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Mapei introduces liquid-rubber crack-isolation membrane

DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA.—In response to installer requests, Mapei has introduced Mapelastic CI, a premixed liquid-rubber crack-isolation membrane for installation under ceramic tile or stone. This quick-drying product can be used in interior and exterior environments on residential or commercial projects.

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    Mapei introduces two new grout products

Mapei introduces two new grout products

Deerfield Beach, Fla.—Mapei has introduced two new products that help property owners maintain and update the grout joints in their tile. Grout Maximizer is a premium latex-based additive for mixing with the company’s Keracolor S Portland-cement-based grout to increase resistance to water and oil-based stains. When added to the grout at the time of installation, Grout Maximizer is easier to apply than epoxy grouts but still provides reduced absorption of

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    How brands help retailers close sales

How brands help retailers close sales

Brands are considered an interface between the company that makes the product and the end user. People can more easily identify a range of offerings if they have recognized labels, which, in turn, boosts sales for retailers, experts say. In addition, branded products can command premiums since they are considered a step above commodities in the consumer’s eyes.

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    Today’s ceramic glues are better, more efficient than ever before

Today’s ceramic glues are better, more efficient than ever before

“It’s not your grandmother’s linoleum” is a line that has become quite prevalent in recent years as the offerings in resilient flooring have evolved into fashion-forward, state-of-the-art, high-performance products. It can also be applied to ceramic tile, as technology continues to play a major role in advancing the segment, as well as tile adhesives.

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    Adhesives: Urethane vs. non-urethane products

Adhesives: Urethane vs. non-urethane products

Life’s most pressing arguments often pit extremes against one another in a black-and-white format to determine a victor: republican vs. democrat, sunlight vs. moonlight, land vs. sea, right vs. wrong. Of special importance to the floor covering professional, the adhesive argument, urethane vs. non-urethane, should not be overlooked. Urethane adhesives have been around for decades, and installers are comfortable with the long-standing properties: ease of use, high-strength, fast curing speed,

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    Daltile awards $21,000 in charitable donations at meeting

Daltile awards $21,000 in charitable donations at meeting

Dallas—In late March, Daltile held its annual national sales meeting in Indian Wells, Calif. The company’s sales regions competed in a variety of fun team building events resulting in a donation of $21,000 to seven noteworthy charities. Key vendor partners including, Noble Company, Color Fast Caulk, James Hardie, Mapei, Laticrete International, Custom Building Products and Protecto Wrap agreed to donate $3,000 dollars on behalf of each of the seven competing

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    Surfaces 2011: Move to Mandalay finds favor with exhibitors, attendees

Surfaces 2011: Move to Mandalay finds favor with exhibitors, attendees

LAS VEGAS—If Surfaces 2011 serves as a bellwether of the flooring industry for the coming year, then the industry has plenty to look forward to in the months ahead. Most exhibitors had nothing but good things to say about the show, the move to Mandalay Bay and the quality of traffic. Retailers also took a liking to the new venue as well as the layout.

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    Bonding breakthroughs seal the year: Using technology to advance products

Bonding breakthroughs seal the year: Using technology to advance products

Advancements in technology keep raising the bar for products in the flooring industry. Ceramic tile manufacturers can now create the look and texture of real slate floors (and others) with porcelain, while the finished product in the laminate category sometimes fools the most experienced industry veteran into thinking he or she is walking on the real thing. The same holds true for the glue that holds the flooring industry products

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    Mapei names Bourdage marketing director

Mapei names Bourdage marketing director

DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA.—Mapei has named Real Bourdage as strategic marketing director. He replaces Jeff Leone, who left the company to pursue other opportunities. Bourdage is charged with helping Mapei Americas achieve its sales and marketing goals, noted Luigi Di Geso, president and CEO of the business unit. Bourdage comes to Mapei with more than 30 years of experience in the field. He has held senior management positions with H.B. Fuller

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Mapei expands Canadian plant

DELTA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA— Mapei recently completed construction on an additional 44,000 square feet of warehouse, shipping and office space at its manufacturing facility here, bringing the total footprint to 78,779 square feet. A new quality control laboratory is also included in the additional space.

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    Mapei’s Squinzi honored with NTCA’s Cornerstone Award

Mapei’s Squinzi honored with NTCA’s Cornerstone Award

ORLANDO, FLA.—The tile and stone industry got a rare glimpse of “the man behind the cubes” when the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) honored Dr. Giorgio Squinzi of Mapei with the Joe A. Tarver Cornerstone Award for Lifetime Achievement earlier this year. Mapei is well known for the colorful “cubes” present on all of its packaging which represent the chemicals that bring innovative advances to flooring installation and concrete restoration

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    10 tips that ensure successful installations

10 tips that ensure successful installations

If an improper installation results in an unhappy customer, a callback for the retailer and a black eye for the industry, then it only stands to reason that all involved do whatever they can to get the job done right the first time. And any professional installer will attest that part of the equation involves the adhesive used. When it comes to adhesives, three key issues must be considered: Is

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    Mapei introduces new grout colors

Mapei introduces new grout colors

Deerfield Beach, Fla.—Mapei announced five new colors have been added to its grout palette. Requested earth-tone named Chocolate, Cocoa, Light Almond, Bahama Beige and Frost expand its offerings from deep brown to bright white. “We continue to refine our color palette to be the most dynamic supplier in the industry, being attentive to the needs of architects and designers,” said Ben Thomas, Mapei’s business manager for tile and stone installation

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    FCICA re-elects Capobianco

FCICA re-elects Capobianco

CHARLESTON, S.C.—Christopher Capobianco of Christopher Collaborative, Patchogue, N.Y., was re-elected chairman of the FCICA, the flooring contractors association, during the organization’s recent convention here. In addition to Capobianco, FCICA’s 2010-11 executive board includes Gerry Swift of Potomac Floor Covering in Chantilly, Va., vice chairman; Michael Roberts of Bonitz Flooring Group in Knoxville, Tenn., secretary/treasurer, and Ralph Frye of Mats Inc. of Stoughton, Mass., vice chairman of associates. Kimberly Oderkirk will

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Mapei commits to Global ReLeaf with American Forests

DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA.—Mapei has signed an agreement to participate in the Global ReLeaf program with American Forests, the nation’s oldest citizen-based environmental organization. “Environmental care is a fundamental part of the company’s philosophy, of our corporate commitment and industrial responsibility,” said Luigi Di Geso, president and CEO of Mapei Americas. “For this reason, Mapei works continuously on the development of products in aqueous dispersion formats and those which are solvent-free.”

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CTEF to hold CTI, ACT demonstrations at TISE

Pendleton, S.C.—The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry, will be conducting ongoing demonstrations of the

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Retail Lead Management builds new integrations with flooring ERP systems

Columbus, Ohio—Retail Lead Management has recently completed the development of its initial integrations with two flooring ERP systems: RollMaster and RFMS. The company is also scheduled to launch its Qfloors

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Scott Group Studio names new co-CEOs, chairman

Grand Rapids, Mich.—Scott Group Studio, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom, handmade luxury carpets, has named John Hart and Tim Hill as co-chief executive officers. Hart has a 20-year

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