wedi welcomes North American distributors to international headquarters

In 2015, wedi welcomed its North American “Blue & More Awards Program” Distribution Partners at wedi’s international headquarters and production plants in Emsdetten, in North Western Germany.

Over the course of three days, the group of wedi partners, from various regions in North America, enjoyed highly-productive networking, educational events and tour through the wedi manufacturing plant. The tour afforded the visitors a first- hand experience and insight into latest technologies in manufacturing , testing, QM and R&D around waterproofing tile underlayment and shower systems. The group also enjoyed historic sightseeing and culinary events.

wedi NA distributor tripBryan Teague from Morris Tile in Baltimore, Md., one of wedi’s top U.S. distributors on the East Coast said, “Thank you for the outstanding time I had In Germany this past week. More importantly I found it extremely educational. I now have a clearer understanding of wedi and its abilities and future goals. This new information will allow us to continue to grow market share as partners in the Washington, Baltimore and Norfolk markets.”

wedi extends its thanks to all travel group participants, with gratitude that they took time to break bread with company personnel and make this trip a great event!

Siena Tile & Stone Installation Products show leading products at TISE booth #4343

CORONA, Calif. (Jan. 13, 2016) – Siena Tile & Stone Installation Products, a division of Omega Products International, will feature some of its industry leading products at The International Surface Event (TISE) Jan. 20-22, 2016, from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Visit Siena at Booth 4343.

 SienaThe Siena exhibit will showcase a variety of products within the tile and stone installation category, specifically Siena Dragon Skin, the industry’s leading liquid applied water-proofing and crack-isolation membrane. In addition, the Siena booth will include its top-of-the-line mortars: Glass Tile Pro M375, Multi Plus Pro M200, and Medium Set Pro M400; a variety of premium grouts, and Fracture Shield anti-fracture membranes.

“We market our products as a comprehensive solution to all of your tile and stone installation and surface preparation needs,” said Christine Camponovo, longtime Director of Sales at Siena. “While unable to showcase all our products at TISE, the ones on display will show the quality and performance of the Siena brand, its superior strength, and our exceptional offering.”

Siena products at Booth 4343:

1) Siena Dragon Skin, the industry’s leading liquid applied, fast drying, high performance, easy to use water-proofing and crack-isolation membrane.

2) Glass Tile Pro M375, a high performance polymer-modified flexible mortar designed to give superior bond strength to the most demanding  glass, stone, metal, and unique tile installations.

3) Fracture Shield, a ready to use anti-fracture, crack-isolation and water resistant membrane.

4) Multi Plus Pro M200, multi-purpose, high quality polymer-modified mortar with exceptional bond strength, for use with porcelain and over plywood.

5) Medium Set Pro M400, high quality, medium bed mortar specifically formulated with non-sag/non-slip bonding for use in vertical applications and large format tile and stone.

6) Non-Sanded Grout NS200, a polymer enhanced, premium high quality grout used for grouting tile joints of 1/16 and 1/8 inch wide for tile and stone installs.

7) Sanded Grout GS 300, a polymer enhanced, premium high quality grout used for grouting tile joints of 1/8 to 1/2 inch wide for tile and stone installs.


TISE is the most comprehensive expo in the floor covering industry, featuring the latest products in every major category including carpet, tile, stone, hardwood, rugs, and laminate, plus the latest in tools, supplies, and technologies.

For regular updates on our products, please follow Siena/Omega Products on Twitter @OmegaProductsFacebookInstagram, & Houzz.

Crossville Contributes Tile for a Variety of KBIS Booths

Crossville, Inc. is bringing its latest tile collections to the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) by partnering with KBIS exhibitors to provide products for installed vignettes throughout the show floor. KBIS is one of the largest industry trade shows specifically for kitchen and bath design professionals.

KBIS takes place during next week’s Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas; the week also entails the International Builders Show and occurs in tandem with the TISE West show, historically known as Surfaces Expo. Crossville is a TISE West exhibitor (booth #4023) and will present its full product story and latest offerings at this industry-specific show. However, in order to expand the brand’s presence and maximize interaction opportunities with the large audience in Vegas, the company is partnering with select KBIS exhibitors, contributing tile collections to installed room settings.

“Design and Construction Week is an incredible chance to be up close and in person with product specifiers in the kitchen and bath design industry,” explains Crossville VP of Marketing Lindsey Waldrep. “The Surfaces Expo is an essential part of our annual calendar, and we’re thrilled it now aligns with other shows that bring together so many professionals who need the products we offer.”

At KBIS, Crossville collections are featured in six suites designed by sanitary ware manufacturer TOTO USA to showcase their newest products. These suites, viewable at N1329 on the show floor, are created as room settings to show all products in use as they would be in actual residential spaces. Additionally, Crossville products are used in the Villeroy & Boch’s exhibition – N1329, as well as the Quick Drain booth – N3377. In each instance, Crossville’s latest lines, including its innovative Laminam porcelain tile panels, are incorporated into total design schemes to offer ideas and inspiration to kitchen and bath design professionals.

Design and Construction Week runs January 19 – 21, 2016 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. TISE West, aka Surfaces Expo, runs January 20 – 22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.





Coverings CID and Rock Stars Awards submission deadlines approach: January 18

Coverings is currently accepting submissions for two separate award programs designed to recognized the best talent in the tile & stone industry.
CID Awards
The Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in residential, commercial, sustainable and international projects. Projects are judged on design and installation excellence, giving special recognition to unusual, creative and innovative uses of stone and tile. Submit your entries for free! Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged.
CID Award Winners will receive:
  • Two grand prize winners will each receive $2,000 and a one-night hotel stay in Chicago
  • 12 category winners will receive $1,000 each
  • NEW! Scouting Shot category offers a free professional photo shoot to one lucky winner who’s submission features amateur photography
  • Recognition at the Opening Night Celebration and Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, April 19
Coverings Rock Stars
The Coverings Rock Stars – An Emerging Leaders Program honors the best and brightest young talent in the tile and stone to support the growth and success of the industry by recognizing top-notch talent and fostering networking and educational opportunities. Do you know someone who has made an impact on the tile & stone industry? We’re currently seeking nominations for practicing industry professionals 35 years or younger. Self-nominations are welcomed.
Rock Stars will receive:
  • One-night hotel stay in Chicago
  • Recognition at the Opening Night Celebration and Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, April 19
  • Inclusion in a Coverings press release & social media promotion
  • Special Rock Star ribbon for badge

Enter today and get the recognition you deserve! All submissions and nominations are due by Monday, January 18.


Construction firms added 45,000 workers in December as the industrys unemployment rate declined to 7.5 percent from 8.3 a year ago, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the robust job gains come as a new industry outlook shows most firms expect to expand their headcount in 2016 amid growing private and public sector demand.

Based on what most contractors have reported, the robust hiring the industry has experienced during the past few months should continue through 2016,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. While contractors continue to be worried about labor shortages, regulatory burdens and health care costs, most expect growing demand for many types of construction will allow them to expand this year.”

Construction employment totaled 6,538,000 in December, the most since January 2009, and is up by 263,000 jobs compared to a year ago, a 4.2 percent increase. Residential construction increased by 23,100 in December and by 137,200, or 5.7 percent, compared to a year ago.  Nonresidential construction employers added 21,200 jobs for the month and 125,400 jobs compared to last December, a 3.2 percent increase.

Within the nonresidential construction sector, nonresidential specialty trade contractors added 11,300 employees in December and 95,300 for the year.  Nonresidential building contractors added 5,100 jobs for the month and 9,900 jobs since December 2014.  And heavy and civil engineering construction firms added 4,800 jobs in December and 20,200 jobs during the past year.

December marks the third month of large increases in construction employment, the economist noted. The growth in construction employment comes as 71 percent of firms report they plan to expand their total headcount in 2016, according to the association’s 2016 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook. Simonson noted that more contractors report they expect spending on most market public and private segments to expand this year than contract.

Association officials noted that most contractors remain concerned about shortages of available construction workers, noting that 70 percent of contractors report having a hard time finding workers.  They urged federal, state and local officials to act on measures outlined in the association’s Workforce Development Plan to support new career and technical education programs. In particular, they called on Congress to enact needed reforms and increase funding for the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

“With the construction industry expanding at rates not seen since the downturn, public officials need to make sure we are encouraging and preparing students to consider high-paying careers in construction,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the associations chief executive officer. As our outlook makes clear, the industry is likely to continue expanding this year, as long as there are enough workers available for firms to hire.”

Q.E.P. Co., Inc. Fulfilled Children’s Christmas Wish Lists this Holiday

Boca Raton, FL —  In the spirit of giving back, Q.E.P. Co., Inc. collaborated with Boys Town of South Florida, “The Hope for the Holiday Campaign.”.
Hope for the Holiday Tree
The Hope for the Holiday Campaign raises support during the holidays to fulfill a wish list for the children served by Boys Town of South Florida. Each child fills out a wish list of a few items, including clothing and shoe sizes as well as age and gender. Q.E.P. Co., Inc. received these holiday wish lists and quickly got to shopping, many employees contributed monetary donations, while a team of employees hit many retailers for toys, clothing and
shoes. Within a short time, QEP employees fulfilled each of these children’s wish list making for a joyful holiday.

“It always means a lot to be able to give back throughout the year and especially around the holidays to make sure that the children in our community have a magical holiday. I am amazed and pleased with the response from our QEP employees. The support and caring in participating to fulfill these children’s wishes was overwhelming”, said Jamie Clingan, senior vice president, Marketing.

Student Portfolio Competition and Keynote Speakers Announced for ASID Student Summit

Washington, D.C. (Jan. 12, 2016) – The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) will welcome interior design students to LAUNCH: The ASID National Student Summit, hosted at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Feb. 26 – 28, 2016. Students will learn about the various career paths available with an interior design degree, as well as gain valuable insights on resumes, portfolios, networking and transitioning from student design to practice. In addition, the introduction of the ASID Student Portfolio Competition to the event is meant to generate and showcase the best collection of design projects from interior design students.

“LAUNCH has been designed to advance interior design students’ knowledge, increase their networking skills and offer professional resources meant to help them succeed in the profession,” said ASID CEO Randy Fiser. “We’re looking forward to an energizing and rewarding experience with our industry’s future leaders.”

As part of the ASID Student Portfolio Competition, students with top portfolios, judged in their entirety, will be invited to attend an exclusive student portfolio track at LAUNCH where they will work one-on-one with professionals to polish their resume, portfolio, and presentation skills. At the end of their exclusive track, students will be asked to present their portfolio to a distinguished panel of judges to receive in person feedback and be considered for a summer 2016 internship. Winners will be selected at LAUNCH and have the opportunity to present their portfolio to all LAUNCH attendees at the closing session.

To be eligible, entrants must be enrolled as a student as of Sept. 1, 2015. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 19, 2016. More details on evaluation criteria and cost to enter may be found here.

In addition, the full schedule will feature two keynotes delivered by accomplished designers and industry experts:

Brooke Traeger-Tumsaroch, ASID, Design Director at AvroKO (Bangkok, Thailand)
An NCIDQ Certified Interior Designer, and Past-President of the ASID Washington Metro chapter, Brooke Traeger-Tumsaroch serves as a Design Director for AvroKO’s Bangkok office, where she oversees more than 30 designers focused on Bespoke Hospitality projects.

Primo Orpilla, Co-Founder and Principal at Studio O+A
Primo Orpilla is the award-winning co-founder of Studio O+A, the San Francisco design firm responsible for groundbreaking workplace designs at Facebook, Levi-Strauss, Microsoft, Uber, and Yelp. O+A’s design of Giant Pixel and Yelp were included on Fast Company Design’s list of “10 Coolest Office Spaces of 2014,” and Uber was named as part of Interior Design’s “10 Most Popular Design Projects of 2014.”

Students planning to attend can take advantage of early bird pricing through Jan. 28, 2016; tickets are $195 for ASID members and $245 for nonmembers. The price of a nonmember ticket includes a one-year ASID student membership. Find more details on registration here.

LAUNCH: The ASID National Student Summit is sponsored by Kabuni, Sherwin-Williams, Steelcase, Benjamin Moore, Smith & Noble Pro, Hansgrohe, Wilsonart, Caesarstone, California Closets, The Tile Shop, Bellacor, SCAD, and Metropolis.

The Student Portfolio Competition is sponsored by Kabuni and Steelcase.


About ASID
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded over 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at

Florida Tile opens Atlanta showroom

“We are here to bring to market our expertise and tile know-how but mostly our passion for beauty,” said Luca Setti, Florida Tile’s chief sales and marketing officer during the October 28, 2015 opening of the company’s newest showroom near Atlanta. Serving the region’s design-architect-and-contractor market, the new facility with six full-time employees features a 3,711-sq. ft. showroom with contractor area and 10,042 sq. ft. warehouse. The new Atlanta branch is located at 1455 Oakbrook Drive Suite 100, Norcross, Ga. 30093.

florida tile atlanta store ribbon cutting nov15

Celebrating the ribbon-cutting ceremony are (l. to r.): Debra Karschnik, design consultant; Brian White, branch operations manager; Michael Franceschelli, Florida Tile CEO; Kelly Petty, branch commercial sales manager; Dallyce Erickson, branch supply chain manager; Kevin Broderick, branch manager; Mike Vail, regional manager; Melinda Bredwood, branch administrator; Nick Johns, outside sales rep; Krisite Rymiszewski, national operations manager; Kristen Howard, branch commercial sales specialist; and Luca Setti, chief sales and marketing officer.


Ceramics of Italy Competition announces call for entries

The 2016 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is now calling for entries. North America-based architects and interior designers are invited to submit innovative, sustainable, functional and beautiful recent projects featuring the use of Italian ceramic and porcelain tile. Projects can be new, renovated, domestic and international in the residential, commercial, and institutional categories — anything is game as long as they feature Italian tile and amazing design.

Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition 2016
There will be a winner and honorable mentions in each of the three categories, judged by an international jury of design professionals. Winners will receive a cash prize as well as trips to both North America’s premier tile and stone trade show, Coverings in Chicago, and the world’s biggest exhibition of tile and bathroom furnishings, Cersaie in Bologna, Italy.
The Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition is now in its 23rd year. The deadline for entries at is January 15, 2016.

Warmup Inc. exhibits at KBIS 2016, with suite of controls for Smart Home Heating

Warmup Inc. will be exhibiting at the Kitchen and Bath Show (KBIS) 2016 that will be held January 18-21, 2015 at the Las Vegas Convention Centre (LVCC). Visit the company at stand N1750 (North Hall).

Warmup is excited to release its brand new suite of WIFI controls for Smart Home Heating. The 4iE will be on display with live access to the iOS/Android APP and MyWarmup portal. You will now be able to turn on your floor heating, towel warmers and mirror defoggers from your smartphone. The 4iE is compatible with Hydronic, Electric and Baseboard heating.

Following is a list of events at the Warmup  booth during KBIS 2016:

Warmup – Wedi joint cocktail & presentation

01/20/15 at 4.00pm, booth N1750– Regis Verliefde and Nick Felsing will present: “Smart Heating for Smart Homes”: an overview of the heating possibilities for today’s smart home.

“DesignBites” hosted by Scott McGillivray

01/20/15 at 12:30pm, KBIS NeXT Stage in the South Hall – Jon Burke, Head of Marketing of Warmup will introduce Warmup 4iE Smart-Wi-Fi Thermostat.

 Warmup “Voice of The Industry” presentation

01/20/15 at 4:30 p.m. -5:30 p.m. Block 8 – Mike Quintela, from Warmup Inc. presents:

“Heated Floors in the Bathroom and Beyond”. Heated floors are becoming an increasingly common option in bathrooms. This class will review various methods of installation and scope the products available on the market today.

Contact us for your free Expo Pass at: [email protected].

About Warmup Inc.: Warmup is the world’s best-selling floor heating brand, creating and delivering energy efficient heating solutions for the 21st century home. Active in over 60 countries, Warmup has pioneered extensive testing on radiant heating technologies and is the company behind the 3iE and 4iE suite of smart controls.

About WEDI:

wedi is essentially the founder of the market sector for tile substrate elements made from extruded rigid polystyrene foam. The key behind the success is the unique HCFC free rigid blue core of the wedi building board, which is totally waterproof and requires no additional moisture barrier.

wedi is a world recognized brand with offices in 32 countries and a 50,000 sq.m state of the art manufacturing facility at its headquarters in Emsdetten, Germany, and with dedicated UK offices and warehouse facilities in Rochdale near Manchester.

After 30 years of continual product development, “wedi building boards” in addition to their conventional use in wall and floor construction are being used to create the latest designs in high quality floor-level showers and wet rooms, bathrooms, leisure and wellness environments.


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