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62 PERCENT OF METROS SHED CONSTRUCTION JOBS FROM JUNE 2019 TO JUNE 2020, AFTER 81 PERCENT GAIN IN CONSTRUCTION JOBS FROM MAY to JUNE

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New York City and Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Mass. have worst 12-month losses, while Austin and Walla Walla, Wash. top job gainers; 81 percent of metros add construction jobs from May to June. Association calls for new infrastructure funding and other relief steps.

Construction employment decreased in 225, or 62 percent, out of 358 metro areas between June 2019 and last month despite widespread increases from May to June, according to an analysis of new government data that the Associated General Contractors of America released today. Association officials urged government officials to enact liability reform, boost infrastructure investments and extend tax credits to help the industry recover and rebuild.

“It’s troubling to see construction employment lagging year-ago levels in most locations, in spite of a strong rebound in May and June,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Those gains were not enough to erase the huge losses in March and April. Many indicators since the employment data were collected in mid-June suggest construction employment will soon decline, or stagnate at best, in much of the country.”

Simonson noted that construction employment was stagnant in 39 metro areas and increased in only 94 areas (26 percent) over the past 12 months. Eighteen metros had all-time lows for June construction employment, while 28 areas had record highs for June, in data going back to 1990 for most areas.

New York City lost the most construction jobs over 12 months (-38,200 jobs, -24 percent) despite having the largest gain from May to June. Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton, Mass. had the largest percentage decline: -37 percent (-2,200 jobs). Austin-Round Rock, Texas added the most construction jobs from June 2019 to June 2020: 4,100 jobs (6 percent). Walla Walla, Wash. had the highest percentage increase: 27 percent (300 jobs).

From May to June—a month when construction employment typically increases in most metro areas, 291 metros added construction employees; 42 areas had a decrease; and employment was unchanged in 25 areas. New York City added the most construction jobs between May and June: 22,100 or 22 percent. The largest percentage increase occurred in Monroe, Mich.: 31 percent (500 jobs). New Orleans-Metairie La. lost the most jobs during the month: -1,500 jobs (-6 percent). The largest percentage loss was in Yuba City, Calif.: -10 percent (-300 jobs).

Association officials noted that Senate Republican leaders released a new coronavirus recovery measure earlier this week that includes provisions that can help construction firms rebuild their payrolls. These include liability reforms so construction firms that are protecting workers from the coronavirus will not be subject to needless litigation. The proposal also includes improvement to the Paycheck Protection Program and an expansion of the Employee Retention Tax Credit the association supports.

“While the measure also addresses unemployment insurance and workforce development, it fails to include the kind of infrastructure funding needed to rebuild our economy” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “That new funding is needed to address state transportation funding shortfalls, fix aging public facilities and help retrofit structures to protect students and others from the coronavirus.”

View the metro employment 1-month data, rankings, top 10, map and 12-month data, rankings, top 10, and map.

“Two minutes with…”: Italian ceramic companies present their latest new products

“Two minutes with…” is a new initiative designed to present Italian ceramic companies’ latest new products. Aimed at enhancing the visibility of the Italian ceramic industry, the initiative consists of a series of two-minute promotional videos in Italian with English subtitles in which company ambassadors illustrate a recent collection using images of products and mockups.

At a time when it is simply not possible to hold traditional physical events, this new Ceramics of Italy initiative provides Italian ceramic companies with a rapid and effective way of reaching their customers in Italy and abroad.

The showcased products reflect current trends in Italian ceramic tiles, ranging from the elegance of marble to the natural look of wood, from natural stones to slabs with a wide variety of textures and an increasingly realistic appearance. Nature and tradition are in evidence among small and large size tiles suitable for both indoor and outdoor floors and walls. 3D digital decorations create new compositions and decorations with unlimited color effects that make spaces customizable and unique. A new range of tile setting products ensures simple and impeccable installations with perfect results every time, all with the use of cutting-edge technology that fully respects the environment and the healthiness of spaces.

The videos are available not only on individual companies’ websites but also at www.ceramica.info and on the Ceramics of Italy social networks. They are also disseminated digitally to an international mailing list of architects, designers, retailers, installers and professionals.

Tile Heritage Foundation raises $7820 with Garden Box Auction

From July 12 – 22, Tile Heritage Foundation ran a Garden Box Auction on eBay to raise funds to cover the cost of the Tile Heritage Archives and Collections storage.

Garden boxes made by mosaic artists and art tile studios were auctioned off in mid-July to raise money for Tile Heritage Foundation.

The event raised $7820 in bids. The bids ranged from $200 to $3,000. The funds will cover the cost of Tile Heritage Archives and Collection storage at a safe off-site location for 12 months.

Sincere thanks go out to the contributing Garden Box artists: Mandy Baker, Whispering Hills; Alissa Blumenthal, Mosaic Artist; Chris Bonner, Evelyn Taylor Designs; Eric Boynton, Clay Rat Studio; Kathy Casper, Think Good Tiles; Gloria Kosco, Mosaic Artist; Jessica Liddell, Mosaic Artist; Katia McGuirk; Katia Tiles Studio; Will Mead, Peace Valley Tile; Robyn Sue Miller, Robyn Sue Miller Mosaics Studio; and Laura Lyn Stern, Laura Lyn Stern Sculptural Designs. Tile Heritage Foundation extends a very special thank you to Katia McGuirk for her cheerleading, curating and managing this auction on behalf of the Foundation.

To continue to support Tile Heritage Archives directly, use this PayPal link. For questions, email [email protected]. For more information, go to https://www.tileheritage.org

LATICRETE Bolsters Regional Sales Arm with Vice President Promotions

Eric Pucilowski, Robert Smith and Brett Spencer have each been promoted to the position of Regional Vice President, fortifying regional leadership and accelerating decision making

July 27, 2020, Bethany, Conn. — LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally-proven construction solutions for the building industry, has promoted Eric Pucilowski, Robert Smith and Brett Spencer to Regional Vice President of Sales, allowing each to serve their respective region with greater authority and deliver tailored customer service to their clients. Pucilowski will oversee the sales division for the North-Eastern Region and Canada, Smith will operate in the South-Eastern Region and Spencer will be responsible for the areas of the Western Region.

Robert Smith

“During this time of economic uncertainty, we rely on influential leaders who can provide clear direction for the organization. Rob, Eric and Brett consistently set an example of leadership, unity and sales performance,” said Ron Nash, LATICRETE Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “This promotion allows us to be more agile and speed up decision making, fulfilling a crucial stepping stone in the organization as LATICRETE continues to grow in scope and size. Having solid regional leadership allows LATICRETE to provide even more care and attention to detail for our customers in all corners of North America that we serve.”

Brett Spencer

Pucilowski’s promotion follows 16 years of experience within LATICRETE. Prior to this new role, he served as Director of the Specialty Products Division and previously served as Assistant Director of Sales, Regional Sales Manager and Technical Sales Representative. Pucilowski graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wilkes University, where he earned a bachelor of business administration in marketing. Smith has worked at LATICRETE for 12 years, most recently in the position of Director of Sales and prior to that as Assistant Director and Regional Sales Manager. He has a bachelor of science degree from Western Carolina University. Spencer has worked at LATICRETE for eight years, previously serving as Director of Sales for the western states following the roles of Regional Sales Manager and Sales Consultant. He has a business management degree from Biola University.

Eric Pucilowski

Neolith® announces James Amendola as new Vice President of North America

Today, Neolith®, the pioneering brand of Sintered Stone, announces the appointment of James Amendola as its Vice President of North America. This follows the appointment of Jose Luis Ramon Moreno as CEO in March and Sagi Cohen as Advisory Board Member in November 2019.

Amendola brings extensive knowledge and experience to Neolith, accrued from over three decades in the stone surfacing industry. Most recently, he held the position of Director of Sales & Marketing US at SapienStone. Previously, he was General Manager at Cosentino.

Speaking on the new appointment, Jose Luis Ramon Moreno, Neolith CEO, said, “Neolith has ambitious plans for North America. This includes significant investment, such as strengthening our senior leadership team in the region. James will be a key part of our future journey. With his exceptional industry knowledge and a proven track record, he will be an invaluable addition to the team, helping to further drive our pioneering vision forward and expanding our reach in the vibrant architecture and design sector.”

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James Amendola, Neolith Vice President of North America

James commented, “I have always been passionate about, and dedicated to, the surfacing industry. Ever since I first encountered sintered stone, I was impressed with the scope of how it can be used. My new role is a fantastic opportunity to continue doing what I love and to help raise the profile of the Neolith brand in the US and Canada.”

He added, “I believe wholeheartedly in the product and its versatility, durability and unparalleled aesthetic qualities. Neolith has a strong brand identity and has proven itself to be an industry leader in the 10 years it has been in business.

The brand’s presence in North America is growing at a remarkable pace, and although we are currently living in challenging and unprecedented times, I am confident we can grow even further. Neolith invests heavily in its staff and in its mission to provide the best Sintered Stone product on the market. Therefore, with the assistance and expertise of the company’s committed distributing partners, its global team and a wide range of specialists in our field, we will be able to see the brand’s continued success in the region and around the world.” 

Neolith recently launched Neolith Atlanta: the manufacturer’s first dedicated US division. Crucially, it will strengthen the brand’s loyal and dedicated network of distributing partners in the south-eastern region and support the important work that they do, ensuring faster delivery times, better technical support, more timely communications and greater flexibility to respond to growing demand.

D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting President Pledges $1,000 per Month to CTEF During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Woody Sanders, President of D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting. Sanders has pledged to donate $1,000 per month going forward to help CTEF navigate through COVID-19.

Woody Sanders, President of D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation operates solely on industry sponsorship, donations, and registration fees associated with tile installation certification events for the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) and Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) programs. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has halted all in-person certification testing activities for the foreseeable future.

Woody Sanders, President of D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting, headquartered in Marietta, GA, is Certified Tile Installer #1295, the Proud Employer of CTIs, and a CTI program Evaluator. Sanders is passionately committed to nurturing and educating the tile industry work force and has said, “Had it not been for the invaluable education and certification of the CTI program, I would not be where I am today. Now it is my turn to support the CTEF.” 

CTEF can’t thank Sanders enough for his generous support of the CTEF mission and the CTI program with his monthly funding commitment.  If Sanders’ commitment speaks to you and you have found success in these trying times, please consider following in his footsteps on any level so that CTEF can continue to educate and certify our workforce as soon as in-person contact can be conducted safely.

To make your one-time or recurring tax-deductible donation to CTEF, please contact Cathey McAlister at 864-222-2131 or go to https://www.ceramictilefoundation.org/donate-now.

DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting President Pledges $1,000 per Month to CTEF During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) gratefully acknowledges the generosity of Woody Sanders, President of D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting. Mr. Sanders has pledged to donate $1,000 per month going forward to help CTEF navigate through COVID-19.

The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation operates solely on industry sponsorship, donations, and registration fees associated with tile installation certification events for the Certified Tile Installer (CTI) and Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) programs. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has halted all in-person certification testing activities for the foreseeable future.

The DW Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting crew.

Woody Sanders, President of D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting, headquartered in Marietta, GA, is Certified Tile Installer #1295, the Proud Employer of CTIs, and a CTI program Evaluator. Mr. Sanders is passionately committed to nurturing and educating the tile industry workforce and has said, “Had it not been for the invaluable education and certification of the CTI program, I would not be where I am today. Now it is my turn to support the CTEF.” 

CTEF can’t thank Woody enough for his generous support of the CTEF mission and the CTI program with his monthly funding commitment.  If Woody’s commitment speaks to you and you have found success in these trying times, please consider following in Woody’s footsteps on any level so that CTEF can continue to educate and certify our workforce as soon as in-person contact can be conducted safely.

To make your one-time or recurring tax-deductible donation to CTEF, please contact Cathey McAlister at 864-222-2131 or go to https://www.ceramictilefoundation.org/donate-now.

Beaver Tile and Stone expands their offering of in stock product lines

Beaver Tile and Stone, a proud member of the Olympia Tile Group, is expanding their offering of in stock produt lines for immediate availability for their customers. Beaver Tile now offers 45 different produt series in stock in their Michigan warehouses.

In addition, Beaver Tile is able to provide quick turn around time on over 150 million square feet of inventory available at their parent company, Olympia Tile and Stone in Toronto, Canada.

“It it critical now for contractors and consumers to have access to products for immediate use. The COVID shutdown has put great stress on the construction industry and we are doing our part to make tile immediately available to smooth out the construction process,” says Derrick Rose, VP of Operations at Beaver Tile.

Beaver Tile and Stone, founded in 1964, is a full-service ceramic tile and stone wholesale distributro with locations throughout Michigan. For locations, design inspiration and product offerings, visit www.beavertileandstone.com.

LATICRETE Names Patrick Millot CEO

Rothberg to retain Chairmanship, company staying 100% family-owned

July 20, 2020, Bethany, Conn. — LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven flooring solutions, has named Patrick Millot as its next Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds David A. Rothberg, who continues as Chairman of the Board. Millot joins LATICRETE on August 10, 2020 after a multi- faceted and accomplished career with the Fortune Global 500 company, Saint-Gobain.

Patrick Millot, LATICRETE CEO

“I am thrilled and honored by this opportunity! LATICRETE is a wonderful success story and a great global company with a leading brand in construction,” said Millot, in a phone call from Lexington, Massachusetts.

“Patrick comes to us after a successful career in manufacturing and omni channel distribution for the industrial and construction industries. Patrick’s experience running a larger globalized business will be a booster rocket to accelerate all of the wonderful work done to date at LATICRETE,” said Rothberg. “I remember the excitement, forty-two years ago when l came to work with my father, mother and brother Henry at LATICRETE, a 100% family-owned business. Now, as Chairman, I see the same focused enthusiasm in Patrick and am delighted that together, we will ensure continuity of our culture and values, while he takes our innovation, customer centricity and globalization to the next level. I am confident that Patrick will effectively take up the mantle begun with my parents, and transition seamlessly into his new role propelling LATICRETE forward.”

Millot will be ably supported by the existing seasoned LATICRETE corporate leadership team, who will now report to him. “I very much look forward to working with Patrick. It is a prime opportunity to reassess and prioritize opportunities within our businesses to provide our clients more and better tools for use in a fast-changing business environment,” said Edward Metcalf, LATICRETE North America President and Chief Operating Officer.  

“I look forward to partnering with Patrick and leveraging his broad international experience to accelerate the execution of our vision,” said Erno de Bruijn, President and Chief Operating Officer of the LATICRETE International Division.

Millot most recently served as CEO of Abrasives and Composites Systems at Saint-Gobain, a manufacturer of high-performance materials and building products. In this position, he led a division overseeing 12,300 employees from 88 sites in 30 countries. Before being promoted to Systems CEO, Millot served as President of the Ceramic division, and previously as Vice President of corporate planning, strategy and finance of the High Performance Materials sector. He started his 24-year career at Saint-Gobain in finance and strategy before being promoted to General Manager of the Reinforcement Division. He earned an engineering degree from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, holds a master’s in Economics, a LL. M. in International and European law and is a graduate from the Ecole Normale Supérieure. He is married and has three sons. He will be relocating from Boston to Connecticut.

Call for Entries: Tile of Spain Awards 2020

Miami, FL July 2020 – The Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER) announces the call for entry for the annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture, Interior Design and Final Degree Project. Sponsored by Endesa, and the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX), the Tile of Spain Awards have forged a prestigious reputation, promoting the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects worldwide. In previous years the panel of judges was chaired by prestigious architects:

  • Jacob van Rijs
  • Jorge Silvetti
  • Iñaki Ábalos
  • Emilio Tuñón
  • Manuel Gallego
  • Juan Navarro Baldeweg
  • Alberto Campo Baeza
  • Gonçalo Byrne
  • William J.R. Curtis
  • Terence Riley
  • Eduardo Souto de Moura
  • Carlos Ferrater
  • Luís Moreno Mansilla
  • Patxi Mangado
  • Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra
  • Mathías Klotz
  • Benedetta Tagliabue
  • Víctor López Cotelo

The panel of judges for the 2020 edition has yet to be confirmed.   

The Tile of Spain Awards have a prize fund of €39,000 ($44,082) shared between three categories. The two main categories, Architecture and Interior Design, each have cash prizes of €17,000 ($19,214). The Final Degree Project award has a cash prize of €5,000 ($5,625). The panel of judges is also entitled to give two special mentions in each category.  

Entries from Spain and abroad are being accepted now through October 23, 2020. Visit www.tileofspainawards.com to enter the contest or learn more about the Tile of Spain Awards.

About the Awards

The objective of the Tile of Spain Awards is to promote the use of Spanish ceramic tiles in architecture and interior design projects (both in Spain and abroad). The program boasts a consolidated trajectory and are held in high esteem by architecture professionals. 

The Tile of Spain Awards offer cash prizes totaling over $44,000 that are divided among three areas. The two main categories – Architecture and Interior Design – each have a cash prize of over $19,000. Special mentions may also be made in both categories, based on the judges’ criteria. The third category, the Final Degree Project, targets students of architecture and has a cash prize of over $5,000. In all three categories, entries are welcome from both Spanish and international participants. 

The award ceremony will be held in Valencia during CEVISAMA 2021. Full details of this and previous editions of the awards are available at www.tileofspainawards.com

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