December 20, 2014

MIA Receives Macael Award in Spain from the Asociación de Empresarios del Mármol de Andalucía (AEMA)

On November 21, 2014, MIA president Tony Malisani (Malisani, Inc. of Great Falls, MT) accepted the coveted “Institution Award” at the 28th edition of the Macael Awards in Macael Spain. This award was one of nine awards given by the Asociación de Empresarios del Mármol de Andalucía (AEMA), the leading natural stone association in the Almeria region of Spain.
Tony Malisani (l.) and David Castellucci proudly hold the “Institution Award” at the Macael Awards event

Tony Malisani (l.) and David Castellucci proudly hold the “Institution Award” at the Macael Awards event

In his acceptance speech, Malisani indicated, “It is my honor and great privilege to receive this award on behalf of the members of the MIA. The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has 1,700 members that are located in 56 counties around the world. It is our belief that one way to strengthen the stone industry in the United States is to strengthen our ties with international natural stone community. The marble industry here is one of the oldest, and is also one of the most innovative. Certainly there is much we can learn. We are hoping to continue our outreach and increase cooperation, communication, and education with the Asociación de Empresarios del Mármol de Andalucía.”
During the event AEME President, Antonio Martinez highlighted that a strong global stone market demands that collaboration occur between stone associations. He acknowledged that the MIA’s standing in the natural stone industry for developing technical standards, safety initiatives, current development of an international import/export handbook, and innovation were factors that caused the AEME to recognize the MIA with the “Institution Award”, a special award for stone trade associations.
 The event drew 500 attendees from several countries and was an impressive presentation and recognition of outstanding stonework. Malisani noted that, “with over 10% of the MIA membership residing outside of North America, it is rewarding for the MIA to be recognized for outstanding programs that benefit the entire global stone industry.”
AEME’s first vice president and MIA member Eduardo Cosentino hosted the MIA delegation which included Malisani, MIA Secretary David Castellucci (Kenneth Castellucci and Associates of Lincoln, RI), and MIA Executive Vice President Jim Hieb. The MIA also had the opportunity to meet with AEME officials to present several key industry initiatives including the newly adopted ANSI approved sustainability standard championed by the Natural Stone Council (NSC). In the upcoming months, the MIA and AEME will also be collaborating on a translation of the MIA’s Dimension Stone Design Manual (DSDM) into Spanish to further expand the use and understanding of technical standards. MIA’s Castellucci added, “We also had a very good conversation about safety, quality standards, and education for architects, as well as stone professionals. It was also great to tour their technology center (Fundación Centro Tecnológico Andaluz de la Piedra) and discuss advances in stone testing and other technology.”
For additional information and pictures from the Macael Awards go online to
About the MIA
Headquartered in Oberlin, Ohio, the Marble Institute of America (MIA) has served as the authoritative source of information on standards of natural stone workmanship and practice and the application of natural stone products for 70 years.
Membership in the association is worldwide and includes over 1,600 natural stone producers, exporters/importers, distributors/wholesalers, fabricators, finishers, installers, and industry suppliers committed to the highest standards of workmanship and ethics.
MIA offers an industry accreditation program for fabricators and installers, markets a range of technical publications and consumer pamphlets on natural stone, sponsors business and technical meetings and seminars on industry-related topics, provides educational programming for architects and construction specification professionals, and conducts the annual Pinnacle Awards competitions recognizing outstanding natural stone projects worldwide.

MIA is also a leading promoter of stone usage in the commercial and residential marketplaces, producing consumer education materials on the use of natural stone and its proper care and maintenance. More information can be found on the association’s website:

Crossville Announces Product-Specific Environmental Product Declaration

(CROSSVILLE, Tenn.) Officials with Crossville, Inc. have announced the unveiling of a product-specific Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). The Crossville EPD is compiled by PE International and certified by UL Environment and covers all floor and wall tile products made at Crossville’s manufacturing facilities in Crossville, Tennessee.

An EPD is a verified document that reports environmental data of products based on life cycle assessment (LCA) and other relevant information in accordance with the international standard ISO 14025 (Type III Environmental Declarations). The announcement of Crossville’s EPD comes in tandem with Tile Council of North America’s (TCNA) release of an EPD for North American-made ceramic tile that is relevant industry-wide.

According to Crossville’s technical director Noah Chitty, the product-specific EPD has been meticulously compiled over the course of the last year to answer the many key data points necessary. “Crossville’s modus operandi is to take a leadership role and be proactive with regard to sustainability,” states Chitty, “both in practice, as with our Tile Take-Back Program, and in certification, as with the SCS certification of our fired and wet waste recycling programs.”

For this reason, and because more credit is given in LEED for product-specific EPDs than for industry participation, Crossville chose to create its own EPD, in addition to participating in the industry EPD. Chitty adds, “Creation of our own EPD also provides internal assurance that our practices are on track.”

EPDs are becoming increasingly important tools for specifiers seeking to wade through industry greenwashing. The value of an EPD rests in the fact that it assesses many impact zones rather than considering a single attribute like recycled content or embodied energy, providing specifiers with a better comprehensive way to judge building materials.

As with all of Crossville’s standards, the EPD is available on the Crossville website. To see it, visit the Crossville website, here.

“Marsala” named Pantone Color of the Year for 2015

Pantone Color of the Year 2-15: Marsala

Pantone Color of the Year 2-15: Marsala

A warm brown with reddish influences is the hue Pantone Color Institute® has named as its Color of the Year for 2015. Marsala, Pantone Color 18-1438 is the key fashion note for 2015, taking over where the 2014 Color of the Year Radiant Orchid, left off.

“While Pantone 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 color of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

Marsala was a hit on the Spring 2015 runways with fashion designers featured in the Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2015; Daniel Silverstain, Hervé Léger by Max Azria and Dennis Basso incorporated the hue into their collections. The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant statement color when the color is used on its own or as a compelling accent when paired with many other colors.

” Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.” Eiseman said. “This hearty, yet stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily to fashion, beauty, industrial design, home furnishings and interiors.”

Pantone Color Institute has been selecting a Color of the Year since 2000.


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.

courtney price

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.