Tune in Tomorrow! – #whytile

Tune in Tomorrow! – #whytile

Tune in tomorrow as @Coverings gives us a preview of the latest tile trends we can expect to see on the 2020 show floor.

Alena Capra will be live on Facebook with @ArchitecturalRecord at 11am EST and @InteriorDesignMagazine at 1pm EST.

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In the News – Strong Start for Housing in 2020

In the News – Strong Start for Housing in 2020

Economic and housing data reveal a strong start for the year, as low interest rates are supporting housing demand and overall economic growth. Employment growth exceeded expectations with a 225,000 gain in January. While the unemployment rate edged up to 3.6%, that increase was actually a positive indicator that more people were looking for work. Such improvements in labor force participation are key to solving labor challenges. After a weak year of residential construction labor market gains, home builders and remodelers added more than 20,000 jobs in January, a sign of increased sector expansion.

Consistent with the labor market data, home builder sentiment, as measured by the NAHB/Wells Fargo HMI, remained strong at a level of 74 in February. Single-family construction in January was solid, with the three-month moving average now above an annual pace of 1 million units. Moreover, single-family permit volume has been rising since last spring, and with a 6% gain in January, additional construction is expected heading into this spring. Multifamily construction is also strong, with a 557,000 annualized rate for the start of the year. Apartment construction should stabilize in the months ahead. Overall, construction in December and January was accelerated by warm weather, and though a slight reduction in future months is likely, the pace is still expected to return to a solid growth trend.

With housing demand strong and the industry expanding, the limiting factors on construction volume are those that frustrated the industry during the years prior to the housing soft patch in late 2018 and early 2019. According to NAHB surveys, the top challenge cited by 85% of home builders in 2020 will again be the cost/availability of labor. Tied for second place, as noted by 66% of builders, are lot availability and building material price concerns.

–NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz

In the News – Matt Kahny Named President of Dal-Tile

In the News – Matt Kahny Named President of Dal-Tile

Dallas, TX, February 19, 2020-Dal-Tile Corporation is pleased to announce that Matt Kahny has been appointed president of the company.

Kahny comes into his new role with years of experience in a variety of leadership positions within both Dal-Tile and Mohawk’s U.S. hard surfaces business. Kahny brings a deep understanding of all facets of the organization, including sales, marketing, product development and operations.

Kahny began his career with American Olean in 1983. In the years that followed, he gained experience in operations, sales and marketing. After Dal-Tile acquired American Olean in 1996, Kahny was eventually promoted to senior vice president of marketing and product development for all Dal-Tile brands. In 2006, he added national sales to his responsibilities as executive vice president.

After much success growing sales at Dal-Tile, Kahny was appointed president of Mohawk’s U.S. hard surfaces organization. In this role, he significantly improved the business in every area, expanding the customer base, improving the product offering and successfully integrating the Pergo acquisition into Mohawk in 2013.

In 2016, Kahny returned to Dal-Tile to develop and grow key areas of the business, including countertops, home centers and independent distribution.

John (JT) Turner was president of Dal-Tile from January 2012 to April 2019, when stepped down to take a CEO position with GMS, a distributor of interior building products. He had worked for Dal-Tile since 1990. In the interim, Chris Wellborn served as president of Dal-Tile. Wellborn is COO of Mohawk and a Mohawk board member.

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National Love Your Pet Day – #whytile

National Love Your Pet Day – #whytile.

Its National Love Your Pet Day! When you love them like family, you have to give them the best. Unlike some flooring materials, ceramic tile is made from naturally occurring materials which assures not only a healthy material for you, but for your furry friends as well.

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In the News – Cersaie 2020 to Expand Show Space with Opening of New Hall

In the News – Cersaie 2020 to Expand Show Space with Opening of New Hall

Bologna, IT, February 18, 2020-Cersaie 2020, which takes place in Bologna, Italy from September 28 to October 2, will include the unveiling of the new hall 37, the largest covered space in the entire exhibition center, which increases the space available at the show to 180,000 square meters, almost 20,000 square meters more than last year.

This increase in space will meet the growing demands of exhibitor companies. Following the opening of halls 28, 29 and 30 at Cersaie 2018, the construction of this new hall marks the second important step in the exhibition center redevelopment project with further work on halls and common areas due to be completed in 2024.

The opening of the new hall 37 will provide an opportunity to reorganize the exhibition spaces to ensure that areas with the same product categories are closer together and to improve the functionality of the exhibition center as a whole. In particular, the bathroom furniture companies will occupy a central position at Cersaie in the five halls 21, 22, 28, 29 and 30, surrounded by producers of ceramic tiles, non-ceramic surfaces, installation and showroom materials and glaze and color producers.

There will be two other important changes. First, more than 41,000 square meters of floor space will be assigned to the bathroom furnishing companies, which means that the sector will occupy more than a quarter of the entire exhibition floor. Secondly, halls 22 and 30 will bring together a variety of different sectors-ceramic tiles, bathroom furnishings and other surfaces-in keeping with the new Open Cersaie exhibition concept.

Walk in Showers – #whytile

Walk in Showers – #whytile

What’s more modern and stylish than a walk-in shower? Ceramic tile provides endless possibilities to transform your shower into the focal point of any bathroom. Here are over 25 walk-in shower ideas for your next bathroom makeover!

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