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Tile Treasures: A 2023 Holiday Gift Guide

As The Tile Turns

Home decor and accessories make for amazing gifts, especially if you’re eager to impress your most trend-driven friends and family members. The challenging part? Finding items that reflect your loved ones’ distinct sense of style. We’re here to help. From marble room decor to Moroccan accessories, we’ve highlighted some of the best tile inspired Christmas list ideas for 2023.

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Coverings 2024 registration, awards now open

Floor Covering News

Atlanta—Coverings, the premier international ceramic tile and natural stone exhibition and conference in North America, has launched the official openings for event registration, discounted hotel booking options and award program submissions for Coverings 2024, which will take place here at the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) April 22-25, 2024.

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The Best of Carbon Slate Panels: A Comprehensive Insight 

Realstone

Key Takeaways: Carbon slate panels offer a harmonious blend of aesthetic appeal, durability, and eco-friendliness. They are a cost-effective choice for both residential and commercial applications due to their low maintenance and long-lasting nature. The installation of these panels contributes to energy efficiency , making them a smart choice for modern green homes.

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New Textile Pattern Porcelain Collection at Rubble Tile

Rubble Tile

As we get deeper into the fall season, we’re featuring a stunning collection of textile pattern tiles that offer modern depth and warmth to any room. Filose, from the innovative tile designers at AlysEdwards, provides the sophistication and aesthetic benefits of textiles that designers love.

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Resilience Features Can Help Protect Your Home from Natural Disasters

JG Kitchens

There's a section on potential discounts from insurers. There are also lots of tips for improvements to make your home more resilient against hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and earthquakes. The post Resilience Features Can Help Protect Your Home from Natural Disasters comes to you courtesy of Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS, MCCWC, Wellness Design Consultant and Author.

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Portobello America opens Tennessee facility

Floor Covering News

B axter , T enn.—Portobello America officially brought its nearly 1 million-square-foot manufacturing facility , located here, online this month. The years-in-the-making milestone was celebrated with a grand opening event held at the facility, which drew the company’s Brazilian and U.S. customers and partners. “It’s a dream for us to be here,” said Cesar Gomes, Portobello Group CEO.

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The Best of Carbon Slate Panels: A Comprehensive Insight 

Realstone

Key Takeaways: Carbon slate panels offer a harmonious blend of aesthetic appeal, durability, and eco-friendliness. They are a cost-effective choice for both residential and commercial applications due to their low maintenance and long-lasting nature. The installation of these panels contributes to energy efficiency , making them a smart choice for modern green homes.

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Ep 137: Is Architecture School Broken pt. 1

Life of an Architect

The architectural education system hasn't been around for that long, yet it has it's issues and concerns. So that leads us to ask the question. Is Architecture School Broken? Join us for Part One of the conversation in Episode 137. We discuss the short history of arch edu, some common concerns with the system, and the shortcomings of the studio-based learning environments.

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Emser launches trio of new collections

Floor Covering News

Pagoni Emser Tile has launched three new collections of porcelain and ceramic tile: Pagoni, Terramor and CatchInColor. Pagoni extruded porcelain tiles are available in four colors, two patterns and three sizes. Patterns include Ornato—a square tile that when placed in patterns of four creates a muted compass rose at the center—and Cirio, a rectangle tile featuring an earthy art deco peacock pattern.

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Florim awarded at Sustainability Awards

Ceramics of Italy

Florim is among the winners of the third edition of the “ Sustainability Award ”, a prize promoted by Kon Group together with Elite and Azimut Area 4 that rewards companies in which sustainable development is an integral part of their DNA. The prestigious award came at the conclusion of a long and in-depth verification process based on the evaluation of performance based on the ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) rating issued by Altis advisory, an offshoot of the Catholic University, and

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AZoNetwork Launches AZoAI, an Open-Access Platform for the Artificial Intelligence Industry

The A to Z of Building

Leading scientific publisher introduces its 12th subject-specific website, AZoAI.com - the A to Z of Artificial Intelligence. The website educates and informs how the application of artificial.

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The Future of Concrete Grinding Technology: What Business Owners Need to Know

Onfloor Technology

Concrete grinding technology is in a constant state of evolution. With each passing day, innovative attachments and cutting-edge features are introduced to the market, further enhancing the capabilities of concrete floor grinders. As a diligent business owner, it is vital to stay on top of these latest advancements in order to maintain a competitive edge and deliver superior results to clients.

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Retailers React: How are you training/recruiting new installers?

Floor Covering News

Every two weeks, FCNews seeks out flooring retailers across the country to offer their advice on hot topics of the day. This week, we asked: How are you training/recruiting new installers? Here are their responses: “We are training new installers by finding younger guys who are energetic to work. We are pairing them up with more experienced people so they can gain the necessary experience.

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Starnet members see potential in key market sectors

Floor Covering News

Converting vacant office space into high-rise residential units has become a hot-button topic among Starnet members. Louisville, Ky.—It’s often said that when the residential market softens, there’s usually a commensurate (albeit delayed) uptick in commercial construction business. But this typical “seesaw” effect hasn’t been as predictable in recent years, given the impact of stubbornly high inflation, the increasingly popular distributed workforce model and, yes, the lingering impacts of the p

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J+J Flooring revitalizes Atmospheric & Organic Raku collection

Floor Covering News

Dalton—Originally inspired by a trip to a pottery studio and the glazing process in particular, J+J Flooring designers have recolored the Atmospheric & Organic Raku collection to feature warmer tones and the ability to coordinate across both patterns. “The finish of pottery is what gives it the striking depth of color,” said Laura Holzer, carpet design manager at J+J Flooring.

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Neocon opens call for 2024 programming

Floor Covering News

Chicago—NeoCon, the leading platform and event for the commercial interiors industry—taking place June 10-12, 2024 here at The Mart—invites thought-leaders to submit proposals for its onsite and virtual programming, as well as its year-round educational offerings. Now in its 55 th edition, NeoCon’s annual conference boasts an impressive attendance of architects, designers, manufacturers, dealers, end-users, design organizations and media—all eager to learn about the latest trends and innovation

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NTCA names Tile Setter Craftsperson of the Year winners

Floor Covering News

Joshua Nordstrom installed this light-up Kraken. Jackson, Miss.—The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) has announced its 2023 Tile Setter Craftsperson of the Year Award winners in both the residential and commercial categories. Winners will be recognized during the NTCA Ambassador Reception on January 22 at TISE, in Las Vegas. The judging criteria looks at technical correctness of the tile installation, craftsmanship and artistry, the ability to resolve tile installation problems, ment

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FEI Group celebrates 25th anniversary at annual conference

Floor Covering News

S an A ntonio — The FEI Group National Conference was held here against the backdrop of the group’s 25 th anniversary, which led to reflection for many in attendance. “We don’t want to miss this one opportunity to reflect on our journey so far,” said Graham Howerton, FEI Group president. “I want to say thank you to our founding members and our founding supply partners and every other member and supply partner that has joined us for the first 25 years of our journey.

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NFA members exude optimism

Floor Covering News

NFA board members from left: Jason McSwain, McSwain Carpets & Floors; Jason Waggoner, ICC floors; Ian Newton, Flooring 101; Dave Chambers, Nebraska Furniture Mart; and Deb DeGraaf, DeGraaf Interiors. C oeur d ’ A lene , I daho —The enterprising spirit of specialty flooring retailers was on full display at the National Floorcovering Alliance’s fall meeting where, despite myriad challenges—inflation, high interest rates, container shipping stoppages and geo-political unrest—nothing seemed to s

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AZoNetwork Launches Azthena, Your Personal Scientific Assistant

The A to Z of Building

Leading scientific publisher introduces an AI assistant trained on 23 years of scientific content. AZoNetwork, the specialist science publisher with over one million named subscribers, has.

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Decarbonisation: Veolia Operates the First Solar Car Park to Deliver Renewable Energy for a Hospital in the UK

The A to Z of Building

Leading sustainable resource management company Veolia, working with 3ti solar car park specialists, have started renewable electricity generation at Eastbourne District General Hospital (EDGH). By.

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QFloors kicks off 2023 Users Conference

Floor Covering News

Springdale, Utah—QFloors, designer of a host of flooring-specific software solutions and programs for specialty retailers, has officially kicked off its 2023 Users Conference here at the mouth of the beautiful Zion National Park. The conference is designed to gather the company’s users together to not only bring them up to speed on what’s new with the software and programming but to allow flooring dealers to network and discuss solutions that work for them peer-to-peer. “This i

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Mannington Commercial joins Build Reuse

Floor Covering News

Calhoun, Ga. –Mannington Commercial announced that it has joined Build Reuse, a national organization encouraging the recovery and reuse of building materials in the United States. Build Reuse was founded in 1994 as a national network of organizations dedicated to material reclamation and reuse, with a vision to transform communities by creating a building industry in which used and excess construction materials become valuable assets and waste is no longer acceptable.

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Meridian Adhesives Group relocates from Houston to Charlotte  

Floor Covering News

Meridian’s new digs. Photo credit: Sean White Photo & Film. Charlotte, N.C.—Meridian Adhesives Group, parent company of Taylor Adhesives —among other well-known brands—has announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters from Houston, Texas, to Charlotte, N.C. Company executives say the move is largely strategic, as several of its large suppliers and customers are in close proximity to Charlotte.

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Shaw’s Baucom and Bell named to Georgia Trend’s 500 List

Floor Covering News

Dalton — Shaw Industries Group, Inc. announces the inclusion of Tim Baucom, president and CEO, and Vance Bell, former CEO and current chairman of the board, in Georgia Trend magazine’s GEORGIA 500 list for 2023. This marks the second time Baucom and Bell have made the list. Baucom boasts a 40-year career in the flooring industry. His journey at Shaw began in 1992 and has been marked by contributions to sales, innovation, marketing and strategic planning.

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Crafting the ultimate showroom experience

Floor Covering News

D ealers spend time, energy and money getting a prospect to walk into their showroom, but they often miss a critical step: crafting a great showroom experience. Marketing is everything, and everything is marketing. You want every step in the path-to-purchase to make a lasting impression on prospects and clients, inspiring them to buy from you again and again and send you referrals.

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Learning to embrace the opportunities around you (part 2)

Floor Covering News

( part 2 ) A fter choosing a life in flooring—and saying goodbye to the legal industry—I knew there were even more opportunities to support other women who had possibly made the same choice. To further increase the visibility of women in the industry, I knew I had to take action. First, I began connecting with others through Women of the Flooring Business, learning from their experiences and insights.

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‘Tuesday Tips:’ Five essential steps for cyber security

Floor Covering News

Dalton—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) released a new “Tuesday Tips” this week. In the series, WFCA experts presents short video tips for improving customer service and optimizing staff performance. In the end, it’s all about understanding the importance of being 1% better than your competition. In this week’s “Tuesday Tips,” Stacy Eickhoff, senior VP, Risk Strategies Company, shares five essential steps for establishing cyber security.

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RFCI wraps up fall board meeting

Floor Covering News

Sarasota, Fla.–The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) held its annual fall board of directors and associate member meeting here recently amid strong attendance from across the resilient flooring category. The event covered a number of important topics related to the continued growth of the resilient industry. Expert speakers addressed topics that included: An overview of RFCI’s strategic deployment; a summation of key variables in the economy; analysis of trends in the flooring industry;

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Torlys promotes Andrew Davis to director of sales

Floor Covering News

Andrew Davis Torlys has expanded the role of Andrew Davis to director of sales, business development, insurance (Western Canada). The move is designed to help drive the company’s continued success. “We are excited for Andrew to be at the helm of the Western sales team along with the insurance channel for us,” said Thomas Hobbis, vice president, Canadian dealer sales.

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William M. Bird, East Bay Supply win Schönox ‘Smooth Performer’ Award

Floor Covering News

Charleston, S.C. – Schönox HPS North America recently presented William M. Bird and East Bay Supply Company, both members of the Southern Diversified Distributors family of companies, with the Schönox Smooth Performer Award. The trophy recognizes high achievement in the distribution and support of Schönox smoothing, patching and self-leveling products over the course of the year.

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Mullican Flooring introduces Belleme collection

Floor Covering News

Johnson City, Tenn.—Mullican Flooring, a leading manufacturer of quality hardwood floors, added the new Bellême collection to its line of engineered hardwood flooring. The collection is named after the nearly 6,000-acre Bellême forest located in Le Perche Regional Nature Park in southern Normandy, France. The forest is famous for its majestic oak and beech trees.