January 30, 2015

BRAZIL HOSTS 39th INTERNATIONAL MARBLE AND GRANITE SHOW, VITORIA STONE FAIR

Vitória Stone Fair – Marmomacc Latin America 2015 has announced the dates for one of the largest Marble and Granite Fairs in the world; February 3 – 6, 2015.  Ornamental and raw stone buyers from all over the world will fly to Espírito Santo in the southeast region of Brazil to negotiate products and services. In 2014, this fair closed over $200 million in businesses. There will be 420 exhibiting companies, 120 foreign companies and over 25,000 visitors from 66 countries.

The exhibition will be held in Vitória, the capital of Espírito Santo, a state with one of the biggest marble and granite reserves in the country, with a great variety of colors and textures. The host state of Vitória Stone Fair has been significantly contributing to the Brazilian trade balance. The stone production in the state represents about 5 million tons a year. The event attracts visitors from Brazil and Latin America, such as stone importers and exporters, contractors, decorators, architects and professionals from the sector; companies dedicated to extraction, processing and commercialization of ornamental stones; suppliers of abrasives, consumables, machines, equipment, tools and services.

Brazil is the third largest granite exporter of the world. The state of Espírito Santo accounts for 50% of the national production of ornamental stones and for more than 70% of the Brazilian export operations. Today, the country is the main supplier of stones to the North-American market, responsible for 30% of the volume imported by the USA. In 2014, the stone exports to the North-American market totaled $790 million.

From 12th place in the consumption ranking in 2001, Brazil now occupies the 4th place (source XXIV Report Marble and Stone in the World) and is already being seen as one of the largest players in the ornamental stone and finishing sector in the world, only after China, India, and the United States. The position was conquered in just a decade by offering a big range of extremely differentiated natural stones and investments made in the industrial parks with acquisitions of more modern machines for the stone extraction and processing operations.

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Vitória Stone Fair / Marmomacc Latin America 2015 is promoted by the Trade Union of the Industry of Ornamental Stones, Lime and Limestone in Espírito Santo (SINDIROCHAS) and the Technological Marble and Granite Center (CETEMAG). It is organized by Milanez & Milaneze, in cooperation with the VeronaFiere Group and counts on the support of the Brazilian Center of Ornamental Stones Exporters (CENTROROCHAS), the Brazilian Association of the Ornamental Stone Industry (ABIROCHAS) and Marble Institute of America (MIA) in the United States.

Show hours

February 3 to 6, 2015     From 01:00 p.m. to 08:00 p.m. with access until 07:00 p.m.

Floriano Varejão Exhibition Park – Rodovia do Contorno
BR 101 Norte – Carapina – Serra – ES – Brazil
CEP 29161-064
Online Credentials:
http://credenciamento.vitoriastonefair.com.br/Processos/Inscricao/InscricaoApresentacaoForm.aspx

 

Ceramics of Italy extends competition deadline to January 23, 2015

coi 2015 logomark + txt (2)The Italian Trade Commission and Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics, comprised of 150+ ceramic tile manufacturers) has extended the submission deadline for the 2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition  to January 23, 2015. We’re searching for the most original and imaginative spaces designed by North American architects and designers using Italian ceramic/porcelain tile for the chance to win $4,000 + a trip to Italy!

The 2015 edition is open to architects and designers based in North America who have used Italian ceramic or porcelain tile in their residential, institutional and commercial/hospitality projects compeleted in the past five years (January 2010 – January 2015). Projects can range from hotels and hospitals to offices and apartments – we want to see them all!

The competition is completely digital and FREE to enter! The winning architect or designer in each category will be awarded $4,000 and a five-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend Cersaie – the world’s largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings. An additional $1,000 will be awarded to the tile contractor/distributor team who worked on each winning project.

2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition
$15,000 in prizes. 3 Trips to Italy
NEW Deadline: January 23, 2015
www.tilecompetition.com

Tile Of Spain Announces the 2015 “Passport to Creativity” Contest Winners

Miami, FL January 2015 - Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), is proud to announce the four winners of the 2015 Passport to Creativity contest.

The design professionals selected to participate in a 7-day, architectural tour and trip to Spain are:

The 2015 “Passport to Creativity” winning entries.
Top: Daniel Cantwell, Jonathan Martinez
Bottom: Jason Money, Gloria Graham Sollecito

To enter the contest, architects and designers had to showcase their own creative flare. Tile of Spain asked that each participant submit a photo of themselves with a Spanish tile in their own imaginative and creative way.

The Tile of Spain Passport to Creativity Tour will run from February 6 to February 13, 2015

, where winners will have the opportunity to explore Sevilla and Valencia, Spain. They will be able to immerse themselves in Spanish culture, sample world-famous culinary arts, observe sites and attractions with architectural and design significance and gain a general understanding and appreciation for Spain and Spanish tile.

The trip also includes a guided visit to Cevisama 2015, factory and booth tours and a press conference. All architect and designer participants will earn CEU credits. Journalists from selected architecture and design media will also participate in the tour.

To view the images of the Passport to Creativity winners, and other contest entries, please visit the Tile of Spain Inspiration Gallery  at www.tileofspainusa.com.

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

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

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

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

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

Crossville Announces Product-Specific Environmental Product Declaration

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

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

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

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

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

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

Floor Covering Leadership Council Approves New Logo

floor covering leadershipThe Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC) is pleased to announce it has approved a logo. According to Kim Oderkirk, Committee Chairman for the Communication and Cooperation Committee, “the logo represents various aspects of flooring including tile, carpet, resilient, stone and wood. We also wanted the name to be written out and avoid simply using the letters FCLC, as there are so many acronyms currently being used in the flooring industry. The new logo is a great representation of this organization.” The council plans to use the new logo on letterhead, press releases, marketing materials and the website which is the next project to be completed by the Communication and Cooperation Committee.

About:
The Floor Covering Leadership Council (FCLC) is currently made up of 14 associations – all dedicated to flooring. Its purpose is to identify issues and develop solutions that lead to the success of the floor covering industry and its professionals. The membership includes American Flooring Alliance (AFA); Carpet Cushion Council (CCC); International Certified Flooring Installers Association (CFI); Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA); Floor Covering Business to Business (fcB2B); Floor Covering Installation Contractors Association (FCICA); Marble Institute of America (MIA); National Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD); North American Laminate Floor Association (NALFA); National Institute of Certified Floorcovering Inspectors (NICFI); National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA); National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA); Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI); and World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). For more information or to

MOUNTAIN RE-SOURCE CENTER HONORS FLORIDA TILE FOR TEN YEARS OF PARTNERSHIP, IMPACT ON COMMUNITIES

Mountain Re-Source Center (MRC) and Tile Partners for Humanity (TPFH), the tile industry partnership that is part of MRC, recognized Florida Tile for image oneten years of partnership and support of community improvement projects through generous donations of ceramic tile.

MRC and TPFH met Florida Tile employees at the company’s corporate headquarters in Lexington, Ky., to personally thank them for the incredible impact of the donations and the involvement of the company. They also presented CEO Michael Franceschelli with a marble plaque thanking Florida Tile for its ongoing partnership.

Florida Tile has donated to TPFH and MRC since 2004, when it provided 895 square feet of floor tile for two Habitat for Humanity homes in Atlanta, Ga. Since that time, the company has donated more than 800 loads of tile that have gone to more than 20 states, 40 nonprofit organizations, and fifteen countries.

Two organizations that have shared in the donations joined MRC in expressing gratitude. Ashley Napier, executive director of Central West Virginia Outreach Center in Gassaway, W. Va., said that his organization has distributed 34 loads of tile to more than 1,600 families and organizations throughout West Virginia and the surrounding Appalachian region. Lisa Boen, vice president of operations for Operation Compassion in Cleveland, Tenn., shared a video demonstrating how they have used tile in orphanages, schools, medical clinics, homes, and community centers in fifteen countries in Central and South America and in Eastern Europe.

Herb Miller, executive director of MRC and TPFH, said the partners wanted to demonstrate just how much the donations have meant and to underscore the importance of the longevity of the partnership. He congratulated Florida Tile on its 60th anniversary and said the company has done well to focus both on business and supporting communities.

“Florida Tile is one of our longest-standing partners and they have truly made a difference in the lives of thousands of families.  We work with nonprofit partners around the country and tile is one of our most-requested items. We’re grateful that Florida Tile understands the value of donating and the good that their tile does in so many communities. They are one of our core donors and we couldn’t do what we do without them!”

Florida Tile CEO Franceschelli was pleased to have the opportunity to support MRC and its partners. He thanked everyone for the recognition, but said he believed the organizations and their outreach were responsible for the incredible impact of the donations.

“Our working partnership with Mountain Re-Source Center is very important.  It provides a simple, functional method for helping local communities. It is also important for Florida Tile, which is owned by international tile manufacturer Panariagroup, to be able to reach more distant communities in need.  The affiliation with Mountain Re-Source Center enables distribution of materials internationally as well, including to regions such as Central and South America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.”

Diane Hancock, director of the 6th Congressional District, thanked Florida Tile for its incredible community support on behalf of Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. She presented Franceschelli with a letter from the Governor recognizing the company’s contributions to both the local economy and to communities around the world. She also gave him a pewter mint julep cup from the office of the Governor.

Q.E.P. Co., Inc. ANNOUNCES SENIOR POSITION APPOINTMENT

qep logo 2013 (2)Q.E.P. Co., Inc. announced today the appointment of Mr. Brian Kura as its new Executive Vice President.
Brian joins us after spending the last 16 years at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company. Most recently Brian was President of Scotts LawnService. In this role Brian had full P&L responsibility over this $300 million do-it-for-me segment of the business. Prior to LawnService Brian held the position of Senior Vice President of Sales where he had a proven track record of delivering revenue and profit growth across multiple customers and channels. The customer base and channels of distribution align well with the Q.E.P. customer base.
Brian graduated from the University of Arizona and also has an MBA from Duke’s FUQUA School of Business.
Lewis Gould, Chairman of Q.E.P., commented, “With the addition of Brian to our Q.E.P. team we look forward to the challenges of tomorrow as we grow.”

Brian will be headquartered in our Boca Raton, Florida facility.
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 flooring, flooring installation tools, adhesives and flooring related products targeted for the professional installer as well as the do-it-yourselfer. 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®, Vitrex®, Homelux, PRCI, Nupla®, HISCO, Ludell, Porta-Nail,  Elastiment®, and Homelux; 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.

“Marsala” named Pantone Color of the Year for 2015

Pantone Color of the Year 2-15: Marsala

Pantone Color of the Year 2-15: Marsala

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

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

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

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

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

 

COMPOTITE UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE, NEW PRODUCTS, NEW OPPORTUNITIES…AND, NEXT GENERATION MANAGEMENT AT TOTAL SOLUTIONS PLUS

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/compotite.com