Organizers of Coverings, the annual tile and stone meeting bringing together manufacturers and experts from all segments of the industry, say they plan to sponsor two major tile industry events.

Called "Embracing Change in the Tile Industry," the free events will aim to outline the progress of the industry. Scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown and Oct. 19 at the Merchandise Mart of Chicago, the tile events are the result of a partnership among four trade associations: the National Tile Contractors Association, Tile Contractors Association of America, International Masonry Institute and International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.

Along with Coverings, other sponsors of the meetings include Tile of Spain, Laticrete, CTDA, Ceramic Tiles of Italy, Dal-Tile and TCNA.

A highlight of the program will be "Tile Trends, Technology & Myths" presented by renowned tile consultant Patti Fasan, and will focus on the ways that sales training and specification need to evolve to meet the rapidly expanding technological advancements of tile products.

The meeting will also feature a panel discussion led by top industry experts on current issues facing the industry in the areas of specification, installation, design, craftworker training and contractor certification, according to event organizers.

Additionally, Eric Astrachan of the Tile Council of North America will outline changes to the TCNA handbook, and Michael Johnson of Michael P. Johnson Design Studio will discuss large-format porcelain tile in ventilated wall systems and elevated floor systems.

The day-long events meet IIDA and AIA/CES requirements for Continuing Education. Deadline to pre-register is Oct. 11. Space is limited. To register, e-mail sconwell@imiweb.org or call (312) 347-2500 for more information.

Coverings 2007 is slated for April 17 - 20 at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. For more information on attending, visit www.coverings.com.

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