Industry veteran David deBear joins NAC Products as Director of Architectural & Commercial Sales

Akron, OH – January 15, 2020 – NAC Products, Inc., the company that introduced the flooring industry to ECB® and crack-isolation membrane technology, has named David deBear, Director of Architectural and Commercial Sales. 

David deBear, NAC Products

A veteran of the flooring industry for more than 25 years, deBear will work to further NAC’s architectural program focusing on increasing specifications within the design community for NAC’s crack-isolation, sound-control and waterproofing membrane systems. 

DeBear previously served as the National Business Development Manager for Custom Building Products. “We are extremely pleased to have David join NAC as we continue expanding NAC’s growth in the flooring industry,” said Brian Petit, President of NAC. “I have known David for many years as we have worked together on numerous industry technical committees. He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the NAC team.” 

“I have competed against NAC for a long time,” stated deBear. “I look forward to now promoting the original and still the best crack-isolation membrane on the market as well as our full complement of membrane solutions.” 

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The addition of deBear to the NAC team follows the promotion of Meredith Peffer to General Manager and David Hanna as Director of Marketing. 

“We have a team of hard working, customer focused individuals dedicated to growing the NAC brand,” said Petit. “We plan to leverage and build upon the successful customer relationships we have developed while providing new products and solutions to the flooring industry.” 

For more information about NAC Products, call 800-633-4622 or visit http://www.NACProducts.com

 

Natural Stone Institute Announces 2020 Stone Industry Education Series


Oberlin, OH, January 14, 2020—The Natural Stone Institute and Stone World magazine are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2020 Stone Industry Education Series. Stone Summits will be held in nine cities across the United States.

The nine Stone Summits scheduled for 2020 will cover topics relevant to stone fabricators, including maximizing shop efficiency and profits, using metrics to measure success, understanding OSHA safety regulations, and creating a plan for finding and retaining top talent. 2020 Stone Summits will be facilitated by a team of experienced industry leaders including GK Naquin, Duane Naquin, Tony Malisani, and Eric Tryon.

2020 Stone Industry Education Series:

February 27

Arkansas Stone Summit: 12 Business Axioms

Pacific Shore Stones

Mabelvale, AR

March 12

California Stone Summit: Stone Shop Management

MSI

Orange, CA

April 2

Colorado Stone Summit: Know Your Business

Arizona Tile

Denver, CO

May 7

Massachusetts Stone Summit: Key Pulse Points for Building a Successful Stone Fabrication Business

Daltile

Westwood, MA

June 4

New Mexico Stone Summit: Key Pulse Points for Building a Successful Stone Fabrication Business

Arizona Tile

Albuquerque, NM

July 16

Oregon Stone Summit: Stone Shop Management

MSI

Tualatin, OR

September 17

Illinois Stone Summit: Know Your Business

Universal Granite & Marble

Chicago, IL

October 8

Alabama Stone Summit: Stone Shop Management

Triton Stone Group

Birmingham, AL

November 5

Texas Stone Summit: 12 Business Axioms

MSI

Austin, TX

To learn more about each event, visit www.stoneindustryeducation.com

Schönox HPS North America, Inc. Announces New Distributor Partner

FLORENCE, Ala. – 14 JANUARY 2020 Schönox HPS North America, Inc. continues to grow its distribution network in North America with the addition of northeastern distributor, Michael Halebian and Co. The partnership effectively adds distribution coverage for HPS Schönox servicing Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and upstate N.Y. areas.  
“Michael Halebian and Co. is a great fit for our innovative line of products,” said HPS Schönox Principal Thomas Trissl. “As we continue to grow, we are actively seeking out partners that can help us provide exceptional customer service, and the team at Michael Halebian and Co. brings a level of expertise that we believe will truly benefit our customers.”
Michael Halebian and Co. is a family-owned floor covering distributor headquartered in Carlstadt, N.J., with three additional locations in New York, N.Y., Hartford, Conn. and Bensalem, Pa. For over three generations, they have provided their customers with a carefully selected range of quality products to meet every flooring need. For more information about Michael Halebian and Co., call 800.631.4115 or email [email protected].

CTEF Focuses on CTI Evaluator Training and Finished Tile Work Education Sessions During TISE 2020

Pendleton, SC – During the International Surfaces Event (TISE) 2020 in Las Vegas, NV, the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry will focus on Finished Tile Work education sessions and Certified Tile Installer (CTI) Evaluator Training. CTEF will be sharing booth #4727 with the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA).

On Wednesday, January 29, Scott Carothers, Director of Certification and Training at CTEF will conduct a seminar entitled “Finished Tile Work – Do It Wrong or Do It Right: Lippage, Grout Joints, and Patterns”.  That afternoon, he will have a hands-on demonstration on the show floor to reinforce the same topic.

In its booth space, CTEF will construct three Certified Tile Installer (CTI) hands-on testing modules in progressive stages of completion for display. The CTEF Certified Tile Installer (CTI) program is the only third-party assessment of installer skill and knowledge which is recognized by the tile industry.

More importantly, the organization will offer shadowing opportunities to new CTI Industry Evaluators in order to move them to the next level of expertise of test set-up, the evaluation process and scoring. Industry Evaluators offer CTEF the means to expand the CTI program to more locations around the country in response to more tile installation contractors wanting to become CTIs.

The CTI designation identifies the professional installer who has reached a level of proficiency to independently and consistently produce a sound tile installation that displays good workmanship. Certification is the validation of the skills and knowledge of the men and women who presently are installing tile successfully in the United States. It offers property owners, both residential and commercial, peace-of-mind that their tile installer has the right skills and knowledge to complete a successful tile installation.

The CTI program includes two separate tests.

  • An online open-book exam taken at home or the office as the installer’s schedule allows.
  • A hands-on evaluation conducted at regional locations across the United States.

To qualify for the CTI Program, installers must have at least two years of experience as the lead installer setting ceramic tile on a full-time basis. This means having full responsibility for substrate prep, layout, coordinating with other trades along with properly installing underlayment, tile, grout and sealant materials.

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) which sponsors the CTI program is supported by all segments of the ceramic tile industry. CTEF is headquartered in Pendleton, South Carolina, near Clemson University and the offices of the Tile Council of North America (TCNA).

To learn more, visit CTEF at Booth #4727 during TISE 2020 or visit https://www.intlsurfaceevent.com/en/home.html.

Natural Stone Institute Scholarship Recipients to Be Recognized at TISE

Oberlin, OH, January 7, 2020—Three scholarship recipients will be recognized during the Natural Stone Institute Awards Ceremony at TISE on January 28. Cody Pfeiffer (Genesee Cut Stone & Marble) and Nadia Grogan (Fraserview Masonry) will be recognized as recipients of the 2019 Natural Stone Scholarship, and Jennifer Burlak (NorthWoods Granite) will be recognized as the recipient of the 2019 Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship.

Each year, the Natural Stone Scholarship provides a trip to TISE, where the recipient will gain valuable technical and practical knowledge regarding the natural stone industry and will meet and network with leading stone professionals.

The Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship provides a trip to one of three major industry events: TISE, Coverings, or a Natural Stone Institute study tour. The recipient is given the opportunity to shadow industry professionals within different sectors of the stone industry and explore her potential for leadership and her commitment to a career in the stone industry.

The Natural Stone Institute invites all TISE attendees to celebrate our scholarship recipients, as well as the 2019 Pinnacle and Industry Recognition Award winners, at the Awards Ceremony at TISE at 4:00pm on January 28. No registration is required. To learn more, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org. 

Construction starts surge 37% higher in November

Large projects lead to gains across most major construction sectors 

HAMILTON, NEW JERSEY – December 17, 2019 – Construction starts moved 37% higher from October to November, reaching a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $988.9 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. The large percentage gain was not only a response to a particularly weak October, but also numerous massive projects that broke ground during the month. By major sector, nonresidential building starts gained 61% over the month, while nonbuilding starts moved 82% higher. Residential building starts were flat from October to November.

November’s gain pushed the Dodge Index to 209 (2000=100) compared to the 153 posted in October. The dichotomy between the weakness in October and strength in November is startling. However, the average of the two months is 181 – not much higher than the 11-month average of 173.

“The presence or absence of large projects continues to add immense volatility to the monthly data,” stated Richard Branch, Chief Economist of Dodge Data and Analytics. “However, the underlying trend for the year remains intact – that construction starts are settling back following nine consistent years of growth.”

Nonbuilding construction increased 82% in November to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $288.5 billion. Starts in the electric utility/gas plant led the way due to the start of a large LNG plant as well as several wind power projects. When removing the large gain in utility projects, nonbuilding starts rose 9%. Environmental public works starts (drinking water, sewers, hazardous waste, and other water resource projects) moved 51% higher over the month, while highway and bridge starts rose 18%. Miscellaneous nonbuilding starts, by contrast, fell 33% in November.

The largest nonbuilding construction project to break ground in November was the $4.0 billion first phase of the Golden Pass LNG facility in Sabine Pass TX. Also starting in November was the $743 million Cheyenne Ridge Wind Farm in Cheyenne Wells CO and the $650 million High Prairie Wind Farm in Greentop MO.

Through the first eleven months of 2019, nonbuilding construction was 6% higher than in the same period of 2018. The electric utility/gas plant category was 111% higher than a year earlier. When removing that category from total nonbuilding, starts were down 9% year-to-date. Environmental public works gained 2% over the year, while miscellaneous nonbuilding dropped 19%. Highway and bridge starts were 8% lower on a year-to-date basis.

Nonresidential building gained 61% from October to November to $366.5 billion (at a seasonally adjusted annual rate), as several large projects got underway during the month. Manufacturing starts rose 782% over the month due to the start of a large petrochemical plant, while institutional starts rose 27% and commercial starts moved 23% higher. Only two nonresidential building categories fell in November – hotels and healthcare.

The largest nonresidential building project to break ground in November was a $7.0 billion ExxonMobil petrochemical ethylene project in Gregory TX. Also starting in November was the Rancho Los Amigos South Campus $330 million office building in Los Angeles CA, as well as the $296 million first phase of the Volkswagen Body Shop in Chattanooga TN.

Year-to-date through November, nonresidential building starts were 3% lower than a year earlier. Commercial building starts were up 3% with gains in office buildings, warehouses, and parking structures. Institutional starts were 6% lower through November with all major categories posting declines and manufacturing starts were down 15% through eleven months.

Residential building starts in November were essentially flat when compared to the previous month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $333.9 billion. Over the month, single family starts dropped 8%, offsetting a 20% gain in multifamily starts. The largest multifamily building to break ground was the $500 million Calyer Place Apartment Development in Brooklyn NY. Also starting in November was the $350 million Seattle House Mixed-Use Development in Seattle WA and the $350 million Avenue Bellevue Mixed-Use Development in Bellevue WA.

On a year-to-date basis through eleven months, total residential buildings starts were down 4%. Single family starts were 2% lower, while multifamily starts declined 10%.

NTCA sponsors CEFGA CareerExpo

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, is sponsoring the World of Tile Pavilion at the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) CareerExpo, taking place at the Georgia World Congress Center on March 12-13 in Atlanta, Ga.

Image courtesy of Allen Allnoch and CEFGA.

CEFGA was founded in 1993 by construction leaders who recognized a need for quality construction skills training in Georgia. The CEFGA CareerExpo links students directly to professionals in the areas of construction, utility contracting, highway contracting, electrical contracting, mechanical contracting, energy, mining and more. The event features hands-on displays that allow students to engage with industry leaders, equipment and materials and tap into their unique skills and interests. 

According to Rod Owen, president of NTCA Five-Star Contractor C. C. Owen Tile Company, Inc., the organization held its first career fair in 2005, but the tile trade wasn’t represented until 2008 when Owen asked for a space in the expo.

C. C. Owen Tile, leading tile manufacturer Daltile, and installation materials supplier LATICRETE International will be co-sponsoring the Pavilion with NTCA. Together, the four entities are working to promote the ceramic tile industry as a leading career opportunity to consider for high school age students at the 2020 event.

Image courtesy of Allen Allnoch and CEFGA.

Owen believes the CareerExpo is a great avenue to display the opportunities that are available in the tile industry, and is planning for an impact far beyond the day of the event. While he knows many students who come to the expo may use it as an excuse to get out of class, he hopes the experience will educate some of the students or their teachers about the opportunities available. “[After attending the expo], there might be that construction teacher that listened and understood the opportunities, and is now back in the classroom counseling students and advising them about their potential in our industry,” Owen said.

NTCA Executive Director Bart Bettiga agreed the event is a good opportunity to expose students to the tile industry. “Helping to recruit the next generation of tile setters is a part of the NTCA mission,” Bettiga explained. “High school students may not know yet what career path they want to take. If they haven’t been exposed to the tile industry, they may not know what a lucrative career it can be and how many options it holds. At events like this, we can show students how they can become our future industry leaders.”

The CEFGA CareerExpo also features the SkillsUSA state championships, a competition in which students showcase their skills in a number of construction-related disciplines. This CareerExpo continues to grow each year and, in 2019, drew a record 8,615 attendees.  

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