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. 

Remodeling Show & DeckExpo offers resources; 18-Hour virtual Build Aid conference for remodelers starts April 1

Remodeling Show & DeckExpo has compiled a few of the best industry-related resources on tackling COVID-19 for construction professionals & business owners. Check them out below, and don’t forget Build-Aid—a free 18-hour conference to help remodelers survive now and thrive later—starts tomorrow. Sign up →http://buildaid.live

Worth-reading: Free Resources for Construction Professionals

This 18-hour virtual conference runs from 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. April 1-2. This free event to help support is designed to support the remodeling community to explore various ways your business can navigate these tough times, and position yourselves as a leader when the world begins to recover and re-build.

This online event brings together 24 renown speakers, experts and authorities to help guide you through the current challenge. The conference includes:

  • Session Hall: Where each presentation will be live-streamed to your desktop or mobile device.
  • Sponsor Pavilion: Visit virtual booths to learn more from our partners that helped make this possible.
  • Networking Lounge: Connect with speakers, staff and other attendees, or catch up on news and thoughts from our social media feed.

Visit buildaid.live for a list of speakers, to sign up and for the full schedule and agenda.

Listen up: Podcasts

Also available is a bank of podcasts that address and explore how remodelers are navigating through the Coronovirus crisis. Click the links below for more information!

The ceramic industry comes together at UNICERA in Istanbul

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, and storage. 50,130 people visited the exhibition in five days, which presented the innovative products of more than 1,200 brands.

The fair was 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).

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. 

DOL Updates Guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

In the days since the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law on March 18, 2020, employers and advocacy groups have raised a number of questions about how the law will be interpreted and enforced.  With surprising speed, the U.S. Department of Labor, which is responsible for enforcing the law, has issued guidance in various forms that is designed to clarify the FFCRA.  Below are some of the key takeaways.

  • The FFCRA becomes effective on April 1, 2020, and its provisions expire on December 31, 2020.
  • The FFCRA applies only to current employees. This means an employee who was laid off or furloughed before April 1, 2020 is not entitled to FFCRA leave (unless, of course, the employee is recalled to active service).
  • The DOL will observe “a temporary period of non-enforcement of the FFCRA” for the period through April 17, 2020. However, even during this period, employers must make reasonable, good faith efforts to comply with the law, including promptly remedying any violations.
  • Determining whether an employer is under the 500-employee threshold to be covered by the FFCRA includes:
    • Employees on leave;
    • Temporary employees and day laborers;
    • The common employees of “joint employers” under the test used under the Fair Labor Standards Act (in general, this balancing test looks to whether the potential joint employer hires or fires the employee, supervises and controls the employee to a substantial degree, determines rate and method of pay, and maintains the employee’s employment records – but no single factor is determinative);
    • The employees of all entities making up an “integrated enterprise” under the test used under the Family and Medical Leave Act (in general, this test considers whether separate entities have common management, interrelation between operations, centralized control over labor relations, and the degree of common ownership or financial control).
  • In calculating the two weeks of paid sick leave due to eligible employees under the FFCRA:
    • An employee is entitled to leave for his/her average number of hours in a two-week period, including any overtime.
    • Part-time employees should receive pay based upon the number of hours the employee is normally scheduled to work; if the part-time employee’s normal hours are unknown or their schedule varies, then employers must use a six-month average.
    • All such leave is subject to the FFCRA caps of
      • $511 per day / $5,110 aggregate for employees taking leave because they are subject to a quarantine or isolation order, have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and are seeking a diagnosis.
      • $200 per day / $2,000 over the two week period if the employee is caring for an individual who is subject to a quarantine or isolation order, caring for a child whose school is closed or whose regular care provider is unavailable, or experiencing a substantially similar condition that may arise as specified by HHS.
  • For the expanded family leave, the initial two weeks (10 work days) are paid (per the paid sick leave noted above), after which the employee receives another 10 weeks of 2/3 pay for the hours the employee would have been scheduled to work.
  • Recordkeeping: Employers are required to create and maintain appropriate documentation of leave taken by employees under the FFCRA, including the employee’s name, qualifying reason for requesting leave, statement that the employee is unable to work or telework for that qualifying reason, and the dates for which leave is requested / taken. The documentation also should include the source of any quarantine or isolation order applicable to the employee (by a public official or health care provider), and written documentation of a school closing or care provider’s unavailability.
  • Employers may, but are not required, to allow employees to take FFCRA leave intermittently. The employer’s option to allow FFCRA leave to be taken intermittently includes where the employee is teleworking (for example where an employee is unable to telework her normal shift due to a qualifying reason).  If the employee is not teleworking, for the two weeks of paid sick leave, an employee must continue to take the sick leave each day until either the employee uses up the full two weeks or no longer has a qualifying reason for taking the leave.
  • The DOL has published the written notice that must be posted in covered employers’ workplaces. The notice is available here.  As with most posted notice requirements, this notice should be posted in a conspicuous place in the workplace.  In addition, the DOL states that employers may satisfy the posting requirement by emailing or direct mailing the notice to employees, or posting it on the company’s internal website.
This article was co-written by Steven L. Brenneman  and Kelly Smith-Haleywho are Chair and a Partner, respectively, of the Employment Law Group at Fox Swibel and editors of the Illinois Employment Law Letter.

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CTDA: U.S. Customs will allow U.S. importers to defer duty payments.

In a letter to members last week from Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) Executive Director Rick Church, CTDA announced that U.S. importers would be permitted to defer U.S. Customs duty payments due to new rulings related to the Coronavirus crisis. The letter reads:

In view of the current pandemic and associated economic crisis, we are monitoring developments by which our members can save on expenses.  These include the possible deferral of payments for federal obligations that are normally payable on a set schedule. As many of our members import large quantities of ceramic tile or other products from various countries, we have paid particular attention to policy changes involving international trade.

One such policy change involves Customs’ announcement this week that it will approve importer requests for the deferral of their payments of import tariffs and associated fees, such as the Harbor Maintenance Fee and Merchandise Processing Fees.  This is a deferral, not an elimination or reduction of such import fees. Customs announced this policy change in the following Customs Service Message (“CSMS) issued this week to its port directors and certain other parties 

CSMS #42097586 – Additional Days for Payments due to COVID-19

Due to the severity of  Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will approve on a case by case basis additional days for payment of estimated duties, taxes and fees due to this emergency.  Please note we are working on a future message that will provide further information.  Please watch your CSMS messages.  

NOTE:  CBP has confirmed that the March 20, 2020 debit authorizations for the Periodic Monthly Statements and the daily statements have been transmitted to the Department of Treasury.  Please work directly with your financial institution if you wish to prevent these funds from being withdrawn. 

Requests should be directed to the Office of Trade, Trade Policy and Programs:

[email protected].

If you are interested in pursuing duty and import fee payment postponement, we suggest you contact your licensed customs broker.  Should you have any other questions, please contact CTDA staff at [email protected] or 630-545-9415 and we will do our best to get you an answer

Senate passes relief bill for workers, small business, healthcare system to fight COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

The Senate last night unanimously passed a bipartisan $2 trillion bill to immediately bolster the U.S. health care response and economy, with special provisions for workers and small businesses, a Marshall Plan for hospitals, as well as oversight for the $500 billion provision to assist corporations.

The bill also includes student loan relief and $400 million in election assistance for the states to help prepare for the 2020 election cycle, including to increase the ability to vote by mail, expand early voting and online registration, and increase the safety of voting in-person by providing additional voting facilities and more poll- workers. 

A breakdown of the provisions of the bill, obtained from the office of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, includes:

Unemployment Insurance: ($260 billion) 

The bill includes a massive investment in the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program as well as critical reforms to make the program more effective for workers. The legislation boosts the UI program in all states and creates a new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. This new program also expands UI eligibility to part-time, self-employed, and gig economy workers.

Full Paycheck Replacement: $600 increase for every American, which equates to 100% of wages for the average American without a paycheck struggling through the crisis for up to four months. This is in addition to ordinary unemployment benefits a person can receive.

Waiving Waiting Weeks: Gets money in people’s pockets sooner by providing federal incentives for states to eliminate waiting weeks. 

Extension of Benefits: An additional 13 weeks of federally-funded unemployment insurance benefits are immediately be made available. 

Expanding Access: Allow part-time, self-employed, and gig economy workers to access UI benefits. 

Marshall Plan for Our Health System ($150 billion) 

This unprecedented and historic investment for our health care system in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic creates a new $150 billion fund that is widely available to all types of hospitals and providers most affected by COVID-19. It will be available to fund whatever is needed to defeat this virus. This includes: 

Equipment and Infrastructure: Personal and protective equipment for health care workers, testing supplies, increased workforce and training, new construction to house patients, emergency operation centers and more. 

Enhanced Health Investments: Additional funding is also dedicated to delivering Medicare payment increases to all hospitals and providers to ensure that they receive the funding they need during this crisis, and new investments in our country’s Strategic National Stockpile, surge capacity and medical research into COVID-19. 

Robust Worker and Transparency Protections on Government Loans 

Tough new requirements have been added to government loans lent to companies. 

• No stock buybacks or dividends for the length of any loan provided by the Treasury plus 1 year. 

• Restrictions on any increases to executive compensation. 

• Protection for collective bargaining agreements. 

• Real-time public reporting of Treasury transactions under the Act, including terms of loans, investments or other assistance to corporations. 

•Prohibition on businesses controlled by the President, Vice President, Members of Congress, and heads of Executive Departments getting loans or investments from Treasury programs. 

• Creation of Treasury Department Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery to provide oversight of Treasury loans and investments and a Pandemic Response Accountability Committee to protect taxpayer dollars. 

• Creation of a Congressional Oversight Commission to enhance legislative oversight of pandemic response. 

Small Business Rescue Plan ($377 billion) 

• $350 billion in loan forgiveness grants to small businesses and non-profits to maintain existing workforce and help pay for other expenses like rent, mortgage, and utilities. 

• $10 billion for SBA emergency grants of up to $10,000 to provide immediate relief for small business operating costs. 

• $17 billion for SBA to cover 6 months of payments for small businesses with existing SBA loans. 

Protection for over 2 Million Aviation Industry Jobs 

• Direct payroll payments will keep millions of airline workers on the job and receiving paychecks. 

• Airline companies will be prohibited from stock buybacks and dividends for the entire life of the grant plus one year. 

• Collective bargaining agreements negotiated by workers will be protected. 

Increased Direct Payments to Working Americans 

• Cash payments to the working class Americans were doubled from $600 to $1,200 

• An additional $500 cash payment is available per child. 

• The full payment is available for individuals making up to $75,000 (individual) and $150,000 (married, filing jointly). 

• The value begins decreasing and then phases out completely for those making over the full payment income cap ($99,000 individual/$198,000 married). 

State and Local Coronavirus Expenditures Fund ($150 billion) 

To assist States, Tribes, and local governments that must pay for new expenses related to COVID-19 response. 

• $150 billion, with a small-state minimum of $1.25 billion 

• Tribal set-aside of $8 billion 

Emergency Appropriations ($330 billion, including $100 billion for hospitals and providers mentioned above) 

• $16 billion to replenish the Strategic National Stockpile supplies of pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies, which are distributed to State and local health agencies, hospitals and other healthcare entities facing shortages during emergencies. 

• $1 billion for the Defense Production Act to bolster domestic supply chains, enabling industry to quickly ramp up production of personal protective equipment, ventilators, and other urgently needed medical supplies, and billions dollars more for federal, state, and local health agencies to purchase such equipment. 

• $4.3 billion to support federal, state, and local public health agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus, including:  for the purchase of personal protective equipment; laboratory testing to detect positive cases; infection control and mitigation at the local level to prevent the spread of the virus; and other public health preparedness and response activities. 

• $45 billion for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund, more than doubling the available funding, to provide for the immediate needs of state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, as well as private non-profits performing critical and essential services, to protect citizens and help them recover from the overwhelming effects of COVID-19. Reimbursable activities may include medical response, personal protective equipment, National Guard deployment, coordination of logistics, safety measures, and community services nationwide. 

• $30.75 billion for grants to provide emergency support to local school systems and higher education institutions to continue to provide educational services to their students and support the on-going functionality of school districts and institutions. 

• $25 billion in aid to our nation’s transit systems to help protect public health and safety while ensuring access to jobs, medical treatment, food, and other essential services. 

• $10 billion in grants to help our nation’s airports as the aviation sector grapples with the most steep and potentially sustained decline in air travel in history. 

• $3.5 billion in additional funding for the Child Care Development Block Grant to provide child care assistance to health care sector employees, emergency responders, sanitation workers, and other workers deemed essential during the response to the coronavirus. 

• More than $7 billion for affordable housing and homelessness assistance programs. This funding will help low-income and working class Americans avoid evictions and minimize any impacts caused by loss of employment, and child care, or other unforeseen circumstances related to COVID-19, and support additional assistance to prevent eviction and for people experiencing homelessness 

• More than $6.5 billion in Federal funding for CDBG, the Economic Development Administration, and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership to help mitigate the local economic crisis and rebuild impacted industries such as tourism or manufacturing supply chains. 

• $400 million in election assistance for the states to help prepare for the 2020 election cycle, including to increase the ability to vote by mail, expand early voting and online registration, and increase the safety of voting in-person by providing additional voting facilities and more poll- workers. 

• $2 billion in funding to strengthen response capacity and support tribal governments: 

o $1.03 billion to the Indian Health Service to support tribal health care system response efforts;

o $100 million more for the USDA Food Distribution Program for Indian Reservations;

o $453 million to assist tribes through the Bureau of Indian Affairs;

o $69 million to help tribal schools, colleges and universities through for the Bureau of Indian Education; and

o $300 million more to the HUD Indian Tribal Block Grant program. 

• $1 billion to recapitalize Amtrak after steep ridership declines related to the outbreak. This will keep thousands of Amtrak employees employed, and ensure America’s intercity passenger rail stays on track, continuing service in the Northeast and nationwide. 

Student Loan Relief 

• To alleviate the pressure of student loan costs during this crisis, the bill includes tax relief encouraging employers to implement student loan repayment programs. This provision will exclude up to $5,250 in qualifying student loan repayments paid by the employer on behalf of the employee from income for income tax purposes. 

Word is expected on how soon these funds will be available to workers and businesses and where they can turn to access them. Sen. Heinrich’s office noted that contractors affected by business closures or loss of work will likely need to seek aid on a state-by-state basis. In New Mexico, for instance, out of work contractors would need to contact the N.M Department of Workforce Solutions to file for unemployment.

That said, the eligibility/infrastructure for these guidelines won’t be finalized until the House passage and signature from the president. At that point the administration will be tasked with developing guidelines and regulations to administer the program.

UofCTS offers discounts on course tuitions through April 30

Due to the current pandemic situation that is requiring many employees to stay at home until the virus gets under control, University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) has had many requests to make the UofCTS Online courses available at a lower cost so that company employees can be productive and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about their trade and job skills while at home.  

The list price for UofCTS Online Tuitions is $150 per tuition per course.  Members of CTDA, Fuse Alliance, and NTCA can purchase course tuitions for $100 each.  This special offer brings the cost down to just $75 each when courses are purchased through one of the respective associations.  TTMAC is offering a similar offer based on their member tuition costs. The UofCTS Online course tuitions gives you 24/7 access for 14 days where you can come and go at your own pace. This special offer is in effect until April 30.

The Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile course teaches the basics of tile including terminology, usage, how it is manufactured, how it is installed, describing all of the various installation products, how to assist customers, professional upselling, and how to maintain tile. Throughout the course professional sales techniques and tactics are taught.  This course is designed to give salespeople the tools they need in order to increase sales and avoid customer false expectations.  It introduces tile installers and sales representatives to industry standards.  It teaches how to professionally assist clients with selecting tile and the various types of installation products and systems.  It teaches how to professionally upsell buy giving your customer a choice.  This course can be completed within 6 to 8 hours on average.

The Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone course teaches the basics of natural stone including terminology, the geology of the various types of stone, usage, how it is quarried, processed and fabricated. The course describes how stone is installed with all of the various installation products.  The course teaches how to assist customers, professional upselling, and how to maintain natural stone. Throughout the course professional sales techniques and tactics are taught.  This course is designed to give salespeople the tools they need in order to increase sales and avoid customer false expectations.  It introduces stone installers and sales representatives to industry standards.  It teaches how to professionally assist clients with selecting natural stone and the various types of installation products and systems.  It teaches how to professionally upsell buy giving your customer a choice. This course can be completed within 6 to 8 hours on average. 

The Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification course teaches installers, setters and helpers, and technical service and sales representatives industry installation standards, practices, and proper installation methods for tile applications.  The course applies to ceramic tile, porcelain tile, stone tile, glass tile and other types of adhered tile materials.  The course covers how to inspect and prepare substrates. How to achieve full thin-set contact.  How to layout and install tile for various types of applications.  How to grout with various types of grout.  And a lesson on how to avoid potential problems and failures. 

The ITS Verification course has an extensive section for teaching installers how to install Gauged Porcelain Tile Panels and showing the tools that will be needed.  It demonstrates and provides in detail on how to install the large thin tile panels on walls as well as on floors.  The course also describes how to install glass tile, shower pans, steam showers, swimming pools, and other applications. This course can be completed within 5 to 6 hours on average.

The The Complete Guide on Developing Tile & Stone Specifications with Architects course is complete. This course is a must take” for anyone doing or interested in doing architectural sales.  It covers everything from how to write what we call “bullet proof specs” (ones that can’t be easily changed), how to find and track projects, and how to develop relationships with architects and others to help ensure making the sale. Upon completion of the course the student is provided with a procelain tile specification template and a natural stone specification template.  This course requires 2 tuitions for registration. This course can be completed within 5 to 6 hours on average.

UofCTS Online educational courses are available through many key organizations in the tile and stone industry where members receive special discounts.  Courses can be purchased through CTDA at www.ctdahome.org, through Fuse Alliance at www.fusealliance.com, through NTCA at www.tile-assn.com, and through TTMAC at www.ttmac.com, or at the UofCTS website at www.uofcts.org.

As is clearly understood by successful businesses, the fastest way to increase profits and avoid problems is through education. Once installers or employees are trained, they will become more confident, credible, and effective in their jobs.  With proper training of your employees, there will be less costly failures and problems, and more sales, profit and repeat business.  The return on your investment is never ending. 

To see video previews of each of the courses visit the www.UofCTS.org website at https://uofcts.org/online-courses/.

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