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NBMDA Announces 2022 Board of Directors

Posted on 29 November 2021 by cradmin4

The North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA) announced its Board of Directors for 2022 at the 2021 NBMDA Annual Convention. The role of the Board is to govern, establish policy and make strategic decisions about the future of the organization.

Officers:

·     President: Emily Vella, Atlantic Plywood, Woburn, MA

·     President-Elect: Matt Huber, Allegheny Plywood, Pittsburgh, PA

·     Vice President: Don Plunkett, Plunkett Distributing, Fort Smith, AR

·     Treasurer: Wayne Moriarty, Atlantic Plywood, Woburn, MA

·     Immediate Past President: Tom O’Neill, Wurth Group, Vernon Hills, IL

Distributor Directors: 

·     Danny Bachman, Dixie Plywood, Savannah, GA

·     Lynn Hill, Compi Distributors, Arnold, MO

·     Rob Haines, Distributor Service, Inc., Carnegie, PA

·     Steve Holinshead, Aetna Building Solutions, Maywood, IL

Supplier Directors:

·     Erik Dedekam, Tafisa, Dorval, QC

·     Carl Gaynor, Axalta Coating Systems, High Point, NC

·     Brian Joyce, Blum, Inc., Stanley, NC

·     Lorne Smith, Berenson Corporation, Buffalo, NY 

·     Tom Wardach, Roseburg Forest Products, Johns Creek, GA 

·     Jeff Winters, Kessebohmer, Wilmington, NC

“When the pandemic hit in early 2020, we asked our 2020 Board of Directors to remain in place for a second year to provide stability to the association, and we are very grateful of the individuals,” said Kevin Gammonley, NBMDA Executive Director. “Now that we are in a more stable environment, we are excited to welcome some new faces to the Board of Directors who will bring great value to the association along with our returning Directors.”

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Join.It Surfacing Adhesive Offers Free Dispensing Guns for the Holidays

Posted on 26 November 2021 by cradmin

Join.It Surfacing Adhesive by Princeton Chemical Company is a methacrylate-based adhesive that produces strong, durable bonds for solid surfaces, quartz, natural stones, ceramic or sintered materials and a wide range of other surfaces. Join.It is made in America for professional use in seaming countertops, backsplashes, integral sinks and bowls, and wall panels, as well as on-trend designs that satisfy today’s discriminating consumers. The company developed a unique online ordering system that allows fabricators to order directly from the factory at wholesale prices in just minutes.

Princeton Chemical is celebrating the year’s end by offering a holiday special on Join.It Surfacing Adhesive that runs through January 1, 2022, or while supplies last. Customers can receive a free dispensing gun (a $65 value) with the purchase of a case (12 tubes) of Join.It adhesive at the regular factory direct price. The special is limited to one free gun per customer.

Customers can mix and match adhesive colors to make up the case and the offer includes free delivery, with shipping typically taking place within 24 hours of ordering. Each tube of the 10:1 adhesive comes in a 250ml cartridge along with two free mixing tips, for ease of use and for the confidence in dispensing the right proportional mix.

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Vadara Debuts New Brand Experience with Updated Website

Posted on 24 November 2021 by cradmin

Vadara Quartz Surfaces, a manufacturer of artisan, handcrafted quartz surfaces, has debuted a new brand experience and accompanying website. The multi-faceted approach showcases the artistry of the natural world and is conveyed through the company’s new tagline, “We move mountains to bring spaces to life.” 

The brand’s collections are organized on the website according to the following themes, which weave throughout the brand story:

  • Threads of Nature – Dramatic designs and dynamic patterns
  • Ebbs and Flows – Flowing lines and subtle contrasts found only in nature
  • Divine Natural Majesty – A sense of still beauty in ethereal patterns
  • Infusions – A striking blend of natural patterns and divine backgrounds
  • Hidden Inspiration – Experimental and unique designs

Vadara’s mission is to create a bridge between the Earth’s majestic natural spaces and the company’s unique approach to crafting surfaces. According to the company this will inspire homeowners and designers to elevate their interiors from functional places into promising spaces of possibilities with Vadara’s diverse quartz surfaces.

The functional and visually pleasing website offers improved navigation which enables website visitors to preview and sort the brand’s collections, colors, patterns and styles according to tone, background color, vein color, thickness and special features such as book matching.

To learn more about the new Vadara website visit www.vadaraquartz.com.

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Natural Stone Institute Announces New Spanish Resource Page

Posted on 22 November 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute announced its new webpage that allows easier access to Spanish language translations of safety and membership resources for the stone industry. This new page presents links to free safety resources, including downloadable documents, toolbox talks and course bundles in the Natural Stone University. It also includes links to materials available for purchase, including videos and safety posters that can be displayed in stone showrooms or fabrication facilities. Topics range from general stone industry safety to silicosis prevention, safe slab handling and OSHA compliance.

Gus Mojarro, National Operations Quality Control Manager for Stone Source and Vice-Chair of the Natural Stone Institute Safety Committee shared, “We know that 75 percent of stone industry injuries occur in the first year of employment. This makes it even more important to have these crucial safety resources available not only in English, but in Spanish as well.”

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Wilsonart Partners with HomeSphere

Posted on 11 November 2021 by cradmin

Wilsonart®, an innovator of next-generation engineered surfaces, announced that it will team up with HomeSphere®, the industry’s largest homebuilder network, to better serve the homebuilder market. The newly formed partnership will help Wilsonart expand and foster relationships with the new residential community through a special incentives program.

“With housing starts on the rise, the residential construction market is a significant growth opportunity for Wilsonart,” said Andrew Korzen, U.S. and Canada vice president of sales at Wilsonart. “HomeSphere’s extensive network and unique incentive program will help us to communicate more efficiently and effectively with this important audience about Wilsonart’s best-in-class products and service.”

HomeSphere connects builders directly with manufacturers to explore new brands and discuss product availability, distribution, lead times and more, to help builders keep budgets and timelines on track. The company introduced the first proprietary rebate management platform for builders more than 20 years ago. Now, more than 2,600 U.S. homebuilders use My HomeSphere to access exclusive incentives, connect with leading building product manufacturers and add millions of dollars back to the bottom line every year.

“Wilsonart engineered surfaces are a much needed and welcome addition to our platform,” said Greg Schwarzer, CEO of HomeSphere. “With recent rising prices and extended lead times on building materials, homebuilders in our platform can meet project timelines with Wilsonart’s manufactured in the U.S.A. surfaces that are known throughout the industry for superior style and durability.”

“Between the breadth and versatility of our full residential offering and our ability to navigate the current supply challenges, Wilsonart is uniquely positioned to provide builders with both superior products and service,” added Korzen.

Through the HomeSphere marketplace, qualified builders can now access significant incentives on Wilsonart surfaces. Wilsonart collections that are eligible for HomeSphere rebates include Wilsonart® Laminate, Wilsonart® THINSCAPE® Performance Tops, Wilsonart® Solid Surface, Wilsonart® Solid Surface Kitchen Sinks, Wilsonart® Quartz and the Wetwall™ Water-Proof Wall Panel System. Final rebate amounts are based on product selections and quantities.
To access the exclusive Wilsonart incentives/rebates, homebuilders must have a My HomeSphere® account. For more information, visit www.homesphere.com. For more information about Wilsonart® Home, visit wilsonart.com/applications/home.

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Stone Equipment and Supply Alliance Adds to Membership Categories

Posted on 09 November 2021 by cradmin

Membership in The Stone Equipment and Supply Alliance (SESA) will now include slab and material manufacturers and providers. This new membership category is called “SESA Slab and Material Supplier.”

Slab and Material Supplier members will enjoy association benefits including reduced fees for exhibiting and access to preferred space in a dedicated pavilion at StonExpo.

SESA Board President Mike Schlough of Park Industries commented, “Our goal is to make StonExpo the show for fabricators to see equipment, supplies and now all materials that are relevant to their businesses. This new membership category will improve the show experience for both attendees and exhibitors.”

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KBISNeXT Stage Brings Business Insights to KBIS 2022

Posted on 08 November 2021 by cradmin4

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), owners of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), revealed the programming lineup planned for the NKBA presents KBISNeXT™ Stage. The stage will host more than 20 programs, including four awards events and 60+ leading industry voices and personalities throughout the three-day show, February 8-10, 2022.  

Topics for the 2022 programming grid include how the generational divide is impacting design and lifestyles today, how to integrate diversity and inclusion practices into your business, what’s happening in a healthy home and resilient design, how to manage your business for today’s new realities and more. 

“This year’s lineup of programming on the KBISNeXT Stage is stellar,” said Suzie Williford, EVP of Industry Relations and Chief Strategy Officer of the National Kitchen & Bath Association, which owns KBIS. “Each year the team brings forward compelling material and presenters, but for this show, we’ve really dialed it up, including some very different and critical topics.  All are sure to help attendees improve their businesses and maneuver our new reality. The KBISNeXT Stage is definitely a must-attend venue.”  

The KBISNeXT™ Stage is free to all registrants. Here are some session previews:

Shift Forward is a two-part session designed to help comprehensively understand societal shifts impacting our country today.  A 45-minute presentation will set the table, giving panel participants a platform from which to dive into specific topics including how to drive business success and new opportunities through a better understanding of diversity and inclusion, demographic differences, the role of social commerce and more.

The Language of Luxury is a panel that delivers a solid set of takeaways including how to find, engage and nurture the luxury client. Position and market yourself and your business to speak the language that attracts and develops the ultra-high-end client base. The panel discussion will be kicked off with a special presentation by a leading luxury marketing consultant who will establish the foundation of the discussion. 

Responsible Design: Exploring the circular economy and how the K+B industry needs to adapt addresses the concept of designing for permanence and adopting regenerative design practices. Join this panel of experts to learn adaption strategies to build into your projects like the inclusion of upcycled and recycled products and components, managing water, reducing carbon footprints, and selecting responsible products from manufacturers who are making a difference. 

Compound Interests: Designing for the generational divide presents how to design for the generational divide in a time when fading generational wealth and polarizing design sensibilities are instilling different values. Identify what is important to each generation and how to bridge the gap.

Work It: New business models, new revenue opportunities embraces new technologies and alternative thinking to not enhance traditional practices and develop new income streams. It’s the silver lining for your bottom line. Hear from the experts who have adapted and thrived as they share the ups and downs on the way to success.  

Tech Point: The possibilities for total tech integration with leading tech experts teaches seamless tech integration. Whole-home technology integrators identify the brands and products you need to know and understand, discussing how to incorporate them into residential kitchen and bath projects.

Is the Home an Ecosystem? Unravel the confusion of wellness information into a solid plan helps to understand how architecture, design and tech converge for health and wellbeing. What are the latest theories in wellness and how can you support through thoughtful design? Topics include sleep, air quality, biophilia, safety and security, and performance products.

Social Showdown: TikTok vs Instagram vs What’s Next? Are you jumping on the TikTok bandwagon? Join a panel of experts who present advanced thinking behind popular social platforms to determine what’s right for you. Compare the benefits of Instagram, TikTok and more, taking away practical advice to develop your marketing mix. 

Solutions for Converging Design: Urban meets suburban, commercial meets residential and work meets living teaches lifestyle changes, space transformations, regional moves and what new opportunities exist for residential design teams.

NKBA Designer Finds presents savvy design pros that have scoured the KBIS show floor and are bringing their top finds to the stage! Come see and hear what they discovered. 

The Evolution of Social — Social Leaders Group acknowledges the importance of social media in your marketing strategy. We’ll explore the new rules for content, search, tagging, voice and platform best practices.  

Awards and Recognitions will be presented over the three days of the show. The four ceremonies include :

The Best of KBIS 2022 Awards, sponsored by Luxe Interiors + Design celebrates the best new kitchen and bath products of 2022. 

The NKBA 30s Choice Awards recognizes 10 categories of products, selected by the NKBA 2022 Thirty Under 30 class.  

The NKBA Renovation Angel Luxury Recycled Kitchen Awards showcases the brands, products and projects that are upcycled and recycled to keep furnishings and finishes from hitting the landfill.

The Best of KBIS Booth Awards, honoring the most innovative and effective booth presentations.  

Registration is open now for KBIS 2022.

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Natural Stone University Offers Internship Resources for Stone Companies

Posted on 05 November 2021 by cradmin

A 15-week Internship Resource Bundle is now available in the Natural Stone University. These resources, developed by Women in Stone, are ideal for students pursuing a degree in architecture, landscape architecture, or interior design. This set of tools will make it easier for stone companies to open their doors to students to help nurture an appreciation and preference for natural stone in their future projects. The turn-key templates allow assignments and learning outcomes to be documented throughout the program, benefitting both student and professor.

The Internship Resource Bundle includes a detailed syllabus and templates for assignments, including:
• Weekly Journals
• Online Learning through the Natural Stone University
• One-on-One Informational Interview
• Midterm Evaluation
• Work Samples
• Final Evaluation

Courses included in the bundle cover topics relevant to the stone industry, including geology, silicosis and accident prevention, stone testing and specifying, and design trends. This resource can also be used to onboard new employees or prequalify workers for jobs in the stone industry. To access this bundle, which is available free of charge to the industry, visit www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/internship.

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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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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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