Q.E.P. Co., Inc. Announces the Acquisition of Halex Tackstrip and Wood Underlayment

Boca Raton, FL – April 26, 2017 – Q.E.P. Co., Inc. today announced it completed the acquisition of the Halex/GCPAT tackstrip and wood underlayment businesses and accompanying assets from GCP Applied Technologies (GCPAT). GCPAT is a leading, global supplier of flooring installation products to the DIY and professional markets and is a recognized industry leader in the production and distribution of tackstrip and wood underlayment.

Customers will now be able to obtain a full line of installation accessories directly from QEP. From adhesives, underlayment, carpet installation tools, vinyl installation tools, hardwood flooring nailers and nails, to now tackstrip and wood underlayment, QEP continues the legacy that began in 1938 when Roberts Consolidated Industries was formed. Now with an expanded product portfolio of over 30 new products in two new categories and the strength of the Roberts and Halex brands, our customers have a large assortment that is sure to fit their needs.

Adding to the already large operating footprint, QEP will add two locations to their array. Manufacturing and distribution points in California and Pennsylvania will ensure that products are shipped on time and efficiently to all locations across the USA.

“We are very pleased with the acquisition of these businesses. This is part of our continuing strategy to strengthen our breadth of product for the professional floorcovering installation market. Along with our already extensive range of Roberts® Installation Tools and Flooring Adhesives, these complementary products enhance our industry leading portfolio of floorcovering solutions,” said Jamie Clingan, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Q.E.P. Co., Inc.

Q.E.P. Co., Inc., founded in 1979, is a world class, worldwide provider of innovative, quality and value-driven flooring and industrial solutions. As a leading worldwide manufacturer, marketer and distributor QEP delivers a comprehensive line of hardwood and laminate flooring, flooring installation tools, adhesives and flooring related products targeted for the professional installer as well as the do-ityourselfer. In addition the company provides industrial tools with cutting edge technology to all of the industrial trades. Under brand names including QEP®, ROBERTS®, Capitol®, Harris®Wood, Fausfloor®, Homelux®, TileRite®, Nupla®, HISCO®, Ludell®, Vitrex®, Plasplugs®, PRCI®, Porta-Nails®, Tomecanic®, Bénètiere® and Elastiment®, the Company markets over 7,000 products. The Company sells its products to home improvement retail centers, specialty distribution outlets, municipalities and industrial solution providers in 50 states and throughout the world.


The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) recognized industry leaders at its fifth annual awards ceremony during Coverings 2017 in Orlando. Among the awards presented were the Five Star Contractor Grand Prize awards for both commercial and residential tile installation projects.

Submissions were judged based on project size, challenges involved, resolution of challenges, design and overall presentation. “When we are reviewing all the amazing submissions I feel immense pride in the proficiency in which our Five Star Contractors achieve. These projects are not only technically complex but artistically beautiful as well,” said NTCA Five Star Program Director Amber Fox.

“The Ratner Residence”

Heritage Marble and Tile of Mill Valley, California received the Five-Star Grand Prize for residential tile installation. The firm was tasked with the Ratner Residence, a project consisting of handmade glass made by Fireclay Tile of San Jose. The project was challenging in the fact that the install involved a curved wall, soaking tub and an integrated shower stall with a curbless application. With oversight from the homeowner, a qualified crew of CTI and ACT certified installers exceeded expectations.


US Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings

The Five-Star Grand Prize for commercial tile installation was presented to Grazzini Brothers & Company of Eagan, Minnesota for the completion of their project, the 1.75 million square foot U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. The installation incorporated 56 different types and sizes of tile, from the marble stairs, to the glass walls and porcelain plank flooring. Having multiple architects on a project this size gave crews the opportunity to showcase their skills from layout to install of different ideas and design under one roof.

Both Five Star winners were awarded $2,500 in prize money, sponsored by Daltile Corporation.

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 www.laticrete.com.

Crossville Announces 2016 Recycling Program Milestones

All-time Recycling Total Tops 91 Million Pounds of Fired Waste Diverted from Landfills

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. – Officials with domestic tile manufacturer Crossville Inc. have announced the company recycled 21,131,930 pounds of fired porcelain in 2016, bringing the company’s cumulative recycling total to just over 91 million pounds since the 2009 launch of the Tile Take-Back® program and subsequent TOTO USA recycling partnership.

These recycling initiatives are based on the company’s proprietary process for recycling fired porcelain products, including post-consumer materials. Through Tile Take-Back®, Crossville is able to recycle previously installed tile collected from its distribution network, as well as scraps that result from tile cutting during installation, sizing, or sample creation. Through its TOTO partnership, Crossville receives pre-consumer fired porcelain toilets that do not meet quality standards; prior to the partnership, these cast-offs were being sent to landfills for disposal, but now they are recycled for use in manufacturing new tile.

All 91 million-plus cumulative pounds of the recycled material Crossville has diverted from landfills have been or will be introduced into the tile production process. This use of recycled material during manufacturing results in Crossville maintaining its status as a net consumer of waste for a sixth consecutive year. Net waste consumption is achieved by using more waste than is created during production.

Here’s the break-out of Crossville’s total of 21,131,930 pounds of fired porcelain recycled in 2016.
* 13,285,116 pounds fired scrap product at the company’s plant (this amount continues to increase from previous years, as the average tile size produced at Crossville’s plants has increased)
* 7,759,400 pounds of TOTO’s scrap porcelain
* 87,414 pounds of post-consumer waste from the Tile Take-Back® program

Additionally in 2016, Crossville removed 3,107,192 pounds of filtrate solids from dirty water and recycled back into tile production. That’s 1.4 million more pounds than were removed in 2015.

Tile Take-Back® and the TOTO USA partnership are just two of many sustainable practices Crossville maintains companywide. For more information about all of Crossville’s sustainability practices, visit crossvilleinc.com/sustainability.

About Crossville’s Recycling Initiatives
Tile Take-Back Program®
The Tile Take-Back® program is Crossville’s answer to the major environmental problem facing the tile industry today: the recycling of fired tile. Because this program is so beneficial throughout the industry, Crossville openly accepts post-consumer tile from other brands as well as projects not originating from Crossville.

TOTO USA Partnership
In 2011, Crossville launched a partnership with sanitaryware manufacturer TOTO USA to receive and recycle that company’s fired porcelain refuse. Today, there is recycled content in every square foot of porcelain tile produced by Crossville because of the harvested material from TOTO, reducing the need for raw materials for tile production.

Qualicer ’18 issues call for papers

Qualicer ’18, the bi-annual XV World Congress on Ceramic Tile Quality, has issued a call for papers, to be presented in February 2018 at Castellon, Spain. The submission deadline is May 31, 2017.

The conference will address: Block A – Ceramic Company and Markets; Block B – Ceramic Tile and Construction; and Block C – Ceramic Tile Manufacture.

For more information and to submit, visit www.qualicer.com, email [email protected] or phone +34-964-356-500.

Q.E.P. Co., Inc. Announces the Acquisition of AC Products Co.

Boca Raton, FL – April 18, 2017 – Q.E.P. Co., Inc. today announced it completed the acquisition of AC Products Co. of Apple Creek, Ohio, a prime manufacturer of ceramic bathroom accessories.

AC Products is one of the premier American manufacturers creating handcrafted bathroom accessories such as soap dishes, shower shelves, towel bars and other related items. Computer controlled color matching ensures precision and allows the company to offer pieces matched to the colors offered by many tile manufacturers. In addition, versatile mountings are designed for varying installation methods always with the end user in mind.

“All of the products are manufactured in America, with American materials and labor. We look forward to
adding the AC Products line to our ever-expanding portfolio of products”, said Jamie Clingan, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Q.E.P. Co., Inc.

Crossville’s Tim Bolby Receives Service to the Industry Award

Tim Bolby, director of technical services for Crossville, with eric Astrachan, TCNA Executive Director.

Tim Bolby, executive director of technical services for Crossville, received the inaugural Service to the Industry Award presented by the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) at Coverings 2017. Bolby is the first recipient of the newly established honor and was recognized at a surprise reception.

“Tim has been instrumental in advancing the tile industry’s technical standards that now guide the sustainable practices and quality of products produced by manufacturers of tile and setting materials,” said Mark Shannon, executive vice president of sales for Crossville. “He’s also played a leading role in our industry’s installation methods and contractor training.”
Bolby joined Crossville in 2002 as director of technical services and was promoted to executive director in 2013. He has served as the technical and quality management leader for the manufacturer where he was responsible for the review and approval of all significant product claims, the strategic planning for all product knowledge training initiatives, and the review of technical and installation publications. Bolby has more than 25 years’ experience in the business and is a graduate of the University of Missouri.
For more information, visit crossvilleinc.com.

Tips for Successful Floor & Wall Tile Installation With No Lippage

Many contractors contact NTCA technical advisers regarding acceptable tolerances for floor tile installations, but our trainers also tell us that with the increased use of large format tile being specified for walls, it is becoming increasingly challenging for tile contractors to successfully install these products without lippage. Contractors should be aware that the tolerances for both floors and walls are the same, and that this issue should be addressed before installing the tile.  Many applications in dry areas are to be installed directly over gypsum board or drywall, and there is little opportunity with the adhesive to make up for imperfections in the surface. Lighting can also wreak havoc on a tile installation on a wall, making the edges appear to be even more uneven and imperfect. Industry tolerances for both floor and wall tile applications state that the substrate should have a maximum variation of /14” in 10’ from the required plane, nor more than 1/16” in 12” when measured from the high points in the surface.  If a builder wants a tile installation to be flush with no or minimal lippage, they need to make sure the framing and drywall contractors are delivering a surface that meets tile industry tolerances.  If the tile contractor doesn’t check for this, and accepts the substrate as is, they run the risk of having a serious issue take place that can cost everyone money and time.  

For more information on this subject, you can order the TCNA Handbook or ANSI A108 Book for tile installation on the NTCA website at www.tile-assn.com

Product Spotlight: NXT™ SKIM by LATICRETE

New and improved, LATICRETE® NXT™ SKIM is a premium quality, fast-drying, cement-based underlayment designed for skim-coating, smoothing and leveling prior to the application of floor coverings. The improved formula can now hold more water, resulting in a creamier consistency for a smoother application and sleeker finish, as well as an extended pot life and easier troweling. In a first amongst skim-coating products, the NXT SKIM packaging has also been redesigned with a tin tie resealable feature that allows the product to be saved for additional uses, minimizing product waste and increasing cost savings for the installer. NXT SKIM can be applied from skim depth to 1″ (0 – 25 mm) and the finished flooring can be installed as soon as 20 minutes after application. Designed to meet UL GREENGUARD® certification standards for low chemical emissions, the new NXT SKIM can be utilized at high profile jobsites, including hospitals and schools.

F For more information, visit www.laticrete.com.

Florida Tile named CTDA Supplier of the Year

(l to r.) Michael Franceschelli and Luca Setti

Lexington, KY: April 4, 2017 Florida Tile has been named Supplier of the Year by the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA). The award was announced on the opening day of the Coverings 2017 show held in Orlando, Florida.

Accepting the award for Florida Tile were Michael Franceschelli, CEO and Luca Setti, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer. “We are truly elated to win this prestigious award for the second time. It is a testimony to the service culture we have built at Florida Tile,” said Franceschelli. “Thank you to the CTDA membership. We appreciate that the voting members see value in the effort we make. We also want to give sincere thanks to our entire Florida Tile team, who deserve the accolades”.

Florida Tile previously won the inaugural Supplier of the Year Award in 2013 and is the only two-time recipient.

The CTDA Supplier of the Year is selected based on results of blind balloting by CTDA members who named their top suppliers and ranked them in terms of leadership, marketing, training, technology, regulatory compliance, communication, policies, product shipment and support services.

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