July 28, 2014


E. CANTON, OH (July 16, 2014) –  Five members of the tile industry donated tile and installation materials to tile three Habitat for Humanity homes in Woodland Park, Colorado, in April.

Daltile, Capco Tile & Stone, and Marino Tile and Marble all donated tile. Merkrete, a division of Parex USA, donated thinset mortar and grout and Tile Traders donated USG Durock® Brand Cement Board. All of the companies donated from their facilities in Colorado Springs, which is a short distance from the Habitat project site.

Daltile, CapcoTile & Stone, and MarinoTile & Marble all donated tile for Habitat homes in Woodland Park, Co.

Daltile, CapcoTile & Stone, and MarinoTile & Marble all donated tile for Habitat homes in Woodland Park, Co.

The homes completed a six-family project, which includes one family that fosters special needs children. Habitat adapted the house plans to make the home ADA compliant and said the donation of tile floors and walls helped them meet those requirements and reduce the overall cost to the family. The project was also part of a Habitat initiative known as Women Build, in which women make up the entire volunteer force. Under the leadership of Habitat construction supervisors, the women also handled the tile installation!

Tile Partners for Humanity represents the partnership of tile industry members working to support nonprofit partners like Habitat for Humanity and community outreach centers through donations of tile materials and labor. TPFH coordinated the donations on behalf of Habitat in Teller County.

The donors included members of longtime TPFH supporters Ceramic Tile Distributors Association and National Tile Contractors Association. Merkrete, Marino Tile and Marble, and Tile Traders are members of CTDA and Capco Tile & Stone, Merkrete and Marino Tile & Stone are members of NTCA. Daltile is a member of both CTDA and NTCA and is also a national corporate sponsor of Habitat for Humanity.

Jamie Caperton, executive director of Teller County Habitat for Humanity, said it was an incredible experience for both volunteers and families. “What a delight it was to work with such generous partners like these to provide such a warm and welcoming home for our families during the Women Build Week. The ladies had tons of fun laying tile and totally look forward to next year!”

An all-female volunteer crew installed tile in three Habitat homes in Woodland Park, Co.

An all-female volunteer crew installed tile in three Habitat homes in Woodland Park, Co.

For Derek Richardson of Capco Tile & Stone, it was a chance to show appreciation to the community. “Capco Tile & Stone was happy to make a contribution to support Habitat for Humanity and the local community. As a long time local small business in Colorado Springs we feel it is important to give back to the community that has for so long supported us. Thank you Colorado Springs!”

Luciano Tavares of Merkrete said they were happy to participate. “Parex USA as a company, represented in this case by our tile and setting materials brand Merkrete, was proud to be part of the Habitat for Humanity project in Woodland Park, CO. Our facility in Colorado Springs was convenient and practical by supplying the right setting material for the size of the tile used in the project, including Merkrete 720 Marble Pro and Merkrete Integra for the installation of the glass tile. We liked that our facility was able to assist on a local level and knew that our donation was going to be used for a good cause.”

Merkrete donated thin-set mortar and grout for three Habitat homes in Woodland Park, Co.

Merkrete donated thin-set mortar and grout for three Habitat homes in Woodland Park, Co.

Herb Miller, Executive Director of TPFH and its parent organization, Mountain Re-Source Center, said the project could not have come together without the support of so many members of the tile industry. “It’s only through generous partners and their desire to improve their communities that we’re able to support the work of our nonprofit partners. Three families now know the joy of home ownership and the value of beautiful tile floors in their homes. Thank you for your partnership!”

About Tile Partners for Humanity/Mountain Re-Source Center

Tile Partners for Humanity represents a partnership of tile industry members supporting Habitat for Humanity and other nonprofit organizations. TPFH is part of MRC, which welcomes donations of all types of building materials as well as disaster relief supplies, educational resources, household necessities, and medical supplies. To donate or for more information on MRC or TPFH, contact MRC Executive Director Herb Miller at 304-678-4229/ [email protected] or Networking Director Ally Venugopal at 425-429-6188/ [email protected]. MRC provides a donation receipt for tax purposes. For more information, visit www.mountainre-source.org or www.tpfh.com.

Call for Entries: 13th Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Design

MIAMI, July 2014 - Tile of Spain, the international brand representing 125 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers’ Association (ASCER), is announces an open call for the 13th Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design competition. The awards honor international excellence in projects with Spanish ceramic tile in three categories: Architecture, Interior Design and Degree Project in Architecture.

 TOS Design competitionPresiding over the panel of judges is architect Emilio Tuñón, who, together with the sadly late Luis Moreno Mansilla, founded a studio that has received many prestigious prizes including the Mies van der Rohe Award and the Spanish National Architecture Award. The remainder of the panel of judges is made up of the Italian architect Cino Zucchi; the executive director of the Pritzker Awards Martha Thorne; the Indian-born architect Anupama Kundoo; the young architect José María Sánchez, recent winner of the BSI Swiss Architectural Award which honors architects under 50 years of age whose work has contributed to improving theoretical and practical aspects of contemporary architecture; Fernando Márquez Cecilia, editor and director of El Croquis architecture journal; and the Castellón-based architect Ramón Monfort.

Registration is open and the deadline for submitting entries October 28, 2014. To enter, visit www.tileofspainawards.com. The Awards have a prize fund of approximately $53,000 divided into three categories. The two main categories are Architecture and Interior Design, each one is awarded $23,000 (17,000 Euros). The main requirement to participate is that the projects use ceramic tiles made in Spain. The third category is Degree Project, which is aimed to students of Architecture and it is awarded $6,800 (5,000 Euros). The jury may give two special mentions in each category as it reviews the contest entries.

The rules for the competition and the application form for registration can be found at   www.tileofspainawards.com. Information about previous winning projects is also available on the website.

The best architects take part in the Tile of Spain Awards

In previous editions distinguished professionals have been part of the jury like Juan Navarro Baldeweg, Alberto Campo Baeza, William J.R. Curtis, Terence Riley, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Carlos Ferrater, Luís Moreno Mansilla, Patxi Mangado, Manuel Gallego, Guillermo Vázquez Consuegra, Mathías Klotz and Benedetta Tagliabue.

There is an increasing bias towards the use of ceramics in architecture and interior design. More and more often, acclaimed professionals choose ceramic tiles in in some of their most significant works.

In recent years the competition has awarded a wide range of projects, recognizing the versatility of this material. Last year prizes went to the “Remodelling Work on la Riera de la Salut” and “Casa Luz. A single family home in Cilleros”.

Other awarded projects in previous editions were: Catering School in a Former Abattoir, Granada’s Teacher Training College, MUCA (Auditorium and Music House); Casa Collage in Girona; a residential building project in Barcelona by Bach arquitectes; the Benidorm West Beach Promenade; the rehabilitation of Santa Caterina Market in Barcelona by Miralles-Tagliabue; the Spanish Pavilion in Expo Zaragoza (2008) and in the Aichi Expo in Japan (2005).


USG Corp. Joins Daytona International Speedway’s DAYTONA Rising Redevelopment Project

CHICAGO and DAYTONA BEACH, July 14, 2014 – USG Corporation (NYSE:USG),  a leading building products company, is the newest “We Built Daytona” partner at the Daytona International Speedway (DIS) – part of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project. DAYTONA Rising encompasses the Speedway’s nearly one-mile long frontstretch that, upon completion in January 2016, will create a facility that delivers an exceptional experience for fans, sponsors and guests.

daytona rising (2)A variety of USG Brand products (Sheetrock®, Durock®, Fiberock® and USG Ceiling Solutions) will be used in the interior construction of the new DIS frontstretch, and USG Securock® Glass-Mat Sheathing will be prominent around the exterior of the project.

“USG is honored to be a partner in the transformation of this iconic racing venue. DAYTONA Rising is all about reimagining DIS and the fan experience, and we see strong similarities in the way USG is reinventing itself with a new brand, new energy and new focus on innovation,” said Greg Salah, General Manager, Wallboard & Surfaces, USG Corp. “With shared values of high performance, leadership, teamwork and excellence, we look forward to having USG products be a part of the new DIS.”

In addition to USG, other “We Built Daytona” partners include Sherwin-Williams, Big Ass Fans, ROSSETTI, Walter P. Moore, M-E Engineers and Kingspan.“We’re excited to welcome these partners as part of our ‘We Built Daytona’ platform,” said DIS President Joie Chitwood III. “As leaders in their respected industries, we are proud to have the best products, and the best manufacturers and companies, featured throughout what will be the first motorsports stadium anywhere in the world.”


July 14, 2014. LATICRETE is proud to report that Joey Ternullo has won his first Legend Car race of the season at Waterford Speedbowl’s Wild N Wacky Wednesday race program on June 18th.

“Joey has been doing fantastic so far this season,” reports Jennifer, him mom.  “Joey has finished in the top three almost every week in Waterford and Stafford Springs.  He came in first place the other night and had a huge crowd cheering him on!”

Ternullo Joey survived a shot to his rear bumper in turn three of the final lap before powering to his first victory of the season. Through six races so far this year, Joey is currently in second place with 277 points, just 21 points away from the leader at Waterford Speedbowl Wednesday races. For the Saturday races at Waterford, Joey is currently in ninth place with 154 points.

Joey is in sixth place after just two races at Stafford Motor Speedway. He has 78 points, just 20 away from the leader.

Joey is the son of Joe Ternullo of Middletown Ceramic Tile Company, a firm that has been using LATICRETEmaterials and methods for over 50 years.

LATICRETE has sponsored Joey in his Legend’s Car for the past few years. A Legend car is a five-eighths scale replica of pre-World War II coupe car that can reach 80 miles per hour.


The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has relocated its world headquarters from Westlake, Ohio to Oberlin, Ohio. MIA’s first day in their new building BLDGwas Monday, June 23, 2014. The move increases the MIA office space from 2,800 square feet to 4,200 square feet with additional room to grow. In 2015, the MIA intends to open a new training room at the Oberlin location.

MIA Executive Vice President and CEO, Jim Hieb said, “We seized an opportunity to relocate the MIA headquarters to a building that provided growth opportunity, while decreasing our overall rent and utility costs. The MIA continues to enjoy easy access to the Cleveland airport.”  He added, “The new office includes a wide variety of stonework which was donated by over a dozen MIA member companies.”

While the MIA phone number will remain the same (440-250-9222), there is a new address and fax number. MIA’s new address is 380 East Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074. The new fax number is 440-774-9222.

Oberlin (population 8,000) is well known as the home of Oberlin College, a leading liberal arts college. Those familiar with the area will also note that this region of Ohio has a rich heritage of sandstone quarrying. Today, MIA member Cleveland Quarries continue that tradition.

About the Marble Institute of America

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 over 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.

NTCA Five Star Contractor to participate in Artistic Tile San Francisco event

Martin Brookes, Heritage Marble & Tile

Martin Brookes, Heritage Marble & Tile

Martin Brookes, NTCA Regional Director for Northern California, will participate in an event hosted by Artistic Tile at the company’s San Francisco Design Center at 2 Henry Adams Street, #140. Brookes’ company, Heritage Marble & Tile, Inc., based in Mill Valley, Calif.,  is  a  NTCA Five Star Contractor. Brookes also was the recipient of NTCA’s Best Practices Award, presented this past April at Coverings in Las Vegas.

The event, titled “Successfully Installing Artistic Tile,” pairs Artistic Tile president Joshua Levinson with Brookes to discuss best practices and techniques for installing luxury tile, stone and glass products from Artistic Tile. The presentation is targeted to general contractors, tile and stone installers and members of the A&D community. No CEU credits are offered for this presentation.

The event runs from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., on Monday, July 28 and includes a continental breakfast. The presentation begins promptly at 9 a.m. To register, email [email protected]

ProSpec Launches New Mobile Website

prosepcProSpec® has improved its online experience with the launch of its new mobile-compatible website. The brand launched an entirely new website in 2013, and the mobile-compatible site launch completes the goal of providing customers and contractors easy access to the most relevant information for ProSpec products.

ProSpec recognizes that people need to have access to product information no matter where they are. This is especially true for our contractors and distributors, who are often at job sites or with customers and cannot access a computer. The mobile website provides them the most relevant information in an easy-to-navigate and easy-to-read format specially designed for mobile devices.

“When developing the mobile compatibility of our website, we wanted to focus on providing our customers with the tools needed to successfully sell and install our products,” said Sean Smith, Director of Strategic Growth. “It is critical that they have access wherever and whenever they need it.”

The mobile-compatible website features coverage calculators, an easy-to-find sales rep locator and complete product information.  Technical data is also easily accessible, making it as straightforward as possible to do business and use ProSpec products.

ProSpec provides architects, engineers and commercial/residential construction contractors with the finest in professionally specified construction products that include surface preparation systems, tile and stone installation systems, and concrete repair and restoration products. ProSpec is a division within Oldcastle, North America’s largest manufacturer of building products and materials. Additional information is available by calling 1-800-334-0784 or online at prospec.com.

Iowa Governor Celebrates 25 Years of Waterjet Innovation at Creative Edge

The governor of the state of Iowa, Terry Branstad, visited Creative Edge Master Shop’s headquarters June 20, 2014 in celebration of the company’s 25 years of waterjet innovation. After a tour of the production facility (which includes 15 state-of-the-art waterjet machines), the governor addressed a large crowd of employees, vendors, and community members.


Creative Edge President Jim Belilove introduced Governor Branstad, thanking him for helping celebrate his firm’s 25th anniversary year. He stated, “This company was born and nurtured in the fertile soil of Iowa’s entrepreneurial culture. We are independent, self- reliant and innovative, like so many of Iowa’s manufacturers.”

The governor toured the Creative Edge factory, seeing “dedicated, highly skilled and hardworking Iowans, most of whom have been with the company 10, 15 and 20 years.” Belilove added, “Together this team has pioneered a useful and beautiful new technology that is unique in the world. We are participating in your goal of increasing Iowa’s exports. We have posted a list of the countries outside of the United States where we have completed work including India, China, Taiwan, Australia, France, Ukraine, Ireland, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Canada, Japan, Oman, Nigeria and others.”

About Creative Edge Master Shop

Creative Edge is the largest and most experienced waterjet cutting, design and fabrication company in the world. Located in Fairfield Iowa, Creative Edge operates from a 125,000 square foot factory, which houses 14 pieces of waterjet equipment. In its 25-year history, Creative Edge has produced over 10,000 projects worldwide. The factory specializes in working with tile and stone, but also works with many other architectural finish materials, including metal, terrazzo and resilient. For more information, contact Creative Edge, 601 S. 23rd Street, Fairfield, Iowa 52556, Visit the web at: www.cec-waterjet.com, or call 888-383-2112.

Spain will also be playing at the Brazil-Croatia match on 12 June

  • A Spanish company, Levantina, has developed and manufactured the cutting-edge porcelain material covering the outside of the stadium

The Brazil – Croatia football match on 12 June, which will be watched by millions of fans all around the world, will also have a Spanish flavour even levanthough the Spanish team will not be on the pitch.

12,000 square metres of TECHLAM® NEU, porcelain panels developed and manufactured by a Spanish company, Levantina, cover the outside of the Arena Corinthians Stadium.

The 12,000 square metres have been cut into 4,000 1×3-metre panels, which are 5 mm thick and weigh 11.87 kg per square metre. This material has been entirely manufactured in Novelda, Alicante with over 500 hours of work invested in its creation. The panels were then shipped to Brazil in 10 containers.

This innovative, cutting-edge porcelain material is highly resistant to adverse weather conditions, sudden changes in temperature and severe climatic conditions. This guarantees a very long life-cycle; when properly fitted it can last a lifetime.

Environmentally friendly and easy to maintain
The Arena Corinthians stadium has been built to sustainable design standards. Architectural solutions for energy efficiency, the use of alternative energies, improvement of interior environmental quality and efficient water consumption have been implemented in this project. TECHLAM® ceramic tiles are Greenguard certified as suitable for environmentally-friendly uses.

TECHLAM® is a 100% natural product. Produced using oil-free mineral raw materials, it can also be ground up and recycled in other production processes. Because of its thickness it takes less energy to produce than conventional tiles and more can be loaded in containers and lorries for transport, helping to save on energy costs. It is very simple to maintain and is environmentally friendly as it can be cleaned with water alone.

An international leader
The Arena Corinthians stadium is one of the latest international projects in which TECHLAM® has demonstrated its versatility and quality. The ceramic tiles are also used in countries such as the United States (Hotel Hilton Times Square in NYC), South Korea (Seocho and Hyehwa metro stations), Australia (Rendezvous Hotel Perth) and Germany (Frankfurt Airport), among others.

Levantina is a pioneer in Spain in the manufacture of large format porcelain for use in building renovations and projects. Examples of such projects include the Corinthians Stadium, metro stations in Prague and the Hilton Hotel in Times Square. The multinational company, founded in 1959, has the world’s largest deposit of Crema Marfil marble, located in Alicante province.

It currently has a number of quarries, 8 factories and 28 distribution warehouses of its own. It has a range of more than 200 different materials, including Spanish marble and granite from Brazil. It exports to more than 110 countries in the European Union, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia.

GRT Joins MAPEI Family

mapei logoMAPEI Americas is entering the concrete admixture market in the United States through the acquisition of General Resource Technology, Inc (GRT). GRT will follow its current operating structure, with GRT Vice President Travis Collins acting as General Manager of the subsidiary and reporting directly to MAPEI Americas President and CEO Luigi Di Geso. The company has two production sites – located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and St. Louis, Missouri.

Established in 1937, MAPEI Group is a privately owned global corporation headquartered in Milan, Italy, with 70 subsidiaries including 64 plants in 31

Mr. Luigi Di Geso, President and CEO of MAPEI Americas shaking hands with Mr. Travis Collins, General Manager of GRT

Mr. Luigi Di Geso, President and CEO of MAPEI Americas shaking hands with Mr. Travis Collins, General Manager of GRT

countries. The company specializes in manufacturing chemical products for building, including waterproofing products, special mortars and admixtures for concrete, products for the restoration of ancient buildings, and special decorative and protective coatings for walls. In addition, MAPEI is today the world leader in the manufacturing of mortars, grouts, adhesives and complementary products for the installation of all types of floor and wall coverings.

Family-owned since it was founded in 1993, General Resource Technology markets concrete admixtures and auxiliary products for the concrete industry

in the central United States. The company’s products are routinely used to produce high-performance concrete mixes that are called upon to perform in all weather conditions. GRT continually incorporates the latest product technology available in its efforts to meet customer needs and is focused on continuing the development of next-generation chemical admixture products.

“We are very excited about bringing GRT into the MAPEI family,” Di Geso said. “MAPEI Group has been in the admixture business for a long time globally, and GRT will certainly help us move forward in that market in the Americas.” By developing synergies with its own product lines, MAPEI expects to expand the GRT footprint east and west in the United States and eventually north into Canada and south into Mexico.  “With the addition to our portfolio of an admixture manufacturer based in the Americas, the growth rate of our Concrete Systems category will increase even more quickly,” Di Geso added. “As our global Underground Tunneling Technology division expands, GRT will provide an important source of highly specialized products for this market as well.”

Collins emphasized the close fit between the two companies. “The success of GRT is dependent on our employees and the high level of reliable service they provide to our customers. When we first began talks, we felt very comfortable with the MAPEI philosophy. We feel that MAPEI will help us reach new heights as we all work together to grow the admixtures business into the future.”

Di Geso concluded, “With the acquisition of GRT, we achieve another milestone in our commitment to the Americas that MAPEI will be an important player in the concrete admixture market.”

About MAPEI in the Americas

The Americas are home to 25 MAPEI Group manufacturing and distribution facilities, plus the headquarters locations for MAPEI Corporation and Polyglass USA in Deerfield Beach, Florida. MAPEI is an environmentally conscious manufacturer – the company has been a member of the U.S. Green Building Council since 2001 and a member of the Canadian Green Building Council since 2008. MAPEI Americas is a registered provider to the AIA/CES program and also offers training related to ceramic and stone tile, floor coverings and concrete repair through the MAPEI Technical Institute. The majority of MAPEI Americas facilities are certified to the ISO 9001 Standard for Quality Management Systems. Visit www.mapei.com for technical data or call 1-800-42-MAPEI (1-800-426-2734) for the nearest location.