In the News – Where new housing can’t keep up with job growth

In the News – Where new housing can’t keep up with job growth

Dive Brief:

  • San Francisco, Riverside, CA, and Detroit added the most new jobs per housing permit issued of major U.S. cities from 2012 to 2016, according to a Bloomberg analysis of Census Bureau data.
  • Six California metros were among the top 10 metros with the slowest rate of permits issued compared to job growth. Houston and Austin, TX, Washington, DC, and Charlotte, NC, reported fewer new jobs per permit.
  • Between 2006 and 2016, builders added fewer new houses than during any 10-year span since 1990. The slowdown can be attributed to a continued shortage of land to build on where buyers want to live; the skilled-labor shortage; and zoning rules that limit housing density in cities

    Dive Insight:

    Houston, Austin, Charlotte and other smaller markets with strong job opportunities and a low cost of living are beginning to attract attention. Texas markets, especially, are undergoing massive population shifts, with Houston leading a group of 11 major U.S. metros that are each adding more than 1,000 people per week.

    Houston is one city that is becoming more “dwellable,” according to CityLab, by adding more new housing units in 2016 than it did new residents. However, the metro slipped from its six-year run atop Builder magazine’s list of the top 50 new-home markets by closings to the No. 2 position behind Dallas–Fort Worth, TX, this year.

    Analysts worry that the traditionally affordable market could become less so as home price growth exceeds income growth in the area. According to Houston Agent Magazine, the median home sales prices in Harris and Galveston counties — both in the Houston metro area — jumped 45% and 47%, respectively, from the market’s trough to Q4 2016, with prices then exceeding $200,000 in both counties. Wages, in comparison, dropped 8% in Harris County and rose only 1% in Galveston County during the period.

    Phoenix, too, is making a strong push for new housing stock. The metro area saw the largest population gain among the nation’s fastest-growing cities in 2016, according to CityLab’s ranking, while also having enough unoccupied housing to meet that demand. A booming tech industry is a major driver of that growth. That development, in turn, is spurring the construction of high-density for-rent housing around the city center.

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In the News – Shards ‘n Snippets Spring-Summer 2017

In the News – Shards ‘n Snippets Spring-Summer 2017

Tile Heritage Foundation 30th Anniversary Gala and Silent Auction at the Mercer Museum & the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works Tile Festival Weekend!

A SHOUT OUT & THANK YOU! . . . to all who were able to attend the Tile Heritage Foundation 30th Anniversary Gala on Friday, May 19th in Doylestown, PA. It was a delightful party co-hosted byTile Heritage Foundation,Bucks County Historical Society and Moravian Pottery and Tile Works.

We are most appreciative of the SUPPORT for this event that we received from Merola Tile/Somer Tile, Peter Mullins Stone Zone, Joseph Lundgren Consulting, Heritage Tile, Clay Squared to Infinity,Pat & Jim Evanko, Bantam Tileworks, Rolanda Port, and an ‘Anonymous Patron.’

We are equally appreciative of the assistance of the THF 30th Gala committee: Katia McGuirk, Eric Boynton, Vance Koehler, Laura Robinson and Irene de Watteville. Working together, we created a memorable weekend!

The Foundation used the Gala as a platform to present the Tile Heritage Award.Beginning in 1993 the board of directors of Tile Heritage wished to acknowledge those individuals who embodied the Tile Heritage mission in some exemplary way: promoting an awareness and appreciation of ceramic surfaces in the United States. The award is always a tile designed by a tile maker whose spirit and aesthetic related significantly to the award recipient.

The fourteenth Tile Heritage Award was presented toCleota Reed, the author of the book, Henry Chapman Mercer and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. Mandy Baker of Whispering Hill Studio, who was Head Ceramist at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works when Cleota was engaged in the research for her book, produced the Award Tile.

Cleota’s scholarship and her devotion to tiles as a decorative medium has served as an inspiration to hundreds of others who have come to Doylestown and become transfixed by Mercer himself, the legend, and his uniquely fabulous designs and installations. These tiles continue to inspire generations of tile makers throughout the United States and beyond, those who work the earth with their hands and create beautiful things to enrich the lives of others.

A remarkable fundraising weekend resulted for Tile Heritage due especially to the artisans who generously donated tiles, platters and *planters for the silent auctions and festival sale. Artisans’ contributions represent strong advocacy for Tile Heritage, and their generosity is what made the anniversary weekend a great success.

We also thank our Gala and Festival audiences for their spirited participation, bidding in the auctions and buying tiles! About 80 people attended the 30th Anniversary Gala at the Mercer Museum and over 700 people attended the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works Tile Festival over the two-day weekend.

All of the Foundation’s Sponsors and Members nationally are truly a part of the Tile Heritage celebration – 30 Years of Team Work in the PRESERVATION of the valuable stories and records relating to American Tile History — a unique and amazing archive honoring ceramic surfaces in the United States, past and present. Everyone’s support has assisted in sustaining this endeavor!

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In the News – Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Mohawk Industries to Expand Operations in Dickson

In the News – Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Mohawk Industries to Expand Operations in Dickson

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Mohawk Industries to Expand Operations in Dickson


Posted by: Carly Schroer

Flooring manufacturer to create 245 new jobs 

NASHVILLE – After attaining a significant production milestone and opening a new customer experience center within its state-of-the-art ceramic tile manufacturing plant in Dickson earlier in 2017, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Mohawk Industries announced today the world’s leading flooring manufacturer will expand manufacturing operations in Tennessee. Mohawk will add a second plant near its recently built Dickson tile factory.

“I want to thank Mohawk for choosing to expand in Dickson and for creating more than 200 new jobs in Tennessee and Dickson County,” Haslam said. “Mohawk is a global leader in the tile industry and it means a great deal that a company of this magnitude has made the decision to expand in Tennessee. Mohawk’s investment in Dickson County brings us one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee is known for its manufacturing industry and it is exciting news that Mohawk will be adding 245 new jobs to this sector,” Rolfe said. “Mohawk’s decision to build this new plant in the Dickson area validates this global company’s confidence in hiring and employing talented Tennessee residents and grow its business here.”

The second plant in Dickson will add 245 jobs at full capacity and is scheduled to begin operations in late 2018. Construction on the new facility will start in summer 2017. The plant will be operated by Mohawk’s Dal-Tile division, the largest manufacturer of ceramic tile in North America. Dal-Tile offers products under the best-known brand names in the industry: Daltile, Marazzi, American Olean, Ragno and Mohawk Ceramic Tile.

“The positive experiences we had previously in selecting the location, working with state and local officials, and then executing on our plan to create the Dickson tile manufacturing plant — as well as expanding our team with tremendously talented people from Dickson and the surrounding area — made us ultimately realize that we didn’t need to look very far to find the ideal location for this second plant,” said John Turner, Jr., president of Dal-Tile.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to expand our team in Dickson, in order to help our customers be more successful,” Turner added. “We will share more specific details about this operation, including career opportunities, at a later date.”

Since beginning operations in March 2016, Mohawk’s Dickson tile plant has produced approximately 100 million square feet of innovative and stylish tile products used to create remarkable living spaces in new and remodeled homes, as well as to add fashion and performance for many commercial projects.

The plant also recently opened an extensive customer showroom that details the industry-leading tile business’s vision, history, products and processes. Dal-Tile sells through a network of more than 300 company-owned sales service centers, slab centers, design galleries and studios, as well as through independent distributors and leading home center retailers nationwide.

Dal-Tile offers the most comprehensive product line in the ceramic tile industry, including popular large-format, wood-look plank collections and ceramic products created with Reveal ImagingÒ technology that replicate the visuals of marble and other materials.

Local leaders and the Tennessee Valley Authority also expressed their gratitude to Mohawk for its commitment to Dickson County.

“It is a rare day when a county can celebrate the opening of a second facility from the same manufacturer,” Dickson County Mayor Bob Rial said. “We worked hard to get the first Mohawk plant here two years ago, so we are doubly grateful and honored that Mohawk chose to open a second facility. It speaks well of our workforce, our community and our relationship with Mohawk.”

“Dal-Tile and Mohawk have quickly become a valuable part of the economy of the city of Dickson since opening the manufacturing facility in the William D. Field-Dickson County Industrial Park,” Dickson Mayor Don L. Weiss Jr. said. “The company’s decision to expand with a second plant is further evidence of Mohawk’s confidence in the workforce of Dickson and surrounding areas.”

“TVA and Dickson Electric System congratulate Mohawk on its latest announcement to locate and create hundreds of new jobs in Dickson, Tennessee,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “We are pleased to partner with the State of Tennessee, the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce, city and county officials to facilitate Mohawk’s new location decision.”

Dickson and Dickson County are represented by Sen. Kerry Roberts (R – Springfield), Rep. Michael Curcio (R – Dickson) and Rep. Mary Littleton (R – Dickson) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About Mohawk Industries
Mohawk Industries is the leading global flooring manufacturer that creates products to enhance residential and commercial spaces around the world. Mohawk’s vertically integrated manufacturing and distribution processes provide competitive advantages in the production of carpet, rugs, ceramic tile, laminate, wood, stone and vinyl flooring.

Our industry-leading innovation has yielded products and technologies that differentiate our brands in the marketplace and satisfy all remodeling and new construction requirements. Our brands are among the most recognized in the industry and include American Olean, Daltile, Durkan, IVC, Karastan, Marazzi, Mohawk, Mohawk Group, Pergo, Quick-Step and Unilin.

During the past decade, Mohawk has transformed its business from an American carpet manufacturer into the world’s largest flooring company with operations in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook:

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In the News – TSP 2017 & Tile Cove Base

In the News – TSP 2017 & Tile Cove Base

Total Solutions Plus 2017 is rapidly approaching and will be here before you know it! Sponsorship and registration is now open for the conference this November in Washington DC. Special programs and tours will be part of the conference so book you vacation now! Tune in for more details. In our second story, we discuss cove base for tile and the various installations that are available.

Watch now at Tile TV to see what the TCNA recommends for tile contractors when designing and installing tile cove base.

Additions to The Star in Frisco – Luxury Residential Tower

Additions to The Star in Frisco – Luxury Residential Tower

Plans for a 17-story residential tower have been announced for the Star in Frisco, a 91-acre mixed-use development in Frisco, Texas that comprises the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters, an Omni Hotel, a medical center, the 510,000-sf Ford Center, and retail, restaurant, and office space.

The residential tower represents a joint venture between Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Sr., Cowboys Hall-of-Famer Roger Staubach, and Dallas-based developer Robert Shaw. With a boutique look and feel, the design of the tower will mirror the aesthetics that exist throughout The Star and AT&T Stadium.

Columbus Realty is developing the property, which will have 160 apartments averaging 1,200 sf. In addition to the luxury amenities offered by the building, residents will also receive the special benefits and exclusive access to events that come with living steps from the home of the Cowboys.

“Residents will be able to benefit from the full Cowboys experience by living next to our world headquarters and interacting with our players, coaches and executives,” said Jones in a release.

The 17-story building will become the first high-rise building in the city of Frisco. Construction is planned to begin in January of 2018 with first move-ins scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.

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In the News – Arizona Housing Market Finds It Post Recession Pace

In the News – Arizona Housing Market Finds It Post Recession Pace

Home prices in Arizona may finally have found their way to the values those houses would have been at if there had not been an overheated boom before the market collapsed.

The latest figures from the National Association of Realtors are showing normal price appreciation for that market. However the pace has accelerated since 2016 because inventory in markets like Tucson and Flagstaff is at an all-time low.

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