Coverings 2018 Partners with Delta Airlines to Offer Discounted Flights

Coverings 2018 has partnered with Delta Airlines to offer discounted flights to Atlanta. The discount is available for both domestic and international attendees and exhibitors traveling between May 2 and May 16, 2018.

When booking online, select “Book A Trip”, which will bring you to the “Book A Flight” page. When entering your search options, make sure to enter the code below in the “Meeting Event Code” box provided on the page:

Coverings 2018 code: NMQTG

Reservations may also be made by calling Delta Meeting reservations at (800) 328-1111, Mon – Fri, 7am-7pm CST (US and Canada only). Please note that there is a direct ticketing fee for booking through the reservation number above.

Discounts will vary based on flight origination and class of service selected.

Click here to visit Delta’s Meetings Travel website for reservations and ticketing.

2018 CID Awards Submissions Now Open

The Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects. Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged.
Submissions for the 2018 CID Awards are now being accepted. Submission deadline is January 15, 2018.

Prizes:

  • A grand prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the most outstanding project, showcasing excellence in both design and installation.
  • Eight category winners will receive $2,000.
  • All winners will win a free one-night stay in Atlanta to attend the Coverings 2018 show along with onsite recognition.

Click here to submit entries now!

Fuse Alliance and Starnet Worldwide Join Forces to Address Key Industry Issues and Challenges

Two of the largest organizations of commercial flooring contractors, Starnet Worldwide Commercial Flooring and Fuse Alliance, announced today that they will form a joint task force to focus on critical issues facing the commercial flooring industry. During a meeting last month in Chicago, both groups’ Board of Directors identified the task force as a collaborative step toward supporting each networks’ members and better serving their manufacturers.

The task force will address long-standing industry concerns such as moisture mitigation—including high-moisture solutions—and labor shortages in estimating and installation. Additionally, the task force will establish guidelines for regulatory practices including the current OSHA Crystalline Silica rules and other labor issues on the service side of the industry. By tapping into each other’s base of knowledge and resources, Starnet and Fuse can tackle a broader range of issues affecting the architecture and design industry, and ultimately craft a better customer experience.

The task force is estimated to launch by year’s end, and will be composed of seasoned members from both groups. Collectively, Fuse Alliance and Starnet Worldwide represent more than 250 of the most influential flooring contractors in the United States.

EGE SERAMIK INTRODUCES “TRI-WOOD.” OFFERING THE TRIVECTA IN PORCELAIN TILE

Ege Seramik has created a cutting-edge contemporary wood-look using modern inkjet technology with its latest introduction of the TRI-WOOD Collection.

This pressed; glazed porcelain tile is paired with a modern color palette of grey or beige – with gentle variation.

TRI-WOOD offers customers a winning TRIFECTA:

  • THE BEAUTY OF NATURAL WOOD
  • THE STRENGTH OF PORCELAIN TILE
  • THE DURABILITY OF A TURKISH PRODUCT

This 6” x 36” plank is suitable for residential to moderate commercial use. Its industrious qualities as a durable, hard-wearing tile… plus the ease of maintenance make TRI-WOOD ideal indoors and out.

BELKNAP WHITE NAMES TONY WHITFIELD VICE PRESIDENT/CERAMIC DIVISION

The Belknap White Group (BWG), one of America’s leading full-service flooring distributors, just announced that Tony Whitfield has accepted the position as Vice President of its Ceramic Division. In this role, he will be responsible for all ceramic-related products, including porcelain tiles and panels, natural stone, associated ceramic supplies…as well as supervision of BWG’s ceramic sales teams. He comes to BWG from Marazzi USA, where he was National Sales Director. Prior to that stint, for 15-plus years, Whitfield was General Manager of Alabama-based Jenkins Brick and Tile.

“As you can see, Tony has spent the majority of his career within the Ceramic Tile industry,” stated Joe O’Keefe, Human Resources Manager at BWG. “We are confident with his knowledge of the industry and positive attitude… he will be a great leader for our ceramic division.”

Whitfield is in the process of relocating to New England, and will be working out of BWG’s national headquarters in Mansfield, Massachusetts. “I’m equally excited and honored to be connected with an organization as successful and professional as is The Belknap White Group!” exclaimed Whitfield. “The firm already does a good job in marketing and providing top ceramic tile products to our customer base. Working with my new colleagues, my focus will be to grow this division even more.”

LATICRETE Hires Spencer Maheu as North America Director, Product Management

Maheu to drive new product innovation activities at LATICRETE

LATICRETE, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has hired Spencer Maheu as the North America Director, Product Management. Maheu will supervise the LATICRETE team of product managers in driving new product innovation across the North American region through the continued development and diversification of the company’s integrated marketing communications.

“Spencer has the background and experience that will push our company’s product innovation further, allowing LATICRETE to continue providing cutting-edge solutions for our customers. I look forward to seeing his contributions to the North American Division as we continue to expand our product offerings,” said Sean Boyle, LATICRETE Vice President, Marketing North America.

Maheu comes to LATICRETE from Osborn International, a division of Jason Industries, where he led the product management, marketing and business development teams. Prior to working at Osborn, Maheu led product development teams at Stanley Black & Decker.

Maheu received a bachelor’s degree in International Business from Western New England University.

RUSSO TRADING CO. DONATES OVER $36,000 IN TOOLS AFTER HURRICNES HARVEY AND IRMA

In a great team effort, Russo Trading has donated over $24,000 worth of products to help rebuild Houston after hurricane.

“Texas has been a great area for us, especially the Houston area. We wanted to make sure our customers who have been great to us had some tools to get back on their feet, hopefully reducing the number of tools that they would need to rebuy.

We selected tools based on issues we predicted these companies would have. Sending grout rakes to be used as squeegees to remove water, scraper tools to remove old thin set and grout that was damaged, and a floor machine to clean floors and sand down concrete floors for new foundation, and even re-grout floors with a grout attachment. Products for everyday use like sponges and tile cutters were sent as well.

In addition to helping their friends in Texas, RTC has compiled another shipment to Florida, that totals over $12,000 worth of tools in relief for another segment of valued customers. This totals more than $36,000 in donations this year between the two natural disasters seen in the South this summer. RTC is honored to provide help in any way possible. “Being in the tool business, we understand the investment that is made over the course of a career and feel this is the most efficient way to help a contractor get back on their feet”.

Coverings 2018 Registration Now Open

Coverings has opened online registration for its 2018 show, taking place May 8 – 11 in Atlanta. Taking place in Atlanta for the first time in five years, the 2018 show will feature 1,100 exhibitors representing more than 40 countries and take over 450,000 square feet of exhibition space at the Georgia World Congress Center. Programming for Coverings 2018 will offer sessions for every category of tile and stone professionals, featuring more than 60 CEUs for attendees. Along with networking opportunities, the 2018 show will feature the latest in products, innovations, and live demonstrations.

“Coverings aims to not only highlight the inherent value of tile and stone materials—their adaptability, durability, low environmental impact and beauty—but also foster connections between industry professionals, to grow businesses and build lasting professional relationships,” said Alena Capra, Coverings industry ambassador. “We’re thrilled to make our return to Atlanta in May and to engage with the vibrant community of industry professionals that comprise this market.”

Coverings offers attendees the opportunity to register through their social channels and easily invite their network to participate in the show. Benefits of early registration include notice of key programs and access to conference information, promotions, and other exclusive opportunities, as well as discounted hotel and travel.

For more information, visit www.coverings.com.

Attendance at Cersaie 2017 exceeds 111,000

Held Sept. 25-29 in Bologna, Italy and organized in cooperation with BolognaFiere, the International Exhibition of Ceramic Tile and Bathroom Furnishings, Cersaie 2017 was attended by 111,604 visitors, 4.7% more than in 2016, with increases in both international and Italian visitors. The show recorded growth in the number of both Italian visitors (+5.0% to a total of 58,422) and international attendees (+4.3% to 53,182) from almost all countries worldwide. The Italian and international press was also very strongly represented with a total of 922 journalists present.

Representativeness and international scope were the key characteristics of Cersaie, which alongside the traditional sectors of ceramic tiles and bathroom furnishings, also hosted a large number of exhibitors of wood, marble, and natural stone surface coverings and key components of the ceramic supply chain. With a total exhibition space of 156,000 m2, Cersaie saw growth in all exhibiting sectors and hosted a total of 869 exhibitors, including 323 foreign companies from 41 different countries, almost a third of the total. The best represented sector was that of ceramic tiles with 457 companies, followed by bathroom furnishings with 197 exhibitors.

Cersaie is also increasingly establishing itself as a key event for the world of architecture and interior design, installers, the media, and the general public. The architecture conferences were strongly attended and the Lesson in Reverse given by Fabio Novembre saw the participation of more than 1,300 students. The Milleluci exhibition in Hall 30 was a big success, as were the tile laying demonstrations and the training seminars for architects on the theme of large panels and slabs held in the Tiling Town.

The Press Cafés, the conversations on architecture and design organised in collaboration with leading magazines in the Architecture Gallery, were fully booked in many cases. ‘Cersaie designs your home’ was also strongly attended by consumers interested in renovating their homes, as well as Bologna Design Week, with a program of cultural events held in the evenings in a number of locations throughout the city.

For more information, visit www.cersaie.it.

Robert (Bob) Roberson celebrates 60 years

When David Allen Company planned it’s new national headquarters in the center of Raleigh, North Carolina, the proud owner wanted to put a spotlight on a building that would come to inspire the design community for years to come. The result is a building space far different in scale than the one used by the company’s founder, David G. Allen in 1920. When Robert (Bob) Roberson joined the company in October 1957, he would have no idea that he would be buying the company ten years later from Mr. Allen. As its new owner, Bob would begin implementing his own management style while retaining Mr. Allen’s core values, work ethic and keen focus on craftsmanship that had made such an impression upon him. Under Bob’s leadership and guidance, that legacy has remained intact throughout the next sixty (60) years.

Bob’s reputation steadily progressed as a leader in the growing industry of terrazzo, stone, tile and high-end floor finishes over those 60 years. He has become recognized as a mentor to the next generation of leaders that will be needed to meet the ever-escalating demands upon skill levels and the seemingly exponential expansion of product knowledge that will be required for those following that path in their own leadership roles. Bob brought master craftsmen from Italy to train local craftsmen, expanding the style and flair of their culture here as well. The company reflects upon 97 years of history as Bob celebrates 60 years with the company. Under his guidance, the company has been featured in many publications and enjoyed many awards. David Allen Company’s 2015 Associated Building Contractor’s (ABC) Contractor of the Year award capped Bob’s ascendance, in many respects, as a leader for the ages.

Since it’s founding, David Allen Company has influenced and encouraged the design community to exceed accepted standards and inspired by David Allen Company’s emphasis on quality of materials, superior craftsmanship and attention to details, accept that challenge. Like those durable materials and finishes so proficiently delivered time and again by his company, Bob Roberson himself has stood the test of time. As the company approaches a century of continuous business, Bob’s legacy continues as well. As Bob is happy to remind observers, as in his mission statement, Where there is no vision, the people will perish (Proverbs 29:18).

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