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Tile of Spain Unveils the 2020 Quick Ship Collection

Posted on 28 September 2020 by cradmin3

Tile of Spain, the international brand representing more than 120 ceramic tile manufacturers belonging to the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturer’s Association (ASCER), announced the update of the Tile of Spain USA Quick Ship Collection. The new catalog of Spanish tile now includes 30 ceramic tile companies and more than 110 products that are available in the U.S.

The Quick Ship Collection reference guide includes a select group of tile products from Spanish manufacturers that are available for immediate purchase in the U.S. for delivery within 4-8 weeks. Established in 2013, the collection is updated annually to ensure the most up to date information and on trend selections are available to purchasers.

“We are thrilled to expand the Tile of Spain USA Quick Ship Collection for the eighth consecutive year and provide a resource for U.S. based architects, designers, installers and homeowners to discover cutting-edge ceramics from Spain,” said Rocamador Rubio, Director for Tile of Spain.

New Tile of Spain companies added to the Quick Ship Collection for 2020 include: Alaplana, Cristacer, Living Ceramics, and Onix Mosaico. These new collections, along with updates from additional ceramic tile companies, are available online at http://tileofspainusa.com/quickship/. The Quick Ship Collection’s interactive catalog makes it easy to search for Spanish Tile. Users can search by product category or by company name. Each entry includes the series name, a color image, a detailed description of each design, sizes available and the U.S. contact information for purchasing.

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Biesse Group Welcomes New Co-CEO

Posted on 25 September 2020 by cradmin3

Biesse Group welcomes Massimo Potenza into its leadership team; the focus of his work will be to guide the establishment and implementation of the “Group Reorganization & Transformation” Project alongside Roberto Selci, the Group’s CEO. Potenza will step into the role of Co-CEO as soon as the necessary internal procedures and applicable corporate obligations have been completed.

“Welcoming Massimo to the Group with his expertise and experience will enable us to take a new step forward, guided by the shared vision of seeing the principles of the One Company – principles which have long inspired our approach to business – come to fruition, accelerating the process of transformation of the company, a strategic move that is necessary in order to become increasingly competitive in the industries in which we operate.” declared Roberto Selci, CEO of Biesse Group, a listed company specializing in technological solutions for the processing of wood, glass, stone, plastic and metal.

The new Co-CEO will assist the Group in strengthening the process of transformation and evolution that is already under way, with a view to creating an organizational structure that is increasingly flexible, and that can adapt rapidly to changing contexts. “The global scenario that the world has been facing in recent months has taught us – beyond the health crisis – of the importance of being ready for any external change. The only way we can manage discontinuity effectively is with flexible, resilient organisations in which people and their skills are placed in a position to act in a timely manner, adapting to new scenarios in a proactive and successful way” – commented Massimo Potenza.

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OSHA Offers On-Site Consultation Program

Posted on 24 September 2020 by cradmin3

OSHA’s On-Site Consultation Program offers no-cost and confidential occupational safety and health services to small- and medium-sized businesses in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories, with priority given to high-hazard worksites. On-Site Consultation services are separate from enforcement and do not result in penalties or citations. Consultants from state agencies or universities work with employers to identify workplace hazards, provide advice for compliance with OSHA standards, and assist in establishing and improving safety and health programs.

Using a no-cost consultation service largely funded by the OSHA, employers can find out about potential hazards at their worksites, improve their safety and health programs, and even qualify for a one-year exemption from routine OSHA inspections.

The service is delivered by state governments using well-trained professional staff. Most consultations take place on-site, though limited services away from the worksite are available.

Primarily targeted for smaller businesses, this safety and health consultation program is completely separate from the OSHA inspection effort. In addition, no citations are issued or penalties proposed.

The consultation is completely confidential and any information provided about the workplace, plus any unsafe or unhealthful working conditions that the consultant uncovers, will not be reported routinely to the OSHA inspection staff.

The only obligation will be to correct serious job safety and health hazards — a commitment which is expected to be made prior to the actual visit and carried out in a timely manner.

Because consultation is voluntary, it must be requested (see OSHA’s Consultation Directory). The consultant will discuss your company’s specific needs and set up a visit date based on the priority assigned to the request, work schedules and the time needed for the consultant to adequately prepare.

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NKBA Hosted Second-Annual Global Connect Business Summit

Posted on 22 September 2020 by cradmin3

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), held its second-annual NKBA Global Connect Business Summit, Sept. 9 and 10, 2020. Originally scheduled to take place in London, the summit was broadcast virtually to international attendees — from Germany to Guatemala — over two afternoons. The NKBA Global Connect Summit has become a key element in connecting the international kitchen and bath market, bringing brands and information together to develop successful, omni-directional business strategies to grow the kitchen and bath industry worldwide.

“While I would have liked nothing more than to host our second-annual NKBA Global Connect Business Summit in London this past week, I’m pleased that so many of our friends and colleagues were able to join us for our first virtual summit,” said Suzie Williford, EVP and chief strategy officer of NKBA. “The opportunity to share critical insights and information — especially during this extraordinary time — is very important to us and our industry. We invest a tremendous amount of time, talent and financial resources to stay on top of all that’s happening in and around residential kitchens and baths. Sharing that knowledge, as well as connecting the marketplace, is very rewarding.”

The Program — Day 1

Market Outlook, KBMI, Geographic and Demographic Trends and Lifestyle/Life Stage Research
Bill Darcy, CEO of NKBA, and Todd Tomalak, VP and principal at John Burns Real Estate Consulting, took a deep dive into the 2020 remodeling market with a focus on the kitchen and bath sector. Despite the impact of the coronavirus, the residential remodeling sector — especially kitchen and bath spaces — are projected to be “white hot” strong this fall. Of the $130 billion expected in 2020 K&B sales, 46 percent, or just more than $60 billion is attributable to kitchens with the remaining 54 percent, or about $70 billion coming from bathroom expenditures.

North America is a Big Place — Geographic and Demographic Overview
Chris Porter, SVP and chief demographer for John Burns Real Estate Consulting, and Steve Basten, senior manager at JBREC, shared insights about the shifts in demographic and geographic trends in North America, pointing out significant migrations from urban “A” markets like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago,  to secondary areas like the “Inland Empire in SoCal,” Santa Rosa in Northern California and Central Florida and the Panhandle. They elaborated on the regional differences of each of these markets, reinforcing the need to understand the nuances that drive product design, distribution and pricing approaches, reminding viewers that North America is very large indeed.

NKBA Lifestyle/Life Stage Research
The NKBA Lifestyle/Life Stage Study was presented by Kerrie Kelly, principal of Kerrie Kelly Design Lab and a collaborator on the study, revealing a new, forward-looking approach to gathering insights.  The study queried designers, consumers and showrooms, with an eye to understanding lifestyle shifts and attitudes regarding their homes, concentrating on kitchen and bath remodeling and design over the next three years. Four key influencing themes emerged: Simplified Living, Connected Living, Living in Place and Healthy Living. Kelly discussed each theme in detail, further identifying specific wants around each, offering insights for product development and design, as well as interior and space design.

The Program — Day 2

Go to Market Strategies — Understanding Distribution and Sales Options
Suzie Williford hosted Greg Rohl, principal of the Rohl Model, and Jason Artus, partner DoveTail Sales, for a discussion on “Go to Market” strategies, detailing the many distribution and sales scenarios one might consider when entering the North American kitchen and bath market. The pro’s and con’s of working with independent sales agents vs. company or factory representatives — as well as taking a hybrid approach, were unpacked. A review of various distribution models was also discussed, including the benefits of two-step distribution when a tiered approach to servicing a large market is necessary, as well as when it makes sense to consider a master distribution partner who can service and support large and small customers as your domestic brand agent. The panel explored the role of showrooms and their expectations from manufacturers, sales representatives and distribution partners, emphasizing the importance of building trustworthy, profitable and personal relationships, and reinforcing the need to consider multiple approaches to build a successful business in North America.

Marketing to the Kitchen and Bath Customer
DJ Carey, editorial director of Cottages & Gardens Media, and Debi Hammond, principal of Merlot Marketing, sat down with Sherry Qualls, president of White Good Marketing and PR, to discuss how to approach marketing to the kitchen and bath customer. They evaluated influencer programs, channel and showroom programs, trade shows, events and media partnerships, with an emphasis on building fully integrated programs that target key decision-makers. The panel underscored the need to understand different messaging approaches — depending on customer group — as well as determining where to target resources.

Understanding the Design Influencer
Veronika Miller, CEO of Modenus Media, moderated a discussion with Jeremy Parcels, AKBD, kitchen and bath designer at Christopher’s Kitchens; Cheminne Taylor-Smith, CEO of Cheminne.com; and Laura Mueller, owner and principal of Four Points Design Build, to define the differences between design build firms, kitchen and bath and interior designers. Speaking about their various areas of expertise, they clarified the importance of the various designer roles and how they operate, independently as well as collaboratively. They emphasized the value of understanding how to engage design professionals, including leveraging social media, events and trade shows, as well as taking the time to meet with designers, even if they are not purchasing products directly, so they can knowledgeably present products and systems with confidence. Developing a trusting relationship with design professionals will be annuity for years to come.

How to KBIS — Maximizing Participation in North America’s Largest Kitchen and Bath Show
Amy Hornby, show director of the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS); Kent Panther, VP and business development director at Wray-Ward; and Veronika Miller, CEO of Modenus Media, shared the various ways brands can learn, engage and exhibit at KBIS. For individuals who have never been to the event, a guided tour or visit hosted by show management is a great way to get an overview.  Participation in a delegation or curated group is another. For international brands, one of the best ways to experience exhibiting for the first time is to be a part of a pavilion, typically produced by one’s home country. Once a brand has had two or three opportunities to truly learn the show, exhibiting may be a logical next step. Kent, Veronika and Amy elaborated on the many opportunities to maximize presence and engagement, including sponsored and gratis packages, ensuring a strong ROI.

NKBA Global Connect Subscriptions

All participants not already NKBA Global Connect Subscribers were invited to learn more about the many benefits of participation in the program. Designed specifically to help international brands navigate the vast North American kitchen and bath market, the Subscription program provides exclusive access to advisors, proprietary NKBA market research, market insights, VIP events and programs all designed to assist in building a successful North American kitchen and bath business. NKBA Global Connect Subscription benefits and details may be found at nkba.org/globalconnect.

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Wilsonart Launches New Woodgrain Designs

Posted on 21 September 2020 by cradmin3

Wilsonart announced the release of nine new woodgrain styles that combine the best of nature with exceptional engineering. The luxurious collection of dimensional wood-textured laminate surfaces help cultivate a unique sense of place and remarkable aesthetic appeal in commercial spaces. Matching Edgeband and TFL Panels are readily available.

The collection features a palette designed to work together to create space-defining, complementary looks. These new additions to the company’s commercial HPL line offer endless coordination potential with Wilsonart’s ecosystem of products, including High Pressure Laminate, Solid Surface, and Quartz. This allows for spaces within commercial interiors to maintain individual looks while providing an overall harmonious effect.

“Connection is an important aspect of design at Wilsonart. When different textures, colors, and styles work interchangeably and successfully, an entire room can be brought to life by our vast portfolio of engineered surfaces,” says Sally Chavez, Senior Designer. This connectedness can also contribute to a space’s ability to restore and replenish the wellbeing of those who utilize it. Soothingly authentic finishes, including the new low-sheen, dimensional Ridgewood, ultra-realistic matte Timbergrain, and the elegant Aligned Oak, provide natural visual elements that create serene and comfortable settings. “Interior design artistry is truly at its best when beauty, durability, and usability all come together,” added Chavez.

Wilsonart’s high-performing non-porous HPL surfaces withstand the most rigorous cleaning and disinfection protocols. HPL is extremely practical, requiring minimal upkeep to maintain its appearance, even with long-term daily use. AEON™ Enhanced Performance Technology provides up to 24 times wear, 20 times impact, four times the scuff-resistance, and better fade resistance than wood veneers. Wilsonart® Antimicrobial Protection is built into the laminate surface to inhibit the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew. Antimicrobial Protection is included in Wilsonart® HD® Laminate and available upon request in Wilsonart® Premium and Standard grade HPL. The silver ion antimicrobial agent is registered with the EPA.

Available now, the new Commercial HPL “Nature/Nurture” collection includes a range of finishes with natural variations, realistic ticking, and ridged linear woodgrain effects in a variety of wood species engineered to exceed nature’s wildest expectations.

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Cosentino Upgrades Chicago-based Distribution Center

Posted on 17 September 2020 by cradmin3

Cosentino Group has entered into a long-term lease agreement with Brennan Investment Group to occupy 46,800 sq. ft. of a 128,550 sq. ft. building at the Elk Grove Technology Park. The facility will serve as a primary warehouse and distribution center for the company’s Midwest operations.

Elk Grove Technology Park is located northeast of O’Hare International Airport and is less than 25 miles from downtown Chicago.

Ruth Baker of Mohr Partners represented Cosentino Group in the transaction, along with Jack Brennan of CBRE representing Brennan Investment Group.

“While we’ve had a strong presence in the Chicago market for many years, our new occupancy at the Elk Grove Technology Park will be instrumental in drastically improving our service levels and shipping times to our customers,” said Massimo Ballucchi, Cosentino Executive Director of Marketing – Americas. “We are looking forward to the partnership with Brennan Investment Group and all the conveniences and amenities that this industrial development has to offer.”

“We are excited to have a highly innovative and globally reputable company like Cosentino Group as a new, long-term customer at Elk Grove Technology Park,” said Kevin Brennan, Managing Principal at Brennan Investment Group.

The Elk Grove Technology Park is a state-of-the-art industrial development that spans 85 acres in the heart of the O’Hare industrial sub-market, with convenient access to three major highways, O’Hare International Airport and a large and diverse labor pool. In addition to the buildings’ modern physical attributes, the Park features an amenity-rich infrastructure of ponds, water features, sculptures, bike and running paths and pedestrian walkways.

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Corian Design Launches New High-Performance Porcelain Line

Posted on 16 September 2020 by cradmin3

Corian® Design, a leading global brand in advanced surfacing solutions for interior design and architecture, has introduced Corian Endura™ , a high-performance porcelain made from natural minerals for ultimate durability.

Suitable for residential and commercial projects, Corian Endura is highly customizable and perfect for vertical and horizontal solutions, including kitchen countertops, vanities, and design-forward interiors and exteriors.

Because of its solid structure, Corian Endura offers superior resistance to extreme heat, abrasions, scratches and stains, allowing customers the opportunity to utilize the surface to its full potential. The product is non-porous, easy to clean, Greenguard™ Gold Certified, and does not promote the growth of mold, bacteria and mildew, exceeding demands of modern residential kitchens and high traffic spaces.

Highly resistant to ultraviolet (UV) light, Corian Endura retains its appearance without fading, making it a great choice for outdoor applications. Made of 100 percent natural minerals, the product is uniquely engineered through compression and then heated at high temperature in a similar way to how nature forges a diamond.

Corian Endura is offered in four product families, including a collection of tones in monochromatic, marble, metal and cement. Designed to complement the aesthetic of Corian Solid Surface and Corian Quartz, the Corian Endura range offers a versatile collection of striking colors and patterns to fit any number of interior or exterior design themes. Corian Endura is now available for purchase. To learn more, visit corianendura.com.

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Neolith Launches Digital Platform

Posted on 15 September 2020 by cradmin3

Neolith® has launched a new digital platform: Neolith® Virtual Experience. This powerful new tool brings its collection of more than 50 colors and finishes from the showroom direct to the customer home.

Ongoing and consistent innovative tech investment has always been at the heart of the brand. Adoption of the latest innovative systems has helped Neolith become one of the most sustainable building materials on the market.

However, the ongoing COVID pandemic has impacted face-to-face engagement, meaning more remote and digital methods are needed to bring the material to customers’ attention. As such, Neolith has focused significant research and investment on developing its online platforms even further to create this new innovative suite of interactive and immersive features, bringing the brand to life digitally and making it accessible to all.

  • Neolith AR: Augmented Reality – The new augmented reality app, which allows the user to dress any residential or commercial space with the models of the new collection Six•S (complete Neolith color range coming soon), to deliver maximum levels of realism.
  • Neolith VR: Virtual Reality – The virtual reality app allows users to discover and combine the new models of the Six•S collection and their various finishes in a unique 360 degree environment. A similar experience to visiting one of Neolith’s stands at a trade fair or expo in person.
  • Neolith Virtual Urban Boutiques – Over the last five years, Neolith has launched a number of Urban Boutiques (NUB) across the world. Now, as part of the platform, which combines Neolith AR and VR, users can also visit all NUBs globally. From London to Dusseldorf, Madrid, Milan, Shenzhen or Medellin

“With combined AR and VR capabilities, we feel the Neolith Virtual Experience gives a truly comprehensive snapshot of the brand and its materials, as near as we can currently come to observing the material in reality. Excitingly, this is only the beginning for us, as we plan to add further features to these apps with a final goal of eventually hosting our own events and tradeshows, allowing us to bring everyone together, virtually,” Mar Esteve, Neolith CMO said.

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Federal Brace Introduces Copper Island Countertop

Posted on 14 September 2020 by cradmin3

Federal Brace has announced the addition of COPPER to its Working Metal Surfaces line. Customers can now quickly achieve the high-end chef’s kitchen look with this beautiful, sleek and outstanding quality prep surface in the standard island size of 50- by 26- by 1.5-in. The Copper Island Countertops are designed in a standard size or can be ordered in custom sizes to match your kitchen requirements.

Once primarily found only in restaurants and commercial kitchens, Copper is rapidly gaining popularity in residential applications for homeowners who desire similar (albeit on a smaller-scale) full health benefits.

The available finishes on Federal Brace’s Copper Countertops include brushed, matte, or mill, and the counter is uncoated to allow for the full health benefit of the copper material. The Copper Kitchen Countertop will require regular cleaning to prevent patina over time.

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The Gary Sinise Foundation RISE program welcomes US Army Capt (Ret) Greg Galeazzi, wife Jazmine, and son Teddy to their new smart home in Hopkinton, Massachusetts on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

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Natural Stone Institute Completes 30th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Posted on 11 September 2020 by cradmin3

The Natural Stone Institute has provided natural stone and fabrication services for another home through the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment). The R.I.S.E. program builds specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders. To date, Natural Stone Institute members have been involved in 30 completed homes.

Natural stone and fabrication services for U.S. Army Captain Greg Galeazzi and his family were provided by Marble and Granite, Inc. and Ontra Stone Concepts.

Galeazzi was deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in the summer of 2010. Early in his deployment, he volunteered to take over a platoon who had lost their leader to a roadside bomb. On May 26, 2011, Galeazzi was heading back to base with his platoon after leading a foot patrol when he was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). Galeazzi lost both of his legs and part of his right arm. His soldiers kept him alive while they waited 30 minutes for the MEDEVAC helicopter to arrive. Galeazzi woke up three days later at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He underwent dozens of surgeries and endured many additional complications before he was able to live on his own. Today, Galeazzi is a medical student at Harvard Medical School and looks forward to starting life in his specially adapted smart home.

Companies interested in getting involved with future projects are encouraged to contact Pam Hammond at [email protected] To learn more, and to see a list of all Natural Stone Institute members who have donated their time, products and services to this cause, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/RISE.

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