November 27, 2014


compotite logoCompotite Corporation, a pioneer in the shower waterproofing industry since 1938, made a major splash during this year’s Total Solutions Plus, which took place at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, TX from October 25-28. In step with its new catchphrase, “Introducing a new company you’ve known for over 75 years,” this tried-and-tested supplier to professional tile installers nationwide, backed up that statement by unveiling new products, new programs… and its new “next generation” management team.  A big hit was the firm’s recently launched, easy-to-navigate website, which showcased all Compotite products and highlighted the many benefits they offer to customers.

Show attendees met with new management officers, Dr. Alan S. Hutchins, (great grandson of G.A. Morthland, founder of the company in 1938) who recently joined Compotite as Vice President of Business Development… and, Mark A. MacDonald, a veteran tile industry professional, now Vice President of Sales & Marketing. New Compotite products were introduced, which included upgraded CompoSeal membranes offering waterproofing, crack isolation and sound reduction solutions. New drains, niches & benches and accessory products for the shower were unveiled, as well.

compotitepic“Our company has been consistent in providing clientele with proven products in a professional, no-nonsense way for decades,” stated Alan Hutchins. “Obviously, we  plan to continue with that regimen moving forwards. But we also intend to augment the high-quality product and service programs our customers have come to expect from Compotite.  Plans include adding, on a regular basis, new problem-solving products, educational data to help installers reach optimal levels at every project using our materials… and, last but certainly not least, new ways in which they all can recognize even stronger margins by partnering with us.”

For more information, please contact Compotite Corporation | 355 Glendale Blvd,  Los Angeles, CA 90026 | Phone 800-221-1056 | Fax 800-334-3940 | www/

The International Surface Event Continues Call for Nominations for Best of 2015 Awards Program

sufaces verticalThe International Surface Event (TISE) has announced the call for nominations for the Best of 2015 awards program, sponsored by Floor Covering News, Stone World and TILE Magazine.
Participation in the Best of program, which encompasses SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas | TileExpo, is free for companies exhibiting at TISE 2015. Submissions may include a product, program, service, business practice or booth design that was introduced after TISE 2014 or making its debut at TISE 2015. A company may submit only one product in a single category, but may submit the same product across multiple categories.
The Best of awards for each show (SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas | TileExpo) will be evaluated and determined by a panel of judges chosen by the official publication sponsors. The winning companies will be announced and awarded in the winner’s booths on January 22. Awards will be presented by representatives from the sponsoring publications and TISE show management. Winners will also be featured in a post-show press release, featured on the show’s social media channels and highlighted on
“The Best of awards program has grown in popularity and prestige over the last couple of years,” commented Amie Gilmore, Show Director for The International Surface Event. “This program adds abundant value to the show and to the exhibitors’ experience. If you’re an exhibitor at TISE 2015, you’ll want to take advantage of this opportunity.”
If you are an exhibitor and would like to nominate your company for an award, click here. The deadline for submission is December 5, 2014. More information, including the list of 2014 winners, can be found at
The International Surface Event 2015 will be held January 20-23 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Exhibits will be open January 21-23. The Education program runs January 20-23.
The official sponsor of SURFACES is the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), the industry’s largest advocacy organization representing floorcovering retailers, contractors and allied service providers throughout North America.  The WFCA is a recognized leader in marketing research, industry certification programs, and operates the premier consumer flooring website,, providing unbiased information about every type of floorcovering and connecting customers to members’ retail stores. The WFCA also influences public policy affecting the floorcovering industry and
About StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas
StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas’ Official Sponsors are the Marble Institute of America (MIA) and Natural Stone Council (NSC).
Marble Institute of America’s (MIA) mission is to promote the use of natural stone and serve as the world’s most authoritative natural stone information resource. Membership includes over 2,000 natural stone producers, exporters/importers, distributors/wholesalers, fabricators, finishers, installers, and industry suppliers worldwide – all committed to the highest standards of workmanship and ethics.
Natural Stone Council (NSC), home of the Genuine Stone® brand, is the leader in the stone industry that represents major associations committed to promotion and education of the industry and general public of the value and benefits of natural stone. Member associations include: Allied Stone Industries (ASI), Building Stone Institute (BSI), Elberton Granite Association, Indiana Limestone Institute (ILI), Marble Institute of America (MIA), National Building Granite Quarries Association, National Slate Association and Natural Stone Alliance.
Since 1919, the Building Stone Institute (BSI) has worked on behalf of the quarries, fabricators, machinery, tools suppliers and others who comprise the natural stone industry membership. BSI provides programs and services that empower and enable member companies to offer the highest level of quality products and services, and to educate the architectural and design communities on the benefits and uses of natural stone. BSI is a proud continuing education provider with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
Official Endorsers of StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas are Marmomacc, ASI, Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) and International Woodworking Fair (IWF) 2016.
About Veronafiere
Veronafiere (Verona Trade Fair Company) is Italy’s most important direct organizer of trade shows and among the top organizers in Europe. Founded in 1898, Veronafiere now focuses on economic sectors of primary importance to the Italian economy, including stone (Marmomacc), construction (Samoter), and wine (Vinitaly).  Veronafiere conducts or hosts 37 trade shows a year in Verona and 11 abroad.  Marmomacc is the global leader in natural and engineered stone materials and related technologies and design.  Samoter is one of Europe’s major exhibitions of construction equipment and earth-moving machinery.  Vinitaly is the largest wine trade show in the world.  All three are owned and organized by Veronafiere.
About TileExpo
TileExpo is the newest tile industry event in the United States serving distributors, retailers, installers, building and design professionals. TileExpo brings together buyers and sellers from all over the world to see the latest tile products, tools, services and technologies. TileExpo is co-located with SURFACES and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas to create The International Surface Event (TISE) – the largest event for the flooring, stone and tile industries.
Official Sponsors of TileExpo are Ceramic Tile Education Foundation and National Tile Contractors Association.
Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) is an educational institution that offers local, regional, and national training programs for consumers, installers, construction professionals, architects, designers, building inspectors and sales associates interested in the sales and installation of ceramic tile.
Organized and chartered in 1947, the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the tile and stone industry, and is recognized as the largest and most respected tile contractors association in the world.
About Hanley Wood
Hanley Wood is the premier information, media, event, and strategic marketing services company serving the residential, commercial design and construction industries. Utilizing the largest editorial- and analytics-driven construction market database, the company produces powerful market data and insights; award-winning publications, newsletters and websites; marquee trade shows and executive events; and strategic marketing solutions. To learn more, visit

Tile Of Spain 2015 “Passport to Creativity” contest is open for entries

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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.


(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.



TCNA’s Tile Person of the Year Awarded to Donato Grosser

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Tile Council of North America (TCNA) presented its prestigious Tile Person of the Year award to Mr. Donato Grosser at Total Solutions Plus 2014 in San Antonio, TX. The award is presented annually to an individual who made transformative changes to the North American tile industry.

Donato Grosser is the founder and president of D. Grosser and Associates, Ltd. of New York. His efforts led to the first large scale tile exposition open to all, bringing specifiers, distributors, retailers, installers, and more to an international tile exhibition. This quickly led to the international tile industry partnership known today as Coverings, which celebrated its twenty-five years of success this year.

According to TCNA Executive Director Eric Astrachan, “Mr. Grosser is a scholar whose vision and quiet but massive efforts over 40 years have had a transformative effect on the North American tile industry; additionally, through Coverings, funding for the promotion of tile and industry standards work has been possible.”

Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Mr. Grosser has a B.A. in economics from the University of Jerusalem and an MBA in management and marketing from New York University.

From 1974-1984 he worked for the Italian Trade Commission, first as market research director, then as director of consulting services. Since 1980 he has directed promotional programs for the Italian ceramic tile and marble industries.

In 1982 and 1984 Mr. Grosser directed Casa Tile, a showcase of Italian Tile held in New York City with the participation of up and coming architects and designers. William Snyder, former president of American Olean Tile remarked, “This show did more to promote ceramic tile in America than anything that was done before.” The show was featured on the cover of the New York Times Home Section and in a six-page article in Interior Design magazine, as well as in numerous other newspapers and magazines.

D. Grosser and Associates, founded in 1984, provides international clients with specialized assistance in entering and increasing their presence in the American market. Clients include manufacturers’ associations, trade associations, banks, and individual manufacturers in the U.S., Italy, and Canada. Mr. Grosser has been the U.S. consultant for Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics, formerly Assopiastrelle) since 1984.

“I’m so happy to hear about such a distinguished recognition for my friend, Donato. My sincere congratulations to him: it is well deserved,” remarked Mr. Luciano Galassini, deputy managing director of Confindustria Ceramica. “Donato has been a consultant to the Italian tile industry for many years in the U.S., but his words and actions to promote tile consumption have been beneficial to all the players in the American marketplace. I highly appreciate the fact the North American tile industry today recognizes this work and dedication by someone who has done it behind the scenes in a fair manner. Congratulations to TCNA for this.”

Since 1980 Mr. Grosser has given more than one hundred seminars on ceramic tile to AIA and ASID chapters all over the U.S. He was also a member of the Ceramic Tile Marketing Federation.

Mr. Grosser has advised many ceramic tile manufacturers and authored numerous articles in trade publications.

In 1984 Mr. Grosser was named “Master of the Art of Stone” at the Verona Trade Fair for the promotion of Italian marble in the U.S. In 1985 he received an Award of Excellence for his promotional activities from Interior Design Magazine.

In 1989 he was awarded the Cesery Memorial Award by TCAA for his “Outstanding Service to the Industry,” and he was honored by the Tile Heritage Foundation in 1994.

Mr. Grosser is an Executive Board member of the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), which provides installer training and certification.

The award to honor Mr. Grosser was a beautiful, framed tile mural handcrafted by Mr. Marc Holm of AD Studios (Elgin, TX).

For photos of Mr. Grosser or the Tile Person of the Year award presentation, please visit


Compotite Corporation, a pioneer in the shower waterproofing industry since 1938, has announced a number of upgrades to meet and exceed industry compotitedemands. The firm has expanded its high-quality product offering to include not only waterproofing solutions for showers and under thin-set tile installations; new cutting-edge products are now offered including linear and square drains to complement its plumbing and tile products. A brand new line of niches and benches to enhance any custom shower installation has been added, as well.

Additionally, the firm has just launched a new, easy-to-navigate website, which showcases all Compotite products and highlights the many benefits they have to offer.

These include the established Composeal Series, now comprised of:

  • Composeal Blue Blue PVC Shower Pan Sheet Membrane for waterproofing under thick-bed tile installations
  • Composeal Gold Crack Isolation and Waterproofing Sheet Membrane for use under high-quality thin-set tile installations.
  • Composeal White Gold Sound Reduction, Crack Isolation and Waterproofing Sheet Membrane for use under high-quality thin-set tile installations
  • Composeal Aqua Shell Liquid Applied Waterproofing and Crack Isolation Membrane for Residential and Commercial use under high-quality thin-set tile
  • Composeal Aqua Shell HP High Performance Liquid Applied Waterproofing and Crack Isolation Membrane for use Heavy-Duty Commercial applications under high quality thin-set tile installations.
  • Composeal Aqua Shell RS Rapid Setting Liquid Applied Waterproofing and Crack Isolation Membrane for use under high-quality thin-set tile installations

New, focused and high-powered management includes Alan S. Hutchins, who has joined Compotite as vice-president of Business Development. He represents the fourth generation to be involved with the company since his great-grandfather, G.A. Morthland, founded the company in 1938. Compotite has also hired Mark A. MacDonald, a 14-year tile industry professional, to serve as vice-president of Sales for North America.

The “new” Compotite debuted at Total Solutions Plus in San Antonio, TX October 27-29.

For more information, please contact Compotite Corporation | 355 Glendale Blvd,  Los Angeles, CA 90026 | Phone 800-221-1056 | Fax 800-334-3940 | www/

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

Bostik now Partnering with Maniscalco. An Upbeat Collaboration of the Gecko and the Kangaroo.

manisBostik, Inc. (, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of adhesives and sealants, has entered into a strategic alliance with Maniscalco / Artistic Stone Gallery, Inc., a leading manufacturer/importer of exquisite glass, metal and stone tile materials.

“There was a lot of misinformation throughout the industry regarding how to install our type of products,” stated Kieron Wiley, Maniscalco’s Director of Business Development, a native Australian now living in the States. “Bostik has offered many cogent answers to this. For example, they have already provided us with an excellent user guide, indicating precisely how to install our products with their adhesives and grouts. It’s important to us, due to the scope of high-end products we offer the marketplace, that these are always installed correctly. With Bostik, a company known for cutting-edge technology and great “hands-on” educational assistance, issues such as one party blaming the other relative to installation concerns, are now practically eliminated.”

maniscloWith its international headquarters in Sydney, Australia and American facilities in San Carlos, California and Dallas, Texas, Maniscalco brandishes a company catchphrase proclaiming, “Maniscalco. Australian for Mosaics.” President Rob Maniscalco added, “Not only has our organization continually grown here, there seems to be a real interest in the Aussie way of doing business. This basically comes down to being totally honest with customers, working as hard as we possibly can, exercising strong listening skills… and, having one helluva lot of fun in doing all of that! No, we are not offended when Americans tell us we ‘speak funny!’ Without question, we are excited about working together with Bostik, and look forward to some amazing future synergies when the Kangaroo (our company’s/home country’s symbol) and the Gecko (which now appears on all Bostik branding) collaborate!”

According to James Allred, Bostik’s Consumer & Construction Business Unit Territory Sales Manager, “Rob Maniscalco and his team are outstanding business partners for Bostik. They exude positivism… and, are just fun to be around. Besides that, they are great friends who add a fresh perspective to the way we do business. We are super-excited about the partnership at hand and are grateful that Maniscalco picked Bostik to help their customers and the industry as a whole to improve glass tile and mosaic installation practices.”


About Bostik, Inc. Bostik is a leading global adhesive specialist in industrial manufacturing, construction and consumer markets. For more than a century, they have been developing innovative adhesive solutions that are smarter and more adaptive to the forces that shape people’s daily lives. From cradle to grave, from home to office, Bostik’s smart adhesives can be found everywhere. With annual sales in excess of $2 billion, the company employs 4,800 people and has a presence in more than 50 countries. Bostik is a company of Total. Visit for more information.

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Chris Eichman
Marketing Communications Manager, Consumer & Construction Business Unit
Phone: 414-607-1265  Email:

Custom Building Products’ NEW BLOG

custombuildingproducts-logoCustom Building Products’ new blog, located on the company’s website, is designed to help contractors, distributors and architects to be more successful when it comes to tile and stone installation, according to the company.

Along with offering specific tips and council from Custom’s team of technical professionals, the blog also includes access to the company’s newsletter content, Custom Insights. Additionally, the new blog provides technical bulletins, white papers, videos and tips, tricks and educational pieces. Visitors can sort news articles numerous ways, such as by profession type (contractor, distributor or architect) and by a host of tags on popular topics. Links are also available to subscribe to the Custom Insights email newsletter, or to an RSS feed for blog articles when they are posted. For added convenience, articles may also be shared with friends and colleagues through a simple tool that integrates with Facebook, Twitter or a variety of other social media platforms.

“The Custom team is dedicated to ongoing industry education through a variety of means including the regular release of technical bulletins and white papers as well as through presentations at a variety of trade events, through AIA CES courses and through Custom Technical University training events at our facilities and around the country,” said Tony Pasquarelli, Custom’s marketing services manager. “The addition of this news blog to our website further increases our digital library and provides a dynamic, easy-to-access learning resource for our customers.”

For more information, visit


Del Conca USA, the new North American subsidiary of Del Conca, one of the main Italian groups in the ceramic tile manufacturing industry, has announced that Metro Surfaces, LLC will now handle distribution of its world-class porcelain tile products throughout the entire state of Oklahoma. Additionally, the firm will be selling the highly-acclaimed Del Conca Commercial range, consisting of tile material produced in Italy by DCUSA’s parent organization, The Del Conca Group.

“Since our opening in 2009, Metro Surfaces has been calling on stores across Oklahoma,” stated Keith Cunningham, President & Owner. “We’ve known Jason White, the Del Conca representative, and have a great deal of confidence in what he recommends. So much, in fact, that we may very well be one of the first distributors in the nation to take on both the DCUSA and the Del Conca Commercial lines.

“The products offered by Del Conca USA are right with the trends in our marketplace,” Cunningham continued. “Del Conca Commercial offers unique tile materials that fit niches which no other manufacturer has to offer. We like the fact that pricing is reasonable, as well. We just started showing these  products to the A&D community, and the response has already been very exciting.”

According to Juan Molina, Del Conca USA’s General Manager, Sales & Marketing, “We are delighted that Metro Surfaces has joined the Del Conca family as our newest distribution partner. And, we are 100% confident that this will be a highly successful, ongoing partnership!”


The Del Conca Group is one of the main Italian organizations in the ceramic tile manufacturing sector, comprised of four production companies: Ceramica Faetano Spa, Ceramica del Conca Spa, Pastorelli Spa, Del Conca USA Inc.;  one trading company: Produco; and Fondazione Cino Mularoni, a foundation dealing with cultural and social activities.