Tile of Spain Remains Active in Sales and Service Network to Customers

Miami, FL April 2, 2020 – Despite the exceptional situation caused by COVID-19 and the restrictions set in Spain, the Spanish ceramic tile manufacturers will continue to meet their customers’ needs and international orders dispatch times. 

Tile of Spain companies are present in more than 180 countries all over the world and their commitment is to keep meeting their clients and customers’ needs with the same quality and service guaranteed by the Spanish ceramic tile industry in international markets.
In response to the international health crisis caused by COVID-19, the Spanish ceramic tile industry has taken the measures needed to protect the health and safety of all workers, adopting, in some cases, even stricter actions than the rules and obligations established by the Health Authorities. The well-being of the workers and their families is above anything else. 

This health and economic crisis is affecting everyone and thus, the industry is establishing the necessary mechanisms to return, once this complex situation has been resolved, to usual activity as quickly and normal as possible.

LATICRETE Appoints Joseph Rizzo as Associate Director of Sales, Concrete Remediation

Seasoned sales leader brings more than 30 years of experience to the fast growing NXT®, SUPERCAP®and Specialty Mortar product brands

April 1, 2020, Bethany, Conn. – LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally-proven construction solutions for the building industry, has named Joseph Rizzo as Associate Director of Sales, Concrete Remediation. In this role, Rizzo will lead the LATICRETE sales team in the creation and execution of strategy for all aspects of concrete remediation sales, which includes the NXT®, SUPERCAP® and Specialty Mortar product brands. With the research and development, marketing, technical and product management teams, Rizzo will ensure LATICRETE customers are offered leading, innovative solutions for concrete slabs that exceed the expectations of the owner, designer and contractor.

“Concrete remediation is one of the fastest moving business segments for LATICRETE. Joseph’s established experience in generating sales growth and maximizing profits are essential for us to continue that momentum. His role will be instrumental in creating and enhancing our relationships with distributors and applicators, as well as ensuring they know they are our top priority,” said Ron Nash, LATICRETE Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, North America.

Rizzo most recently served as regional manager and achieved sales growth for PENETRON, a manufacturer of crystalline waterproofing products. Prior to PENETRON, Rizzo worked as the Vice President of Sales for US Concrete Products, where he helped accelerate business for the producer of concrete, grout, shotcrete and repair products. He earned his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering at Polytechnic University, which is now known as NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

Learn from Home with Free AIA/CEU Webinars from ARDEX

Aliquippa, PA, April 1, 2020 – ARDEX Americas invites you to stay connected and continue your education with AIA/CEU webinars in April. This free webinar series, though designed for architects, are also available to the general public.

Topics covered include stone veneer, adhesive systems and polished concrete. Each webinar, led by an instructor with decades of industry knowledge and expertise, is designed to offer a comprehensive overview of the chosen topic.

Thursday, April 2:
Polished Concrete & Decorative Concrete Toppings
Registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/275775514211094028

Thursday, April 9:
Exterior Stone Veneers & Pavers

Registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/543304285435097612

Thursday, April 16:
Adhesives & High RH Discussion

Registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/995275032706856204

The webinars are held on Thursdays in April, from 2 pm to 3:30 pm EDT. For more information, and to register for an upcoming webinar, visit www.ardexamericas.com.

The ceramic industry came together at UNICERA

Followed closely by the global ceramic industry, UNICERA Istanbul International Ceramic, Bathroom, Kitchen Fair gathered the ceramic and kitchen industry on the same platform between March 10-14, 2020. The exhibition displayed a variety of product groups such as bathroom products, floor-wall coverings, ceramic processing technologies, kitchen and decoration products, packaging, storing. 50.130 people visited the exhibition in 5 days, which presented the innovative products of more than 1200 brands.

Organized by CNR Holding subsidiary, Istanbul Trade Fairs with the cooperation of TSF (Turkish Ceramics Federation), TIMDER (Trade Association for Sanitary and Building Supplies), and  MUDER (Kitchen and Bathroom Furniture Industrialists and Importers Association) and the support of KOSGEB (Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organization of Turkey), UNICERA Istanbul International Ceramic, Bathroom, Kitchen Fair welcomed its visitors at CNR Expo Istanbul Expo Center between March 10-14, 2020. Hosting 50.130 industry professionals in 5 days, the exhibition presented the most innovative products of more than 1200 brands. 

The 2021 trends were introduced

Gathering the leading and exporting brands of the ceramic and building industry, the largest specialized exhibition in Turkey, UNICERA Istanbul showcased the most innovative products, materials, and technologies of the industry. Not only Turkish brands but also international brands that lead the ceramic industry participated in the exhibition, where the 2021 trends were introduced. Welcoming exhibitors and visitors on the 100 thousand square meter area this year, the exhibition displayed a variety of product groups such as bathroom products, floor-wall coverings, ceramic processing technologies, kitchen and decoration products, packaging, storing.

Kitchen products also drew great attention

Taking place concurrently with the exhibition, Kitchen Turkey Special Section displayed all the kitchen products from A to Z including electronic devices, kitchen sinks, ventilation systems, washing and cooking units. 

Visual and tactile texture, speckled surfaces, terracotta and sage color combos tantalize in tile

The Fall-Winter Trend Report has emerged after Cersaie in Bologna, Italy, last fall, and it predicts what Italian tile manufacturers will be producing in the year to come, in terms of style, color and format. 

One of the dominant trends is a leaning towards warmer tones, including terracotta and sage, and other earthy colors like olive, blush, ochre and rust. And this year among the Ceramics of Italy booths, warm blush tones and muted green hues definitely took center stage. The palette included a wide variety of iterations – from blue-greens and dusty jades to rich corals and earthy oranges. 

Read on for more information about this trend and six others. From a design standpoint, the new collections from Italian tile producers were full of striking patterns, saturated color and interesting surface effects made possible by new technologies and collaborations with famous design studios and fashion houses such as Mendini, Lissoni, Versace, Valentino and Rubelli. Italian brands also demonstrated their expanding library of product offerings with sinks, shower floors and kitchen countertops made of porcelain tile slabs.

Updated woods and marble, industrial chic and color punctuate new products

Tile of Spain manufacturers traveled to Italy last fall to showcase their latest collections at Cersaie, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings. As Europe’s number one ceramic production and export, Spain is a regular participant at the show. This year, over 100 Spanish ceramic manufacturers, unveiled their latest offerings in a preview for what’s to come in 2020.

Job Title: Territory Manager-TX, LA, OK

Tile & Stone setting materials manufacturing company seeking hands-on, product professional with proven track experience working with construction related materials. 

Major Responsibilities and Qualifications:

  • Overnight travel required.
  • Bi-Lingual preferred, but not required.
  • Experience in MS Office
  • Demonstrate creative “out of the box” thinking and results oriented qualities are a must.
  • Represent sales elements before current and potential customers.


  • Full benefits including health, dental & life.
  • Salary and Bonus Programs.
  • 401K program.
  • Paid vacation, sick & personal days.

This company is an equal opportunity employer. Fax or e-mail resume to: [email protected]

2020 Industry Calendar


16-17  IDS Contract/Interior Design Show – Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building

21-23  2020 Commercial Construction and Renovation Summit – Lexington Hotel, Jacksonville, Fla.

21-23  NAHB International Builders’ Show® – Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC), Las Vegas, Nev.

21-23  KBIS: Kitchen/Bath Industry Show – Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) Las Vegas, Nev.

27-30  The International Surface Event/Surfaces/StoneExpo|Marmomacc/Tile ExpoMandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev.


3-7  Cevisama – Feria Valencia, Valencia, Spain 

3-7  World of Concrete® 2020 – Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev. www.worldofconcrete.com

11-14  Vitoria Stone Fair, Carapina Events Center,
Espirito Santo, Brazil 

MARCH 2020

10-13  Expo Revestir – Transamerica Expo Center,  Sao Paulo, Brazil www.exporevestir.com

12-13 CEFGA Worlds of Construction/Skills USA State Championships/Career Expo 2020 – Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Ga.  www.careerexpo.com

16-19 The 20th China Xiamen International Stone Fair -Xiamen International Conference and Exhibition Place, Xiamen Island, China. www.stonefair.org.cn

APRIL 2020

20-23 COVERINGS ’20 The Global Tile & Stone Experience – Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, La. 

MAY 2020

12-17  2020 American Mosaic Summit – Loews Ventana Resort, Tucson, Ariz. www.americanmosaics.org

14-16  AIA Conference on Architecture 2020 – Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, Calif.   

JUNE 2020

8-10  NEOCON –  The Merchandise Mart,  Chicago, lll. 

JULY 2020

13-19  Clay Festival 2020 “Building Bridges with Clay” – Silver City, N.M. www.clayfestival.com

30-31 Southeast Building Conference – Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Kissimmee, Fla. 


28-October 2  CERSAIE International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings – Bologna Exhibition Center, Bologna, Italy www.cersaie.it/en

30-October 2 CONSTRUCT! AEC Education & Expo – Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, Grapevine, Tex. 

30-October 3  Marmomacc Verona – Veronafiere Fairground, Verona, Italy www.marmomacc.com/en


13-15  2020 Remodeling Show and DeckExpo –Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Md.  

24-27 Total Solutions Plus, joint conference of NTCA, CTDA, TCAA and TCNA – Hyatt Regency Indian Wells, Indian Wells, Calif.

MARSHALLTOWN Acquires Bullet Tools, Strengthening Flooring and Tiling Line

MARSHALLTOWN, IA (September 23, 2019): MARSHALLTOWN, an industry-leading manufacturer of construction tools and equipment, today announced it has acquired Bullet Tools, a company specializing in state-of-the-art flooring shears and other tools. The purchase further solidifies MARSHALLTOWN’s position as a leader in the flooring and tiling trades with the additional benefit of offering quality products to the siding and insulation industries.

The acquisition fits into MARSHALLTOWN’s strategy of providing professionals with the best, most innovative products. By purchasing Bullet Tools, MARSHALLTOWN expands its product offerings and reinforces its already strong position in the industry.

“Our purchase of Bullet Tools complements everything we’ve built here at MARSHALLTOWN,” said Joe Carter, President and CEO. “Their brand recognition, customer loyalty, innovation, and above all, quality products, made them a natural fit. We plan to grow that reputation and provide our dealers, distributors, and customers with an even stronger line of flooring and tiling products.”

MARSHALLTOWN plans to keep the Bullet Tools name and brand but add its products to the company’s catalog. The company will continue to maintain Bullet Tools’ quality and innovative spirit.

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