The 15th annual NeoCon East, November 15-16 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, will highlight hundreds of exciting new commercial interiors solutions. The region’s go-to tradeshow and conference for those in the commercial interiors industry, NeoCon East will play host to 150 top companies showcasing a wide range of innovations spanning the workplace, healthcare, education, retail, and hospitality sectors. The show is also an excellent resource for specifiers of federal projects on the GSA Schedule. New exhibitors this year include Adotta America (#1620), Andreu World (#943), ASSA ABLOY (#1048), Bradley Corporation (#1544), Framery (#1013), Gantner Technologies (#1515), Halcon (#1042), Iron Age Office (#731), Milliken (#1539), MOVI Workspace (#1337), Ottlite Technologies, Inc. (#743), Philips Lighting (#1445), Sectis Design (#832), and Tectura Designs, A Wausau Tile Inc. Brand (#1437).

Julie Kohl, Vice President of Exhibitor Sales, NeoCon Shows, comments, “This year, we’re excited to feature 150 new and returning exhibitors, whose innovative, ready-to-specify solutions will enhance the 15th annual edition of NeoCon East. From intelligently-designed furniture to high-performing acoustic solutions, there is a wealth of new-to-market options across vertical markets for attendees to discover.”

Here is a sampling of what NeoCon East attendees can expect to see and experience at the show, by category:



Solving both noise and privacy issues, Framery is a pioneer in soundproof phone booths and meeting pods for open plan offices. At NeoCon East, the company will be displaying the “Framery O phone booth,” a perfect solution to have discussions in privacy, as well as the “Framery Q meeting pod,” which allows people to have2-4 person meetings in private without disturbing the office.




Established in 1982, Gantner draws on over 30 years of experience to create the world’s most complete and innovative line of RFID locking solutions for lockers and furniture. Gantner will be showcasing the GANTNER Networked Locking System, the GAT NET.Lock 7000–the market’s most powerful electronic locking solution for employee lockers in flexible office environments. Other privacy solutions at the show include the GAT Lock 6010, GAT ECO.Lock 7100, GAT ECO.Side Lock, and the GAT Info 6100.




ICF will be showcasing new additions to its collection of acoustic screens with “Airbloom” and “Lovi Tree.” Bringing a natural and calm aesthetic to the workplace, the Bower Collection of work pods, lounge chairs, and adjustable screens will be on display. ICF’s beautiful Monza Chair Series, Mood Chair Series, and Penne Chair will also be present.



Iron Age Office is dedicated to crafting office environments that are as unique as its clients. The brand will present the Carruca Executive Desk, a bold statement-making piece, the Custom Carruca Workstation that is completely customizable to fit any office environment, and their sensational Conference Tables.




MOVI Workspace is currently producing one signature product which will be featured at the show: the MOVI Standing Desk. The key features of MOVI Standing Desk are its ergonomic design that has been founded through consultations with leading health experts, ease and safety of the electric lift that is capable of saving the customer’s height for effortless movement throughout the day, and a spacious work area providing the ultimate platform for a productive lifestyle.




SurfaceWorks is featuring many exciting products from the Rapport line at this year’s NeoCon East show. This includes the Island, Media Table, and the Accent and Basic tables. SurfaceWorks will also unveil their new look, which includes a new logo, tagline and revamped website. The rebranding reflects both the evolution of the company as well as its vision for the future.



Spec Furniture will be displaying their latest Behavioral Health product, “Hardi,” their newest lounge seating collection, “Tailor,” and they will introduce their new table, “Annex”. In addition, they will inform about their initiative to plant enough trees to completely offset the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions generated from its annual electricity consumption in the next five years.




Patcraft will preview their new modular collection, Material Paradox, and their award winning LVT collection, Subtractive Layers. By using light to enhance the pattern and add textural and visual depth, Material Paradox products are combined with color filters that are overlaid to create scale and contrast to achieve balance within a space. Subtractive Layers is a dryback product that provides a unique and dynamic aesthetic.



Shaw Contract #1203

Shaw Contract will be showcasing their “Off the Grid” and “Emergence” carpets. Emergence experiments with the perception and use of pattern in our environments. The collection is expressive, infusing the atmosphere with curiosity and delight. Off the Grid is a deeply textural collection of undulating patterns that mirror the natural world.



Access Sign Systems #1636

Access Sign Systems will be showcasing their expansive collection of pre-configured wayfinding solutions. Their system is comprised of individual plaques that can be easily moved, modified or replaced as facility changes necessitate.


Sectis Design #832

The Sectis Design team will be showing their two main product lines: The “Sectis Walls line” that designs and manufactures custom made exterior and interior wall space solutions ideal for hospitality, office, retail and residential spaces and the “Sectis Décor line” – unique Textured Art Wall Décor for space walls.


Unika Vaev #1119

Unika Vaev builds upon its portfolio of decorative acoustical solutions including a new Felt Rug Collection that turns every floor in every space into a creative playground. They will be showing their AcoustixGrafx ™, ecoustic™ Timber Blades Collection, SpeakSpace™, and Felt Rugs.


Takeform #625

Takeform will be showcasing their Applaud Recognition Displays. Applaud delivers the aesthetics, flexibility, and expandability to bring any campaign to center stage. Applaud is a unique platform that enables endless creative solutions.



Clarus Glassboards #809

Clarus Glassboards will reveal its newest product, Timber, the world’s most premium mobile writing tool framed in gorgeous, natural, solid wood. The new product line is hand-crafted, fully customizable, and offered in three different wood finishes to complement any design – oak, walnut, and maple. The Timber line is available in wall-mounted or mobile glassboards.



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NeoCon® East is a registered trademark of theMART, a Vornado Property.

LATICRETE Teams Up to Bring Smiles to Children of Manila

Over the last 10 years, Troy Wicks, Regional Sales Manager at LATICRETE® has been involved with and worked on several international outreach projects. Last year he brought LATICRETE® SPARTACOTE® resinous coating systems to a school in South Africa. Earlier this year, several LATICRETE team members went to Haiti and completed a SPARTACOTE project in conjunction with Builders Health International. In the latest project, he joined forces with the Lighthouse Club (a British charity organization for expat construction professionals) to do work for the Cautro Christian School in Manila, Philippines.

Glenn Prince, LATICRETE® International Regional Manager – Flooring Division Asia worked to coordinate donations for the school from local contractors as well as a supply all of the LATICRETE products needed to transform two sets of stairs and a walkway.

Troy, Glenn, and several LATICRETE Philippines team members helped train local contractors on LATICRETE® SPARTACOTE products. They received on-site training while working on the project as well as additional training on new products at LATICRETE® Philippines plant.

The Project:

(2) sets of stairs using SPARTACOTE® Chip™

(1) walkway stained and sealed with L&M™ VIVID DYE™ and L&M™ LUMISEAL FX™


Florida Tile, Inc. donating truckloads of tile for rebuilding efforts after catastrophic hurricane season

In response to the devastation caused by hurricane’s Harvey and Irma, Florida Tile’s management and employees decided to answer the call for help.

Immediately after the storms, employees initiated a “week of giving” to raise money for the American Red Cross, helping to provide emergency supplies for those affected.

According to Ashley Donaldson – Florida Tile’s Director of Customer Care, the first of 10 full truckloads of donated tile left the company’s Lawrenceburg, Kentucky distribution center early this week.  Working in partnership with Operation Compassion, Florida Tile is delivering the product to charities in the path of the storms to help residents and businesses rebuild.   “When our team gathered and discussed the scenes we were witnessing on the news, we became very mindful of our blessings and decided that we wanted to help those facing these unimaginable hardships.” Said Donaldson.


Coverings (, the largest and only international tile and stone show in North America, is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards. Celebrating achievements in design and installation of tile and stone products in both residential and commercial projects, the CID Awards is open to architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers and other professionals whose work demonstrates design or installation excellence.

A grand prize of $3,000 will be awarded to one project showcasing excellence in both design and installation, and eight category winners will each receive a prize of $2,000. All winners will receive a one-night stay in Atlanta to attend Coverings 2018 and will be recognized at a CID Awards reception from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday May 9.

“We’re thrilled to continue spotlighting excellence within the tile and stone community through the annual CID Award program,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “The inspiring submissions we receive each year showcase not only the range of innovation and artistry within the industry but also how design and installation professionals collaborate to orchestrate incredible applications of tile and stone materials.”

The 2018 CID Awards submission categories include the following for both residential and commercial projects: tile installation, tile design, stone installation, and stone design. Additional projects may be recognized for specialty categories including International, Artistic Use of Tile/Stone, Institutional, or Community Project based on submissions received. Multiple entries are encouraged and must be submitted through the Coverings online portal before January 15, 2018. Projects must have been completed within the past two years (January 2016 – December 2017) and can be located within or outside of North America.

An independent panel of judges will assess projects within each category, using a blind format. Projects demonstrating original or unusual use of materials, innovative technology, installation excellence or a unique combination of aesthetics and function are of particular interest.

Tile Letter, Tile Magazine, and Contemporary Stone & Tile Design will sponsor this year’s CID Awards.

Sponsor Product Spotlight – LATICRETEⓇ TRI-LITE™

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LATICRETE TRI-LITE can bond to many suitable substrates including concrete, steel and cement plaster. Its incredible non-sag performance is able to support very large and heavy tile with ease.

LATICRETE TRI-LITE can be used for common applications such as countertops, ceilings and bathtub walls. For more information visit,

Coverings 2018 Partners with Delta Airlines to Offer Discounted Flights

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

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

Coverings 2018 code: NMQTG

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

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

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

2018 CID Awards Submissions Now Open

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


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

Click here to submit entries now!

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

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

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

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


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

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

TRI-WOOD offers customers a winning TRIFECTA:


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


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

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

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

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