Construction Employment Increases in 43 States in Last 12 Months

Florida and Rhode Island Add Most Jobs for the Year; Mississippi Suffers Largest Decrease; Illinois and Alaska Top Monthly List; Mississippi and Virginia Have Biggest Month-to-Month Drops

Forty-three states added construction jobs between February 2016 and February 2017 while 39 states added construction jobs between January and February, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data released today. Association officials noted that the despite the relatively widespread increase in construction employment, most states are still significantly below peak construction employment levels.

“A combination of solid demand and unseasonably mild weather added to construction employment in more states than usual in February,” said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the association.  “But conditions vary widely. Five states set new records for construction employment, while more than half the states are still at least 10 percent below their all-time highs.”

Florida added the most construction jobs (34,700 jobs, 7.5 percent) during the past year. Other states adding a high number of new construction jobs for the past 12 months include California (16,500 jobs, 2.2 percent); Texas (14,200 jobs, 2.0 percent); and Louisiana (13,500 jobs, 9.6 percent). Rhode Island added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year (12.2 percent, 2,200 jobs), followed by Idaho (10.4 percent, 4,200 jobs); Oregon (10.0 percent, 8,900 jobs) and Louisiana. Five states reached new highs for construction employment: Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, South Dakota and Texas.

Seven states and the District of Columbia shed construction jobs between February 2016 and February 2017. Mississippi lost the highest number and percentage of construction jobs (-4,000 jobs, -8.7 percent). Other locations with steep percentage losses include D.C. (-6.9 percent, -1,100 jobs) and Alaska (-3.0 percent, -500 jobs). Virginia (-1,400 jobs, -0.7 percent) had the second-highest number of job losses over the year, followed by D.C.

Illinois added the most construction jobs between January and February (7,300 jobs, 3.4 percent). Other states adding a high number of construction jobs include Ohio (6,300 jobs, 3.0 percent); California (5,100 jobs, 0.7 percent); Colorado (5,000 jobs, 3.2 percent) and Minnesota (4,500 jobs, 3.8 percent). Alaska added the highest percentage of construction jobs during the past month (7.9 percent, 1,200 jobs), followed by Delaware (4.7 percent, 1,000 jobs); South Dakota (4.2 percent, 1,000 jobs); Minnesota and Vermont (3.8 percent, 600 jobs).

Construction employment declined in 10 states during the past month and was unchanged in D.C. and New Mexico. Virginia shed more construction jobs than any other state (-3,200 jobs, -1.7 percent), followed by South Carolina (-2,600 jobs, -2.6 percent) and Mississippi (-1,600 jobs, -3.7 percent). Mississippi lost the highest percentage of construction jobs between January and February, followed by South Carolina and Virginia.

Association officials said that many firms continue to face shortages of available qualified workers as they try to keep pace with growing demand.  They urged federal, state and local officials to act on measures outlined in the association’s Workforce Development plan to increase career and technical education opportunities, especially for high school students.

“More high school students should know that there are multiple paths to successful careers, and often those paths lead to construction,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer.  “If we want construction firms to continue expanding, we need to make sure there are enough qualified workers available to do the job.” 

View the state employment data by rank and state. View the state employment map.

 

NTCA PARTNERS WITH DALTILE TO GIVE AWAY FREE TRIPS TO TOTAL SOLUTIONS PLUS

The National Tile Contractors Association and Daltile are pleased to announce their sponsorship  of a special association membership promotion to have a chance to win an all- expense paid trip to Total Solutions Plus. Seven lucky winners will be randomly chosen out of all new members who join NTCA in 2017 to win these trips to the leading management and leadership conference, taking place November 4th-7th at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington D.C. Trip benefits will include three nights’ hotel, roundtrip airfare for two persons per company, full conference and events registration fees, and a $500 gift card. As a major sponsor of Total Solutions Plus, Daltile believes that contractors who attend the conference will find the experience to be highly valuable, and engaged NTCA to partner with them in this effort.

All new contractor members who join NTCA by August 31st are eligible and will be entered into the drawing. Winners will be notified by September 1st, and will have time to make arrangements to attend the conference. Only one entry per person will be allowed for the drawing.

Total Solutions Plus is jointly promoted by the NTCA, the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, the Tile Contractors Association of America, and the Tile Council of North America. The actual conference and tabletop networking event takes place on November 7th and 8th, while association meetings and activities are held November 5th and 6th. For more information about this opportunity contact Jim Olson at jim@tile- assn.com.

COVERINGS 2017 TO FEATURE TINY HOMES DURING INSTALLATION DESIGN SHOWCASE

Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, will feature a new display at the 8th annual Coverings Installation Design Showcase (IDS). National Tile Contractors Association Five Star Contractors will collaborate with leading designers to install tile in tiny houses on the showroom floor. Creative designs utilizing many types of tile will be installed in the three tiny homes throughout the show, allowing attendees to see their progress. All three installation companies have successfully completed the NTCA Five Star Contractor recognition program and employ installers who have passed the Certified Tile Installer exam administered by the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation. The design and installation teams will be supported by industry-leading tile and installation material manufacturers to complete the project. Coverings 2017 will be held April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Dan Welch, Welch Tile

Dan Welch of Welch Tile and Marble will collaborate with Michigan designer Lauren Figueroa of The Georgia Pear Interiors to install materials provided by Florim USA to complete their project, the West Michigan House, with installation materials provided by LATICRETE. Welch Tile provides tile and marble installation services to a plethora of markets, including healthcare, education, hospitality, industrial, entertainment, residential and corporate facilities.

 

 

 

Sam Bruce, Visalia Tile

Visalia Ceramic Tile will work with Kim Lewis, founder of Kim Lewis Designs. Tile for their Retro Bungalow will be provided by Ceramics of Italy, and MAPEI will contribute installation materials to the project. Sam Bruce is the project manager for Visalia Tile, who specializes in both commercial and residential installation. They are based in Visalia, Calif., and have been licensed and bonded since 1985. Visalia tile is also recognized by NTCA as the nation’s 38th Five Star Tile Contractor.

 

 

Erin Albrecht, J&R Tile

Erin Albrecht of J & R Tile Inc. will be paired with Nikki Vega of bluetreehome. Crossville Tile will furnish tile and ARDEX will contribute the setting materials to make The Vitruvian tiny house come together. J & R Tile prides itself in being a Five Star commercial contractor in Central Texas, and has provided installation services for commercial, healthcare, education, historical, religious and government entities. Founded over 30 years ago with a focus on education and certification, the company is committed to installation excellence.

The IDS exhibits will be available for viewing during Coverings on the show floor, giving attendees the opportunity to visit and explore the tiny homes. On Thursday, April 6 at 3:00 p.m. attendees will be invited to meet with the designers and contractors for a one-hour interactive session discussing the design and installation of each project.

Unlike in years past, when the IDS projects would be torn down and deposited in a landfill, these Tiny Homes will be transported to a vibrant community in Orlando, and will be made available for purchase. A local builder in the Orlando community is collaborating with Coverings show management to make this a smooth transition.

About Coverings

Coverings is the largest and most important ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. It features exhibitors from more than 40 countries and is the stage for introducing some of the most innovative tile and stone products in the world.

The exposition serves as a valuable resource for continuing education for all segments of the industry, with more than 75 informative, accredited seminars and live demonstration sessions throughout the show, all free of charge. Coverings attracts thousands of distributors, retailers, fabricators, contractors, specifiers, architectural and design professionals, builders and real estate developers, as well as journalists and bloggers who cover this vital and dynamic industry.

Sponsors of the show are The Ceramic Tile Distributor Association (CTDA), Tile of Spain/Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), Ceramics of Italy/Confindustria Ceramica, National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA). The show is managed by Taffy Event Strategies, LLC.

Coverings 2017 takes place April 4-7 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. For more information, visit coverings.com or contact Taffy Events, Coverings Show Management, 703-539-5504.

About NTCA

NTCA is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the industry, spearheading education for the professional installation of ceramic tile, natural stone and allied products. For more information, please contact NTCA executive director Bart Bettiga at [email protected], via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit www.tile-assn.com.

Tile setting comes to CEFGA SkillsUSA competition

NTCA is taking part in an important set of career events in Georgia today and tomorrow – the CEFGA Career Expo and SkillsUSA, both taking place at the Georgia International Convention Center March 23 and 24, 2017.

At the CEFGA Career Expo, students can learn about the tile trade and create their own mosaic designs.

The Career Expo, hosted by the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA), links students directly to professionals in the areas of construction, utility contracting, highway contracting, electrical contracting, mechanical contracting, energy, tile setting mining and more. The Career Expo consists of hands-on displays that allow students to engage with industry leaders, equipment and materials in order to tap into their unique skills and interests.

Rod Owen, Jr., of C.C. Owen Tile Co., Jonesboro, Ga., — a Five Star Tile Contractor, and Technical Chair for CEFGA – has involved NTCA in this event since 2007.  Becky Serbin, NTCA training and education coordinator, is also onhand at the events today and tomorrow. Attendees can learn about the tile trade and even create their own mosaic designs with tile donated by Interceramic and Daltile.

NTCA’s Rod Owen (second from left) with competitors (l. to r.) Martin Sanchez of Griffen High School, Timothy Crawford of Statesboro High School and Logan Conyers of Leesburg County High School.

New this year, due largely to Owen’s efforts, is tile’s participation in the SkillsUSA component of the event. The SkillsUSA State Championships is a competition that invites students to showcase their skills in a number of construction-related disciplines. This combined event is becoming increasing successful, drawing 6,988 attendees in 2016.

This year, three high school students are taking part in the competition: Martin Sanchez from Griffen High School; Timothy Crawford from Statesboro High School and Logan Conyers from Leesburg County High School. The competitors took a written, open-book test, and will tile floor and wall modules today and tomorrow. The winner will receive a $150 cash prize, and second and third placeholders will also receive awards, $75 and $50 respectively.

Competitors will test their skills at tiling floor and wall modules Thursday March 23 and Friday, March 24.

Schluter donated KERDI-Board and Johns Manville donated GoBoard for the tile test modules, setting materials are supplied by LATICRETE, Daltile supplied tile used in the competition, and tools were donated by Barwalt. Steve Young of Steve Young & Associates, and NTCA’s 2016 Tile Person of the Year, organized the donations for the SkillsUSA materials. Phil Canto, LATICRETE International, Eric Shaddix, Speciality Tile Products, Inc., and Scott Carothers, Ceramic Tile Education Foundation, are the competition judges. An award ceremony will take place on Saturday, March 25.

NTCA hopes to follow up on the success of this program by encouraging members to get involved in their local state competitions and build off of this momentum.

The tile-setting competition was sponsored by C.C. Owen Tile Company, D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting, and The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation.

 

CUSTOM® PURCHASES CARBON OFFSET CREDITS FROM TERRAPASS

Funds Carbon Emission Reduction Projects through Emerald System

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – March 22, 2017Custom® Building Products, the leading provider of flooring preparation products and tile and stone installation systems, continues its long-standing commitment to sustainability by purchasing carbon offset credits from TerraPass, which fund programs that eliminate 1,200 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. During the past 15 years, CUSTOM® has partnered with TerraPass to provide sustainable carbon emission solutions that help reduce the environmental impact of residential and commercial projects across the country.

The production of Portland cement, a primary ingredient in various tile and stone installation products, is a major contributor to carbon dioxide, which is a primary element in harmful greenhouse gases. The purchase of carbon offset credits allows TerraPass to fund carbon emissions reduction projects that eliminate undesirable greenhouse gases while producing renewable energy like wind and solar. The result is a cleaner, safer environment for everyone.

Custom Building Products passes along TerraPass carbon offset credits to projects using its Emerald System™, which features environmentally-friendly underlayments, thin-set mortars and grouts in the installation of stone and tile. Since 2011, the Emerald System has offset more than 13.2 million pounds of carbon dioxide or the equivalent to emissions from 675,145 gallons of gasoline by funding greenhouse gas reduction projects. In addition to contributing to carbon offsets, the Emerald System along with more than 100 Build Green® products from Custom Building Products, contribute to U.S. Green Building Council LEED certification and are compliant with other standard green building standards. For more information on Custom Building Products sustainability efforts, visitwww.custombuildingproducts.com.

Metropolitan Ceramics Features Raven Color in Extensive Color Palette

Metropolitan Ceramics offers one of the widest selection of unglazed ceramic quarry tile available. Metropolitan’s natural earth tone color palette goes well beyond the standard red and gray often associated with quarry tile. Colors include both single (monotone colors) and flashed range color products. And all of Metropolitan Ceramics products are designed with slip resistance and durability in mind.

One of the more recent additions to the product line is a dark charcoal black color appropriately named Raven. The use of black and near black in tile design and design, in general, is quickly becoming a popular trend.

Metropolitan Ceramics developed the Raven color option to allow designers the freedom to create contemporary and appealing floors in demanding heavy traffic areas. Raven can handle the spills and moisture and all the abuse these (indoor and outdoor) areas produce.

Raven is the perfect choice for these areas because Raven is designed to be both durable and slip resisting. Raven’s color is through the body, and the body is low absorption with an unglazed slip resisting surface. Raven is available in 8”x 8”, “4 x 8”, and 6” x 6” sizes. Trim is also available.

With Raven and the other colors available in the Metropolitan Ceramics color palette, design and functionality can come together, even in the most demanding applications.

To learn more about Raven and the other fine ceramic quarry tile products from Metropolitan Ceramics visit the website www.metroceramics.com

Motawi Tileworks to Host Tile Glazing Workshops

Ann Arbor, MI – Motawi Tileworks has announced it will offer three tile glazing workshops in the Spring. On April 8, May 13, and June 10, guests will be invited to hand-glaze a tile using the bulb-glazing technique that Motawi has been using since its inception. Workshop sessions are two hours and participants may keep the tiles they glaze. The tiles will be pre-selected by the 25-year old company, and instruction will be given throughout each class. Motawi will provide all tools and supplies needed, and will fire each piece in one of its twelve kilns. There are eight available spots per session. Registration information may be found on the company website www.motawi.com.

 

Motawi Tileworks is an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based art tile company that was founded in 1992 by Nawal Motawi. Motawi can be found in more than 300 galleries, showrooms, and museum shops across the U.S., including the National Gallery of Art and The Chicago Architecture Foundation.

COVERINGS 2017 ENGAGES INDUSTRY LEADERS FOR COMPREHENSIVE SCHEDULE OF CONFERENCE PROGRAMMING

Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, will feature over 65 sessions in the 2017 conference program. Distinguished speakers will share their knowledge and cutting-edge industry information with Coverings attendees. The conference program will highlight the most pressing topics for the tile and stone industry throughout the show from April 4-7, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The conference sessions build upon Coverings’ dedication to providing world-class education with content tailored to each attendee segment: architects, builders/remodelers, designers, distributors, fabricators, installers, retailers, and Spanish-speaking attendees.  New for 2017, Coverings will offer contractor advanced business topics, contractor beginner-intermediate and the thin tile mini-track. The conference is open to all attendees and, with many CEU credits available, these sessions continue to bring unmatched and invaluable free education to the show.

Coverings 2017 will present 10 featured sessions highlighting various topics from industry leaders. To learn about the full range of conference sessions at coverings visit Coverings.com/conference.

 

Featured Sessions:

Executive Director of the Tile Council of North America, Eric Astrachan, will moderate the panel “Critical Changes to Industry Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices” with participants Stephanie Samulski of TCNA, Martin Howard EVP of David Allen Company, Inc., Kevin Fox, Owner of Fox Ceramic Tile, Inc., and Chuck Muehlbauer, Technical Director, MSI + BSI. Focusing on the ever-changing industry standards and guidelines, the panel will provide attendees an overview of the most critical recent changes to better specify, sell, bid and install tile and stone.

Tuesday, April 4, 8 – 9:30 a.m.

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and Director at Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training, will share insights on the origin of color trends, understanding upcoming trends and assist attendees in determining the best choices to make when specifying with color palettes in her session titled, “Communicating with Color/Design: Inspiring and Defining Essential Trends.”

Tuesday, April 4, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Edie Cohen, Deputy Editor of Interior Design magazine, will sit down with Hagy Belzberg of Belzberg Architects, Denise Cherry of Assembly Design, Jennifer Kolstad of Interior Architects and DB Kim, Hospitality Designer for “Design: A Global Affair.” As much of designers’ work took place overseas during the economic downturn, this conversation  will center around the global influence on current design trends within the U.S. and address tile and stone within these current trends.

Tuesday, April 4, 3 – 4 p.m

President and Owner of Stone Trends International, Vince Marazita, will discuss the state of the stone industry in his session “Stone Trends: A Historical Perspective.” Focusing on information, sourcing, marketing and application trends in the stone industry over the last year, topics will include international sourcing channels for natural stone, how stone is used in interior and exterior architecture and design, and an overview of testing criteria for designing with natural stone.

Wednesday, April 5, 8 – 9 a.m.

Presented by Contract Magazine, Editor in Chief John Czarnecki, will hold a fireside chat with Todd-Avery Lenahan, Founder of TAL-Studio. This intimate conversation will focus on the power of design, Lenahan ’s experiences, and the influences which led to his current creative vision and how he successfully authors and implements design standards for global brands.

Wednesday April 5, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Joann Gonchar, Senior Editor of Architectural Record, will highlight addressing extreme weather events and sea level rise in her panel “Coastal Resilience – Rethinking Design for Extreme Weather Conditions.” Joined by Ramiro Diaz, Waggoner & Ball; Douglas Pierce, Perkins + Will; and Reinaldo Borges, Borges Architects + Associates; the team of experts will discuss what types of infrastructure are suited for different climates, explain the differences between hard infrastructure and green infrastructure and address challenges around flood protection and building codes.

Wednesday, April 5, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

In his session titled, “Behind the Curtain to Zero-Incident Safety!TM” David Sarkus, MS, CSP, Speaker, Consultant and Coach will dive into strategies and tactics that assist in achieving zero-incident workspaces for years of sustainable success.

Wednesday, April 5, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Moderator Stacy Garcia, Founder of StacyGarcia, Inc., will lead the panel “What’s Trending in Hospitality?” along with panelists Malcolm Berg, EoA, Inc.; Justin Colombik, Puccini Group; Glen Coben, Glen & Co Architecture. This group of industry professionals will share key information on how to stay ahead of the competition and create spaces that authentically speak to the consumer when it comes to hospitality design.

Thursday, April 6, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Randy Fiser, will be the Keynote speaker for the Keynote and Cocktails event hosted by ASID and Interior Design Magazine. In his session, “Design, Health and Wellness in the Workplace” he will discuss how our physical surroundings have a significant impact on our behaviors, decisions, and overall health and wellness. To further the discussion, there will be a reception immediately following with ASID and Interior Design in the Destination Lounge.

Thursday, April 6, 5 – 5:30 p.m. Reception 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Owner and President of Dionco, Inc., Jim Dion, will present ideas and strategies to enhance customer engagement in the retail environment both online and offline in the session “What’s Next in Customer Engagement – More Than Ten Ideas Your Customers Will ‘Like’ and ‘Love’ You For.

Friday, April 7, 10 – 11 a.m.

Fuse Alliance Recognizes Network Members and Suppliers Winners of Spark Awards Announced

Fuse Designer Panel

Laguna Niguel, CA [March 15, 2017] – Fuse Alliance, a Member-owned organization of professional, commercial flooring contractors, today announced the recipients of the network’s Member and Supplier Awards, which were recognized at the organization’s 2017 annual conference. Fuse Alliance also announced the winners of its inaugural Spark Awards, presented to network members only. With a record attendance of nearly 275 attendees from the United States and Canada, the Fuse Alliance annual conference was held in Austin, Texas and focused on connecting the architecture and design community with the network’s flooring experts.

There is nothing more inspiring than connecting face-to-face with industry peers and recognizing the talent and expertise in our industry,” said Geoff Gordon, executive director for Fuse Alliance. “In addition to honoring our Members and Suppliers, we were thrilled to recognize our Members for extraordinary project installations through our Spark Awards, which is the first of its kind for our network and generated a large number of entries.”

Member Awards

Fuse Alliance’s Geoff Gordon and Mike Hutton

Fuse Alliance network members were recognized for excellence in Communication, Reporting and Follow Up, Loyalty, Sustainability and Spirit. Members received awards during a presentation, which was held on Tuesday during the network’s annual conference.

Member Awards were presented to seven network businesses. OEC, based in Boise, Idaho, captured Excellence in Communication; Division 9, based in the Seattle area and Christian Brothers, based in the San Diego area both took home Excellence in Reporting and Follow-Up; three network members received Excellence in Loyalty, which included StarFloors of Dallas, Texan Floor Service of Houston and Franklin Flooring in Pennsylvania. Re:Source Floors Inc., based in San Diego, was recognized for its contribution to Ecollect™, Fuse Alliance’s reclamation program. Finally, Resource 4 Floors, based in Ft. Lauderdale, received the Spirit Award.

Supplier Awards

Supplier Awards were presented to four of the network’s preferred suppliers. Johnsonite received Best Product, Armstrong Flooring received Best Service, and Schönox received Best Support. Ardex Americas captured Supplier of the Year. Fuse Alliance conducts an annual member survey for the Supplier Awards. The results are tallied and presented at the organization’s annual conference.

Spark Awards

Fuse Member Group

A new program offered to network members only, the Spark Awards celebrate excellence in project design installed by its network members and is centered on flooring. Based on originality, quality of installation and design innovation, the awards represent outstanding craftsmanship, skill and expertise in the flooring industry. The awards were judged by an outside panel of notable leaders in the design and flooring industry: Lendlease Executive Vice President, Project Management & Construction, David MacDonald; leading technical flooring expert, Lew Migliore, founder of LGM and Associates; and Susanne Molina, FIIDA, CID, LEED AP, principal of the Los Angeles-based interior design firm One Design Collective.

Butler Flooring Services, based in Louisville, Kentucky captured three Spark Awards including Best Branded Environment and Best in Show for Turf Club & Stakes Tavern Renovation at Kentucky Derby and Most Maximized Budget for Frazier Rehab 8th Floor Renovation. Commercial Interior Resources (CIR), based in Orange County, California, captured the Greatest Space Challenge for a theater renovation project (project unnamed). Floorz, based in Denver, captured two Spark Awards including The Most Aggressive Timeline/Schedule for Halcyon Hotel and the Best Flooring Solution for the Westin Hotel at Denver International Airport. Signature Commercial Floor Covering received the Toughest Site Conditions for LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal Renovation.

About Fuse Alliance

Fuse Alliance is a member-owned organization of professional, commercial flooring contractors. With 94 companies in 154 locations across the United States and Canada, the organization’s member businesses represent approximately $1.2 billion in sales and services. Fuse Alliance is made up of a unique network of flooring experts with a combined experience that spans across flooring product knowledge, installation expertise, and a keen understanding of meeting the environmental requirements of today’s market. Fuse Alliance’s governing body is an executive Board of Directors made up of 12 member business owners. Through its member network, Fuse Alliance is dedicated to serving the North American market and member businesses can be found throughout the United States and Canada.

www.fusealliance.com

Lackmond Products, Inc. Appoints Steve Leeper as President

Marietta, GA. Lackmond Products, Inc., a leading supplier of diamond tools, carbide tools and equipment, has named Steve Leeper as President, overseeing the Lackmond Products and Lackmond Stone’s divisions in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Mr. Cliff Sallis, CEO and Owner of Lackmond Products. Inc., commented, “We are excited to have Steve take on the role as President. His leadership and extensive experience in sales, business development, finance and operations will help continue our growth for Lackmond Products and Lackmond Stone in North America.”

Steve Leeper brings over 41 years of experience in the construction industry providing products and services through distribution to the residential, commercial and industrial markets. Throughout Steve’s career he has worked directly with contractors, wholesale distributors and design professionals in providing these services.

Mr. Leeper joined Lackmond in 2007 as Vice President, with his most recent role as Senior Vice President. Steve has played a key role in expanding into the Canada and Mexico markets, launching a new division in Lackmond Stone, creating the Beast Brand, and much more.

This position is truly a unique opportunity for me to continue to grow Lackmond Products and Lackmond Stone and establish us as industry leaders. We will continue to focus on accelerating the growth of Lackmond Products and Lackmond Stone through expansion of our product offering and partnerships with both our current and future customers”, said Steve.

Steve and his wife, Judy, enjoy traveling and spending time with their three grandchildren. During Steve’s spare time, he plays golf, reads and continues to tackle do-it-yourself projects at home.

Lackmond Products, Inc., based in Marietta, GA, is a leading manufacturer and marketer of diamond tools, carbide tools and equipment, for the tile, stone and construction markets. The company has been serving professional construction and plant maintenance markets for over twenty years, with seven warehouses in the United States as well as international locations in Canada and Latin America. For more information, visit www.lackmond.com or call 1-800-850-2044.

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