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MIA+BSI Welcome 3 New MIA Board Members

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MIA+BSI Welcome 3 New MIA Board Members

Posted on 03 January 2017 by CRadmin3

mia bsi natural stone institute logoMIA+BSI announced that three individuals have been elected to the thirteen-person MIA Board of Directors. These individuals will also serve on the transitional MIA+BSI Board of Directors during the second year of the joint venture.

Duane Naquin, CEO of Stone Interiors, an MIA Accredited fabrication /installation company in Gaston, SC, will represent Zone 3 (Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee). Naquin is an MIA+BSI CEU speaker, Women in Stone mentor, and is actively involved in the education program. Naquin replaces Jon Lancto, who will remain on the board as 2017 MIA President.

Herwig Callewier, Chairman of Beltrami N.V., a natural stone producer and wholesale company located in Belgium, will represent Zone 10 (Europe). Callewier is founding member and now president of Febenat, an association which furthers the natural stone industry in Belgium and Holland. He is also involved with the WTCB Belgian Technical Institute’s stone committee and the World Natural Stone Association. Callewier replaces Claus Larsen (DANSK Srl), who served on the MIA Board for five years.

Ali Kader, President and CEO of Egy-Mar International, a quarry and supply company based in Egypt in Dubai, will represent Zone 11 (Africa, Asia, Australia, Middle East, and Philippines). Kader is the founding member of the World Natural Stone Association and has been involved with the Egypt Expo & Convention Authority, the Federation of Egyptian Industries, Marble Sector, and the Marble & Granite Investors Association. Kader replaces Arik Grebelsky (A.Grebelsky & Son), who served on the MIA Board for five years.

2016 MIA President David Castellucci (Kenneth Castellucci & Associates) expressed his gratitude to the two outgoing board members, saying: “We are most appreciative of the work done by both Claus and Arik during their time on the MIA Board of Directors. With their help, we have made great strides to become a more inclusive and international association. We welcome the three new board members and look forward to what the future will bring for our combined organization.”

 

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NBMDA Announces 2017 Board of Directors

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NBMDA Announces 2017 Board of Directors

Posted on 02 January 2017 by CRadmin3

nbmdaThe North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) announced the organization’s Board of Directors for 2017. The NBMDA Board is comprised of industry executives from both distributor and manufacturer member firms within the specialty building material, kitchen & bath and woodworking industries.
“It is my pleasure to announce this year’s NBMDA Board of Directors. We are thrilled to have such a strong leadership base to guide the organization leading into 2017,” said NBMDA Executive Vice President Kevin Gammonley. “I am confident that this year’s Board of Directors have the insight and experience to help NBMDA achieve its goals and thrive in 2017.”
The 2017 NBMDA Board of Directors includes: 2017 NBMDA President Ray Prozzillo
of A&M Supply in Pinellas Park, Fla.; President-Elect Michael Donnelly of Metro Hardwoods in Sioux Falls, S.D.; Vice President Missy O’Daniel of Web-Don, Inc. in Charlotte, N.C.; Treasurer Wayne Moriarty of Atlantic Plywood in Woburn, Mass.; Immediate Past President Bill Sauter of OHARCO in Omaha, Neb.

Distributor Directors: Jamie Barnes of McKillican International in Edmonton, Alberta; Don Lorey of E.B. Bradley in Los Angeles; Jon Minnaert of Aetna Plywood in Rockford, Ill.; Steve Petersen of Lumbermens, Inc. in Grand Rapids, Mich.; Bill Stokke of Holdahl Co. in Plymouth, Minn.

Manufacturer/Service Provider Directors: Tim Atkinson of Wilsonart LLC in Temple, Texas; Matthias Bulla of Grass America in Kernersville, N.C.; Jim Houser of Majure Data in Milton, Ga.; Kevin Shotbolt of Arauco North America in Markham, Ontario; Mike Purtell of M.L. Campbell in The Woodlands, Texas; David Noe of Rev-A-Shelf in Jeffersontown, Ky.

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Tile of Spain Announces Award Winners

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Tile of Spain Announces Award Winners

Posted on 27 December 2016 by CRadmin3

Tile of Spain announced the winners of the 15th Annual Tile of Spain Awards of Architecture and Interior Design. The jury for the Tile of Spain Awards, chaired by architect Gonçalo Byrne, met in Castellón Spain to select the winners.

The Tile of Spain Awards includes two main categories, Architecture and Interior Design, offering cash prizes of 17,000 Euros each. The Final Degree Project category for graduating students of architecture awards winners with 5,000 Euros each.

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First prize in the Architecture category

First prize in the Architecture category went to a two home project in Oropesa (Toledo, Spain). The panel of judges highlighted the outstanding precision of an architectural intervention within a complex historical context and a use of ceramic tiles that was fully fit for purpose. The use of ceramic tiles was not limited to a mere covering or finish, but instead as a material capable of enveloping the project and adding a unique appearance.

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First prize in the Interior Design category

In the Interior Design category, the judges awarded first place to a restaurant on the ground floor of the Tabakalera Culture Centre in San Sebastian, Spain. The judges referred in particular to the balanced dialogue created between the materials that showcased the use of ceramic tiles in a contemporary space which includes a coffee shop, pizza restaurant and wine bar. The space is situated on the ground floor of Tabakalera, San Sebastian’s new International Centre for Contemporary Culture. The floor and bars are covered with 10x10cm ceramic tiles in the style of rugs resting on the partition elements that stand between employees and customers.

The Tile of Spain Awards also includes a category for the best Final Degree Project undertaken by architecture students where ceramic tiles play a central role. The panel of judges awarded first prize to ‘In-Situ: Tools and Technology in Traditional Architecture’ by M Wesam Al Asali. Taking into consideration the nature of the award, the judges unanimously highlighted the project’s strategy, which employs a single ceramic material to create a construction system in keeping with its function and location. The project addresses a current issue in an effective manner, generating added value to the landscape.

Honorable mentions were also awarded to select projects.

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SolidSurface.com Recognized as Top 300 E-Commerce Company

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SolidSurface.com Recognized as Top 300 E-Commerce Company

Posted on 26 December 2016 by CRadmin3

SolidSurface.comSolidSurface.com was named by Internet Retailer and B2BeCommerceWorld.com as one of the top 300 B2B (Business to Business) e-commerce companies for the second consecutive year. The company been ranked 39th in the Hardware/Home Improvement Industry. Additionally, Internet Retailer magazine also recognized SolidSurface.com as a Top 1000 general e-commerce website for the past four years.

B2B E-Commerce companies in the Hardware/Home Improvement category are expected to grow by 28 percent, to more than $13 billion(up from $10 billion last year) mainly due to the continued strength of the housing market. Moreover, consumer spending on furniture and furnishings exceeded the 3.4 percent growth rate in overall U.S. consumer spending in 2015. SolidSurface.com itself has grown 30.8 percent in 2016.

While SolidSurface.com has improved it’s ranking by being named in the top 300 by B2B E-Commerce for two years in a row, competing with large retailers such as Amazon, Lowe’s or Home Depot is tricky for the small business. Keeping up with website enhancements to make navigating the site and shopping easy for consumers, along with finding new avenues of product growth are key. SolidSurface.com also relies heavily on outstanding customer service to keep its customers coming back.

With its customer base now being roughly two-thirds commercial and B2B, the remaining one-third still caters to the DIYer, homeowner and craftspersons. This is a big change from  when the company first started in 2007, when 80 percent of its customers were DIYers or homeowners. The two-thirds that make up the commercial and B2B customers include architects and designers, countertop fabricators, handymen, manufacturers, sign makers, residential and commercial remodelers, and cabinet/wood/mill-workers.

SolidSurface.com averages more than 60,000 unique visitor sessions per month. Shoppers are able to explore several categories of products and information. In the “materials” section, visitors can browse popular brands of solid surface materials, in full sheet or remnant sizes, such as DuPont Corian, LG HI-MACS, Aristech Avonite, Formica, Samsung Staron, GSP Mystera, and Hanwa Hanex. They can then go to the “tools” section to order accompanying accessories such as adhesives, abrasives and other items to fabricate and mount the materials for their projects. The “Explore” and “Learn” sections are filled with helpful how-to guides and other tips and tricks. If a visitor is in need of a fabricator, they can locate one in their area by putting their zip code in the ProFinder section. Offering this service, in turn, helps the fabricators as well when they become a registered professional on the site.

Another unique feature of the website is the ability to custom design a vanity top. The SolidSurface.com site walks a customer through each step of choosing the right size, sink, and faucet hole options, as well as the edges and backsplash.

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NBMDA and NAFCD Announce Reciprocal Membership Dues Discounts

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NBMDA and NAFCD Announce Reciprocal Membership Dues Discounts

Posted on 20 December 2016 by CRadmin3

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The North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) recently announced that as an added member benefit, all NBMDA members now receive a 50 percent discount on membership in the North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors (NAFCD) for a limited time.

NAFCD is the trade association serving wholesale distributors handling all types of flooring and flooring accessories representing the leading distributors throughout the U.S. and Canada. NBMDA and NAFCD have co-sponsored an Annual Convention each November for the past seven years.

As part of the reciprocal agreement, NAFCD will be offering a 50 percent discount on NBMDA membership dues to all NAFCD members who join NBMDA. The new agreement is expected to grow membership for both organizations and further strengthens their long-time partnership designed to increase member value.

“NAFCD and NBMDA are highly complementary organizations. There is growing interest in firms belonging to both associations as distributors continue to diversify their product mix,” commented NBMDA Executive Vice President, Kevin Gammonley. “Manufacturers of such products as adhesives, abrasives, wood finishes & coatings, and countertops sell into both distribution channels and thus have an interest in joining both associations.”

The NAFCD-NBMDA partnership continues to strengthen and evolve. “We’re very excited about this new offering and expect that members of both associations will take advantage of this unique opportunity,” noted Gammonley.

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KCMA Unveils New Website

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KCMA Unveils New Website

Posted on 14 December 2016 by CRadmin3

KCMAThe Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association recently unveiled its redesigned and rebranded website at www.kcma.org. The website is expected to provide users a clean, uncluttered design with improved functionality and enhanced content. The website announcement is in coordination with a rebranded identity for KCMA – equipped with a redesigned corporate logo and two certification seals. Website visitors will find it useful with its mobile-responsiveness and easy-to-navigate design.

In addition to improved design features, KCMA has incorporated a growing dedication to educational resourcefulness for the variety of cabinet industry audiences, including cabinet manufacturers and suppliers and industry professionals and consumers.

“Creating this new website and visual identity has been a wonderful experience, as we have taken the many aspects of the industry and translated them into imagery,” said Betsy Natz, CEO of the KCMA. “With the new website and logo, we are taking the opportunity to strengthen and modernize how we represent our association and promote the industry to our members, government officials, the media and the communities in which we operate.”

The new website will serve as a platform to highlight KCMA’s three service pillars.

Quality: Bringing together members and other key stakeholders to enhance the understanding and value of the association’s two cabinet certification programs

Advocacy: Promote business growth by representing members’ interests through policy decision-making in legislative and regulatory processes

Leadership: Provide members opportunities to create meaningful relationships by providing management tools and educational opportunities for business and relationship development.

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NKBA Announces 2017 Chairman and Board of Directors

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NKBA Announces 2017 Chairman and Board of Directors

Posted on 08 December 2016 by CRadmin3

NKBA The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) announced its 2017 Board of Directors. The nine-person Board of Directors, who together represent a wide spectrum of the kitchen and bath industry, will work with CEO Bill Darcy to guide the NKBA through the next year.

The 2017 Board of Directors, led by NKBA Chairman, Lorenzo Marquez, vice president of marketing, Cosentino USA, includes Chris Terrill, CEO, HomeAdvisor; Mark Kovich, vice president of sales and marketing, Waypoint, a division of American Woodmark; Neil Bailey, president, Smallbone of Devizes; Emilee Chappell, director of marketing, TOTO USA Inc.; Steve Joseph, chief product officer, Side Chef; Patricia Davis Brown, CKBD, owner, Patricia Davis Brown, LLC; Young Huh, owner, Young Huh, LLC; and Steve Petock, senior vice president of business development, Ferguson.

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Smooth-On, Inc. Now Manufactures Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products

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Smooth-On, Inc. Now Manufactures Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products

Posted on 06 December 2016 by CRadmin3

buddy-rhodesDelta Performance Products in Covington, GA. announced that it has sold its Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products Division to Smooth-On, Inc. (Macungie, PA) effective December 5, 2016.  Included in the acquisition are the Buddy Rhodes line of concrete bag mixes and admixtures, The Buddy Rhodes Color Spectrum including “The Signature Color Series™”, “Custom Color™” and “Pure Pigments™”.  Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products will also continue to offer the BlueConcrete™ line of concrete products, cements, CSA, pozzolans, shrinkage reducers, set delay, fibers, polymer, sealers, tools and other related products.

Delta President, Shawn Hays, states that, “Delta thanks you for your past business and wants to reassure all Buddy Rhodes customers that the product line is in good hands and will continue to thrive under Smooth-On’s capable stewardship.  All bag mix and other formulas will remain unchanged and be subject to the same high quality standards that you have come to expect”.

Buddy Rhodes, Jon Schuler and Jeremy French, who have been key contributors to the success of the Buddy Rhodes brand over the last several years, will continue working with Smooth-On to develop and move the brand forward.  Smooth-On’s Ernie Dojack has been designated Brand Manager.

Orders will begin shipping from Smooth-On’s 370,000 sq. ft. facility beginning December 6, 2016.

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MIA+BSI Launches Natural Stone University

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MIA+BSI Launches Natural Stone University

Posted on 05 December 2016 by CRadmin3

miabsi-natural-stone-universityMIA+BSI  announced the launch of the Natural Stone University, an online education tool for stone industry professionals. Safety will be the primary focus during the first phase of the Natural Stone University. All safety courses and materials have been made available free of charge, courtesy of the MIA+BSI safety committee. Courses include modules on safe slab handling, installation, OSHA compliance, and CNC operation. Toolbox Talks are also available. Each course includes video and written components, as well as a closing quiz to test knowledge gained from the course. The system will also record transcripts for all who pass tests and meet competency for the courses. Courses can be taken by individuals or downloaded by managers to be administered in group settings.

2016 MIA Vice President Jon Lancto commented: “Our industry will be thrilled to offer this groundbreaking, consistent, and verifiable method to teach and test competency of employees and associates. This tool will cover everything from safety to sealers and will expand over time to meet all the needs of our industry.” Nate Schultz (Innovative Surfaces, Inc.) remarked: “I became involved with this initiative because I thought it was the missing link, an opportunity to provide others with a resource that I wished would have been around years ago. By providing your staff the opportunity to partake in these courses you can feel confident that their career in the stone industry is being built on the proper foundation.” MIA+BSI Education Manager Aaron Dahnke stated: “Our goal is to create a safer and more productive workforce through education.” The next phase of courses will include quarrier safety. Visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/university to view available courses.

 

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Chemcore Acquires C-Tech-I Sinks

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Chemcore Acquires C-Tech-I Sinks

Posted on 01 December 2016 by cradmin

chemcore C-Tech-I sinksChemcore Industries acquired the C-Tech-I sink line and, as owner of the brand, will be the exclusive distributor of C-Tech-I sinks through its five U.S. warehouses located in: Austin; Atlanta; Hampton, N.H. (Boston area); Brea, Calif. (Los Angeles/Orange County); and Chicago. C-Tech-I has built a reputation as an premium quality sink line, featuring rare euro 3-piece construction and heavy 16-gauge materials. Most models come as a complete sink package including grids, sink strainer/drain and a pasta strainer. Chemcore will stock more than 30 models in the C-Tech-I Imperial line of stainless sinks, available from all locations.

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