November 27, 2014

Tile Of Spain 2015 “Passport to Creativity” contest is open for entries

TOS Contest
Miami, FL September 2014 – Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), is now accepting entries for the 2015 Passport to Creativity contest.

The contest gives architects and interior designers an opportunity to enter to win a free trip to Spain. Winners will participate in a February 2015 architectural excursion where they will earn four CEU credits and get a chance to visit Cevisama 2015, the International Ceramic Tile and Bath Furnishing Show in Valencia, Spain.

To enter, Tile of Spain asks architects and interior designers to be creative and submit a picture of themselves with Spanish Tile. The tile can be a photo, a catalog or even a sample of Spanish Tile. Photos can be downloaded from the Inspiration Gallery at Be imaginative, and have fun!

“Passport to Creativity is a popular contest among architects and designers,” states Rocamador Rubio Gomez, representative for Tile of Spain. “The submission process fuels the creativity of these talented individuals and often sparks visionary design ideas for future projects. We are very excited to witness fresh and creative ideas in this year’s entries.”

The Tile of Spain 2015 Passport to Creativity Tour, running February 7th to 14th, 2015, includes time to explore beautiful Spain while experiencing its world-famous culture including the culinary arts, historical sites and attractions with architectural and design significance. The trip also includes a guided visit to Cevisama 2015, factory and booth tours and an exclusive press conference. All participants will earn CEU credits.

For complete rules, and details on how to enter “Passport to Creativity”, please visit Entries will be accepted through December 1, 2014 and winners will be notified in the week of December 15, 2014.

Daltile Debuts Industrial Park™ ColorBody™ Porcelain Featuring Revolutionary StepWise™ Technology

DALLAS – New from Daltile comes Industrial Park™ ColorBody™ Porcelain featuring StepWise™, a breakthrough in solutions-based technology to meet evolving commercial industry standards. Even in heavy commercial applications, this patent-pending technology combines slip resistance with superior cleanability to provide long-lasting beauty and performance.

Providing a dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF) that is among the highest in the market, (.68<) Industrial Park can be used in a variety of unprecedented applications, including interior ramps. The collection includes a cove base accent that creates a seamless transition from tile to trim. This coordinating cove base is ideal for regions with building codes that require a sanitary trim, particularly in hospital and food settings.

“At Daltile, we always champion the best solutions for our customers to meet their needs as industry standards are changing,” said Lori Kirk-Rolley, vice president of brand marketing for Dal-Tile. “From safety, to sanitation requirements, we want our customers to have access to products that go above and beyond the standards, delivering not only performance and function, but also beauty.”


Industrial Park™ ColorBody™ Porcelain

Inspired by terrazzo and concrete, Industrial Park asserts itself with solid colors punctuated by randomly placed colored flakes of varying dimension for optimum visual appeal.  Industrial Park is the first to feature Daltile’s StepWise™ Technology.  This patent-pending process combines superior slip resistance with exceptional cleanability making Industrial Park a great choice for heavy commercial applications, including interior ramps. StepWise Technology and beauty converge delivering solid design and useful function to any space.

  • Available in three large format floor sizes: 12”x12”, 12”x24” and 24”x24” – and three trim sizes – 3”x12” bullnose, 6”x12” cove base and 1”x6” corner
  • Four contemporary colors include: Light Gray, Charcoal Black, Natural Beige and Chestnut Brown
  • StepWise™ technology creates a superior slip-resistance surface that is easy to maintain
  • Offers one of the highest DCOF ratings of any ColorBody series in the market at 0.68<
  • Made in USA

Industrial Park is part of Daltile’s extensive 2014 Fall New Product Launch. Additional new collections catering to both the residential and commercial audiences include Uptown Glass™ Mosaics, Jewel Tide™ Tumbled Glass Mosaics, Retro Rounds™ Porcelain Glazed Penny Rounds, Showscape™ Wall Tile, Cotto Contempo™ Glazed Porcelain, along with expansions to the popular Color Wave™ Glass Mosaics, Tiger Eye™ Glass and Metal Wall Mosaics, ONE™ Quartz, granite and quartzite slab, and bath accessories collections.

To view all of Daltile’s new product offerings, visit

About Daltile

Daltile is an industry-leading brand of ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal, manufactured stone and natural stone tile products.  Daltile products are distributed through over 250 company-owned sales service centers, stone slabyards and gallery design centers that service a robust network of trade customers.  Dedicated to innovative product development and distinguished style, Daltile provides a rich palette of quality products created to inspire residential and commercial designs. For more information, visit and follow Daltile on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.




Latest Daltile Product Launch Offers Bold, Unique Takes on Tile

DALLAS – Daltile’s latest collections embrace bold trends that are not for the faint of heart. Metallic blends, bold patterns, and a variety of shapes and colors provide endless options to update interior and exterior spaces with a fresh look. Additions include brand new collections, as well as extensions to some of Daltile’s most popular product lines.

New to the lineup, Uptown Glass™, Jewel Tide™ and Retro Rounds™ take a unique twist on classic mosaics. The Showscape™ collection features large format glazed ceramic tiles that come in bold colors and raised patterns, providing a multisensory experience of tone and texture. Additional colorways have been added to the popular Color Wave™ and Tiger Eye™ mosaic collections, adding to the already diverse options.

With a contemporary take on cotto, Cotto Contempo™, makes the transition seamless from the living room to the lanai thanks to its indoor and outdoor applications. Nodding to neutral color trends, the extension of the ONE™ Quartz and Natural Stone Granite and Quartzite slab lines brings new shades to countertops.  For the bath, new metallic and stone shelving options – part of the bath accessories line – bring function and finesse to a finished space.

“Our customers are becoming bolder in their design choices,” said Lori Kirk-Rolley, vice president of brand marketing at Dal-Tile. “We want to help them unleash their creativity and show off a little bit of personality with these new collections. Whether they want to be bold with tile, or simply create a great neutral backdrop to decorate around, we have a tile that can play that role.”

The new collections are a part of Daltile’s extensive Fall Product Launch. One additional collection catering mostly to the commercial market – Industrial Park™, featuring StepWise™, a patent-pending technology that combines slip resistance with superior cleanability – will be available this fall as well.

New Product Introductions:

Uptown Glass™ Mosaics


With a contemporary, urban inspiration, this chic collection reflects the most current design trends.  Featuring a range of beautiful solid colors and dynamic pattern options, Uptown Glass Mosaics allow easy style expression for accent walls, backsplashes and floors. And, with the addition of new technology, many of the patterns and finishes in this collection are made to withstand pool and spa chemicals, providing an excellent choice to make a splash with pool or hot tub designs.

  • Exotic prints, geometric patterns and beautiful iridescent tones make a bold and unique statement in any space
  • Complementary wall and floor options can help create a continuous look in any room
    • Pearl 1”x1” series includes four color options: Pearl White, Pearl Brown, Pearl Blue and Pearl Taupe
    • Metro 1”x1” glass blends come in Metro Taupe, Metro Cream and Metro Gray
    • Exotic 1”x1” glass blends are available in three shades: Exotic Ivory, Exotic Brown and Exotic Black
    • 1” Hex Wall Series includes three color options: Alabaster, Frost Moka and Ebony
    • 1” Hex Floor Series is available in matte versions of the Wall Series, as well as Carrara
  • Mesh mounted on 12”x12” sheets
  • Contains 98 percent recycled content


Jewel Tide™ Tumbled Glass Mosaics


With its shimmering hues and tumbled glass look, Jewel Tide could have been collected from the incoming surf. Augmented by metallic accents, the gorgeous weathered appearance adds a calming complement to contemporary design. An array of color options include a variety of coordinating hues, providing a beautiful range of looks to match any design palette.

  • Available in eight glass blends featuring a unique tumbled edge: Sea Glass Shimmer, Beach Pebble, Amber Wave, Silver Shore, Cobblestone, Sparkling Sand, Bonfire and Sunset Path
  • Brick joint pattern is mesh mounted on 12”x12” sheets
  • Ideal for use in backsplashes, pools, spas, or shower/tub walls


Retro Rounds™ Porcelain Glazed Penny Rounds


Nostalgic with a contemporary twist, Retro Rounds brighten up walls, backsplashes and even pool linings. From Cherry Red and Orange Soda to Cobalt Circle and Daffodil Yellow, 13 vibrant color options make up this delightful collection including a classic polka dot option.

  • Available in 13 solid color glazed porcelain mosaics and two patterns:
    • Polka Dot, Canvas Black, Saddle Brown, Cobalt Circle, Denim Blue, Bold White, Cream Soda, Smoky Gray, Engine Gray, Daffodil Yellow, Orange soda and Cherry Red
  • Matte finishes suitable for flooring include: Polka Dot, Canvas Black and Bold White
  • Mesh mounted on 12”x12” sheets
  • Ideal for indoor and outdoor flooring, walls and backsplashes and pool lining


Showscape™ Wall Tile


When design meets innovation, this stunning series is the result. Showscape features Daltile’s Visual Imaging™ technology to create striking designs using color dimension and depth, resulting in a multisensory experience of tone and texture. The engaging patterns in this collection are synchronized to flow together regardless of the tile direction. Combined with multiple color options, it provides a range of creative possibilities.

  • Five modern patterns and nine colors range from neutral to bold:
    • Colors available: Stylish White, Almond, Soft Gray, Deep Gray, Cocoa, Black, Vivid Green, Crisp Blue and Currant
    • Patterns available: Arabesque, Square Lattice, Chevron, Reverse Dot and Brushstroke
  • Visual Imaging™ technology adds raised pattern texture that is pleasing to the touch
  • Available in large format 12”x24” suitable for walls and ideal for large spaces
  • 12” Jolly provides a sophisticated and contemporary trim finish


Cotto Contempo™ Glazed Porcelain



Expansive as it is stunning, this gorgeous, upscale glazed porcelain marries a bold cotto look with elements of cracked cement. Equally at home in an urban loft or country villa, Cotto Contempo’s contemporary, large-format tiles are a great choice for floors, walls, countertops and more. With its earthy, dimensional hues and multi-faceted color variance Cotto Contempo offers stunning, modern style in four colors to indoor and outdoor spaces.

  • Fresh contemporary look combines traditional cotto with elements of cracked cement
  • Available in four field sizes: 61Ž2”x61Ž2”, 13”x13”, 20”x20” and 12”x24”
  • Four earthy color options: Pennsylvania Avenue, Wall Street, Michigan Avenue and Sunset Boulevard
  • State-of-the-art Reveal Imaging™ technology emulates the beauty of natural stone, while delivering the performance and durability of a porcelain tile.
  • Made in USA


Line Extensions:


ONE™ Quartz Countertops


Daltile has extended the popular ONE™ Quartz solid surface line with a series of new color options incorporating the latest organic looks. In line with the latest kitchen and bath design trends, seven new elegant choices offer options across a continuum of neutral hues. ONE™ Quartz features proven heat and scratch resistance and is virtually maintenance-free.

  • New contemporary colors have been added to the Geo Flecks and Nature Flecks collections, along with two crossover colors under the Micro Flecks collection:
    • Geo Flecks – Chipped Ice, Midnight Canyon and Riverbank
    • Nature Flecks – Honeyed Mahogany, Molten Grey, Snow Leopard and White Sand
    • Micro Flecks – Meteor Shower and Morning Frost
  • Low-maintenance – heat and scratch resistant


Color Wave™ Glass Mosaics

Colorful glass and glowing mosaics make up Color Wave from Daltile, now with new Classic Block colorways. With jovial tones and fresh dimensions, this collection is fashion-forward, trendy and chic. Create a space that pops with personality and drama using the vibrant color offering, or bask in the radiance of the Classic Solid colors and coordinating tones of the Classic Blends and Classic Blocks. You’re sure to transform your room with Color Wave, offering a sensational approach to design, and an array of stylish options.

  • New Classic Block options include: Ice White and eight blends (Willow Waters, Soft Cashmere, Downtown Oasis, Sweet Escape, Rain Forest, Autumn Trail, Winter Blues, Evening Mixer)
  • Available in a 3” block style
  • Suitable for interior and exterior walls/backsplashes and pool linings


Tiger Eye™ Glass & Metal Wall Mosaics

The antique-look of glass married with earthy tones create the striking blends included in the Tiger Eye series. Now you can add the perfect element of shine with the Tiger Eye Glass & Metal wall mosaic, an extension of the Random Linear mosaic options currently available. This stunning option for backsplashes and accent walls will transform your space into an exotic escape.

  • Available in block random styled glass and metal blends ideal for interior walls and backsplashes
  • New Tiger Eye Metallic colorways include: Caspian Stainless, Bali Bronze, Siberian Copper, Indo Stainless, Sumatran Copper and Java Copper


Natural Stone Granite & Quartzite Slabs

Growing the portfolio of natural stone offerings, Daltile is introducing new granite and quartzite slab colors in gray and white tones. These new colors meet the growing demand for gray and neutral colors in the kitchen, while providing durability and unique textures found in natural stone colorways.

  • Granite additions include: White Ice and Sterling
  • Quartzite additions include: Ocean Tide and Calacatta
  • Available in 2cm and 3cm thickness, with a polished finish


Bath Accessories

Adding to the current bath accessories line, new cast metal and stone contemporary corner shelves are available in options that will match any style, including finishes from white gloss to oil-rubbed bronze. These complementing finishes are all permanently sealed with Q-Seal™, which protects against stains and abrasions. Their sleek design features a lip around the edge to prevent items from slipping off the shelves, and a drainage hole keeps liquids from collecting.

  • Six new finishes include: Stainless, Oil-Rubbed Bronze, White Gloss, Travertine, Sand and Gray
  • Each finish is available in two corner shelf sizes: 9 1/8” and 5 1Ž4”
  • Q-Seal protects against water damage and stains, as well as abrasion
  • Ultra-Fresh(R) antimicrobial protection inhibits the growth of stains and odor-causing mold and mildew


To view all of Daltile’s new product offerings, visit

About Daltile

Daltile is an industry-leading brand of ceramic, porcelain, glass, metal, manufactured stone and natural stone tile products.  Daltile products are distributed through over 250 company-owned sales service centers, stone slabyards and gallery design centers that service a robust network of trade customers.  Dedicated to innovative product development and distinguished style, Daltile provides a rich palette of quality products created to inspire residential and commercial designs. For more information, visit and follow Daltile on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About Dal-Tile Corporation

Dal-Tile is the largest manufacturer and marketer of ceramic tile and natural stone products used in residential and commercial design and construction across North America. The company, a division of Mohawk Industries, was founded in 1947 and is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. As a leader in the industry, Dal-Tile delivers advancements in product innovation with its Reveal Imaging™, Outstand Technology™ and Proadvanced™ Protection Program. The company is committed to incorporating environmentally friendly materials, processes and products throughout its organization. Dal-Tile has more than 7,500 employees in North America, and sells its products through a network of more than 250 company-owned sales service centers, stone slabyards, gallery design centers, independent distributors and leading home center retailers nationwide. For more information on Dal-Tile and its brands, visit or call 1-800-933-8453.


(November 2014) Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission announce the official call for entries for the 2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition. Now in its third decade, the annual awards program honors the work of North American architects and designers who create exceptional spaces using Italian ceramic and porcelain tile. It celebrates the pairing of inspiring design ideas with products from leading manufacturers to create spaces that are well appointed, versatile, timeless, and sustainable. Recent winners include Corgan Associates for Plaza of the Americas (Dallas, TX), MGA Partners for Morgan Hall at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA), and D.I Group for 355 Mansfield (Los Angeles, CA).

Plaza of the Americas, Dallas, TX; Corgan Associates, winner; Kemna Tile Inc.,

tile contractor, Horizon Italian Tile, distributor

For its 22nd edition, North America-based architects and interior designers are invited to submit new or renovated, domestic and international projects in the institutional, residential, and commercial/hospitality categories that have been completed between January 2010 and January 2015. From residences designed with decorative ceramics to corporate offices utilizing the energy-saving benefits of porcelain facades, Ceramics of Italy is looking for all types of projects using Italian ceramics. An international jury of design experts will evaluate the projects based on their creativity, functionality, and aesthetic appeal, selecting one winner in each category. The official criterion for the jury includes: overall design of the project; aesthetic and technical quality of tile 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 Orlando, Florida from April 14 – April 17, 2015, where the winning architects and designers will be invited to present their projects. Each category winner will receive a cash prize of $4,000 plus a 5-day trip to Bologna, Italy to explore the historic city and attend Cersaie—the world’s largest exhibition for ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings—with a handpicked delegation of colleagues and design journalists from across North America. 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 inspiring archive of winning projects from the past 21 years are available on the competition’s official website, Deadline for entries: January 16, 2015.

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Ceramics of Italy is the trademark for Italian manufacturers of ceramic tiles, sanitaryware and tableware, that are members of Confindustria Ceramica. For more information on the ceramic tile sector, visit For instant updates on Ceramics of Italy, connect with the industry on Facebook or Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest @CeramicsOfItaly.



Blanke Corporation’s Dan Holcomb looks ahead to 2015

Blanke Corporation is celebrating its first year with Dan Holcomb as director of sales and marketing.

“2014 has been an exciting year for me personally, and a great year for Blanke Corp,” Holcomb said.  ”We are excited to work with The North American tile community, and we look forward to earning our place,” Holcomb said.

Dan Holcomb, Blanke Corporation director of sales and marketing

Dan Holcomb, Blanke Corporation director of sales and marketing

Blanke, founded in 1948, began manufacturing high-end metal parts for the growing German car industry.  In the 1970’s, a young tile setter asked Mr. Blanke to help him solve a problem: the solution was a metal L-angle. Blanke Corp has a long history in the tile industry, offering a broad range of high quality tile trims along with innovative products like Blanke-Permat and Securmat.

The Blanke strategy is to build long-term success one step at a time:

  • Step one: strengthen relationships with our current distributors and build a strong partnership.
  • Step two: serve the contractor through innovation, education and customer service.
  • Step three: develop brand awareness with designers, architects, and the general public

“We are lucky to have some amazing sales reps, and they are excited about Blanke’s desire to gain market share and become a positive force in the tile community,” Holcomb said.  “We may not be the biggest company, but we are the best business partner you can ask for —  through hard work, excellent customer service, continued innovation and high-quality products.  With a smile on our faces,  we will work hard to earn your business.”

Holcomb also credited the  Blanke Corp team for their efforts: Bunni Hall, Ken Crouse, Andy Leichty, Thomas LeBlanc, and independent sales reps across the country.

Blanke is registered for two trade shows during 2015:

Holcomb spent a lot of time in the field during 2014, and plans to continue doing so in 2015, looking to schedule contractor/distributor trainings around the country.

“After 17 years as a contractor, I am thankful for the opportunity to stay in this industry, continue learning about tile installation, and best of all,  continue mixing thinset and spending time with contractors,” Holcomb said.  “As a tile installer, my strategy for success is central to the tile installer, from product education and innovation, to grabbing a bite and having a few beers! I’m looking forward to growing my business relationship and friendship in 2015!”

Contact Holcomb at

Crossville 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Scarf: Design Chosen by 1st Annual Competition

Crossville 2014 Cancer Scarf FINAL

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. – Crossville, Inc. has unveiled the winning design of its 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness scarf. Entitled “Birds of a Feather,” the chosen artwork is the creation of Nicole Johnson, showroom manager of United Tile’s Spokane, Washington branch. Johnson was one of twelve entrants in Crossville’s 1st annual competition that invited representatives from the company’s distribution network to submit original artwork to be considered by a panel of judges for the final scarf production.

The judging panel was comprised of notable industry personalities and Crossville pros who voted to determine the winning design. Participants included Jeanne Khoe Chung, Pasadena, CA-based interior designer and owner of Cozy-Stylish-Chic, Laurie Laizure, founder and moderator of the 30K+-member Interior Design Community on Google+, and Courtney M. Price, Dallas-based interior designer and design writer for Huffington Post.

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Courtney Price

Courtney Price states, “I have deep admiration for Crossville’s spirited participation with The Common Thread for the Cure. As a survivor, I am especially honored to have been asked to participate in their awareness program. Cheers to Crossville for supporting such a worthwhile cause.”

Crossville has produced Breast Cancer Awareness scarves since 2007, but this is the first year the company has hosted a competition to develop the design. The annual scarf production is just part of Crossville’s year-round commitment to support those in the design and furnishings industry who

are facing breast cancer. A portion of profits from all sales of the Glass Blox collection goes to The Common Thread for the Cure, the industry’s organization offering practical support for families facing the ramifications of breast cancer (see for more information).

“We take our programs related to Breast Cancer Awareness very seriously, and we hope we inspire our partners in the industry to do the same,” explains Crossville’s VP of Marketing Lindsey Waldrep. “By involving our distributors in the scarf-creation process, we’re taking the message further and sharing in the effort to make a difference.”

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Nicole Johnson, scarf designer

The selected artwork reflects that heightened involvement, as described in Johnson’s inspiration statement submitted with her entry.

“The bird motif symbolizes partnership and camaraderie for those who are going through their battles or those who have already won. When one comes alongside another and helps them fly, this companionship is what makes up the common thread.”

Crossville has made a $2,500 donation to The Common Thread for the Cure in honor of Nicole Johnson and her winning design and will also match that amount for a total $5,000 contribution.

The scarves are made available nationwide by distributors and retailers. Crossville will launch its 2015 competition in spring of next year.

About Crossville Inc.
Founded in 1986, Crossville Inc. is a U.S.-owned and operated manufacturer of award-winning porcelain, glass and stone tile collections for residential and contract applications. The company is the first U.S. tile manufacturer to achieve the following:

▪ production of large format tile on site

▪ manufacturing tile with certified recycled content

▪ development of the Tile Take-Back Program for recycling fired porcelain tile

▪ certification of its waste recycling programs

▪ TCNA’s Green Squared certification for all of its U.S.-produced tile lines

▪ become a net consumer of waste For more information on Crossville, visit

H.B. Fuller Company Acquires ProSpec® Construction Products

ST. PAUL, Minn. - H.B. Fuller Company (NYSE: FUL) announced today that it has acquired ProSpec® Construction Products, which is a provider of tile and stone installation products. This acquisition supports H.B. Fuller’s growth strategy by strengthening the company’s customer profile in the southeastern and western regions of the United States, where tile consumption is largest. The addition of ProSpec also increases the depth of H.B. Fuller’s product offerings and enables lower-cost and better service to customers through a larger manufacturing footprint.

ProSpec, with 2013 net revenue of $27 million, will be included in H.B. Fuller’s North America Construction Products operating segment. H.B. Fuller has purchased the business from Bonsal American, a subsidiary of Oldcastle, Inc., the North American holding company of CRH plc. The acquisition includes three factories and expands the manufacturing footprint of H.B. Fuller’s construction business into Texas and California. It also improves the company’s manufacturing efficiency in the Southeast and Northeast US.

“Construction is one of our key growth segments in North America, and this acquisition is an exciting move for H.B. Fuller,” said H.B. Fuller President and CEO Jim Owens. “With ProSpec, we will be able to better serve our big box customers with locations in the West and Southwest, broaden our product line, reduce our manufacturing and freight costs, and increase our presence with customers and key distributors in the Southeast.”

ProSpec has a long history of providing architects, engineers and commercial/residential construction contractors with the finest in professionally specified construction products that include surface preparation systems, tile and stone installation systems, and concrete repair and restoration products.

For over 125 years, H.B. Fuller has been a leading global adhesives provider focusing on perfecting adhesives, sealants and other specialty chemical products to improve products and lives. With fiscal 2013 net revenue of $2.05 billion, H.B. Fuller’s commitment to innovation brings together people, products and processes that answer and solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. Its reliable, responsive service creates lasting, rewarding connections with customers in packaging, hygiene, general assembly, electronic and assembly materials, paper converting, woodworking, construction, automotive and consumer businesses. Its promise to its people connects them with opportunities to innovate and thrive. For more information, visit and subscribe to the blog.

“First to the Future Home” Webisode Series with Host Ty Pennington to Feature CertainTeed Gypsum Wall-to-Wall Solutions

 (Tampa, Fla.) – CertainTeed, North America’s leading brand of building products, will bring its high-performance wall-to-wall interior solutions to the NextGen Home webisode series with host Ty Pennington. The “First to the Future Home” weekly online series showcases what it takes to make a home energy efficient, weather resistant, healthy, smart and much more.

“We are thrilled to be a product partner in the NextGen Home project with host Ty Pennington,” said Dan Kennard, vice president of marketing for CertainTeed Gypsum. “His enthusiasm and commitment to constructing homes that feature the latest in home building product technology will entertain, while educating viewers about the many benefits of performance wallboards. Getting the best value and environmental performance out of your home starts with making material selections tailored to the various needs and functions of your rooms. CertainTeed offers industry-leading options to address acoustics, indoor air quality, moisture and mold control, durability and aesthetics with Wall-to-Wall Solutions.”

CertainTeed sustainable solutions include the first-of-its-kind AirRenew® Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) family of gypsum board, an award-winning product that actively helps to clean indoor air by capturing airborne chemicals, specifically formaldehyde and other aldehydes, and converting them into safe, inert compounds—ultimately trapping them inside the board. M2Tech® technology also provides moisture and mold resistance. For hallways, AirRenew Extreme Impact board will be used, providing extra durability, impact and fire resistance.

Also featured will be SilentFX® noise reducing gypsum board, ideal for the media room and other areas where acoustic control is important, and Diamondback® tile backer in the kitchen and bathrooms, an extremely lightweight underlayment that is easy to install and moisture- and mold-resistant.

For more information about Wall-to-Wall Solutions, CertainTeed offers an app which can be downloaded via the iTunes® store. It allows users to easily navigate through specific areas of a home to better understand how the right wallboard products can enhance the longevity and performance of a home. Additional information can be found at

NextGen Home TV is produced by one of the earliest innovators in online broadcasting,, located in Bellevue, Wash. Episodes of “First to the Future Home series” are now available exclusively on NextGen Home TV,, with additional exposure on Ty Pennington’s social media properties.

Offering a broad range of gypsum and finishing products for interior and exterior needs, CertainTeed Gypsum has served the North American building industry for more than 80 years and is a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s leading producer of gypsum products. This, in combination with the full range of affiliated CertainTeed Corporation building products, provides architects, contractors, builders and dealers one partner to provide service and support for commercial and residential building projects. For more information, go to

About CertainTeed
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm’s slogan “Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed,” quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, gypsum and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 5,700 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. For six consecutive years, the company has received top honors from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its contributions in protecting the environment and was most recently the recipient of the 2014 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award. The group had total sales of approximately $3.3 billion in 2013.

Levantina debuts in Kazakhstan’s leading construction fair

Levantina, a world leader in quarrying, producing and marketing Natural Stone, recently participated in Kazbuild for first time. The trade fair was held, for the twenty-first year, in Almaty (Kazakhstan) from 2 to 5 September.

Levantina was in the ICEX (Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade) pavilion, among 13 Spanish construction industry companies. Levantina  presented its new Natural Stone products, which include the highly-rated Crema Marfil marble from its Monto Coto quarry.

kazbuild_2 (2)A complete range of marbles and granites were displayed, including materials such as Lennon, a greyish granite with white and blue quartz features from Levantina’s quarries in Brazil; Argos, a refined white marble from Greece characterised by its greyish veins and Marrón Emperador (brown), Amarillo Marés (yellow), Negro Markina (black) and Silvestre GT from quarries in Spain. These products are in great demand and Levantina distributes them worldwide.

The multinational company from Alicante also presented the latest TECHLAM® thin porcelain products, notably including Leather, a new finish that gives TECHLAM® a second skin with the look and feel of leather.  The beauty of these materials results in sophisticated, unique settings, without sacrificing their characteristic strength and toughness.

Kazakhstan is the richest country in Central Asia and its economy is growing at an average rate of 8% per year. It is the main link between Asia and Europe and has become an essential partner for European exports.

As a consequence of the continual expansion of this multinational from Alicante, and in order to make the most of this unbeatable socioeconomic context, Levantina used Kazbuild to present trends, new products and applications for the most exquisite Natural Stone.


Levantina is a world leader in quarrying, producing and marketing Natural Stone. The multinational founded in 1959 has the world’s largest deposit of Crema Marfil marble, which is in Alicante province. It currently has a large number of quarries, 8 factories and 28 distribution warehouses of its own. It has a range of more than 200 different materials, including Spanish marble and granite from Brazil. It exports to more than 110 countries in the European Union, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia.


USG Releases Private Label Floor Prep Products Under Powerhold Brand

 CHICAGO—Sept. 4, 2014—USG Corporation (NYSE: USG), a leading manufacturer of high-performance building products, has entered a private-label agreement with Powerhold, the largest flooring accessories distributor network in the country. With the advent of this new partnership, USG’s distribution network in North America will be greatly expanded by the distributors represented by the Floor Covering Distributor Alliance (FCDA).

“The private-label agreement is a tremendous milestone for USG Tile & Flooring Solutions,” said Scott Crandall, national account sales and business development manager at USG. “It will provide us with an opportunity to serve the largest flooring accessories distributors in every market across North America.”

USG’s Powerhold products will be exclusively available to Powerhold’s vast network of flooring distributors. In addition, distributor members will have not only the best value products, but also an experienced team that is second to none.

“The Powerhold Brand, through the hard work and dedication of our distributor partners has become a recognized and respected brand in the floor covering industry,” said Dan Lee, president of FCDA. “We are thrilled with the expertise and support we have received in working with USG to further develop the Powerhold floor preparation line of products.”

“The FCDA strives to provide its distributor members with the best products in the market. Our partnership with USG, a demonstrated leader in the flooring industry, allows us to not only provide the best products, but the best in support as well,” said Jeff Brugman, executive director, FCDA, Powerhold.

The five Powerhold products covered by the private label agreement include: Powerhold™ 850 Fast Finish Patch & Skim Coat; Powerhold™ 650 NE Patch Plus; Powerhold™ PC-5K Self-Leveling Underlayment; Powerhold™ LP-4K Self-Leveling Underlayment; and Powerhold™ 900P Primer.

 Powerhold™ 850 Fast Finish Patch & Skim Coat

Offering 10 percent greater coverage than competitive products, Powerhold 850 Fast Finish Patch & Skim coat is an innovative, trowelable, cementitious floor patch that can be used on most interior floors including concrete, wood subfloors, and tile. Incredibly smooth and easy to work with, this floor patch also makes for an easy application process.

 Powerhold™ 650 NE Patch Plus

Versatile and trowelable, this floor patch is designed for interior use over concrete and wood subfloors. The polymer-modified, cement-based patching compound is ideal for renovation projects and provides a smooth surface for accepting floor coverings. No priming necessary, Powerhold 650 NE Patch Plus is easy to mix and apply, and is fast-drying; floor coverings can be installed in as little as one hour after set.

Powerhold™ PC-5K Self-Leveling Underlayment

As a high-strength portland cement-based underlayment, Powerhold PC-5K Self-Leveling Underlayment is ideal for interior use over concrete. With compressive strengths at a minimum of 5,000 psi, Powerhold PC-5K meets the requirements of ASTM F-710 “Standard Practice for Preparing Concrete Floors to Receive Resilient Flooring.” The fast-setting and application process also allows for return of light trade traffic within 24 hours and it can go from featheredge to 2 in. thicknesses.

 Powerhold™ LP-4K Self-Leveling Underlayment

Powerhold LP-4K self-leveling underlayment is a low-prep, versatile, high quality cementitious floor underlayment for interior use in light-commercial and renovation construction. With an exceptionally smooth, crack-resistant surface, Powerhold LP-4K self-leveling underlayment accepts a variety of floor coverings and helps to maximize sound isolation between floors/units.

Powerhold LP-4K can be easily applied over wood and concrete subfloors at a thickness of up to 3 in.; over non-water-soluble adhesives (on concrete only), and in radiant heat installations. Offering high compressive strengths (approximately 4100 psi) at low thicknesses, it is fast-applying and fast-setting; and can be walked on just 2 hours after installation, allowing for the return of light traffic.

Powerhold™ 900P Primer

Powerhold 900P Primer is a high-solids sealant that can be diluted with water to prime highly porous concrete, precast concrete, APA-Rated exterior glue plywood and OSB (oriented strand board). The primer may also be used as a sealer for Powerhold LP-4K self-leveling underlayment to enhance the bond between the underlayment and the floor-covering adhesive. With low odor, the Powerhold 900P Primer is mildew resistant and won’t stain a finished floor.

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About USG Corporation

USG Corporation is a manufacturer and distributor of innovative, high-performance building systems through its United States Gypsum Company, USG Interiors, LLC and L&W Supply Corporation subsidiaries and its USG Boral Building Products joint venture. Headquartered in Chicago, USG Worldwide operations serve the commercial, residential, and repair and remodel construction markets, enabling our customers to build the outstanding spaces where people live, work and play.  USG wall, ceiling, exterior sheathing, flooring underlayment and roofing systems provide leading-edge building solutions, while L&W Supply branch locations efficiently stock and deliver building materials throughout the United States. USG Boral Building Products is a leading plasterboard and ceilings joint venture across Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East.  USG and its subsidiaries are proud sponsors of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams and the Canadian Olympic team. For additional information, visit


About Powerhold

The Powerhold brand was established in 1999 by a group of the largest floor covering supply distributors in the world. Known as the F.C.D.A. (Floor Covering Distributor Alliance), these wholesale distributors sell all of the products needed to install any type of flooring imaginable. In some instances, they sell the actual flooring. Visit for more information.