Archives for February 2017

Laser distance meters provide easy measurements

Laser distance meters have been announced by Milwaukee Tool. Designed to provide easy measurements from any orientation, the instruments feature functionality such as intuitive user interfaces, 2- and 3-position auto-detecting levers, and a digital auto-level feature. Both the 150- and 330-ft meter models have 2 in. colour screens for maximum visibility in low light conditions. […]

Hardwood flooring designs

With what is said to be a nod to the trend of light, fresh interiors, three versatile 2017 hardwood flooring designs from Mannington combine rustic elements with softer, less saturated hues. The introductions include wide, long planks that are subtly textured and distressed. Iberian Hazelwood floor features a matte finish in planks that are 6-1/2 […]

MIA+BSI announces 2016 Pinnacle Award Winners

The winners of the 2016 Pinnacle Awards were announced at the MIA+BSI: Natural Stone Institute Awards Luncheon at TISE 2017 in Las Vegas, Nev. For the ninth year, a Grande Pinnacle Award was presented to the best overall project — the Minnesota State Capitol renovation. Two Canadian projects won Pinnacle Awards both for the Commercial […]

New association for multilayer flooring standards

Seven of North America’s flooring companies have come together to found an association to serve the North American floorcovering industry. The Multilayer Flooring Association (MFA) of Calhoun, Ga., founding companies are Armstrong Flooring, CFL, Mannington, Metroflor, Novalis, Torlys and USFloors. Following the original seven, newer members that have joined include IVC/Mohawk, Congoleum and Earthwerks, with more at […]

2016 Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship

At the MIA+BSI Natural Stone Institute awards luncheon at Surfaces 2017 in Las Vegas, Nev., Jessica Lussier of Granit Design, located in Stanstead, Que., received the 2016 Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship. Lussier has been in the stone industry for less than three years, but she already knows this is where she wants to stay. […]

Coverings 2017 puts the spotlight on tiny homes

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America, returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., from April 4-7, 2017. Attendees will view a brand new iteration to the 8th annual Coverings Installation Design Showcase (IDS), with leading designers, contractors and master installers sharing their creative talent to install tile […]

NWFA announces 2017 training schedule

The National Hardwood Flooring Association of Chesterfield, Mo., has opened registration for its hands-on training courses throughout 2017. There will be two Canadian stops in Vancouver, B.C. — August 22-24 for Intermediate Installation and November 14-16 for Intermediate Sand & Finish. Intermediate Installation provides a three-day training program geared to sharpen installation skills, including job […]

Cement and non-cement grout haze removers

Custom Building Products has introduced Aqua Mix cement grout haze remover and Aqua Mix non-cement grout haze remover to help installers avoid or address grout residue on tile and stone. The cement grout haze remover is used to clean cementitious grout residue as well as hard water stains, rust stains, efflorescence and lime deposits on […]

Tape measure lineup gets upgraded

Empire Level has introduced a series of Autolock and Chrome model tape measures designed with a nylon-coated blade to provide resistance to jobsite contamination and to abrasion. Both feature a reinforced 5-screw housing provides increased durability against wear and tear, as well as drops from elevated locations, the company says. For added functionality, the Autolock […]

Hardwood plank collection

The Venture Plank collection from Havwoods includes hardwood plank options such as the Amendo board (shown). The collection range is suitable for residential, hospitality and commercial projects. The engineered oak European-produced planks are backed by a birch ply to ensure greater stability. Additionally, most of the planks in the collection are finished with a fourth […]