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Ceramic state of the industry: Rise in consumption yields growth

Nov. 18/25 2013; Volume 27/number 15

By Louis Iannaco

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One of Dal-Tile’s newest ColorBody porcelain tile collections, Santino, features a sleek, contemporary visual in large format sizes, including 18 x 36 and 24 x 24.

After enduring several years of economic uncertainty, which included rising raw materials costs, low-cost goods from China infiltrating the market and ongoing installation issues, industry executives are looking at the current and future state of the industry with a steadily growing confidence. Continue reading Ceramic state of the industry: Rise in consumption yields growth

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Florida Tile’s Milanowycz inducted into CTDA Hall of Fame

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Florida Tile’s Dave Milanowycz holds CTDA Hall of Fame plaque at Total Solutions Plus (TSP) 2013.

Bonita Springs, Fla.—Dave Milanowycz, director of sales for Florida Tile, is the 2013 Ceramic Tile Distributor’s Association (CTDA) Hall of Fame inductee. The award was presented in late October during the industry’s annual Total Solutions Plus (TSP) 2013 convention here, which was held jointly by the CTDA, the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) and the Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA). Continue reading Florida Tile’s Milanowycz inducted into CTDA Hall of Fame

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Total Solutions Plus: Tile Contractors Association joins NTCA, CTDA, TCNA

Attendance tops 500 for first time

Nov. 4/11 2013; Volume 27/number 14

By Louis Iannaco

Screen Shot 2013-11-11 at 2.27.24 PMBonita Springs, Fla.—Four years into its existence, Total Solutions Plus (TSP) keeps getting bigger and better. The joint convention of the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) and Tile Council of North America (TCNA), held here Oct. 26–29, saw the addition of the Tile Contractors’ Association of America (TCAA) as a convention host as the event hit the 500 mark in attendance for the first time. Continue reading Total Solutions Plus: Tile Contractors Association joins NTCA, CTDA, TCNA

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Florida Tile honored with inaugural CTDA Supplier of the Year Award

Atlanta — For the first time in its history, members of the Ceramic Tile Distributor’s Association (CTDA) recognized the one supplier who provides the most value its members and the ceramic tile and stone industry.

The inaugural CTDA Supplier of the Year Award was presented to Florida Tile at the industry’s premier event Coverings 2013 in Atlanta. Continue reading Florida Tile honored with inaugural CTDA Supplier of the Year Award

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NTCA membership program

The Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) has partnered with the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) to offer distributor members the opportunity to help encourage their contractor customers to become members of NTCA.  In doing so, CTDA will help increase professionalism of the industry and, of course, participation in industry events such as Total Solutions Plus (TSP).

Participating CTDA members will be asked to allow their order/sales desk and sales personnel to sign up contractors for the NTCA.  Your employees will process the application, collect the investment fee with check or credit card, explain the benefits of membership, and send the application to the NTCA for processing. Continue reading NTCA membership program

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Tile & stone show set to make Atlanta debut

By Louis Iannaco

Volume 26/Number 24; April 15/22, 2013

Coverings 2013 is sure to be the most exciting tile and stone super show ever, noted show director Karin Fendrich of National Trade Productions (NTP), the management company for Coverings, as the biggest tile and stone market in the U.S. comes to Atlanta for the first time in its 20-plus year history.

Coverings is on track to have more than 900 exhibitors from over 50 countries when it opens at the Georgia World Congress Center on April 29, running through May 2. “There is no fee to visit the show,” she explained. “And unlike many other events, there is no charge to attend the nearly 70 educational sessions, either. Continue reading Tile & stone show set to make Atlanta debut

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TCAA joins group of hosts for Total Solutions Plus 2013

The Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA) has joined the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) to jointly host the 2013 Total Solutions Plus (TSP), Oct. 26 to 29, at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs, Fla.

TSP brings the ceramic tile industry together to network and learn from each other.  Initially launched in 2010, the annual event features a substantial seminar schedule; individual meetings of participants like CTDA, NTCA, and TCNA; an increasingly popular tabletop show, and unparalleled opportunities for formal and informal networking. Continue reading TCAA joins group of hosts for Total Solutions Plus 2013

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Upcoming CTDA webinar: 'Overcoming the Payroll Challenge'

The next Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) webinar will be “Overcoming the Payroll Challenge” with Dr. Albert Bates, chairman, president and founder of the Profit Planning Group. The session is scheduled for Thursday, January 31 at 11am (CST).

What’s it all about?

Distributors are continually being asked to “take costs out of the system.”  At the same time, most distributors run extremely efficient warehouse and trucking operations as well as cost-effective administrative networks.  From a cost perspective there appears to be very little left to squeeze. Continue reading Upcoming CTDA webinar: 'Overcoming the Payroll Challenge'

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Total Solutions Plus 2012 ‘best yet’

By Louis Iannaco 

Volume 27/number 15; December 3/10, 2012

Rancho Mirage, Calif.—Officials at the recent 2012 Total Solutions Plus (TSP) conference were pleased that more than 400 participants took part in networking and educational opportunities in the ceramic tile segment. The significant growth encouraged guests to deem the event the best Total Solutions Plus show thus far.

TSP was sponsored once again by the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA)—the third consecutive year of these combined efforts. Continue reading Total Solutions Plus 2012 ‘best yet’

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Upcoming CTDA webinar: "What every retailer can learn from Apple"

The next Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12th at 11 am Central on “What every retailer can learn from Apple” with James Dion, founder and president of the Dionco.

What’s it all about: Continue reading Upcoming CTDA webinar: "What every retailer can learn from Apple"