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NTCA announces new president

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) would like to thank president Nyle Wadford for his outstanding service to the tile industry and the association. Wadford, president of Neuse Tile Service in Youngville, N.C., is in the process of finishing his two-year term as NTCA president. Under his leadership, along with the support of the NTCA Executive Committee and Board of Directors, the association has experienced record growth in one of the most challenging economic periods in recent history. In addition, several association initiatives have been accomplished. Continue reading NTCA announces new president

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Despite economy, rising costs, execs see reasons for optimism

by Louis Iannaco

There are several obstacles currently preventing the ceramic segment from taking flight, according to industry executives. The economy, obviously, leads the way with raw materials costs and low-cost goods from around the world also among the main culprits. Also thrown into the mix are installation issues—from its cost to its number of failures. Continue reading Despite economy, rising costs, execs see reasons for optimism

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Family wins asbestos case against TCNA

Association to appeal

Bridgeport, Conn.—According to a recent report in the Connecticut Post, in a case in which the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) has been found liable, the family of a New Haven, Conn., tile setter who died after contracting an asbestos-related cancer has been awarded $2.4 million. Continue reading Family wins asbestos case against TCNA

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Using adhesives in commercial spaces

by Louis Iannaco

What are the top aspects manufacturers have in mind when developing adhesives for high-traffic commercial areas? How are they different from residential adhesives? According to executives, those questions can only be answered by starting with the flooring type being installed as each requires a particular application. Continue reading Using adhesives in commercial spaces

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Al's column

by FCNews Staff

SEAL DEAL: If you have yet to sign up for the upcoming Total Solutions Plus conference in Chandler, Ariz., maybe the event’s keynote speaker will make you want to. Marcus Luttrell, a Navy Seal and author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling book, “Lone Survivor,” will give attendees a look into his experiences in fighting the war on terrorism in Afghanistan. His presentation will appropriately be given on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. His book tells the harrowing story of four Navy Seals who journeyed into the mountainous border of Afghanistan and Pakistan in Operation Redwing, and has been called “A powerful testament to the courage, integrity, patriotism and community that forged these American heroes. It is an incredible account of team- work, fortitude, and modern warfare.” Total Solutions is sponsored by the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association, National Tile Contractors Association and Tile Council of North America. Call 630.545.9415 for more information. Continue reading Al's column

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Tile associations raise the bar for certified installer program

JACKSON, MISS.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), in alliance with the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) and Tile Council of North America (TCNA), have announced 2011 goals for the certified tile installer (CTI) program.

Since its inception in 2008, the CTI program has certified over 500 tile installers, noted Scott Carothers, CTEF’s executive director. “This year’s goal will be to extend and expand the existing roster to more than 1,000 certified tile installers.” Continue reading Tile associations raise the bar for certified installer program

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Ceramic: State of the industry, second quarter offers optimism for rest of the year

It is more than a coincidence: Consumer confidence is on the rise and ceramic tile manufacturers saw some of their highest numbers in the second quarter that they had in the last several years. Though the ice hasn’t frozen solid, the category has shown more than just stability with an increase in units sold.

No one denies the category took a hit when the housing market crumbled, but consumers seem to be back in the market for ceramic tile. “Both business segments have been impacted over the last couple of years, but as they rebound the future is bright,” said Kim Holm, president, Mannington Residential. “New technologies have opened the door for tremendous growth opportunities in the category.” Continue reading Ceramic: State of the industry, second quarter offers optimism for rest of the year

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Commercial ceramic: Earliest rebound not until mid-2011

Ceramic tile producers continue to hit home runs when it comes to innovation, colors, styles and expanded product offerings. The plan of attack continues to provide distributors and retailers with the best product possible so they can be armed and ready for the recovery.

“We estimate the overall tile industry was down 20% to 25% in 2009, with the commercial sector down a similar amount,” said Lori Kirk-Rolley, senior marketing director, Dal-Tile. She estimated commercial in 2008 at about $950 million, dropping to between $750 and $800 million in 2009. “Driven by federal construction, the public sector was strong in 2008 and 2009. Education and healthcare were performing well, but those are slowing down from 2008. The hospitality, retail and corporate sectors are all weak.”

While Rolley expects the commercial segment to be down again in 2010, she expects recovery to begin later this year. “By 2011, we expect modest growth in the commercial tile sector. However, because tile is installed at the end of the construction process, we don’t anticipate seeing the impact of the recovery until 2012.” Continue reading Commercial ceramic: Earliest rebound not until mid-2011

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Coverings 2010 puts emphasis on education

Officials for Coverings 2010 are preparing for what promises to once again be the largest gathering of tile products, exhibitors and industry professionals in North America when the show convenes Tuesday, April 27 and runs through Friday, April 30, in Orlando, Fla.

Education plays a key role at Coverings and this year is no different, as seminars for distributors and retailers span a range of subjects and feature high-caliber experts to offer tips and tactics for sharpening the competitive edge and improving profitability. Coverings veteran James Dion will address what is arguably the most pressing issue facing this segment in his presentation, “The Consumer in 2010. What Will Get Them Back?” This session will be devoted to a discussion of the top 10 trends shaping consumer behavior in 2010 and is designed to provide valuable insight into how applying these trends can result in greater profits. Dion takes the stage Wednesday morning, April 28. Continue reading Coverings 2010 puts emphasis on education