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First ever certified sustainable tile products unveiled

After 5 years developing an all-encompassing multi-attribute sustainability standard for tile and tile installation materials, the very first certified sustainable products are being announced.

Cumulatively, eight major manufacturers of tile and installation materials have hundreds of products that are already certified or will be certified by the start of Coverings on April 17, with yet even more of their products still in the evaluation process and expected to earn certification this year. At least six additional manufacturers have started the certification process for hundreds more products that are expected to be certified within the year. Continue reading First ever certified sustainable tile products unveiled

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Daltile awards $21,000 in charitable donations at meeting

Dallas—In late March, Daltile held its annual national sales meeting in Indian Wells, Calif. The company’s sales regions competed in a variety of fun team building events resulting in a donation of $21,000 to seven noteworthy charities.

Key vendor partners including, Noble Company, Color Fast Caulk, James Hardie, Mapei, Laticrete International, Custom Building Products and Protecto Wrap agreed to donate $3,000 dollars on behalf of each of the seven competing teams to Daltile’s charities. Continue reading Daltile awards $21,000 in charitable donations at meeting

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Executive Forecast: Top figures weigh in by category

Resilient producers appeal to value, style to gain share

What was ultimately a false start to an upswing in the industry during the first and second quarters, 2010 has coaxed top executives in the resilient category to project a more conservative outcome for the coming year. However, it is one area that is expected to continue growing. The proliferation of LVT (FCNews, Nov. 22/29) and the advancement of fiberglass (see related story) has created a new value standard for the consumer when she shops floor covering. As one of the few segments capturing share in the residential floor covering market, modesty rules the 2011 diagnosis with an injection of optimism. Continue reading Executive Forecast: Top figures weigh in by category

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Daltile rolls out five new collections

Dallas—Daltile has unveiled one of its largest, most stylish product launches ever with five new collections: Franciscan Slate, Coastal Keystones, Terrace, Ion Metals and Gallian Park. The tile brand has also extended of its popular Stone Radiance line to include three new color blends.

“From the natural beauty of slate and the cool luxury of glass to the familiar warmth of hardwoods and the sophisticated elegance of metal, these new collections feature many of today’s fashionable looks,” said Lori Kirk-Rolley, senior marketing director. “We’re particularly excited about the Franciscan Slate collection, which features one of the most realistic stone visuals available on a tile surface through Daltile’s patented Reveal Imaging digital printing process.” Continue reading Daltile rolls out five new collections