FCICA, the flooring contractors association, welcomed 68 attendees to its 2013 Mid-Year Meeting at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburg, Pa. The crowd of contractors and associates included 11 first-time attendees.

Prior to the kickoff of Mid-Year 2013, Ardex Americas offering a special training seminar to FCICA members. Participants learned about the Ardex/W.W. Henry SystemOne flooring installation warranty program, with both hands-on and classroom sessions. Participants also learned about Ardex’s complete line of moisture control products.

After the special training concluded, Ardex offered all Mid-Year attendees a private tour of their Aliquippa Campus, which houses one of three powder producing facilities, along with the corporate headquarters for all of the Americas. During the tour, attendees visited the corporate offices, the newly constructed marketing wing, the technical center, and the powder production facility where Ardex Feather Finish is made.

In addition to viewing the facilities, Ardex offered demonstrations of products being mixed and installed, including the PanDomo decorative concrete system. Ardex finished the afternoon with a hands-on installation demonstration.

The following day, four educational sessions were offered by leading flooring industry experts. These educational sessions ranged from Preparing and Verifying the Labor Estimate, Grout: Color and Cleaning, and Concrete as a Flooring Option, to the Challenges of Planning the Job. Attendee Daniel Ortiz-Bacon stated, “The FCICA organization provides an unparalleled opportunity to interact and learn from leading professionals in the flooring business in an extremely friendly and welcoming environment.”

According to FCICA Chairman Gerry Swift, “From installers to salespeople, owners, distributors and manufacturers, anyone who does business in the commercial floor covering sector needs to be part of FCICA.  FCICA is at the cutting edge of education and networking for anyone who is in the commercial floor covering industry.”

FCICA will host its 2014 Convention March 2-5 in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

For more information, visit www.fcica.com.