and the many benefits gleaned by incorporating this computer-driven, totally green process.

“Waters Edge has a great opportunity to connect with members of the architectural & design communities,” explained Jason Schaum, Business Development at Waters Edge. “We’re pleased that our redesigned website offers insight into our firm’s services in a user-friendly format. It’s important that visitors to our new website are made aware of the fact that anything that can be drawn can be reproduced using hard surface materials with our waterjet-cutting technology. And, these images can last virtually forever. For example, a corporate logo focally positioned within a tile or stone floor can waterjet-cut from the exact same products, and not only will blend in beautifully with the surrounding field tile… but also will last just as long as the entire floor does.”

The waterjet process itself consists of a computer-driven arm delivering a high pressure/high velocity stream of water capable of cutting through dense materials such as granite, glass, porcelain and stone. All cutting is “saved to disk” – meaning perfectly cut repeat work is always immediately available as long as the same types of original materials are available. No other cutting process is as precise for one, one hundred, or one thousand cut pieces.

Waterjet technology is quickly becoming a go-to resource, in particular for the creative specifier. Waters Edge has brought a new energy to this field. The new website presents an effective venue of accessing materials which explain the waterjet process, high-quality designs and examples of the creative procedure, and specific examples of work done with various methods and hard surface materials such as ceramic, stone, porcelain and mosaics.

All of this and more can be accessed by simply logging on to Or, call 319 752 8844 or email [email protected]

2013 TCNA Handbook call for submissions: January 13, 2012 deadline

The Tile Council of North America is asking the industry to submit new tile installation guidelines or edits to existing guidelines for consideration by the Handbook Committee. The deadline for submissions is January 13, 2012.

The Handbook Conference will be held June 19-20, 2012, in downtown Atlanta.

Submission criteria and format includes:

  • All submissions must be specific, i.e., exact language must be provided.
  • Each submission must be accompanied by a Handbook submission form.
  • For new methods, include a generic drawing.
  • Edits to the existing Handbook must include a page clearly showing where the requested changes are to be made.
  • New methods should be submitted in a form that is ready to be inserted into the Handbook (see submission form for new details).
  • It is recommended you have the latest version of the Handbook and American National Standards A108/A118/A136.1 to reference when drafting your submissions.
  • Please compare your submission to an existing method to make sure all necessary fields are listed. All testing and supporting documentation should be included (visit website below for sample).
  • Submissions that do not meet the Handbook format and criteria requirements will be returned.

Contractors and tile installers are encouraged to make submissions via their organizations or associations. All others should contact Stephanie Samulski at 1-313-999-9714, or visit the TCNA Handbook submission website at

Proline Drain A People’s Choice Awards Winner at Healthcare Design 2011

The voting for the 2nd Annual New Product Pavilion People’s Choice Awards took place during the live 2011 HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference, November 13 – 16, in Nashville. The Product Pavilion area displayed only products new to the industry within the last 24 months. 2011 HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference attendees were asked to vote for their favorite of the 17 featured products featured in the pavilion. Of the hundreds of votes cast throughout the course of the 4-day conference, QUICKDRAINTM USA’s PROLINE Drain, with its universal design, garnered enough to win the prestigious 2nd Runner-up Award.
The PROLINE system is linear drain covered by a smooth outer panel with small drain holes. The fully sloped, long drain trough makes for easy water drainage, offering a barrier-free, wheelchair-accessible shower. Water is caught in the drain, and thus, will not spread over onto the facing floor. Accessible showers are integral in the design of a healthcare facility.
“We are honored to win this award,” stated Josef Erlebach of QUICKDRAIN USA. “In particular, because we know our products make any healthcare facility not only more attractive… but also safer tomorrow than it is today.”
For more information on the PROLINE Drain by QUICKDRAIN USA contact Josef Erlebach ([email protected]). Call Toll Free 866.998.6685 or 970.668.0805 (office). Quick Drain USA, P.O. Box 1358, Frisco, Colorado 80443

Turner, Jr. to lead Dal-Tile; Turk to head up strategic development activities

Mohawk Industries, Inc., (NYSE: MHK) today announced that effective January 2, 2012, John “J.T.” Turner, Jr., will be appointed president of the Dal-Tile business unit and Brian Carson will be appointed president of the Mohawk Flooring business unit. Turner will succeed Harold Turk, current president of the Dal-Tile business unit and Carson will succeed Frank Peters, current president of the Mohawk Flooring business unit. Both Turk and Peters will continue with the company by leading strategic development activities in their respective segments.

Turner began his career with Dal-Tile in 1990, progressing through a series of leadership roles in sales, operations and general management throughout the business. In 2005, Turner was promoted to senior vice president of sales and served in that role until being appointed senior vice president of operations in 2008. He assumed his current responsibilities as chief operating officer of the business segment in early 2011.

Carson joined Mohawk in 2006, after a 16-year career at Armstrong World Industries, where he held a number of senior leadership roles. Carson joined the Mohawk Flooring business unit as president of Hard Surfaces and was later promoted to vice president of operations for the division. In early 2011, he assumed his current role as the business unit’s chief operating officer.

“Brian and J.T. are industry veterans with the institutional knowledge, business acumen and innovative creativity to further the success of our carpet and ceramic businesses,” said Jeffrey S. Lorberbaum, chairman and CEO of Mohawk Industries.

Turner and Carson will succeed Harold Turk, current president of the Dal-Tile business unit and Frank Peters, current president of the Mohawk Flooring business unit. Both Turk and Peters will continue with the company by leading strategic development activities in their respective segments.

“I am grateful for the many years of leadership that Frank and Harold have contributed to the company, and I am pleased that they will provide ongoing guidance and drive initiatives within our business,” Lorberbaum said.

About Dal-Tile Corporation
Dal-Tile is the largest manufacturer of ceramic tile and natural stone products used in residential and commercial design and construction across North America. The company, a division of Mohawk Industries, was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. As a leader in the industry, Dal-Tile delivers advancements in product innovation with its Reveal Imaging™, Outstand Technology™ and Proadvanced™ Protection Program. The company is committed to incorporating environmentally friendly materials, processes and products throughout its organization. Dal-Tile has more than 7,500 employees in North America, and sells its products through a network of more than 250 company-owned sales service centers, stone slabyards, gallery design centers, independent distributors and leading home center retailers nationwide. For more information on Dal-Tile and its brands, visit or call 1-800-933-8453.

About Mohawk
Mohawk is a leading supplier of flooring for both residential and commercial applications. Mohawk offers a complete selection of carpet, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone, vinyl, and rugs. These products are marketed under the premier brands in the industry, which include Mohawk, Karastan, Lees, Bigelow, Durkan, Daltile, American Olean, Unilin and Quick-Step. Mohawk’s unique merchandising and marketing assist our customers in creating the consumers’ dream. Mohawk provides a premium level of service with its own trucking fleet and local distribution in the U.S. Mohawk’s operational international presence includes China, Europe, Malaysia, Mexico and Russia.

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