Top tile contractors learn about TEC tile-setting products at TEC’s Contractor Council meeting in San Diego recently. 

Top tile contractors learn about TEC tile-setting products at TEC’s Contractor Council meeting in San Diego recently. 

TEC hosted a Contractor Council in April at the Palomar Hotel in San Diego. Top tile contractors throughout the United States attended the three-day event, which focused on TEC tile-setting products. 

Attendees were able to network with TEC representatives from the Research and Development, Technical Support, Sales, Marketing, and Business Development departments, as well as fellow contractors. Guest speaker Stephanie Samulski, from the TCNA, spoke about hands-on installation demonstrations and previews of new TEC products innovations to come. 

“The Contractor Council is an important event that allows us to connect with leading contractors in the industry and showcase our latest innovations. Not only does the event provide these premier contractors with education and information to help advance their businesses, it also offers us the opportunity to hear their feedback and insights on how we can continue to best meet their needs,” stated Rose Mary Clybum, president of H.B. Fuller Construction Products.


J+J Industries announced a new name to better reflect the company and its distinct flooring brands. The company will now go to market with two brands: Invision and Kinetex, under the banner of J+J Floor Group. 

The company’s flagship brand, known as J+J/Invision, offers broadloom and modular carpet designed for a wide range of commercial interiors. Going forward, the “J+J” will be removed, giving the brand a more contemporary feel, according to the company.

The introduction of Kinetex gives J+J Flooring Group a second, distinct flooring brand. Kinetex is an advanced textile composite flooring that provides an alternative to hard-surface products. It is uniquely suited to retail, education, healthcare and institutional environments where durability is required.


Beaulieu Group, LLC recently announced that Gary Fisher, executive vice president of residential marketing, is no longer with the company. 

“While Gary was with Beaulieu for only a short period of time, we nonetheless appreciate all of his efforts over the past eight months and wish him well in future endeavors,” said Ralph Boe, co-CEO of Beaulieu America.


Carl Cothran has joined SCS Global Services to head its certification services for the flooring industry. Cothran brings several decades of experience and leadership to the position, including extensive technical expertise in international manufacturing management. 

Cothran has held key positions with well-known flooring products companies, most recently as senior director of Quality Assurance for Mohawk. He has also worked for TexTure Tex Inc., Horizon Industries, Inc., Integrated Products Plant 12, and Trend Carpet Mills, overseeing projects that ranged from business development to quality assurance, especially in meeting environmental standards requirements. 

“With Carl’s involvement, SCS is well positioned to continue to move our flooring certification programs in a direction that provides manufacturers around the globe with streamlined benefits and quality service,” said Stowe Beam, managing director of SCS Environmental Certification Services division.

Mannington Commercial announced the appointment of David Sheehan as vice president – Commercial Hard Surfaces. Expanding his role, Sheehan will be responsible for the growth and development of all commercial sheet products, Main Street commercial, premium tile, VCT, Mannington Commercial LVT and Amtico Collection LVT.

Sheehan’s experience in the flooring industry includes leading Mannington’s residential division into a leadership position in LVT, product management at Pergo North America, and market development at Pergo Asia Pacific. “Mannington is in a unique position with styling leadership, innovative technology, and domestic production capabilities,” said Sheehan.

Scott Humphrey, CEO of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), announced that Cammie Weitzel has been promoted to vice president of operations and Tom Jennings has joined the association as vice president of member services. 

Cammie Weitzel, previously held the position of director of finance and general manager of the WFCA. Weitzel joined the association in 1998 under the leadership of the late D. Christopher Davis. In her new role, Weitzel will continue to be responsible for all financial aspects of the organization as well as the day-to-day operations. 

Tom Jennings previously served as a consultant to WFCA and held the title of board chairman, member services. He is now working for the organization in a full-time capacity and will remain based in Lawrence, KS. Jennings will oversee all aspects of member services including sales training, marketing and installation programs and materials. He will continue developing and starring in the WFCA-sponsored “Selling More Than the Floor” video training seminars and will author articles for the industry trade publication on the WFCA’s behalf.


Q.E.P. Co., Inc. announced that its wholly owned UK subsidiary, Q.E.P. Co. U.K. Limited, completed the purchase of the Plasplugs trade name and other assets of the Plasplugs business. Plasplugs’ first product was the general purpose wall anchor and today the product range includes fasteners, sharpeners, tiling tools, spacers, tile cutters and saws, knives, abrasives, and power tools. 

Lewis Gould, Chairman of the company’s Board of Directors, commented: “Combined with the company’s recent purchase of the Homelux business, the Plasplugs products will further enhance the global QEP product offering by adding another established range of fasteners, tiling tools and power tools.”

(Left to Right): QFloors founders Trent Ogden (CFO) and Chad Ogden (CEO/President).

QFloors has purchased Winsched Software Corp., out of Monroe, WA, giving QFloors intellectual property rights to all WinSched products, and specifying that all sales and support would immediately come through QFloors. 

QFloors CEO Chad Ogden stated, “This is the evolution of our long-term relationship with WinSched. We are excited to assume complete responsibility for the support and sales, and most particularly the technology of WinSched products under the QFloors umbrella.  This will allow even tighter integration between all QFloors products and give us greater control over future product development and new features incorporated, which will be of great benefit to our customers.” 


The ARDIFLO system is new from ARDEX. 

ARDEX Americas introduces the ARDIFLO System, which addresses concrete construction issues with a specified finishing method for new concrete including an integrated system of moisture control and self-leveling underlayment products. Each of the systems is designed to match capabilities with the project parameters.

Lori Angelo, ARDEX Americas chief financial officer and vice president, Shared Services, is the executive sponsor for the initiative. “ARDEX Americas is proud to offer comprehensive installation systems that provide contractors and installers with options to complete jobs faster without sacrificing the quality demanded by architects, engineers and building owners,” said Angelo. The ARDIFLO System works to save time and labor costs by eliminating the traditional steel trowel step in the finishing process, according to the company.


Washington State Flooring Covering Association has announced a new name, Flooring Association Northwest. There are several reasons for the recent change; the association serves member in a broader region than Washington State, and the acronym WSFCA is often confused with WFCA, according to the association. The new acronym, FAN, will help to eliminate confusion, the group added.

Along with the name change, both the mission and the vision statements have also been updated. Mission Statement: “Raising the floor on standards, relationships and profitability.” Vision Statement: “The place for all flooring professionals.”

FAN said it hopes to raise the standards in the flooring industry through a number of means “including but not limiting to education and advocacy.”


NALFA was given an opportunity by the popular television show Designing Spaces for a six-show special, airing from June – August 2013. “Designing Spaces of Hope” is dedicated to raising awareness about causes that relate to American children and families who are in need of safe, healthy, and loving environments. The Boys and Girls Club of Pompano Beach, Fla., is one of the six locations that are featured on the show. 

The remodel included a new woodworking shop with a new floor, a math lab and a video game room. Donations from NALFA members Pergo and DMX Plastics, Ltd. all helped to make the new floor possible. “We were thrilled to initiate the relationship between Designing Spaces and our membership,” said Bill Dearing, president of NALFA.

Daltile volunteers pitched in with Habitat for Humanity in Chicago.

Daltile made its way around the country for a nationwide build tour as a national corporate partner of Habitat for Humanity, and Chicago was the latest stop on the list. Daltile employees donated their time and talents to a build site to help support Habitat’s affordable-housing initiatives in the Chicago area. Daltile is continuing its support to Habitat for Humanity in 2013 with builds in major cities including: Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C. and Dallas. 

TC-EWB chapter members visit a school in Tanzania with help from LATICRETE. 
LATICRETE is supporting Connecticut’s Trinity College Engineers Without Border (TC-EWB) student chapter with a substantial donation. 
Mark Yanagisawa, a native of Woodbridge, CT, is the project leader for TC-EWB club. He stated, “Trinity College Engineers Without Borders was paired with the Ngaruma Parish in the Marangu village of Tanzania for a five-year collaboration seeking to expand and improve the infrastructure of the educational complex, currently composed of a preschool and vocational school. For its first project, TC-EWB will work on construction of safe and sustainable latrines, to replace the existing pit latrines that are dangerous for the preschooler.”

USG Corporation recently announced Michael Halebian & Co., Inc. as a new distributor of USG’s DUROCK Floor Prep line. To kick off the alliance, USG and Michael Halebian made a joint donation to the Oklahoma City Disaster Relief Fund.

For every bag of DUROCK Floor Prep products purchased at a Michael Halebian & Co., Inc location during July, USG and Michael Halebian & Co., Inc each donated $1 ($2/bag) to help the tornado victims in Oklahoma. The DUROCK Floor Prep products eligible for proceeds included Fast Finish, EcoCap, UltraCap, Speed, Multi-Use and Quik-Top. 


84 Lumber Company launched “We Build American” at the beginning of the year. It is a movement focused to persuade builders, remodelers and homebuyers to use American-made materials when building or remodeling their homes. Since the initial launch, the program has been joined by more than 180 companies.

According to Stefano Rabaioli, vice president/sales and marketing of Florim USA, “Our company is proud to take part in this commendable initiative. In particular, because it encourages buying American-made building products to improve the economy and create jobs and opportunities in local communities across the country.”



Wagner Meters’ DataMaster was named Industry Choice winner at the 2013 Most Innovative Products (MIP) Awards at World of Concrete 2013 earlier this year.

“It’s always an honor to have the industry recognize the effort and support we provide to the construction and flooring sectors,” said Ed Wagner, president and CEO at Wagner Meters. The DataMaster device combines touch-screen controls with Bluetooth technology and the Rapid RH Easy Reader for more accurate RH testing data storage designed to protect data integrity.

Combined with the supporting website www.f2170reports.com, RH testing data can be uploaded from the DataMaster to the website for secure reporting, sharing and archiving, eliminating potential errors in data recording and simplifying ASTM F2170-complaint reporting, the company said.



LEED® and related logo is a trademark owned  by the U.S. Green Building Council® and is  used with permission. 

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently announced that its membership has voted to adopt LEED v4, the next update to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating system. The final overall vote was 86 percent in favor of adopting LEED v4. This includes 90 percent approval from the user category of the voting body, 77 percent approval from the general interest category and 89 percent approval from the producer category. The minimum overall percentage of votes needed for a passing vote was 66.7 percent.

“There are 46 countries and territories around the world and all 50 U.S. states (and the District of Columbia) represented in the voting pool for LEED v4, which includes an extraordinarily diverse group of industry professionals, manufacturers, educators and other green building leaders,” said Joel Ann Todd, chair of the LEED Steering Committee. 

Over the course of LEED’s development cycle, the program undergoes a series of public comment periods ending with a final ballot, during which USGBC members vote on whether to adopt the changes within the final proposed system.

“This update of LEED builds on the past while offering new requirements, preparing all LEED projects to achieve higher levels of building performance and positive environmental outcomes,” said Scot Horst, senior vice president of LEED, USGBC. “This newest version of LEED challenges the market to make the next leap toward better, cleaner, healthier buildings. I am confident that people will also notice the improved usability of the system with an improved documentation process and more resources and tools to assist and support positive action.”

The full program, along with reference guides, will be unveiled at this year’s Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, Nov. 20-22 in Philadelphia.



The US National Safety Council recently presented Florida Tile with its Perfect Record Award, recognizing at least 12 consecutive months without incurring a company-wide occupational injury or illness. 

According to Darin Dillow, Florida Tile’s safety and environmental manager, meeting the criteria of the award “requires that a company, unit and/or facility or an individual must have continued without the occurrence of an occupational injury or job-related illness involving days away from work or death for a period of at least 12 consecutive months, and be accordance with the OSHA recordkeeping requirements.”

“Eligibility is determined based on self-reported data submitted by the participant, which must be submitted within 60 days from the date the total hours were reached. Any organization recording a fatality will be disqualified,” Dillow added.

Dillow also noted that the company was cited separately by the National Safety Council with its Occupational Excellence Achievement Award for an overall job-related incident rate of half the Department of Labor’s established minimum standards.

Florida Tile is headquartered in Lexington, KY, employs 375 workers and operates its porcelain and ceramic tile manufacturing facility in nearby Lawrenceburg.




Pictured (left to right): Mary Harrell (Quality Admin), Pam Mensavage (Quality Manager), & Bert Eades (Plant Manager) of Unilin’s Danville, Va., engineered hardwood production facility proudly display a plaque signifying the ISO certification. 


Unilin’s engineered hardwood production facility in Danville, Va., has recently earned ISO certification.  Engineered hardwood in the Mohawk, Columbia, and Century lines of flooring is produced in Unilin’s ISO-certified Danville facility. 

“ISO certification gives our customers peace of mind that our manufacturing facilities are extremely well run and the resulting product is consistently of the highest quality,” said Harry Bogner, senior vice president of hardwood for Unilin. “ISO certification is the latest in a long line of quality measures we have put in place at our Danville facility.”  

IVC US is now certified by BSI as fulfilling the requirements for ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management for the manufacturing and sales of vinyl sheet flooring for the commercial, retail and customer industries at its U.S. headquarters in Dalton, Ga. 

IVC US’s pursuit of ISO 9001:2008 status was led by its top management and fully supported by its employees. This leadership-driven initiative enabled IVC US to complete its entire ISO preparation and evaluation process in a little over one year, according to the company.

“Our ISO 9001:2008 certification contributes to our world-class manufacturing ambition and underscores our capability to work in a consistent, predictable and controlled way across our company,” said Xavier Steyaert, co-CEO, IVC US.

ISO 9001:2008 proven status provides committed manufacturing facilities with numerous benefits for achieving and sustaining high levels of quality and improved operating performance. “At IVC US, we believe that taking the initiative to implement a Quality Management System that complies with ISO 9001:2008 standard is a decision that anticipates the requirements of our customers and demonstrates our commitment to providing quality products and services to our customers,” noted Cindy Southern, Quality Specialist.


Vittorio Borelli. 


The Confindustria Ceramica Members’ Meeting, held recently at the association’s offices in Sassuolo, Italy, elected Vittorio Borelli as chairman of the Italian ceramic manufacturers’ association for the two-year period 2013-2015, with 100% of the votes.

Borelli, 42, graduated in 1995 in Political Science with a specialization in history and politics at the University of Bologna. After an internship at American International in Chicago, he joined Fincibec in April 1996 as area manager for overseas markets. In 2000 he was appointed general manager for the Century brand and in 2008 managing director of Fincibec spa. Fincibec Group has three factories in the Sassuolo area with a production capacity of 10 million square meters and 500 employees. The company serves 3,000 customers worldwide under the brand names Monocibec, Century and Naxos.

With Confindustria Ceramica, Borelli has been a member of the Promotional and Exhibitions Committee since 1999 and chairman of the Committee since 2007. From June 2005 to May 2011 he was a member of the Board of Directors.

“I would like to thank my colleagues for their confidence in nominating me to the leadership of the association,” said Chairman Designate Borelli. “Working together within a representative and cohesive association is the best way to address the current difficult situation [in the industry]. For this reason, I hope to see the greatest involvement on the part of all member companies.”



The Fuse Alliance is pleased to announce Masland Contract as the newest Fuse Alliance Preferred Supplier. “We look ahead to our Masland Contract partnership with special excitement.  We have had a long and successful relationship with the leadership of Masland Contract and see their strategic direction as an opportunity for our members and their customers,” said Ron Lee, executive director, Fuse Alliance.

Founded in 1866, Masland Contract has a long history of providing innovative designs and advanced carpet and rug manufacturing.  Masland Contract’s broadloom and modular carpet products meet or exceed the strictest industry guidelines including LEED, CRI Green Label Plus and NSF Gold/Platinum Certifications, according to Fuse Alliance.

Lee Martin, president, Masland Contract stated, “We are very excited to be a part of such an outstanding network of professional flooring contractors. Masland’s unique product mix will provide the membership with new sales prospects and by joining forces, both companies should realize increased revenue opportunities and mutual growth.”  



McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) LLC announced that the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has incorporated the Cradle to Cradle Certified Program in the latest version of its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Version 4 rating system. The endorsement of Cradle to Cradle Certified products marks the USGBC’s deepening commitment to material health and improving the impacts of buildings on the well-being of humans and the environment, according to the company.

“We salute the USGBC’s courageous leadership in making material health a priority in the face of immense challenge from industry,” said MBDC’s William McDonough. “The stand they have taken will help continue their meaningful input as an agent of market transformation.”

Last February, MBDC and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute participated in the USGBC’s Building and Human Health Summit, where the USGBC brought together industry leaders on healthy materials. The USGBC’s CEO Rick Fedrizzi has commended McDonough for his 20-plus years of pioneering leadership in the green and healthy building movement.

“Protecting and enhancing human health and well-being have been a big part of LEED from the beginning. It’s been embedded into LEED in different credits, but it’s not been in the front seat of this vehicle we are driving. And it needs to be in the front seat in a big way,” Fedrizzi said.

 Shaw Industries Group Inc. has also been a leader. “A decade ago, Shaw designed the world’s first Cradle to Cradle flooring product,” said Paul Murray, vice president of sustainability and environmental affairs at Shaw. “Today more than 60 percent of Shaw’s sales are from Cradle to Cradle Certified products. As we work toward our goal to design all our products to Cradle to Cradle protocols by 2030, our company, our customers and our communities benefit from this rigorous, holistic approach.”


CFI Annual Convention - Baltimore, MD. 

August 22-24. (816) 231-4646

FloorTek – Dalton, GA. September 10-12. 

(706) 278-4101

FIANA Annual Convention - Nashville, TN. 

September 12-14. (888) 88-FIANA

NAFCD/NBMDA 2013 Convention - Chicago, IL. November 12-14. (312) 321-6836


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