Bostik/NWFA Present Installation Training in Mexico

Roughly 200 dealers and contractors—including a 14 percent female audience—attended the Bostik/National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Hardwood Flooring Intermediate Installation Training in Mexico City.

More than 10,000 square feet of space was used for classroom presentations, hands-on installation demonstration and lunchrooms. At the event, 2,250 square feet of flooring were installed and more than 1.5 tons of self-leveling underlayment was used in 16 different installation stations.

“There clearly is a construction boom going on in Mexico, Colombia, Peru and other Latin American countries,” declared Daniel Sanchez, national sales manager, Consumer & Construction Business Unit, Bostik Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. “Most hardwood flooring dealers and contractors simply haven’t been educated on state-of-the-art installation techniques. Our modus operandi was to begin changing that on an ongoing basis, beginning with this event.”

Bostik brought in Jon Namba and Lenny Hall, both well-known North America hardwood flooring professionals, as co-presenters. Namba, who is FCI’s editorial director, is owner of Namba Services in Salt Lake City, and an NWFACP-Certified Installer, Sand and Finisher and inspector who serves on NWFA’s Membership Services Committee and has earned NWFA Craftsman, Master Craftsman, Vanguard and Ambassador degrees. Namba is also an NWFA technical training instructor for installation, sand and finish and inspection.

Hall is the owner of Endurance Floor Co. in West Park, Fla., a firm focusing on high-end wood flooring projects. He has won multiple NWFA Wood Floor of the Year awards and has taught at many NWFA technical schools. He is an NWFA regional instructor.

“Jon and Lenny did a fantastic job,” Sanchez stated. “They were totally professional. Together with our presenters, we focused in part on educating attendees relative to solution strategies using our UltraSet Single Step2, Bostik’s highest-performance wood flooring adhesive. Additionally, we demonstrated both in classroom and live sessions how best to utilize the newer Bostik self-leveling underlayments, which were introduced to the world marketplace at the beginning of this year.”

For more information, visit bostik.com.


Bosch Launches Reconditioned Tools Website

Bosch has launched Bosch Remastered, its first direct-to-consumer website where people can purchase reconditioned Bosch tools, directly from the company.

Bosch Remastered offers deep discounts on factory reconditioned tools. Every single Bosch reconditioned tool is stripped down, examined individually by hand and re-engineered with attention to detail, right down to the case that holds it, according to the company.

Visit the website at shop.boschtools.com.


Big D Flooring Adds Uzin Products in Southwest

The remaining Big D Floor Covering Supplies branch locations within the company’s five-state network have begun stocking and selling UFloor’s Uzin range of subfloor preparation and adhesive products. The latest Big D locations now offering Uzin products are in Arizona, New Mexico and West Texas.

“We are excited to now provide the Uzin product line to all customers, in all of our 28 locations,” said Steve Kleinhans, Big D’s CEO. “In 33 years, I have never before seen a product line so far advanced and so overwhelmingly accepted by our customers. The customer support that Uzin provides our customers and Big D personnel is outstanding. They are a great partner.”

Find out more at bigdsupply.com.


NAFCT Announces Partnerships with FCICA, CFI

The Flooring Contractors Association (FCICA) and the National Academy of Floor Covering Training (NAFCT) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations.

The two organizations will cooperate and coordinate efforts between them. This includes ensuring that members of each group are aware of the mission and activities of each other; exchanging website links; NAFCT will encourage qualified FCICA members as instructors for NAFCT schools and courses; NAFCT will recommend FCICA education sessions and webinars as continuing education and NAFCT will explore sessions in conjunction to FCICA’s convention.

Additionally, NAFCT will be the sole provider of Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) inspection training nationwide. CFI’s various floor covering inspector courses are designed for the dealer, company inspector, installation manager, sales associates, distributors and others associated directly with floor covering installation.

Find out more at NAFCT.com.


Dependable Joins FEI Group

Dependable, a manufacturer of professional grade floor products for repair, restoration and new construction, has joined the FEI Group of residential construction contractors.

Since 1951, Dependable has been producing self-levelers, feather and patch, moisture underlayments, primers, adhesives and additive solutions. Dependable also offers rolled underlayment products using entangled net filament technology.

For more information, visit floorprep.com.


Fuse Alliance Endorses UofCTS Online Courses

The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone (UofCTS) has received an endorsement of its core curriculum by Fuse Alliance. Fuse members will be able to purchase the UofCTS online courses through the Fuse member website at a special membership discount.

Fuse Alliance’s goal is to have Fuse members differentiate themselves by having their tile installers go through the 4-hour Tile Installer Thin-set Standards (ITS) Verification course that is taught in both English and Spanish.

Members are also benefiting from having their project managers and sales employees take the UofCTS Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile course and Understanding the Basics of Natural Stone course. The courses teach industry standards, technical information about tile and stone and sales technique.

For more information on the courses, visit uofcts.org.


Loxcreen’s Prova-Mat Receives ICC-ES Evaluation

Loxcreen’s Prova-Mat recently received an evaluation report from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES), providing evidence that the Prova-Mat waterproofing membrane meets code requirements.

Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and others utilize ICC-ES Evaluation Reports to provide a basis for using or approving Prova-Mat in construction projects under the International Building Code, International Plumbing Code and the International Residential Code.

“Loxcreen can now reference the evaluation report to ensure building officials and the building industry that the product meets I-Code requirements,” said Shahin Moinian, president of ICC-ES. “Building departments have a long history of using evaluation reports and ICC-ES operates as a technical resource with the highest quality of product review for the building department. Final approval of building products is always in the hands of the local regulatory agency.”

ICC-ES thoroughly examined Loxcreen’s product information, test reports, calculations, quality control methods and other factors to ensure the product is code-compliant.

For more information, visit loxcreen.com.


MIA+BSI Releases Natural Stone Installation Best Practices Video

The Marble Institute of America (MIA)+Building Stone Institute (BSI) has released a new video, Natural Stone Installation: Best Practices for Safety and Success.

This video is the Institute’s first collection of video modules focusing solely on installation safety, highlighting the fact that there is a striking difference between shop safety—where the environment is familiar—to being on location, where each setting is different and requires a clear plan of action.

Completed as part of the Safety Initiative set forth by the Institute’s safety committee, eight modules are included in the video, addressing the following topics: overview of installation safety, identifying safety concerns early in the process, requirements for personal protective equipment, installation case studies, best practices for material loading and unloading, manpower and equipment, large-scale commercial installations and tile-setting best practices.

Modules are self-contained and arranged so that they can be watched individually or as part of an overall installation safety program.

For more information, visit naturalstoneinstitute.org/2016safetyvideo.


Emser to Distribute Laticrete Products Throughout Network

Emser Tile will distribute Laticrete products through its service and distribution network.

The partnership provides Emser customers access to Laticrete premium adhesives, grouts, shower systems, uncoupling products, sealers and cleaners and in turn Laticrete gains greater access and exposure to Emser’s customer base.

Laticrete offers a broad range of products and systems covering tile and stone installation and care, masonry installation and care, resinous and decorative floor finishes, concrete construction chemicals and concrete restoration and care. For 60 years, the company has been committed to research and development of innovative installation products, building a reputation for superior quality, performance and customer service.

Find out more at laticrete.com.


Kern Named New Editor of Floor Trends

Floor Trends has named Tanja Kern as the magazine’s new editor. She joins the team with a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and has 16 years of media experience—with many of those years covering the flooring industry.

David Madonia, BNP Media group publisher, stated, “We welcome Tanja to the team and look forward to expanding the coverage Floor Trends is known for, which has made it the magazine of choice for retailers, designers and contractors.”

Kern said she is excited about her new role. “Joining the Floor Trends team grants me the opportunity to work with a group of talented editors who are passionate about what they do and strive every day to create the best possible publication for the flooring industry. Stepping into a role like this comes with respect for the team members who brought us here and a lot of excitement; there are so many opportunities to grow our audience and approach content in new ways. The move also brings my career full circle. My first job out of grad school was at Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery, which BNP Media later acquired in 2007.”

She also shared her passion for the flooring industry. “It’s the perfect blend of technology, design and innovation. The members of the flooring industry are a creative and determined bunch, and I love that it’s easy to make new friends and learn new things at every turn.”

Kern concluded, “I love to hear from our readers. Please drop me a line at kernt@bnpmedia.com or stop me at a trade show to let me know how we’re doing. And don’t forget to follow Floor Trends on Twitter (@Floortrendsmag) and ‘like’ us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on industry news.”

For more information, visit floortrendsmag.com.


Metroflor Publishes LVT Installation Video

Metroflor has launched a comprehensive installation video for the new Engage Genesis Structural luxury vinyl tile (LVT) brand on its YouTube channel.

The video provides detailed instruction for the Engage Genesis products with ISOCORE technology for all three collections: Engage Genesis 2000 series products, featuring the 5G method from Valinge; and Engage Genesis 1200 series and 800 series, which utilize the Uniclic technique. While installation procedures vary for each locking profile, many of the steps are similar for these floating floors. From jobsite preparation to installation tips, the step-by-step tutorial demonstrates the process from start to finish.

The Engage Genesis video joins an updated Konecto video spotlighting its patented Grip Strip technology. Also on Metroflor’s YouTube channel, the Engage with Unifit tutorial has garnered more than 18,000 views.

See the videos at youtube.com/user/Metroflor.


Third Annual Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest Under Way

The third annual Schönox Worst Subfloor Contest features the theme “Worst Case Scenario: You Win!”

The contest asks participants to submit entries featuring their most challenging subfloor projects and how they renovated them using Schönox products. The worst subfloor challenges paired with the best renovation performances win. Entries are reviewed and scored by three independent judges and the winners receive a variety of prizes and recognition for their hard work and professional approach to subfloor preparation.

Contest entries are judged based on the severity of the original subfloor’s condition, the skill and attention to detail taken in executing the project and the quality of the finished subfloor. Those entering the contest are asked to photograph the subfloor conditions before and after the subfloor renovation project and submit the photos, along with some project information.

The contest runs through Dec. 9, with winners to be announced at The International Surface Event (TISE) 2017 in Las Vegas next January.

For more information, visit hpsubfloors.com/worstsubfloor.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Concrete Décor Show—San Diego, Calif., Sept. 25-29. concretedecorshow.com
FCICA Mid-Year Meeting— Las Vegas, Oct. 4-6. fcica.com
NAFCT Technical Training Conference—Dalton, Ga., Oct. 20-22. nafct.com
Total Solutions Plus—Indian Wells, Calif., Oct. 22-25. ctdahome.org/tsp/2016
ACI Concrete Convention—Philadelphia, Oct. 23-27. concrete.org.
ISSA/Interclean 2016— Chicago, Oct. 25-28. issa.com

For more information on these and other events, visit fcimag.com.


Cuviello Concrete & Terrazzo Polishing Joins DSSG

Cuviello Concrete & Terrazzo Polishing has joined the Decorative Surface Solution Group (DSSG).

DSSG is focused on the rapidly expanding architectural concrete and decorative flooring market. Contractors in the group offer a range of expertise including polished concrete, concrete topping slabs, terrazzo, epoxies and other hybrid flooring choices.

DSSG added, “These contractors get special access to key supplier executives as well as their technical geniuses. Those connections combined with access to executives from other top contractors around the country offer a network to learn from and participate in charting the course of this market.”

For more information, visit decorativesurfacesolutions.com.


AFA, NICFI, NAFCT, the Guild to Hold October Events

The Floor Educational Guild and the National Academy of Floor Covering Training (NAFCT) will present unique education sessions timed to coincide with the National Institute of Floorcovering Inspectors’ (NICFI) 2016 convention, Oct. 17 through 19, and American Floorcovering Alliance’s (AFA) FloorTek Expo, Oct. 18 through 20. Both events will be held at the Dalton Convention Center in Dalton, Ga.

The Guild will host a Shaw day on Oct. 20. According to the Guild, “Shaw Industries will use their own products to conduct a full day of classes tailored specifically for the flooring inspector and installer.”

On Oct. 21, the Guild will present forensic concrete engineer and inspector Roberto Nunez, leading a session on the design, construction and troubleshooting fundamentals of concrete slabs-on-grade. Additionally, “an Inspector’s Boot Camp on inspection techniques with manufacturers contributing” is scheduled for Oct. 22.

Also taking place at the Dalton Convention Center is NAFCT’s first Technical Training Conference and Trade Show, Oct. 20 to 22.

Manufacturer technical representatives will each be giving two-hour, hands-on and/or PowerPoint training sessions on how to use their company’s products. According to organizers, this event currently consists of 42 sessions.

For more information on the Guild events, visit flooringinspectorsguild.org. To find out more about the NAFCT event, visit nafct.com.


Gerflor Opens Technocentre Training Facility

Gerflor USA recently opened the doors to its Technocentre—a 2,000 square foot facility dedicated to giving installers access to the best tools and techniques for installing Gerflor flooring products, according to the company.

Located in the company’s Chicago area headquarters, the Technocentre will be home to eight installation training sessions this year.

Led by Gerflor’s technical team—Marc Papillon, David Stowell and Ron Whiting—Technocentre trainings are focused in three dedicated areas: sport installation, commercial installation and special markets and products installation.

Each session is limited to six to 12 people, providing each trainee with personal attention and support. Participants walk away with the tools, tips and techniques they need for installing Gerflor floors with confidence and precision. Beyond the educational experience, where most trainees have the opportunity to complete two mock-up rooms, the installers leave with a certificate that proves their proficiency with installation.

For more information, visit gerflorusa.com.


Gordon Earns Bruce Newbrough CIM Scholarship

FCICA, in cooperation with Ardex and nora systems, has awarded the second Bruce Newbrough Memorial Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Program Scholarship.

Eric Gordon from Division 9 Flooring is the recipient of the scholarship for the CIM Program. Upon completion of the program, Gordon will join an elite group that demonstrate a commitment to an ongoing upgrading of their skills by achieving a marketable credential that distinguishes CIMs from other flooring professionals.

For more information, visit fcica.com.


Coverings Names Taffy as Show Management

Coverings 2017, taking place April 4 through 7 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., has appointed Taffy Event Strategies as its show management company.

Taffy is a full-service trade show and management company focused on producing events that inspire audiences, create connections and deliver results, Coverings officials noted. The company will be responsible for producing Coverings’ exhibition and conference program.

“We are delighted to team up with Coverings to help drive its goals and add value for the thousands of show exhibitors and attendees,” said Jennifer Hoff, president at Taffy. “We are looking forward to supporting the industry’s showcasing its truly remarkable tile and stone products, while also fostering business-building networking and education opportunities for today’s professionals.”

For more information about Coverings 2017, visit coverings.com.


InstaFloor NA Relocates Sales, Distribution, Support Center

InstaFloor North America, manufacturer and supplier of InstaLay, has moved its sales, distribution and support center to Farmers Branch, Texas.

“This move is great news for our business,” said Bas van Genderen, managing director of InstaFloor North America. “It reflects how InstaFloor has developed and continues to expand, leading to the need for these larger offices. With easy access to both Dallas-Fort Worth and Love Field Airports we will be able to provide enhanced service and support to our growing number of customers throughout North America.”

The new address is 11420 Ferrell Drive, Suite 307, Farmers Branch, TX 75234. Phone: (214) 256-5727. For more information, visit instafloorna.com.


Swiss Krono Holds Ground Breaking for Plant Expansion

Swiss Krono Group and its American subsidiary, Swiss Krono SC, LLC, held a groundbreaking ceremony on July 13 in Barnwell, S.C., for its $230 million high-density fiberboard (HDF) mill and laminate flooring production expansion.

Swiss Krono anticipates adding 105 new highly-skilled technical and management jobs to the Barnwell area, increasing its total employment to 275 employees. The project commenced in the summer and HDF operations will likely begin by the summer of 2018, the company noted.

The expansion will allow Swiss Krono to produce 300,000 cubic-meters of HDF per year, which the company will use for laminate flooring manufacturing operations and sell to furniture, cabinet, fixture, door and other wood-based manufacturers. In total, the project will increase the company’s annual laminate flooring capacity by an additional 8 million square meters. 


Angie’s List Now Offering Free Membership Nationwide

For 21 years Angie’s List has amassed more than 10 million verified reviews on home services professionals in the industry. Now Angie’s List has announced that access to those reviews is free-of-charge. In addition, two new premium membership tiers are now available, offering guarantees and value-added services beyond those reviews.

Each membership level builds on the other. The Green membership provides free-of-charge nationwide access to companies in more than 700 service categories; nationwide access to more than 10 million verified consumer ratings and reviews; and monthly digital form of the company’s magazine.

The Silver tier includes all green features plus Angie’s Fair Price Guarantee and Angie’s Service Quality Guarantee, along with exclusive discounts, chat and email customer support and a bimonthly print version of the magazine for $24.99 a year.

The Gold includes all Green and Silver features, plus a complaint resolution process and customer support via phone for $99.99 a year.

Benefits planned to be added in the coming quarters include tools for project pricing, scheduling and financing (through partnerships), handyman chat line, home emergency service line, instant hiring and eCommerce savings.

Find out more at angieslist.com.


Ardex Announces Flexbone Sweepstakes Winners

Ardex Americas has announced the winners of the Choose Your Experience Flexbone Sweepstakes.

Grand prize winner Simon Alongi of Alongi Flooring Contractors won an Experience Getaway Trip at a five-star resort in Banff, Alberta Canada; and grand prize winner Steve Stoecklin of Ashland Distribution, will be travelling to Missoula, Mont., for a fly fishing experience.

First prize winners each won an Ardex Tool Package which included a Milwaukee High Speed Drill, a Bosch Laser Measure, an Ardex Rover and collection of other tools and accessories. First prize winners are: John Coombs, Ceramic Tile and More; Shawn Perepelytz, Metroworks Tile & Stone; Dave Moore, Commercial Flooring Services; Matt Williams, Excel Tile and Dana Klein, Dana Klein Construction.

For more information, visit ardexamericas.com.


Nail Gun Depot ‘Wishlist’ Giveaway Under Way

Nail Gun Depot is celebrating the grand opening of its revitalized e-commerce store with the “Win Your Wishlist” giveaway.

The campaign allows contestants the opportunity to win $1,000 toward their personal Nail Gun Depot wishlist.

“With more than 15 years serving contractors, do-it-yourselfers and everything between the purpose for this giveaway is twofold; showcase one of many enhanced features on our website, while thanking customers for their loyalty and support,” said Phil Burkhart, CEO at Nail Gun Depot.

Scheduled to run until Sept. 30, the giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. According to the company, several participants will receive small prize packs throughout the duration of the campaign, leading to a grand prize drawing for $1,000 in Nail Gun Depot store credit.

Find out more at nailgundepot.com.


Zaccardelli Named Bostik’s Sales Director, N.A.

Michael Zaccardelli has joined Bostik’s Consumer & Construction Business Unit as sales director, North America.

“We looked extensively before finally deciding upon Michael Zaccardelli,” stated Mike Jenkins, Bostik’s business director, Consumer & Construction Business Unit for the Americas. “He will immediately lead the Pro Distribution business with Rick Tredwell and Brian Kelly, our regional sales managers, reporting to him. His focus will be to work with the Pro Distribution team in the U.S. and Canada to fully leverage our organizational resources and tools toward achievement of our annual sales plan. Additionally, Mike and team will build out our long-term sales strategy to align with our business mission to drive double-digit annual growth.”

Zaccardelli comes to Bostik with major building materials experience, after spending 17 years with Knauf Insulation. He started out for that firm as a salesperson, moving on to become marketing manager and ultimately, national sales manager.

Originally from Ohio, Zaccardelli entered the business area, bringing his engineering degree to U.S. Gypsum, where he worked for eleven years. “Throughout my career, I’ve learned that working with a strategic business plan works,” he stated. “We want to build long-term, well thought out relationships with progressive customers. Bostik is a great fit for me, as the company’s overall product and program offerings are second to none. The national sales team is already very good; my goal is to work hard to make it even better. We intend to grow.”

For more information, visit bostik-us.com.


W.F. Taylor Headquarters Move from Fontana, Calif., to Dalton

W.F. Taylor has relocated its corporate headquarters from Fontana, Calif., to Dalton.

W.F. Taylor, which has executed a long-term lease for a new corporate headquarters at 800 College Drive, will continue to operate its manufacturing facility in Fontana, but the move will bring 10 management and operation jobs to the new Dalton corporate office.

“W.F. Taylor prides itself on being a leader of innovative, environmentally friendly adhesive products and given that Dalton is the center of the floor covering industry, it is the perfect place for us to continue to drive our strategic growth and product innovation for years to come,” said Dan Pelton, CEO of W.F. Taylor.

For more information, visit wftaylor.com.


Loxcreen Expands U.S. Sales Team

Loxcreen has added three people to its U.S. sales team.

James Roberts is taking on a dynamic role as U.S. ceramic industry specialist. He will be responsible for building and strengthening relationships in this sector and will also lead and support the sales team in the growth and development of Loxcreen’s Prova line of waterproofing shower products, tile underlayment systems and tile trims.

Roberts comes with more than 20 years of experience in sales and has worked for many successful companies within the ceramic and adhesives sector including MAPEI, BASF, and DAP.

Mark Derr is the new territory manager for the South Central states which include Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kansas and Missouri. He brings with him many years in the flooring industry with a background in retail, estimation and distribution. From his past experience, he has gained extensive knowledge of flooring materials, installation parameters, design trends and customer service.

Kendall Leak is now the territory manager for the Western states which include California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Leak brings with him more than 40 years in the ceramic tile and stone industry with noteworthy positions in consulting and as an American Institute of Architects educational program developer and presenter. His past work experience includes sales at Dal-Tile and Merkrete.

For more information, visit loxcreen.com.


Q.E.P. Acquires XPS Foam Ltd.

Q.E.P. has announced the acquisition of XPS Foam Ltd., a manufacturer of fully recyclable extruded polystyrene underlay solutions suitable for all types of flooring including solid wood, engineered wood, laminate and LVT.

This addition to the QEP portfolio allows the company to offer its customers a wider range of professional underlay solutions, along with its already extensive range of installation tools across the flooring and tiling sectors, the company said.

For more information, visit qep.com.


NTCA Releases Spanish Version of ‘Trowel and Error’ Video

With sponsorship from Custom Building Products, the National Tile Contractors Association’s (NTCA) “Trowel and Error” video is now available in Spanish on the association’s YouTube channel. It can also be reached via tile-assn.com.

In the video, NTCA emphasizes the proper use and application of mortar to meet minimum coverage requirements and ensure long-term adhesion and stability of tile to the substrate. It also clearly demonstrates how common improper techniques such as swirled mortar and spot bonding can reduce coverage.

“We updated and modernized this video last year,” said Bart Bettiga, NTCA executive director. “Now, because it is such an important training mechanism, Custom Building Products has sponsored a Spanish version as well. NTCA encourages distributors and retailers who sell to markets with Hispanic speaking customers to use this video link to promote this important educational video.”