ICRI to Offer Moisture Testing Certification Program in Vegas

Hanley Wood and ICRI are partnering to provide the floor covering industry a new certification at the International Surface Event. On Jan. 27-28, 2014, the ICRI Concrete Slab Moisture Testing Certification Program will be offered for the first time at the show, allowing attendees the opportunity to become certified.

ICRI, a resource for education and information to improve the quality of repair, restoration and protection of concrete and other structures, will offer two tiers of certification. The purpose of this program is to help improve the performance of concrete slab moisture testing for more consistent, accurate and reliable results.

Tier 1 certification, the Concrete Slab Moisture Testing Educational Program and the accompanying ICRI Concrete Slab Moisture Testing Written Examination, will focus on certifying those who are not regularly engaged in moisture testing yet have an active interest. Those who successfully complete this portion of the program will be awarded a Letter of Achievement from ICRI.

The full certification program, Tier 2, ICRI Concrete Slab Moisture Testing Technician—Grade 1, consists of a three-hour educational session, written exam and a field-testing performance exam. By passing both the written and field testing performance exams, an ICRI Concrete Slab Moisture Testing Technician—Grade 1 certification will be issued by ICRI. Those who pass both the written and field-testing performance exams will receive a certificate and a wallet registration card.


CCA Golf Tournament Raises $160K for FCIF

CCA Global Partners’ Howard Brodsky (far left) helps present a $160,000 check to the FCIF. 

The 11th Annual Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament, recently hosted by CCA Global Partners, brought together floor covering industry colleagues at the Barnsley Gardens resort in Adairsville, Ga., for a round of golf to benefit the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF). The tournament raised $160,000 for the FCIF.

To date, the annual charity event has contributed over $1.5 million in funds to help the FCIF in their dedication to financially assist those in need who are or have been affiliated with the floor covering industry. Assistance is provided when a member of the industry experiences catastrophic illnesses, severe disabilities or other life-altering hardships.For more information, to make a donation or apply for aid, please visit www.FCIF.org.

No Reports of Injuries in Schluter Warehouse Fire

On Saturday, Nov. 9, around 5:20 p.m. a fire broke out at a storage building affiliated with Schluter-Systems’ Plattsburgh, N.Y., operations. Nobody was injured as a result of the fire. The storage building, which is a separate building from the manufacturing plant, was lost completely in the fire along with the pre-production inventory stored there.

The fire was confined to the warehouse storage facility and at press time arrangements were already being planned for the removal of the debris and the rebuild. The company said this incident did not affect manufacturing or shipping operations at Schluter Systems L.P., and orders would not be affected. The finished goods warehouse was also unaffected and is operating as usual. The warehouse holds ample inventory, so no shortages were expected, the company stated.

Reinhard Plank, president of Schluter Systems North America, said, “When a fire of this magnitude occurs, your mind immediately goes to the people that may be hurt. We are extremely grateful that both our employees and the fire fighters who managed the blaze so professionally are all fine. We cannot thank all the fire departments and state police enough for their quick response and for preventing further loss – this incident could have been far worse if it weren’t for them.”

At press time, the cause of the fire was yet to be determined.


NWFA Expands 2014 Training Schedule

The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) has announced a significantly expanded training schedule for 2014 which includes more than 40 weeks of training being held in 20 different locations throughout the United States and Canada.  The new schedule includes approximately 10 new one-day workshops that will be offered in different locations to provide training opportunities in areas where large populations of contractors are located.  Along with these workshops will be the opportunity for more in-depth hands-on training that will be offered in six permanent locations, including Richmond, Va.; Marietta, Ga.; Chicago; St. Louis; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Las Vegas.

More information, as well as a complete list of workshops and registration fees, is available at www.nwfa.org under Technical Education, Education Schedule.


WFCA Names Clifton As Chairwoman

Janice Clifton

Janice Clifton, owner of Abbey Carpets Unlimited, Napa, Calif., has been named chairwoman of the board of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA). Clifton fills the role vacated by Harold Chapman of Bonitz Flooring Group, Greenville, S.C., who became immediate past chairman.

Directors also elected Paul Johnson of Interiors One Carpet One, Tulsa, Okla., as chairman-elect; confirmed Mark Weaver, Carpet Weavers, Bloomington, Ill., as secretary; chose Scott Walker, Walkers Carpet One, Bellingham, Wash., as CFO; voted Aaron Pirner, CAP Carpet, Wichita, Kans., as vice chairman; and named Tom Jennings past chairman.


CFA Kicks Off WFCA – CFI Installation Event on Jan. 14

The Chicago Floorcovering Association (CFA) will hold the first joint World Floor Covering Association (WFCA)/International Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI)  installation event, dubbed “the WFCA-CFI Installation Extravaganza,” on Jan. 14. According to Tom Shepardson, CFA president, “We welcome flooring installers from everywhere to attend our first event of 2014 in Elk Grove, Ill., at E. J. Welch. This is a huge savings for CFI training.”

“WFCA is actively involved in installation training by partnering with the CFI to bring five workshops to the first WFCA-sponsored event of 2014,” noted Tom Jennings, WFCA vice president, member services. “Installers have the opportunity of attending a class during the first session Jan. 14-15 in resilient or ceramic. On Jan. 16-17, they can attend the hardwood/laminate or carpet workshop. WFCA is making a huge investment in 2014 in installation training by bringing the programs to different areas throughout the nation.”

Jim Walker, CFI CEO, said his group is “very appreciative of the financial commitment of the WFCA for installation.”

WFCA and CFI will host additional CFI installation workshops at: Flooring Association Northwest at Mason Contracting, Seattle, Feb. 18-21, 2014; Maryland Northern Virginia Floor Covering Association/CFI Delmarva at Fishman Flooring Solutions, Baltimore, March 4-7, 2014; and Star Lumber, Wichita, Kans., March 18-21, 2014. More dates will be announced later, CFI noted.


USG Rebrands, Partners with Olympics

USG Corp. has announced a new brand identity and tagline: “It’s Your World. Build It.” USG and its Canadian subsidiary CGC Inc. have also announced four-year sponsorships of both the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams and the Canadian Olympic Team.

USG and CGC are now the official building materials sponsors of Team USA and the Canadian Olympic Team. L&W Supply Corporation, the company’s distribution subsidiary, becomes the official building materials provider of Team USA.

The four-year agreement includes the sponsorship of Team USA and the Canadian Olympic Team competing in the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia; the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games in Toronto; and the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

USG, CGC and L&W Supply are also sponsoring several elite athletes expected to compete in the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.


Univ. of Ceramic Tile and Stone Increases ITS Renewal Date

The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) has increased the renewal date of the Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification certificate to two years from one. In the past, installers were required to retake the course annually to stay current.

The change to extend the renewal date was part of an agreement made between UofCTS and the Tile Marble Terrazzo Union Local 18. Local 18 has placed a large order of tuitions for the ITS Verification course.

To see a video preview of the Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification online training course and to learn more, visit the online training courses section of www.UofCTS.org.


A close-up of the Kahrs Distributor of the Year 2012 Award, awarded to Michael Halebian & Co.

Michael Halebian & Co. Receives Kahrs Distributor of the Year Award

Michael Halebian & Co. (MHCO), a flooring distributor in the New York Metro, Philadelphia Metro and Southern New England markets, has received the Kahrs Distributor of the Year award for 2012.

The honor is given to the distributor that produces the most volume percentage of growth and the most gross margin. This award follows MHCO receiving the Kahrs Performer of the Year award in 2011.

Michael Halebian, Jr., MHCO president noted, “MHCO is pleased to report that the Kahrs product continues to be enthusiastically embraced at both the retail and commercial flooring levels. We are very proud to get this award from our partners at Kahrs. Our mutual success is the result of an eight-year partnership.”




Uzin Utz to Build Dry Mortar Plant in Delaware

Uzin Utz President Philipp Utz said he is excited to build the new plant in Delaware.

Uzin Utz AG, the parent company of UFloor Systems Inc., announced plans to build their initial U.S. dry mortar plant in

 Dover, Del., in a new 53,000 square foot facility located on approximately 11 acres.

The new plant will also be home to an R&D center and an applications area for testing and customer training. The company will invest a total of $9.5 million dollars for this new production plant that will manufacture floor self-leveling and patching compounds already available in the U.S. but which are currently imported from Germany. Fifteen employees will be hired ahead of the plant’s initial production start in early 2015 with an additional eight jobs created by the end of 2018.

Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2014.








Eight Industry Professionals First to Pass ACT Program

Keith Tavshanjian, among the eight installers first to achieve full ACT certification.

Five of the largest organizations representing tile contractors, installers and manufacturers are pleased to announce that eight industry professionals are the first to successfully pass the Advanced Certifications for Tile Installers (ACT) certification program, at Coverings earlier this year.

They are: Brent Monroe,Artcraft Granite Marble & Tile Co., Mesa, Ariz.; Tyler Nequistand Dan Welch,Welch Marble & Tile, Kent City, Mich.; Keith Tavshanjian,KT Marble & Tile, Oceanside, Calif.; Gavin Collier,Trostrud Mosaic & Tile Co., Palos Heights, Ill.; Bill Dumas,Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Trainer, Livermore, Calif.; Eric Manzaroli,Artisan Tile Inc., Sterling Heights, Mich.; and Terrance Trame,Trendell Consulting LLC: Clayton, Mich.

For more information on the ACT program visit www.tilecertifications.com.


Tec Products Endorsed for Use with Crossville Laminam

Products from Tec have been endorsed by Crossville for use with its Laminam by Crossville line of large, thin porcelain panels. Tec and Crossville jointly developed Laminam specific installation guidelines.

Although large-format thin panels have become increasingly popular, successful installation requires specific materials. Tec offers a variety of setting materials for use with Laminam by Crossville – including surface preparation products, mortars, grouts and caulks.

As part of the collaboration, H.B. Fuller Construction Products, the manufacturer of Tec brand products, offers an extended limited warranty for Tec bonding systems used with Laminam by Crossville.


IICRC To Publish Technical Journal

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) announced it will launch a peer-reviewed technical journal serving the cleaning, restoration and inspection industries in early 2014. “Technical and science journals are common in most professional fields,” said IICRC Chairman Darrel Paulson. “The cleaning, restoration and inspection industry is a small niche market that is currently unserved. No other industry organization is positioned as well as the Institute to meet this need.”

The publication will be published six times per year, with the first issue set for distribution in early 2014. Titled The Journal,it will provide in-depth technical articles focusing on the four disciplines represented by the Institute. This includes hard-surface cleaning, soft-surface cleaning, disaster restoration and inspection. The Journal’s distribution audience will be certified firms, master cleaners, master restorers, inspectors, IICRC schools and instructors, and members of the International Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Association.


InstaFloor Opens Office in Bella Vista, Ark.

InstaFloor, manufacturer and supplier of InstaLay self-adhesive acoustic underlayment, has set up a new sales, distribution and support center in Bella Vista, Ark. The company said “this central location has major logistical benefits and will enable us to fill orders to all parts of North America in just days.”

Manufactured using rubber crumb from recycled vehicle tires, environmentally friendly InstaLay is ideal for use with wood  (engineered and solid), LVT, vinyl, carpet, carpet tiles and bamboo flooring in both commercial and residential situations. For more information, visit www.instafloorna.com.


Upcoming Events


Delmarva CFI/MDNVAFCA Christmas Party –
Frederick, Md. Dec. 18.
(301) 748-3733.

CFI-WFCA Installation Extravaganza –
Elk Grove Village, Ill.
Jan. 14-17, 2014.

The International Surface Event– Las Vegas. Jan. 27-30, 2014. www.surfaces.com

2014 FCICA Convention – St. Pete Beach, Fla. March 2-5, 2014.

NWFA Wood Floor Expo – Nashville. April 16-19, 2014.

Coverings 2014 – Las Vegas.
April 29-May 2, 2014.


For more industry events and training, visit www.fcimag.com and click the Calendar of Events link under the Resources tab.