Intertech Flooring Receives Two Excellence Awards

Intertech Commercial Flooring received recognition this summer for two projects in Austin and San Antonio.

The Associated Builders and Contractors—South Texas Chapter Excellence in Construction Awards were presented Aug. 5 for Intertech’s work on the One Frost Bank Campus and The University of Texas McCombs School of Business. The Excellence in Construction Awards honor members’ most innovative and high quality construction projects, safety programs and diversity programs.

The One Frost Bank Campus in San Antonio is a 300,000 sq. ft. project encompassing multiple buildings and parking garages. Designed by Marmon Mok, the project features carefully selected interior finishes that brings the structurally impressive building to an entirely new level of grandeur. Intertech partnered with general contractor Spaw Glass on the project.

Intertech Commercial Flooring’s work with Alpha Building Corporation to resolve a problematic flooring issue in the University Teaching Center at The University of Texas-Austin McCombs School of Business garnered the second ABC award.

Terrazzo flooring on hallways two stories below-grade faced moisture penetration of the substrate, causing the existing terrazzo to bubble and lift from the floor. Alpha turned to Intertech to engineer a solution. The old floor had to come up, a moisture barrier was applied and Intertech poured self-leveling underlayment through its Laticrete Supercap system to quickly and efficiently resolve the moisture and flatness issues on the project. Using the Laticrete Supercap pump truck system, the only thing that goes in the building is a hose. The cementitious underlayment is mixed in the truck and pumped into the project area where it self-levels and meets all requirements, including flatness, moisture control and OSHA’s new rule of reducing silica dust on construction jobsites, Intertech noted.

For more information, visit intertechflooring.com.

Bostik Opens Three New Stateside Technical Training Centers

Bostik, Inc. has announced three new full-service, technical training facilities have been opened to better serve its growing customer base.

According to Chad Bulen, technical services manager for Bostik’s consumer and construction business unit, “Bostik’s high-performance materials include installation systems for wood floors, ceramic, stone, resilient and surface preparation materials. We have made a firm commitment to educate our attendees relative to using our products at optimal levels.”

The new facilities are located in Dallas; Temecula, Calif.; and Wauwatosa, Wis.

Bulen added, “All three technical training facilities have been set up with full ‘hands-on’ training rooms and cutting edge classroom environments. To achieve the best possible back-and-forth communication, we envision both classroom and actual demonstration sessions never to have more than 25 attendees. That way, we can keep events more personalized and hands on. Our ultimate goal is to offer industry partners a better understanding of how to select the very best system for every installation they embark upon.”

Win a Commemorative Lägler TRIO through NWFA University

Lägler has partnered with the National Wood Flooring Association to promote NWFA University by donating a limited-edition carbon fiber TRIO sander, to be given away to one lucky user of NWFAU.

Professionals who engage with NWFA University and earn badges upon completing online courses will have the opportunity to purchase the badges they’ve earned to display on their business profile and to customers. For every badge that is purchased, that individual’s name will be entered into the raffle for the carbon-fiber TRIO sander. Only 10 of these special-edition machines were made to commemorate Lägler’s 60th anniversary. One was awarded last April at NWFA’s Expo.

More information about the NWFA University and how to earn and purchase badges is available at nwfa.org/nwfa-university.aspx.

Angie’s List Launches ‘Work with the Best’ Sweepstakes

Angie’s List has announced the launch of its “Work with the Best” sweepstakes, rewarding current and newly registered service providers with opportunities to win one of four monthly drawings for DeWalt tool kits and a grand prize of a 2017 work truck.

The sweepstakes comes shortly after the launch of the company’s freemium tier, which allows consumers to access more than 10 million of the verified reviews for home service professionals, free-of-charge.

Service providers with completed profiles on Angie’s List are better positioned for growth than those that do not participate. Registration is free-of-charge and enables contractors to manage their reputation by monitoring and responding to reviews, customize their profile to better showcase offerings and expertise and access business tools designed to help them grow.

Winners of the monthly tools prizes, valued at $3,500 each, will be announced in the months of October, November, December and January. The grand prize winner of the 2017 work truck, valued at $45,000, will be announced in mid-January 2017.

Service providers can enter the sweepstakes at angieslist.com/workwiththebest.

Manager-Specific Education Taking Place at DMU

The 2016 Distribution Management University (DMU) will be held in conjunction with the NAFCD + NBMDA Annual Convention, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

The 2016 DMU is a unique opportunity for general, sales, branch and operations managers to expand their industry knowledge and enhance leadership skills. The 2016 DMU is focused on the real world of the market level manager. Sessions are fast paced, interactive and fun and provide real tools to grow profit and market share.

Sam Richter, internationally recognized expert on sales, marketing and leadership, will lead the 2016 DMU. His award-winning experience includes building innovative technology, sales and marketing programs for start-up companies and some of the world’s most famous brands. Richter has been featured in thousands of television and radio programs, along with national and online publications.

Richter will give attendees insights on how to build relationships and enhance their personal brand. Attendees will learn how to use information to make lasting impressions with prospects, deepen relationships with clients and differentiate themselves from the competition. They will also learn how their personal brand can make or break their business brand.

Learn more about the event and register for the 2016 DMU at distributorconvention.org/dmu.

Verble Named DriTac Director of New Business Development

DriTac Flooring Products LLC has announced the appointment of Wade Verble to the position of new business development director.

Verble is responsible for expanding sales with the development of new business opportunities through a variety of evolving channels that include new product categories, industry segments and overall business strategies designed to focus on company growth. His targeted business objectives will emphasize market needs and span the domestic and international marketplaces.

Verble previously served as Southeast regional sales manager before being promoted to national sales manager and then leaving the company to explore other interests more than a decade ago. He has more than 25 years of experience in the flooring industry with a strong background in manufacturing and distribution platforms.

Verble comes back to DriTac with a vast range of flooring installation experience, which he initially established during his first tenure with the company. His experience in the industry includes other prominent adhesive manufacturers and major flooring producers.

NTCA Welcomes New Five Star Contractors

NTCA has announced the acceptance of two of its members, Boatman and Magnani Inc., and ProFast Commercial Flooring LLC, into the prestigious Five Star Contractor Program.

Five Star Contractors must complete a rigorous approval process, including examples of work, reviews and recommendations from peers and customers, and proven commitment to service, quality, safety and superior job performance. Five Star Contractors are also required to certify a minimum of 10% of their installers through the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) Certified Tile Installer program or ACT certification for installers.

The tile industry believes strongly in the quality of workmanship offered by NTCA Five Star Contractors. Many manufacturers recommend Five Star Contractors to their customers on challenging projects.

If you are an NTCA member and interested in gaining Five Star certification, contact Jim Olson at jim@tile-assn.com.

ISSA Offers Third-Party Training Center Verification

ISSA has announced the launch of Cleaning Industry Training Standard (CITS) Training Center Verification—the latest addition to ISSA’s multi-faceted CITS program.

The CITS program was established in 2014 to raise the level of professionalism in the cleaning industry and to empower frontline cleaning workers. Training courses offered through the CITS program give cleaning professionals the knowledge and credentials to validate their abilities, and supervisors and trainers the opportunity to hone their training and leadership skills.

“ISSA members have really responded to the CITS program as a way to standardize training and to provide employees with a path to advance their careers,” said Lucas Wendt, ISSA sales executive-facility service programs. “Because many ISSA member organizations offer CITS Verified Training courses in their own facilities, it was a logical step for ISSA to provide an option for our members to obtain third-party validation for their training venues.”

The CITS Training Center Verification process involves the submission of written and photographic or video details of the center’s features and amenities. Training center requirements per CITS include, but are not limited to, a dedicated, permanent area for training that complies with safety regulations and addresses the comfort needs of all participants and has multimedia capabilities, materials and equipment for hands-on demonstrations.

For information about the CITS Training Verification standard and application, visit issa.com/citsverifiedtrainingcenter.

ABC Supply to Purchase L&W Supply

ABC Supply Co. Inc. and USG Corp. announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement in which ABC Supply will acquire USG’s building product distribution business, L&W Supply Corp., for total cash consideration of $670 million, subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals. The acquisition is expected to be completed before the end of 2016.

“We are thrilled to welcome the associates, customers and suppliers of L&W Supply into the ABC family,” said Keith Rozolis, ABC Supply’s president and CEO. “As a world-class distributor of interior building materials, L&W reinforces ABC’s leadership position in building materials distribution, and helps set the stage for our next phase of growth.”

Completion of the transaction will allow USG to reduce debt and achieve its target leverage ratio, accelerate high return investments in its gypsum and ceilings businesses through advanced manufacturing initiatives and position the company to consider future capital returns to shareholders. The sale of L&W Supply is also expected to dampen USG’s overall earnings cyclicality as well as provide opportunity for growth in the independent specialty dealer channel.

Green Squared Products Qualify for New LEED Credit

Building design professionals, facility managers and others seeking LEED building certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) can now look to certified sustainable ceramic tiles, glass tiles and tile installation materials to earn the needed credits.

Green Squared Certified products now qualify to contribute toward a new LEED Pilot Credit offered for using “Certified Multi-attribute Products and Materials.” The credit requires that certification details—including which Green Squared electives were satisfied—are disclosed, and that a product lifecycle assessment (LCA) has been conducted.

Green Squared is the ceramic tile industry’s multi-attribute, cradle-to-grave sustainability standard.

To garner a LEED point under this credit, at least 25% by cost of the permanently installed building products on a project must meet a USGBC-approved product sustainability standard, like Green Squared, and have third-party validation to prove it. For Green Squared Certified products, that validation comes from a thorough assessment and certification from any of three international sustainability leaders: UL Environment, NSF International, and SCS Global.

The new pilot credit is available immediately for registration on current LEED v3 and v4 projects and will continue to be available when USGBC transitions exclusively to LEED v4. How much a Green Squared Certified product contributes toward earning this pilot credit depends on the amount of recycled content, closed loop manufacturing waste reclamation, and/or regional raw materials used to produce the product.

The new pilot credit was posted to the LEED Pilot Credit Library Aug. 15, and the full text is available at usgbc.org/credits.

Lepird Named Schönox Business Development VP

William “Dave” Lepird, Sr. has joined HPS Schönox as vice president of business development where he will focus on expanding distribution opportunities, growing the company’s presence with key national accounts and supporting the work of Schönox regional business managers.

“Dave’s extensive background in the flooring industry, and the subfloor sector more specifically, will facilitate our strategic steps forward with greater distribution in previously under-represented regions and with national accounts that may not be familiar with Schönox yet,” commented Thomas Trissl, principal, HPS Schönox. “With all the progress that we have made in a relatively short period of time with Schönox, we still need the greater awareness in certain regions that Dave can provide, especially on the West Coast.”

Lepird has worked in the flooring industry for more than 30 years with wide-ranging experience including that with a flooring distributor, subfloor and flooring manufacturers, and within his own business.

“HPS Schönox has the feel and enthusiasm of a start-up company, but the advanced product array and technical support base of a sophisticated multi-national enterprise,” commented Lepird. “The fact is that both aspects of the company are true.”

UFloor Systems Expands its Distribution Network

UFloor Systems recently announced three new companies to its growing distributor list.

Blakely Products Company joined as a distributor partner for the state of Michigan and Northwest Ohio. Blakely Products Company operates seven branch locations, with six locations in Michigan (Traverse City, Grand Rapids, Troy, Wixom, Livonia and Warren) and one location in Maumee, Ohio.

Flooring Installation Supply Center joins the Uzin distributor ranks for the Canadian Midwest market, catering to the Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario marketplace. Also joining the list of Uzin Canadian distributor partners is Advanced Flooring Supplies Ltd., focusing on the Northern Saskatchewan area. Both will foster the continued growth of the Uzin brand in the Canadian market.

Tarkett Partners with Ardex on Systems Training Program

Tarkett has partnered with Ardex to host systems training for flooring installers.

“We recognize that finding and training skilled labor is one of the biggest challenges facing general contractors today,” explained Richard Schmidt, technical specialist for Tarkett North America. “We are excited to partner with Ardex to offer this training. Our investment in training courses such as these demonstrates our lasting commitment to supporting our installation partners.”

The two-day training sessions will cover relevant topics including substrate preparation, moisture control, self-leveling and patching materials for resilient floor installation. The next two sessions are Oct. 26-27 in Mansfield, Texas, and Dec. 13-14 in Delta, British Columbia, Canada.

The course is free and includes hotel, meals and transportation to and from the airport. Space is limited to 25 participants per session.

For more information or questions regarding training registration, contact Pam Barrett at pam.barrett@ardexamerica.com.

Huron Capital’s Valentus Specialty Chemicals Acquires Wood Floor Finishes Business

Huron Capital Partners LLC has announced that its portfolio company, Valentus Specialty Chemicals Inc., has acquired the wood floor finishes business of New Rochelle, N.Y.-based Paint Over Rust Products Inc.

The wood floor finishes business will continue to operate as Absolute Coatings Inc. This transaction represents the third acquisition for Valentus, an initiative launched by Huron Capital and coatings industry veterans Ray Chlodney, John Ragazzini and Bob Taylor. As part of the transaction, David Sherman, owner and CEO of POR Products, will join Valentus’ Board of Directors.

“We believe the partnership with Absolute will significantly enhance our growth trajectory,” said Ray Chlodney, CEO of Valentus. “ABSCO, Last-n-Last and TREK-Plus are premium brands with differentiated technologies and excellent growth opportunities, and they’re a great complement to our existing portfolio of brands at National Paint Industries (NPI). We are eager to work with David as we seek to build on the legacy that he and his family have established in the marketplace.”

Call for Submissions for Innovations@DOMOTEX 2017

The submissions process for Innovations@DOMOTEX 2017 has begun. This successful format offers DOMOTEX exhibitors an additional opportunity to showcase their latest products at the trade fair for carpets and floor coverings held annually in Hannover, Germany.

Exhibitors have until Nov. 1 to submit their latest products in the categories of textile floor coverings, fibers and yarns; resilient floor coverings; wood parquet and laminate; modern hand-made carpets and rugs; and applications and installation technologies. Product samples can also be submitted. Participation in Innovations@DOMOTEX is free of charge for registered exhibitors.

Back for the fourth time, Innovations@DOMOTEX will once again be presenting the latest trends and innovations on a series of dedicated display areas in Halls 6, 9 and 17. Guided tours, led by prominent industry experts, will take groups of interested visitors working in architecture and interior design direct to the stands of participating exhibitors.

A jury of experts under the chairmanship of the renowned industrial designer Stefan Diez will examine and assess the entries in mid-November 2016, and put together a shortlist. New products submitted in the product group “Modern hand-made carpets and rugs” are assessed by a separate international jury of design and carpet industry professionals, which is responsible for the Carpet Design Awards. The jury selects the best designer carpets and rugs in eight categories. These will be on display throughout the show on the Innovations@DOMOTEX Area in Hall 17, which also hosts the formal prize award ceremony for the winners on 15 January 2017.

Entries for Innovations@DOMOTEX 2017 can be submitted up until 1 November 2016 via the Online Business System (OBS). Full details are available at www.obs.messe.de.

ACI Announces Promotion of Reynolds to Director

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has announced the promotion of Melinda G. Reynolds, CAE, to director of membership and customer service.

In support of ACI’s strategic goal of working to increase participation of, and adding value for its members, chapter members and customers, Reynolds will focus efforts on creating, implementing and analyzing strategies, plans and programs focused on growing the community of ACI members.

Reynolds received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., and has been managing the member services department at ACI since 2002. Reynolds, a Certified Association Executive since 2009, has served as a track chair of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives, has been a member of the program committees for both CESSE and the Personify annual meetings, and is a member of the Michigan Society of Association Executive’s Detroit Membership Community of Practice.

New Makita Website Goes Live with New Features

Makita U.S.A. Inc. has launched an immersive online brand experience for users and dealers with the new makitatools.com. The new website delivers more rich content and high-quality search, and is optimized for speed, performance, and security for use on all screens, from large monitors to mobile devices.

The new website has a robust back-end that manages the full array of copy, product detail images, action images, documents, links, videos and related content. The back-end and front end (new website) work together to drive a more dynamic online presentation of Makita’s more than 450 industrial power tools, pneumatics and outdoor power equipment and over 3,000 accessories, as well as promotions, events, warranty and tool registration, and much more.

To further narrow a search, users can isolate models for side-by-side comparisons. Each product detail page offers related models and recommended accessories, as well as high-resolution images and more product data. Select products include video and 360-degree images.

Wagner Meters Join Fuse Alliance as a Preferred Supplier

Fuse Alliance has announced that Wagner Meters has joined the network as a preferred supplier.

Based in Rogue River, Ore., Wagner Meters offers moisture meter and moisture management systems. Fuse Alliance members will have access to Wagner’s entire line of high-quality meter products. The company’s moisture meters are known for accurate, consistent meter readings and its IntelliSense technology behind each professional moisture meter.

“For more than 50 years Wagner Meters has helped flooring contractors identify moisture related problems in wood and concrete to avoid installation problems down the road,” said Geoff Gordon, executive director for Fuse Alliance. “We are proud to have them as a Fuse partner.”

Aggretex and Heritage Glass Form Strategic Partnership

Aggretex Systems LLC has formed a strategic partnership agreement with Heritage Glass Inc.

“Heritage Glass is a tremendously important supplier to the high-end decorative flooring industry,” said Curt Thompson, president and CEO of Aggretex. “The depth and breadth of their glass product line is impressive and all of it is recycled which keeps it out of our landfills. Beautiful aggregates and good for the environment, that’s what we like to see.”

The newly inked relationship allows Aggretex customers the ability to source Aggretex products and specialty glass aggregates from Heritage with a single order through Aggretex. “With a single call, Aggretex clients can order specific Heritage products and conclude the transaction with a single PO,” noted Thompson. “We’ll be featuring the top Heritage products right on our website and we are working on some co-branding programs that will help educate the buyer and provide exciting opportunities for designers and decorative flooring artists.”

For more information, visit aggretex.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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
NAFCD/NBMDA Annual Convention—Chicago, Nov. 1-3. distributorconvention.org

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

Invista Expands U.S. Facility for Solution-Dyed Nylon 6,6

A $30 million expansion at Invista’s fiber manufacturing plant in South Carolina will enable the company to rapidly respond to small-lot, carpet fiber demands. The investment represents the industry’s first-ever offering of one-step, small-lot capability specifically for solution-dyed nylon 6,6.

“Our mill customers and the design community rely on Invista to offer a palette of hundreds of solution-dyed nylon 6,6 colors for each of their unique design preferences,” said Marc Ahrens, vice president of Invista’s specialty flooring business. “The new technology will expand our capability to offer sophisticated color families while at the same time improving service.”

Invista developed an innovative, proprietary small-lot technology by working closely with equipment manufacturer Truetzschler.

“We are pleased to be supplying Invista with the highest quality of BCF extrusion technology for this important expansion,” said Dr. Dirk Burger, CEO of the Truetzschler Group. “As a part of a long-term collaboration in research and development, our teams were challenged and inspired to create enhanced products. Truetzschler thanks Invista for their confidence in our company.”

The variety of small-lot nylon 6,6 fibers will initially be offered under Invista’s Antron Lumena brand to serve the global, growing solution-dyed nylon BCF markets.