July 30, 2014

MAPEI Closes 75th Anniversary with $75K Giveaway

MAPEI Americas celebrated the company’s 75th anniversary (1937-2012) with a $75,000 Giveaway Sweepstakes. At the close of 2012, the drawings were held; Jeff Bennett and Dale 75k giveWalton of Business Flooring Specialists in Fort Worth, Texas, won the $50,000 grand prize.  Bennett, president, and Walton, vice-president, are co-owners of Business Flooring Specialists.

“It was an absolute shock when we received the call that we won the grand prize of $50,000,” said Bennett. “I don’t think anyone ever believes they’ll get that kind of phone call. We’ve purchased a lot from MAPEI over the years and have always been pleased with the quality, performance and value of their products. We are honored that we won this prize. Thank you, MAPEI, for your support of our business throughout the years.”

“We thought the best way to celebrate our 75 years in business was to share the celebration with our business partners,” said Luigi Di Geso, president and CEO of MAPEI Americas. “All the prizes we have given out as part of our 75th anniversary celebration are representative of our strong relationships with concrete and flooring contractors in the construction industry. We hope that we and all our partners will enjoy similar growth and success in the next 75 years.”

Other winners in the $75K Giveaway included:

  • First Prize – Polaris Ranger RZR XP 900 – John Laurie of Jack Laurie Flooring in Fort Wayne, IN75th
  • Second Prizes (4) – 60″ Flat-Screen LCD TV
    • Jennifer Helder – Ritsema Associates in Grandville, Michigan
    • Ria Francesca – Jantile, Inc., in Bronx, New York
    • Jim Judd – Master Craft Carpet Service, Inc., in Redford, Michigan
    • Steve Stefanyk – Benefit Floors, Ltd., in Surrey, British Columbia
  • Third Prizes (8) – iPad Tablets
    • Dennis Arnold – Carpets by Dennis in Marietta, Georgia
    • Simon Kanaan – Sigma Marble in Houston, Texas
    • Marcel Sousa – Precision Tile and Granite, Inc., in Los Altos, California
    • Chris Cornelius – Cornelius Contracting, LLC, in Spring, Texas
    • Yisroel Silverstone – Silver Stone Contracting Co. in Lakewood, New Jersey
    • Robert Bazzano – B&B Contracting, Inc., in Pompano Beach, Florida
    • Larry Rogers – House of Floors in Killeen, Texas
    • David Degol – David Degol in Duncansville, PA

Bennett was presented with a $50,000 check at the MAPEI press conference held during Surfaces 2013, the international trade show for floor covering professionals. All other winners received their prizes from their MAPEI area sales director and local sales representative.

About MAPEI

MAPEI Group, with 65 subsidiaries including 62 plants in 30 countries, is today the world leader in the manufacturing of adhesives and complementary products for the installation of all types of floor and wall coverings. The company also specializes in manufacturing other chemical products for building, including waterproofing products, special mortars and admixtures for concrete, products for the restoration of ancient buildings, and special decorative and protective coatings for walls.

Eighteen MAPEI manufacturing facilities are located in the Americas, with headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Florida. MAPEI is an environmentally conscious manufacturer – the company has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2001 and a member of the Canadian Green Building Council since 2008. MAPEI Americas is a registered provider to the AIA/CES program and also offers training related to ceramic and stone tile, floor coverings and concrete repair through the MAPEI Technical Institute. The Quality Management Systems of the majority of MAPEI Americas facilities are ISO 9001 certified. Visit www.mapei.com for technical data or call 1-800-42-MAPEI (1-800-426-2734) for the nearest location.

TCAA joins CTDA, NTCA and TCNA in hosting Total Solutions Plus 2013

TSP-logo NTCA TCNA CTDA TCAAThe Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA) has joined the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) to jointly host the 2013 Total Solutions Plus (TSP) October 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla.

TSP brings the ceramic tile industry together to network and learn from each other.  Initially launched in 2010 the annual event  features a substantial seminar schedule, the individual meetings of participants like CTDA, NTCA,  and TCNA , an increasingly popular tabletop show, and unparalleled opportunities for formal and informal networking.

TSP has benefited from the enthusiastic participation of distributors, manufacturers and contractors. The addition of TCAA adds a welcome dimension to programming and participation. In making the announcement,  Chris Pattavina of TCAA noted: “We are confident that by joining this industry-wide event, TCAA members will receive significant value from substantial  technical and management education offerings on tap for Total Solutions Plus, plus opportunities to learn about the newest industry products and solutions from an expanded pool of vendors.  With a solid program, great social events and a beautiful location, we believe TCAA members will find Total Solutions Plus an informative and enjoyable event.”

Rick Church, executive director of CTDA, said: “We are hoping that this will increase industry participation and attendance this year and create an even better TSP in the future.”

Highlights of Total Solutions Plus 2013 include an insightful pair of keynote presentations. The 2013 opening keynote,” It’s Showtime…and Life Isn’t a Dress Rehearsal,” presented by Jon Petz, reminds attendees that “merely meeting expectations” is no longer enough.  The closing keynote by Mark Scharenbroich is “Nice Bike – Hitting the Road to Make Meaningful Connections.” Scharenbroich successfully mixes thousands of black leather, bandana wearing Harley-Davidson riders, one 100th year anniversary celebration and a beige Ford Taurus to see the Nice Bike principle in action and build stronger and more meaningful connections in your personal and professional lives.

JOHN KUNZ OF KEPCO+ WINS THE 2012 MIA CRAFTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Marble Institute of America, Inc. (MIA) has announced that John Kunz of Kepco+ in Salt Lake City, Utah is the 2012 recipient of the MIA Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award.

john kunzYou only have to spend a few minutes with John Kunz to feel the passion he has for the natural stone business. Few men have had more diverse experiences than Kunz, who has been in the stone business for 34 years. He began working as an apprentice stone mason for a residential contractor doing interior walls, floors, and counter-tops, exterior walls and planters. Little did he know at that time, with each stone he set, he was laying the foundation for a career that would take him to 44 cities and allow him to work on stone projects totaling over 2.8 million square feet of stone, including several of the nation’s most impressive and historic projects.

After four years in the business, he became a full-fledged journeyman. Three years later, he earned an associates degree in construction engineering from Dean Technical Institute in Pennsylvania. In 1985, Kunz began working on his first large commercial stone project as a craftsman. Within two weeks, he was promoted to shop foreman and responsible for plant operations where he oversaw the project’s panel production for 18 months.

Kunz credits a lot of his management skills to a 62-year-old superintendent at Continental Marble and Granite, who urged him to show up for work a half hour early every day so he could teach him the trade.

Kunz eventually took his talents to New England and then toSan Diego, where he met Bruce Knaphus, president of Salt Lake City-based KEPCO+. “Kunz tracked us down about a specific job we had down in Rancho Bernardo at the time,” Knaphus remembers. “He walked in and looked the part. And when we started chatting, he spoke the part. He was strong and knew his way around the stone business. It has proved to be the case for 20 years.”

In 1992, Kunz began working for KEPCO+ as a seasoned journeyman setter and crew trainer. Within a few months he was elevated to foreman, and in 1998 he was promoted to General Superintendent. In 2004, he was promoted to his current role of Field Operations Manager.

“John brings a wealth of resources from the field perspective,” says Knaphus. “He’s probably the most professional field foreman who has come up through working with his hands that I’ve ever seen.”

Part of a team that has won nine MIA Pinnacle Awards in the past decade, Kunz has been the point man in the field for Kepco+ for projects including: the Cottonwood Corporate Center in Salt Lake City, Utah; Eccles Egyptian Theater/Convention Center in Ogden, Utah; 24 story Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah; Nauvoo Temple Re-Creation in Nauvoo, Illinois; New York City’s 90 West Building Renovation; Utah State Capitol Expansion; Utah State Capitol Renovation; and, the LDS Temple in British Columbia, (Canada); to name just a few.

In addition to Kunz’s technical resume, those that work with him recognize his intuitive ability to manage his team. He has the ability to see problems before they start and works well with his partners. His understanding of the trade has earned the respect of general contractors, architects and owners. Kunz’s expertise is recognized by his clients, and he is often requested to be a part of the project when negotiating with the client.

Kunz always remembers the helping hands he received while growing up in the business and readily shares his knowledge with younger craftsmen. This is a major factor in his selection as Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year.

Kunz added, “I like to give back to the guys today, work with them, give them a chance to grow and give them the opportunity to learn in the field of stone masonry.”

In spite of all Kunz’ years of experience in the field, perhaps his best quality is his dedication to his wife and his two children. The definitive “Hockey Dad”, Kunz’s support and commitment to his family is second to none. Through the years, he has dedicated his home life to attending hockey events with his son and horseback riding with his daughter – horse, trailer, and all!

About the Marble Institute ofAmerica

For over 65 years the Marble Institute of America (MIA) has been the world’s leading information resource and advocate for the natural dimension stone industry. MIA members include marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, and other natural stone producers and quarriers, fabricators, installers, distributors, and contractors around the world. MIA is a registered provider to the AIA/CES program and offers training related to natural stone. Visitwww.marble-institute.com for information on natural stone.

February 2013 Letter from the President

dan welch imageThis month, I want to talk about certification. On April 30, 2008, I became the first CTEF Certified Tile Installer (yes, my card reads: CTI #01). I am proud to have been involved in our industry when this monumental task was accomplished.

I remember executive director Scott Carothers stating, “I feel we are building the Model T from the ground up.” Over the years, certification has changed from the four-day class to a two-day evaluation, and eventually evolved into a very intense one-day certification with an online written exam. Many tough decisions were made to get this program streamlined without diluting the rigor of proper knowledge and skills testing. It also had to be marketed to our customers so they understand what it means to be a tile professional. Today, I feel that Scott and his crew have got it nailed.

Over four years later, we are now working (as an industry) with many new groups to bolster the program. Groups including the CTEF, IUBAC, IMI, NTCA, TCNA, and TCAA have banded together to offer advanced certification. From industry feedback, including our own, we know that basic certification does not necessarily mean an installer can confidently perform difficult installations like showers, mud-bed, wall mud, large-format tiles, and waterproofing. I am proud to say we can look forward to these advanced modules of certifications in the very near future. As a committee member working on the shower certification, I’m excited to be a part of this ground-breaking joint venture. My goal for advanced certification is not to make it difficult for tile setters to attain such certification, but to identify a standard for quality and build the confidence of our customers.

Welch Tile & Marble has succeeded in the tile industry by offering a professionally-installed tile job with quality, service and value in mind. Unfortunately, many of our projects are re-doing another contractor’s mistakes. Tile jobs are unique because they can initially be aesthetically pleasing, but soon reveal the installer’s lack of experience with loose (unbonded) tile, cracked tile, lippage, tenting, and leaking showers. This can happen in a few months, or it could take years. The unsuspecting consumer may hire a contractor who sells them on their ability, with few resources to verify his/her qualifications. The advanced certification program bridges this gap and helps protect the consumer. It also protects the qualified contractor who bids the job doing it right the first time.

If you are reading this article, you are the contractor we need. Your knowledge and experience is what sells. If you think low price is your only sales tool, think again. Consumers will pay more if they understand the value of peace of mind, and the cost of doing a job twice.

The CTEF is working very hard on your behalf to educate your customers. Tile should be a “life of the structure” choice. Certification is an easy way you can prove your value, provide peace of mind, and earn more work without sacrificing profit.

My advice: get involved, get certified, and provide knowledge and experience to support your ever-changing industry.

Sincerely,
Daniel Jay Welch
President NTCA,
Welch Tile & Marble Inc.

MAPEI Americas Introduces New Product Line

MAPEI, a global manufacturer of tile and stone installation systems, has just introduced a complete line of care and maintenance products that will add to the durability of these types ultracareof floor covering installations in the Americas. For the last 18 months, MAPEI’s Research and Development team has worked on developing a complete line of high-quality products that will rival the other products currently in the market. MAPEI has also set up a full production line to support this new range of products.

“For the past 75 years, MAPEI has been an industry leader in developing products for the installation of tile and stone, including surface preparation, waterproofing, mortars and grouts. MAPEI is excited about our UltraCare line of products for the care and maintenance of stone, tile and grout surfaces,” said Nick Valenti, MAPEI’s UltraCare systems technical representative.

The addition of this comprehensive lineup complements MAPEI’s existing installation systems by offering a complete array of items:

  • Sealers
  • Finishes
  • Cleaners
  • Problem-Solvers
    sealer picThese products have been designed for the industry professional and do-it-yourself markets.  Each product is formulated to be environmentally friendly, safe to handle and easy to use, as well as to provide outstanding performance and durability at a cost-effective price. The complete line of UltraCare products will be available to distributorships for the use of professional contractors on February 1.

David Mowery, Product Manager for the UltraCare line, commented: “From protecting delicate natural stone to maintaining porcelain and ceramic tile, MAPEI’s UltraCare care and maintenance products deliver outstanding results. From the bottom to the top, work with the best – work with MAPEI.”

About MAPEI

MAPEI Group, with 65 subsidiaries including 62 plants in 30 countries, is today the world leader in the manufacturing of adhesives and complementary products for the installation of all types of floor and wall coverings. The company also specializes in manufacturing other chemical products for building, including waterproofing products, special mortars and admixtures for concrete, products for the restoration of ancient buildings, and special decorative and protective coatings for walls.

Eighteen MAPEI manufacturing facilities are located in the Americas, with headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Florida. MAPEI is an environmentally conscious manufacturer – the company has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2001 and a member of the Canadian Green Building Council since 2008. MAPEI Americas is a registered provider to the AIA/CES program and also offers training related to ceramic and stone tile, floor coverings and concrete repair through the MAPEI Technical Institute. The Quality Management Systems of the majority of MAPEI Americas facilities are ISO 9001 certified. Visit www.mapei.com for technical data or call 1-800-42-MAPEI (1-800-426-2734) for the nearest location.

Strategic, Successful Growth Elicits Top-Level Promotions at LATICRETE

 February 17, 2013 –LATICRETE International, a manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, announced today strategic promotions of several key sales and marketing individuals. LATICRETE has experienced strong growth in North America and International markets over the past 5 years through a deliberate and disciplined approach to fulfilling its long-range strategic vision. According to Ed Metcalf, LATICRETE President, North American Division, “Every LATICRETE team member is aware of and aligned to our overall 5-year goals, and we have benefited greatly through this clear focus on one distinct mission. Happily, as a result of our strong growth in North America, we are strengthening our bench of management talent there through a number of key promotions.”

 Ron Nash has been appointed LATICRETE Vice President, North America Sales & Marketing. Nash, who has been a LATICRETE Team Member since 2004, most recently held the position of Director of Sales, Architectural Products Division. His added responsibilities include the LATICRETE Specialty Products Division, as well as the Marketing and Technical Services departments. “I’m looking forward to working even more closely than before with the most talented Marketing and Technical Services teams in the tile industry,” Nash commented. “In particular, I’m excited to work in tandem with them, and with our capable Specialty Products Division team, as we pursue new product categories and new markets in the future.” Metcalf notes, “Ron has shown himself to be both aggressive and creative in crafting the direction for our sales team, and I’m sure this same energy will be as effectively applied to the united team efforts of our combined North America resources.”

Rob Smith has been promoted to LATICRETE Director of Sales, Architectural Products Division. A LATICRETE Team Member since joining the firm in 2008, his previous position was that of LATICRETE Assistant Director of Sales, Architectural Products Division. He stated, “I am very excited to be at the helm of the best sales force in our industry. I am fortunate to have such a great team of people to work with, from our Reps in the field, to the owners of our company.”  Nash adds, “Rob demonstrated amazingly strong leadership in all of his past roles; I’m looking forward to watching what he does with his new, expanded responsibilities”.

Eric Pucilowski has been promoted to Assistant Director of Sales. Pucilowski, who has been a LATICRETE Team Member since 2004, assumes this new position after holding the title of LATICRETE Regional Sales Manager. “I’m looking forward to the challenges of overseeing both our MVP Program and National Accounts, as well as continuing with some previous regional sales responsibilities.   I feel lucky and honored to have these opportunities.”

Ed Metcalf retains his title of LATICRETE President, North America Division, but will be taking on additional responsibilities as his promotion includes assuming direction of Research & Development as well as Operations with the North America Division. A LATICRETE Team Member since 1985, Metcalf has served on the Board of Directors of the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, the National Tile Contractors Association, and the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. He was the recipient of the Tile Partners for Humanity “Tile Partner of the Year Award”, and in 2011 was inducted into the CTDA Hall of Fame.  “It is a blessing to work with, as I do, so many talented individuals”, says Metcalf. “All share a commitment not only to their jobs, their customers and to the company that they work for, but to each other and to the industry as a whole. LATICRETE International has always been committed to the industry and to the communities around the world within which we operate, and we look forward to continuing our growth in a responsible and sustainable fashion moving ahead”.

LATICRETE International, Inc. provides globally proven construction solutions for the building industry.  LATICRETE® products are manufactured and distributed worldwide in the commercial and consumer channels. The company’s philosophy of innovation and technical expertise has led to an unparalleled reputation and commitment to superior quality, performance and customer service. Engineered and produced in state-of-the-art ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities, LATICRETE offers a broad product portfolio including an extensive line of independently certified low VOC sustainable products. LATICRETE®, LATAPOXY®, SPECTRALOCK®, HYDRO BAN® and DRYTEK® are registered brands of LATICRETE International, Inc. Corporate Website: www.laticrete.com.

Eight Designer Colors Added to LATICRETE® SPECTRALOCK® Dazzle

dazzlLATICRETE, a manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has added eight bright and exhilarating additive colors to its LATICRETE® SPECTRALOCK® Dazzle line. “Blue Hawaii,” “Tangerine Orange,” “Limeade,” “Pretty in Pink,” “Lemonade,” “Ruby Slippers,” “Candied Apple” and “Purple Haze” will continue to add unique design enhancements to LATICRETE SPECTRALOCK PRO Premium Grout and LATICRETE SPECTRALOCK PRO Grout applications.

“These new colors bring contemporary, high-end design image ‘looks’, especially to glass tile installations,” stated Ryan Blair, LATICRETE Channel Manager. “Dazzle was a big hit when it was introduced ten years ago. Now, with these bold and cheerful new colors, it adds even more to one’s creative arsenal. Designers’ imaginations can run wild with the limitless artistic potential Dazzle now offers.”

Appropriate for both walls and floors, Dazzle can enhance plain tile and stone installations with a metallic look. It adds visual “kick” by accentuating metallic tiles, glass tiles, mosaics dazand natural stone with its various color combinations. Dazzle brings sparkle to pools and spas, and its Glow-In-The-Dark design brings a safety component to bathrooms, hallways and entryways.

LATICRETE International, Inc. provides globally proven construction solutions for the building industry.  LATICRETE® products are manufactured and distributed worldwide in the commercial and consumer channels. The company’s philosophy of innovation and technical expertise has led to an unparalleled reputation and commitment to superior quality, performance and customer service. Engineered and produced in state-of-the-art ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities, LATICRETE offers a broad product portfolio including an extensive line of independently certified low VOC sustainable products. LATICRETE®, LATAPOXY®, SPECTRALOCK®, HYDRO BAN® and DRYTEK® are registered brands of LATICRETE International, Inc. Corporate Website: www.laticrete.com.

LATICRETE Touchdown Promotion a Major Catch at Surfaces 2013

spectLATICRETE, a manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, held an interactive in-booth football touchdown promotion at the 2013 Surfaces trade show in Las Vegas celebrating the tenth anniversary of industry-leading LATICRETE® SPECTRALOCK® Grout.

A promotional was game played where contestants had the opportunity to “pass” small footballs through a target on a very large, inflatable LATICRETE SPECTRALOCK PRO PREMIUM Grout pail. All show attendees were invited to pretend they were at the “Big Game” and throw the game-winning touchdown. Everyone who took part became eligible to win one of ten Apple® iPad Minis.

“Show attendees were lining up into the aisle for a chance to win an iPad Mini,” exclaimed Maria Oliveira, LATICRETE Corporate Marketing Manager. “Everyone really got into the action and enjoyed themselves and our fun brand ambassadors, including a referee and several cheerleaders. We never lost sight, however, of the fact that this was the tenth anniversary of SPECTRALOCK, which continues to be the world-leading product of its kind, even after being launched a decade ago.”

Winners included Joel Snodgrass of Southern Flooring Inspectors; James Burk of Stanley Steemer; Hai Luong of SJ Flooring Outlet; Heather Schmidt of Imperial Flooring; Dave Boylen of River Woods Flooring; Musa Dajani of Carpetland; Kyle Griffiths of Abbey Floors & More; Tim Fielden of The Flooring Outlet and others.

LATICRETE International, Inc. provides globally proven construction solutions for the building industry.  LATICRETE® products are manufactured and distributed worldwide in the commercial and consumer channels. The company’s philosophy of innovation and technical expertise has led to an unparalleled reputation and commitment to superior quality, performance and customer service. Engineered and produced in state-of-the-art ISO 9001:2008 certified facilities, LATICRETE offers a broad product portfolio including an extensive line of independently certified low VOC sustainable products. LATICRETE®, LATAPOXY®, SPECTRALOCK®, HYDRO BAN® and DRYTEK® are registered brands of LATICRETE International, Inc. Corporate Website: www.laticrete.com.

TILE REDI AWARDED BEST NEW PRODUCT AT SURFACES 2013

Tile Redi®, world-leading manufacturer and marketer of pre-formed, one-piece shower pans and related accessories, received the award for “Surfaces 2013 Best New Product” sponsored by Floor Tends and Tile magazines. The winning product, Redi Trench™, is an incredibly exciting marriage of design and function.

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Farrell Gerber, Executive VP Sales of Tile Redi® stated, “Redi-Trench™ is the only linear drain system completely integrated into a leak-proof, mold-free shower pan. Designers have the choice of selecting either tile-in-grate or non-tile-able versions. We know this product meets the needs of so many shower applications, and is an ideal item to be specified for hotels with a sizable number of guestrooms.”

Redi Trench™ features offer endless design flexibility as  it can be used with any size Redi Base (30″–72”), plank pitched, molded-in trench. The Redi Trench™ is  plank pitched with a  molded-in trench that will accept any tile size. Additionally, it can be put in any trench location or any drain location with the option of specifying a tile-able or grate top. The product is offered in 40 popular models.

“Winning this award means a lot for the entire Tile Redi organization,” added Farrell Gerber,. “We spend countless hours in R&D with our design team to make sure we offer the market the maximum quality, highest performing products… all offered with the easiest installation. We are extremely proud that Redi Trench™ has received this honor.”

Tile Redi’s® patented and UL-listed shower pans and other innovative tile ready products are manufactured as pre-formed, one-piece shower modules. Shower pans are complete with fully integrated drains, curbs and splash walls, each leak-proof and mold free unit is pre-pitched for easy drainage and immediately ready for tile. By solving water intrusion problems, Tile Redi® shower pans inhibit the growth of mold and mildew. For more information, please contact: Tile Redi®, 4450 NW 126th Avenue, Suite 101, Coral Springs, FL 33065. Call 800-232-6156. www.tileredi.com

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB 15! Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition

 2013tilecomplogo (2)Confindustria Ceramica – the Italian Association of Ceramics comprised of over 150 Italian ceramic tile manufacturers – and the Italian Trade Commission announce the official call for entries for the 2013 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. Now in its 20th year, the competition honors the exceptional work of North American architects and designers who have featured Italian ceramic tiles in their institutional, residential, and commercial/hospitality projects. It celebrates the pairing of innovative design ideas and products from leading manufacturers of Italian ceramic tile in creating spaces that are well appointed, versatile, timeless, and sustainable. Recent winners include Fractal Construction, Leo A. Daly and RSP Architects.

For the 20th edition of the competition, North America-based architects and interior designers are invite to submit new or renovated domestic and international projects completed between January 2008 and January 2013. A special panel of design experts will judge the projects based on their creativity, functionality, and aesthetic appeal. The official criterion for the jury includes: overall design of the project; innovative use of tile; tile design; quality of installation; degree to which tile enhances the setting; and the project’s sustainable attributes.

Winners will be announced at the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference during Coverings in Atlanta, Georgia from April 29 – May 2, 2013, where the winners will present their projects to the public. The winning architect/designer in each category will receive a cash prize of $4,000 and a 5-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie 2013—the world’s largest exhibition for ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the winning contractor/tile distributor team in each category.

The Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is completely digital and free to enter. The online application, guidelines and an inspirational archive of winning projects from the past 20 years are available on the competition’s official website www.tilecompetition.com. The deadline for entries was today extended to February 15, 2013.