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In memoriam: Howard Olansky, July 22, 1928-December 19, 2006

Custom purchases Aqua Mix; company to retain name, management

Custom Building Products announced recently that it has purchased Aqua Mix Inc., the 26-year-old tile and stone care products maker based in Corona, Calif. According to Custom, based 40 miles west in Seal Beach, plans call for Aqua Mix to retain its name and current management team. Other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

WFCA issues warning on credit card scam

The World Floor Covering Association is cautioning members to be on the lookout for a scam involving stolen credit cards and falsified orders for flooring. The trade organization says that it has heard from dealers in Texas, North Carolina and Wisconsin who said they have been targeted thus far.

Four trade organizations plan major industry events

Four major trade organizations are joining forces to bring tile professionals two free events outlining the progress of the tile industry. The National Tile Contractors Association, Tile Contractors Association of America, International Masonry Institute and International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers will present "Embracing Change in the Tile Industry" Oct. 18 and 19 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown and the Merchandise Mart of Chicago respectively.

Dougherty named vp marketing: "Florim USA a developing force"

With an eye toward significantly growing its ceramic tile brands, Florim USA has named Jim Dougherty vp marketing. A 25-year veteran of the industry, he will be responsible for developing marketing and customer service initiatives, including branding strategies for the company's Esquire and American Florim lines.

Questech named top New England innovator; tile maker uses distinctive metal casting process

Decorative tile maker Questech Corp. recently garnered a 2006 New England Innovation Award from the Smaller Business Association of New England. With this honor, the Rutland, Vt.-based company joins an exalted list of New England luminaries including past winners Ben & Jerry's, Green Mountain Coffee and the Vermont Teddy Bear Co.

MAPEI’s Di Tempora to Retire, New CEO for the Americas Named

MAPEI Americas has announced the retirement of Nick Di Tempora, President and CEO, after 23 years with the company; Di Tempora will be succeeded by Ranier M. Blair, who has spent the past 16 years with BASF Corp. Di Tempora will remain as an adviser to Blair, who will function as deputy CEO during the transition period, according to the company.

StonExpo to branch out to East Coast in 2007; MIA to convene board of directors at show

Organizers of StonExpo, a major industry stone show held annually in Las Vegas, are planning to expand the reach of the event to the East Coast with the launch of StonExpo East. Slated for March 23-25, 2007 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, StonExpo East aims to provide a forum for both stone manufacturers and stone professionals who are based in the area and might be otherwise unable to attend.

Radiant manufacturers heat up at Surfaces '06

While much of the attention at this year's Surfaces was paid to the floor, radiant heating systems and accessories makers urged showgoers to look beyond the floor and consider the benefits of radiant heating. Companies debuted new systems and materials engineered specifically for use with radiant heating technology. At least one manufacturer -- WarmlyYours -- had its sales force dressed down in bathrobes to illustrate the potential comfort offered by its radiant products.

Trowel of Excellence certification rolled out at 2005 TCAA meeting

The Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA) unveiled a new certification program for trained tile contractors recently during its annual convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In memoriam: Craig Hamilton

Craig W. Hamilton, a highly regarded figure in the ceramic tile and stone industry who served as director of research and development for MAPEI Corp., died as the result of a heart attack on Sept. 16. He was 55.

In Memoriam: Vanesa E. McIntosh, 1964-2005

Vanesa E. McIntosh, export manager of Ilva Ceramica S.A., died Aug. 21, following a battle with cancer that lasted more than a year.

Surfaces 2006 preview: Conference Program offers seminars to tile contractors, retailers, distributors

Successful tile contractors, distributors and retailers come to Surfaces for a number of reasons. Many want to walk the show floor, checking out the latest tile products and technologies, while enriching their own education on the industry.

Imagine Tile urges retailers to enter new dealer program

Tile maker Imagine Tile has launched its new dealer program, designed to entice Main Street commercial retailers to the Imagine Tile fold via exclusive incentives.

Crossville appoints Lyza as marketing manager

Crossville Inc. has named Laurie Grogan Lyza marketing manager.

Coverings to rotate between Chicago and Orlando starting in ‘07

In a bid to draw more attendance from Midwest states, organizers of the Coverings meeting said they will begin alternating the event between its present location in Orlando and Chicago.

Tile Partners for Humanity call on industry to help rebuild Gulf Coast

With so many hurricane-ravaged homes needing to be torn down and rebuilt along the Gulf Coast, Tile Partners for Humanity is urgently seeking help from the industry.

MAPEI to provide materials for River Walk installation

MAPEI plans to help install a historic mural along San Antonio’s River Walk.

Coverings to rotate between Chi. & Orlando
New plan set to take effect in 2007

In a bid to draw more attendance from Midwest states, organizers of the Coverings meeting said they will begin alternating the event between its present location in Orlando and Chicago. While next year’s edition of the tile and stone show is still scheduled to take place in Orlando, April 4-7, the following year it will move to Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center where it will be held from April 17-20, 2007. Previously, the show was held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Emser Tile to open facility in Birmingham, Ala.

Emser Tile LLC plans to open an office in a 16,000-square-foot-facility Birmingham, Ala.

Alfonso Panzani is Elected New President of Assopiastrelle

The Assembly of Assopiastrelle has elected Alfonso Panzani President of Assopiastrelle for a two-year term 2005-2006 with 93.68 percent of the vote.

TEC Brand introduces 3N1 Performance Mortar

New from TEC, 3N1 Performance Mortar is an entirely new category of mortar that allows tile installers to use the same mortar and installation process for virtually all ceramic tile and natural stone applications, according to the company.

Ceramic Tile Institute of America releases report on floor crack isolation membranes

The Ceramic Tile Institute of America (CTIOA) announced that its CTIOA Technical Committee has completed a report containing information on types of crack isolation membranes and their intended use.

Interceramic opens new plant in Mexico

Interceramic has announced the opening of its newest manufacturing facility, Plant 8, in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Trowel of Excellence certification developed by TCAA, IMI, BAC

The Tile Contractors Association of America (TCAA) has announced that it will unveil a new certification program for trained tile contractors, timed to coincide with the start of its annual convention taking place in October in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

StonePeak adds more than 30 new distributors, prepares to unveil new lines and support programs

Tile maker StonePeak Ceramics announced it has inked distribution deals with more than 30 distributors from around the country, with additional partners slated to join the roster by the end of the year.

Shaw Flooring Alliance calls on WarmlyYours as preferred vendor

WarmlyYours has been named the preferred vendor of electric floor warming for Shaw Flooring Alliance, the nationwide network of Shaw Flooring Center retailers.

Florida Tile moves to new offices in Lakeland, Fla.

Though Florida Tile shuttered its Lakeland manufacturing plant close to two years ago, the tile maker still has a home in the area. In early June, Florida Tile moved its corporate offices to an 18,000 square-foot building at 320 W. Main St. in Lakeland.

U.S. Marshals seize brochures at Coverings after manufacturer complaints

During the final day of Coverings 2005, U.S. Marshals seized brochures from a Hong Kong tile manufacturer on the show floor, under an order issued by a U.S. District Court judge.

Arriaga launches new website available in four languages for global reach

Arriaga, a Spanish quarrier and manufacturer of fine stone tile, architectural elements and slabs, has revamped its website at

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