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Coverings Announces Opening of Registration & Award Submissions for 2022

Posted on 26 October 2021 by cradmin

Coverings (coverings.com), the preeminent event for the ceramic tile and natural stone industry in North America, announced that Coverings 2022 event registration, hotel bookings and awards submissions are now open. Attendees of Coverings 2022, which will take place April 5-8, 2022, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, can register for the event and reserve rooms with official Coverings’ hotels. Coverings has also begun accepting submissions for the 2022 Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards and nominations for the 2022 Rock Star Awards.

Tile and stone professionals interested in attending Coverings 2022 can register by visiting coverings.com. Key advantages to registering online and in advance include preliminary notices of popular programs, special promotions, product sneak peeks, and other opportunities only available with early registration.

Attendees of Coverings 2022 will be able to experience the latest tile and stone trends, mix and mingle with industry peers and cultivate the knowledge and connections that will help advance their businesses and sales. Coverings’ show management is currently planning for a creative and strategic lineup of product displays, a global exhibit hall, networking events, and robust educational opportunities, including CEUs through sessions, demonstrations, live interviews, and much more.

Coverings 2022 official hotels will be available Oct. 20 through Coverings’ only hotel provider, OnPeak. Both attendees and exhibitors of Coverings 2022 can secure rooms at discounted nightly rates at a selection of Las Vegas hotels on The Strip and within walking distance to the Las Vegas Convention Center, including the Bellagio, Aria, Westgate, and more. Registrants who reserve rooms through OnPeak can book with no risk. There are no deposits and no restrictions, and bookings may be canceled with no penalty three to seven days prior to arrival. Individual hotel cancellation policies may vary.

Coverings Installation and Design (CID) Awards

The CID Awards bestow recognition for outstanding design and installation in residential and commercial tile and stone projects. Architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers, and other industry professionals may submit their projects through the CID project submittal portal by or before the Dec. 17, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EST deadline.

Projects submitted for review by the deadline will be evaluated and awarded based upon eight categorical designations: Residential Tile Installation, Residential Tile Design, Residential Stone Installation, Residential Stone Design, Commercial Tile Installation, Commercial Tile Design, Commercial Stone Installation, and Commercial Stone Design. Project entries are free of charge, and multiple entries are encouraged.

Winners will be selected in spring 2022 after an independent panel of judges assesses each project on the levels of creativity, craftsmanship and use of materials. International projects may be submitted, and all projects must have been completed between January 2020 and December 2021 for review eligibility. Winning projects will be recognized onsite at Coverings 2022 as well as in various publications and on Coverings’ website and social media channels.

Coverings Rock Star Awards

The Coverings 2022 Rock Star Awards will recognize emerging leaders in tile and stone from 2021. Nominations may be submitted by or before the Dec. 17, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EST deadline by using Coverings’ Rock Star nomination form.

Coverings Rock Star nominees must be 35 years of age or younger and employed as one of the following professions: architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, manufacturer, and/or trade association personnel. Nominees will be judged by a committee of industry leaders who evaluate experience levels; professional certifications or affiliations; previous awards or accolades; prior speaking engagements at industry events; quantity of published works; impact in the tile and stone industry; and traits that set them apart as emerging leaders in the industry.

Winners of the Coverings 2022 Rock Star Awards will be honored onsite at Coverings 2022; included in a Coverings press release distributed to dozens of top magazines and publications; and highlighted in a year-long professional feature on the Coverings’ website and via Coverings’ social media channels and blog.

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Lapitec Introduces New Musa Collection Shades

Posted on 25 October 2021 by cradmin4

Lapitec presented three new Musa options as concept colors at Cersaie 2021. Musa experimented with new aesthetics and now offers additional options of Bianco Atena, Bianco Giulia and Bianco Venere.

The products complement the existing Bianco Vittoria, Bianco Elettra and Bianco Aurora shades and offer three vein thickness variations and highlighted contrasting shades of grey on a white base. The subtle through vein in Bianco Atena becomes more consistent in Bianco Giulia, finally obtaining greater body in Bianco Venere. Available in thicknesses of 12-, 20- and 30mm, all three new shades can be customized in the Lithos, Lux and Satin finishes. 

According to the company, Musa is free of crystalline silica and retains the technical features of sintered stone. Its full body characteristic means it is identical throughout, allowing for versatile use in flooring, walls, facades and the cladding of kitchen and bathroom tops. Musa is made from a mix of 100 percent natural materials and is free of resins, paints and petroleum derivatives. Resistant to scratches, sudden temperature changes and chemicals, it is easy to clean and can be used in direct contact with water, including salt water.

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Artistic Tile Introduces New Marble Tiles

Posted on 21 October 2021 by cradmin4

Artistic Tile has introduced new marble tiles Arabescato D’oro and Blue Roma. The milky-white Greek marble Arabescato D’oro boasts a network of veins that range from icy, silvered taupe to latte beige, to rich caramel. Available in 24- by 24- by 3/8-in. slabs, the tile is versatile for a range of home projects.

Blue Roma presents a matte quartzite with an opaque ground of robin’s egg blue and branching veins of golden cedar, teak, and redwood, outlined in vanilla. Contoured pools of color ripple as if a pebble had just been dropped, and tiny fossils of primitive leaves form as if a spring thaw has just occurred. Blue Roma is stocked in Artistic Tile presents new marble tiles Arabescato D’oro and Blue Roma. The milky-white Greek marble Arabescato D’oro boasts a network of veins that range from icy, silvered taupe to latte beige, to rich caramel. Available in 24- by 24- by 3/4-in. slabs, the tile is versatile for a range of home projects. slabs.

According to the company these tiles are appropriate for interior floors, walls, showers and countertop surfaces.

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Resource Publishing Hires Industry Veteran Sales Representative for www.CountertopResource.com

Posted on 20 October 2021 by cradmin

Award-winning Web-based Information Portal Dedicated Exclusively to Professionals in and Allied to the Countertop/Surfacing Industry Expands Staff under New Ownership

In October, industry sales veteran Paul Wisnefski was hired as the newest member of the informational website www.CountertopResource.com which has been in operation for nearly 10 years. This move comes on the back of the purchase of the site and its peripheral collateral by Resource Publishing, LLC earlier in the year.

Wisnefski has more than 35 years of sales experience, having previously worked for the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) for nearly a decade as its head sales entity, driving sales revenue for the association via its Countertops & Architectural Surfaces magazine and web offerings well over 300 percent during his tenure there.

Prior to working for ISFA, Wisnefski worked for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International (FMA), leading sales for its Green Manufacturing publication. He also worked at Cygnus Business Media, a large publishing conglomerate, contributing growth to such titles as Surface Fabrication and Wood Digest.

“With Paul’s knowledge of the industry and understanding of key processes and personnel, we know he will help us bring CountertopResource.com to new levels,” said Editor and Content Manager Rebecca Devlin. “We will be able to be more responsive to client’s and our audience’s needs. This along with the ongoing improvements in the works will drive the website to new highs.”

“I’m extremely happy to be working with the talented team at CountertopResource.com,” said Wisnefski. “I am confident that my industry knowledge and deep friendships in the industry will not only help the site to grow, but also will help us to attract new talent on the editorial side of the business.”

This makes the second new addition to the team since its purchase, with the company having recently also added Content Specialist Sydné Unnerstall, who assists in creating content for wwwCountertopResource.com, which is updated daily.

Resource Publishing is continuing to expand its staff going forward to include additional writers and executives now that the site has been upgraded to a faster, dedicated server, and is also undergoing a major overhaul that will not only modernize the look of the site making it more user-friendly, but also add several new offerings and capabilities further expanding its value to the countertop community.


For more information about www.CountertopResource.com, please visit the website directly or email Editor and Content Manager Rebecca Devlin at [email protected] or call (971) 274-0403. For sales information or to contact new Sales Account Representative Paul Wisnefski, email [email protected] or call (262) 498-4184.

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The Formica® Laminate Antimicrobial Collection is available in 20 colors from solids to patterns and woodgrains, including the most in-demand Formica® Laminate colors such as Dover White, Neutral Twill (shown here) and Pecan Woodline.

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Formica Group Launches Laminate Antimicrobial Collection

Posted on 19 October 2021 by cradmin4

Formica Group has launched its Formica® Laminate Antimicrobial Collection to meet the demand for antimicrobial surface protection. The series presents 20 laminate designs with BioCote® technology to guard against odor- and stain-causing microbes.

Available in the U.S. and Mexico, the collection uses BioCote, a silver-ion-based technology that is embedded directly into the product surface. BioCote offers protection throughout the entire product warranty, has been used safely for more than 20 years and is approved by the FDA for use in food manufacturing, processing and handling environments.

“Patrons are increasingly aware of what’s accumulating on frequently used surfaces in high-traffic environments, and designers are looking for solutions that don’t compromise on style,” said Mark Ferguson, Director of North American Innovation and Technology at Formica Corporation. “Formica surfaces have always been loved for their resiliency and cleanability, and these new antimicrobial options bring peace of mind through added function and durability with another layer of protection.”

According to the company the Formica Laminate Antimicrobial Collection was proven in testing to inhibit the growth of odor- and stain-causing bacteria on the surface after 24 hours. The collection also significantly prevented odor-causing mold and mildew growth over the 28-day exposure period.

The collection is available in 20 design options ranging from solids to patterns and woodgrains. It is suitable for a variety of settings and is now available for purchase at participating distributors and retailers.

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Cosentino Design Challenge Announces 16th Edition

Posted on 18 October 2021 by cradmin4

The Cosentino Group presented the 16th edition of the international Cosentino Design Challenge (CDC). The launch event took place in Madrid on October 5, 2021. During the event the two themes that require research by participants were announced. The CDC jury will be looking for proposals that are environmentally conscious and sustainable, offer conceptual and technical quality and demonstrate innovation.

In the Design category, the theme is “Re-thinking the creative and work space at home.” The aim is for participants to develop innovative designs intended for homeworking.

In the Architecture category, the theme is “The fifth façade: a reflection on the roof.” Proposals in this category must combine energy use with livability, sustainability and design.

The CDC leaves students free to develop their projects with the only requirement that the final project includes some of the innovative surfaces that Cosentino offers the world of architecture and design such as Silestone®, Dekton® and Sensa by Cosentino®.

The submission period for entries began October 1, 2021 and ends on June 1, 2022. The jury will consist of a professor from each collaborating school, an internationally renowned architect or designer and a Cosentino representative. The winner will be announced in June 2022. Each category will have three first prizes of €1,000 (approx. $1,160 USD) each, and three runners-up. Visit www.cosentinodesignchallenge.org for more information.

You may also be interested in this article: TISE Opens Registration for 2022 Event

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Business Sense: Better Data Leads to Better Business Decisions

Posted on 15 October 2021 by cradmin

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware

Have you ever heard the saying “garbage in, garbage out”? It’s the perfect description for when you overlook the information input part of your process. If you aren’t thinking about how and why you are entering job info into your job management system, then you won’t be able to pull those insights that will really make an impact.

For this topic, we consulted Kim Duda, an independent consultant that helps Moraware customers get the most from their software for ways that you can get more out of your data.

Uncertainty Is Hard
If we learned anything from the recent pandemic, it’s that not knowing where your business stands in an emergency is scary. Remember 2008? Kim was working in the industry for a fabrication company during the crash of 2008, and she watched a lot of her friends not make it to the other side. That’s why it’s so important to get your shop organized and in a good place sooner rather than later. You don’t want to be left shell-shocked.

“I’ve witnessed this type of thing, and a lot of shops are in reaction mode,” Kim says. Her goal is to help you make it, and one way to do that is to get more out of your data. “If nothing else, the biggest thing I can help with is showing you your data in a meaningful way that can help you make better decisions moving forward,” she says.

Good Data In, Good Data Out
If you’re using software in your shop like CounterGo or Systemize, and aren’t putting accurate information into the system, there’s not a whole lot anyone can do to pull the right information to make meaningful changes.

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MSI Opens New Showroom & Distribution Center

Posted on 12 October 2021 by cradmin4

M S International, Inc. (MSI) has opened a new showroom and distribution center in St. Louis, Mo. The new 64,000 sq. ft. facility, located at 2067 Westport Center Dr. in St. Louis, will serve commercial and residential markets in Missouri. “We are expanding into new markets rapidly, and I’m excited Missouri is part of MSI’s growth strategy,” said MSI Missouri’s Branch Leader, Benjamin Cardelli.

The new facility presents products developed around lifestyles, trends and budgets. It is complete with a state-of-the-art indoor slab area featuring Q Premium Natural Quartz and Natural Stone, as well as products like Everlife LVT and Arterra Porcelain Pavers.

The slab viewing area features more than 300 different colors of Quartz, granite, marble and other natural stones. Also on display is a designated quartz gallery to showcase the Q Premium Natural Quartz collection. The lineup features more than 100 colors in an array of finishes, such as matte, concrete and polished.

The Missouri showroom welcomes walk-ins by trade professionals and consumers.

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2022 TISE Registration Open Press Release

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TISE Opens Registration for 2022 Event

Posted on 11 October 2021 by cradmin

The industry can now begin making plans for Las Vegas 2022 as The International Surface Event (TISE): SURFACES | StonExpo/Marmomac | TileExpo has opened registration for its next event, February 1-3, 2022, with education sessions January 31 – February 3, 2022. Whether traveling to Las Vegas for in-person networking and product sourcing or connecting to the event virtually at the hybrid TISE Live Virtual Event | Vegas Edition 2022, the industry will discover more exhibitors, the return of highly anticipated exhibitors, new education formats and programming, new show features and much more.

Industry professionals have two options to register for TISE 2022, with separate registration sites for either in-person or virtual hybrid registration at www.intlsurfaceevent.com/register. Las Vegas in-person attendees, as well as virtual participants who register before December 10, 2021, will secure the lowest registration prices and have access to exclusive content leading into the event, including but not limited to, the TISE Talks: Behind the Industry Podcast Series and discounts and show specials from exhibitors. The TISE Live Virtual Event | Vegas Edition will be running concurrently to the in-person event.

With a focus on the individual event brands, finding and sourcing products and seeking the targeted education is now easier than ever. SURFACES is now across Halls D, E, and F. TileExpo is presented in Halls C and D and StonExpo/Marmomac will be presented in Halls A and B. In addition, the previous CONVERGE education program is now reconfigured to be the TISE Education Program with specified interest tracks following show-specific branding themes of surfaces, stone and tile. Each track will go deeper into the interests of those segments of the industry including technical, marketing, business, trends and more.

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Oneida Air Systems Introduces New Dust Collection Solutions

Posted on 07 October 2021 by cradmin4

Oneida Air Systems has introduced its new Dust-Free Router Hood and Dust Deputy Bagger. The new Bagger combines the patented Dust Deputy cyclone separator with a wall mounted bagging system that turns any wet/dry vacuum into a high-capacity, two-stage dust collection system. According to the company this system is ideal for any workshop, garage, or other space where wet/dry vacuums are regularly used. The Dust-Free Router Hood collects router waste from both above and below the bit, aiming to eliminate post-project cleanup, facilitate fine detail work, and reduce wear and tear on bits.

Oneida Air Systems’ patented Dust Deputy cyclone prevents filter clogging with nearly any make, size and model shop vacuum. to allow for continuously high suction and reduce downtime. Now 20 percent more efficient with Neutral Vane Technology, its design uses centrifugal force to remove more than 99 percent of airborne dust and debris before reaching the filter.

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