Latest Recipient of the FCICA Bruce Newbrough Memorial Scholarship: Michael Lancaster

Aliquippa, PA, May 3, 2018 – FCICA, the Flooring Contractors Association, in partnership with ARDEX Americas and nora systems, Inc. announced the 2018 1st quarter recipient of the Bruce Newbrough Memorial Certified Installation Manager Program (CIM) Scholarship. The winner, Michael Lancaster, works for Master Craft Flooring in Richmond Hill, Georgia.

Photo: Michael Lancaster

Lancaster is looking forward to the possibilities that this scholarship opens for him. “[The Bruce Newbrough scholarship] will allow me to gain access to the knowledge to manage the various types of installations I am faced with,  and take me to the next level in the flooring industry.”

Bruce Newbrough, a former ARDEX Director of Technical Services and later Applications Development with a passion for advancing the flooring industry with education, was the inspiration for the eponymous scholarship. The award covers the costs associated with the entire Certified Installation Manager (CIM) program, including application, content and assessment fees.

Scholarship applications are accepted throughout the year. Applications are available on the FCICA website: www.fcica.com/CIM . You can read the FCICA press release here.

About ARDEX, A Global Innovation Leader in High Performance Specialty Building Materials:
Recognized by installation experts, ARDEX is a global leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of high-performance specialty building products for all aspects of substrate preparation, floor covering, tile and stone installation systems and architectural concrete systems for commercial and residential applications. As family owned company, the ARDEX Group leads through local customer interaction striving for excellence in all that we do. For more information about ARDEX Americas: www.ardexamericas.com, or call 724-203-5000.

About the Certified Installation Manager (CIM) Program:
The CIM program provides industry-specific training modules led by experts that speak from years of floor covering experience packaged with assessments to confirm the vast knowledge obtained. The program is completely online, allowing users to work at their own pace, on their own time. For more information about the CIM Program, go to www.fcica.com/CIM.

About FCICA:
​FCICA, headquartered in West Bloomfield, Michigan, is the resource for premier commercial flooring contractors. Promoting the advancement and continuous development of Certified Installation Managers (CIM). Providing technical education, business support and industry expert networking. Delivering skills and knowledge to enhance the professionalism of commercial flooring contractors. FCICA is an international association whose contractor members serve the continental United States, plus Canada and Guam. For more information about FCICA: visit www.fcica.com or call 248-661-5015; toll free (877) TO-FCICA.

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In Collaboration with BIMobject®, Select ARDEX Products Now Available as BIM objects

In collaboration with BIMobject®, select ARDEX products, including self-leveling underlayments, moisture control and patching products, decorative concrete and tile and stone products are now available as BIM objects.

BIM, or Building Information Modeling, replaces pen and paper 2-D drafting tools with a 3-D, virtual model-based process to better plan, design and construct buildings. BIM’s data-intensive model digitally presents all physical objects in a building, along with their physical, technical & commercial characteristics for ongoing analysis & review. Benefits include an expedited construction process, closely connecting the office to contruction site, improving collaboration and lowering costs.

The ARDEX products available as REVIT-files are free to download at www.ardexamericas.com.

BIMobject® is the world’s largest and fastest growing digital content management system for BIM objects. For more information on BIMobjects, visit www.bimobject.com.


Sample ARDEX REVIT model

 

About ARDEX, A Global Innovation Leader in High Performance Specialty Building Materials:
Recognized by installation experts, ARDEX is a global leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of high-performance specialty building products for all aspects of substrate preparation, floor covering, tile and stone installation systems and architectural concrete systems for commercial and residential applications. As a family-owned company, the ARDEX Group leads through local customer interaction striving for excellence in all that we do. For more information about ARDEX Americas: www.ardexamericas.com, or call 724-203-5000.

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Introducing the Next Wave of HENRY® Flooring Adhesives: Building on Legendary Performance

Aliquippa, PA (April 26, 2018) – The W.W. Henry Company announced four new products today, the largest new product launch since the company was purchased by ARDEX Americas in 2001. Since 1933 the HENRY® brand has represented innovative, high-performance flooring adhesives and substrate preparation products, and this new line of products delivers on that tradition.

HENRY® 647 PlumPro™ Fast-Track, Roll-Apply Vinyl Adhesive is moisture resistant up to 95% RH and pressure-sensitive in just minutes. It can open to traffic immediately, and has an 8-hour working time. It’s unique, purple color is easy to see and allows the installer to achieve even coverage during application. Approved for use on all substrates, HENRY 647 can be used with commercial and residential installation of LVT and LVP, and fiberglass-encapsulated sheet vinyl.

Ed Masilunas, HENRY Business Manager, said, “HENRY 647 PlumPro was engineered for today’s demanding world of fast-track installations and remodels. Using HENRY 647, installers can install flooring minutes after application, flooring can be immediately opened to traffic and property owners can access the space as soon as the installer cleans up their tools.”

HENRY® 695 High RH Vinyl Flooring Adhesive is a pressure-sensitive or wet-set adhesive for the installation of LVT, LVP and vinyl-backed sheet flooring. It is moisture resistant up to 95% RH and has a 4-hour working time. Its versatility and overall performance make it suitable for all formats and sizes of vinyl-backed flooring.

HENRY® 422 Fortify Wet-set vinyl-backed flooring adhesive is a premium, high-strength adhesive for the permanent installation of vinyl-backed flooring. It is synthetic fiber-reinforced and is engineered to reduce LVT and LVP slippage during install.

HENRY 647 PlumPro, HENRY 695 and HENRY 422 Fortify are all elgible for HENRY’s Best 10-Year warranty and ARDEX Americas SystemOne warranty, when used in conjuction with select ARDEX substrate preparation products.

HENRY® 170 ‘The General’ Carpet Adhesive is a multipurpose adhesive designed for the installation fo commercial carpet in light traffic areas. It has extremely quick webbing and leg development, and installs Action Bac® and other common carpet backings, as well as felt-back sheet vinyl.

Masilunas added, “We’re thrilled to offer these four new innovative products – each of which has been designed to add new features and benefits to our existing adhesive line, while still delivering the exceptional quality that has come to be synonymous with the name HENRY.”

For more information on these products and their respective warranties, please visit www.ardexamericas.com or call 1-888-512-7339 to find a location to purchase near you. 

A Global Innovation Leader in High Performance Specialty Building Materials:
Recognized by installation experts, ARDEX is a global leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of high-performance specialty building products for all aspects of substrate preparation, floor covering, tile and stone installation systems and architectural concrete systems for commercial and residential applications. A family owned company, the ARDEX Group leads through local customer interaction striving for excellence in all that we do.

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ARDEX Americas Wins Award for Outstanding Commitment to Employee Education and Development for the Second Consecutive Year

Aliquippa, PA, April 24, 2018 – ARDEX Americas won the Engaging Pittsburgh Innovative People Practices award for the second consecutive year. The category was Innovation in Learning and Development. The award was presented by the Pittsburgh Human Resource Association (PHRA), a local organization dedicated to the advancement of the human resource professional, with the goal to maintain a vibrant, regional workforce. The annual event recognizes Pittsburgh employers demonstrating creative business practices that enhance organizational and employee achievements.

“Receiving this award is an honor,” said ARDEX CFO and Vice President, Shared Services Lori Angelo. “It reflects our corporate commitment to shaping a culture dedicated to supporting and developing our employees.”

ARDEX was recognized for creating Stepping Stones, a customized, multi-tiered learning and development program. Developed through local and global initiatives, it better prepares employees, and particularly the high-potential talent pool, to step up to new opportunities.

“Our employees are the most important asset we have as an organization,” said Kathryn Gardner, ARDEX Recruitment and Employee Development Manager. “It is essential to create innovative education programs that enhance learning and development, so that we can surmount key challenges and opportunities as a business.”

Kathryn Gardner, ARDEX Recruitment and Employee Development Manager, accepted the award on behalf of ARDEX Americas.

“ARDEX is well regarded in the industry for our innovative product line,” added Rhonda West, ARDEX Human Resources Director. “This award highlights that our culture of innovation extends to our employees as well! Focusing on employee development drives performance as an organization, and demonstrates Human Resources’ strategic value to our business.”

For more information about the event, visit: http://www.pittsburghhra.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1047530&group=

Want to join a winning team? ARDEX is hiring! Visit our careers page for more information, or email Kathryn.Gardner@ardexamericas.com.

About ARDEX, A Global Innovation Leader in High Performance Specialty Building Materials:

Recognized by installation experts, ARDEX is a global leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of high-performance specialty building products for all aspects of substrate preparation, floor covering, tile and stone installation systems and architectural concrete systems for commercial and residential applications. As a family-owned company, the ARDEX Group leads through local customer interaction striving for excellence in all that we do. For more information about ARDEX Americas: www.ardexamericas.com, or call 724-203-5000.

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ARDEX Americas Wins 10 Awards at 2018 Starnet Design Awards, Including 5 Gold

Aliquippa, PA, April 23, 2018 – ARDEX Americas is proud to be recognized at The Starnet Commercial Flooring Design Awards as a preferred vendor for 10 winners, including five gold awards. Starnet is the world’s largest network of full-service, independent flooring contractors, committed to the pursuit of excellence in the industry. The 20th Annual Starnet Design Awards recognizes outstanding commercial installations for their creative use of flooring, overall design and quality.

“We’re honored to be involved in so many of their year’s winning projects,” said Robert Dalton, ARDEX Director of Customer Operations and Commercial Excellence. “Starnet contractors’ commitment to installing exceptional floors mirrors ARDEX’ dedication to providing quality products that deliver consistent results.”

The 10 winning installations that named ARDEX as a preferred vendor included both ARDEX and HENRY products. HENRY, a division of ARDEX Americas, is a manufacturer of adhesives for all types of flooring installations. The five gold medal winners are:

ARDEX President Jesse David said, “ARDEX is proud of our long-standing partnership with Starnet, an organization dedicated to raising the bar in the flooring industry, and we look forward to many more years to come!”

To learn more about Starnet, visit www.starnetflooring.com. For event information and a complete list of winners, visit www.designawards.starnetflooring.com.


Starnet 2018 People’s Choice, Gold and Healthcare, Silver

 


Starnet 2018 Education, Gold (Preferred vendor, HENRY)

 


Starnet 2018 Healthcare, Gold

 


Starnet 2018 Environmental Achievement, Gold

 


Starnet 2018 Mixed-Use Developments, Gold

About ARDEX, A Global Innovation Leader in High Performance Specialty Building Materials:
Recognized by installation experts, ARDEX is a global leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of high-performance specialty building products for all aspects of substrate preparation, floor covering, tile and stone installation systems and architectural concrete systems for commercial and residential applications. As a family-owned company, the ARDEX Group leads through local customer interaction striving for excellence in all that we do. For more information about ARDEX Americas: www.ardexamericas.com, or call 724-203-5000.

 

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ARDEX Receives 2017 Vendor Partner Award from Fishman Flooring Solutions

Originally published by Fishman Flooring Solutions.

ARDEX Receives 2017 Vendor Partner Award from Fishman Flooring Solutions

BALTIMORE, MD., April 23, 2018 – Fishman Flooring Solutions, a leading distributor of flooring and flooring installation products, has presented ARDEX Americas with its 2017 Vendor Partner Award, recognizing the company for its contributions to Fishman’s sales growth. ARDEX Americas is a flooring industry pacesetter in developing and manufacturing high-performance products used for concrete repair and resurfacing, substrate preparation and flooring installation. ARDEX has been a Fishman vendor for more than seven years.

Recipients of the Vendor Partner Award must demonstrate the highest standards for training Fishman’s sales team, its customers and general contractors in the proper use of the vendor’s products. They must also provide superior marketplace support for those products. ARDEX has multiple sales representatives in each of Fishman’s five regions. Their training on the use of highly-technical ARDEX products ensures that users will derive the most value from them and consistently enables Fishman to “delight our customers,” said Bob Wagner, president and CEO of Fishman.

“Receiving this award is very important to ARDEX, because we understand that business growth is not a matter of chance,” said Jesse David, president of ARDEX Americas. “We work very hard every day to deepen our engagement with distributor partners like Fishman, in order to grow their business and ours. The increase in ARDEX business with Fishman over the past seven years is evidence that our efforts are paying dividends.”

Caption: ARDEX President Jesse David (r) accepts the 2017 Vendor Partner Award from Fishman President and CEO, Bob Wagner.

The 2017 Vendor Partner Award was presented at Fishman’s recently-concluded annual sales meeting, which was held April 16 to 18, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. The event featured 28 vendors exhibiting flooring installation products, with several vendors providing training in the use of their products.

Read the original press release here.

Wagner and David, surrounded by the ARDEX/Fishman Sales Support team.

About Fishman Flooring Solutions:

Fishman Flooring Solutions, headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, is the “Solutions Provider” distributor of flooring and flooring installation products. It has approximately 230 employees and 36 branches serving Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. The firm, a division of L. Fishman & Son, Inc., distributes more than 36,000 products for approximately 75 vendor partners. For more information, please go to www.lfishman.com.

About ARDEX, A Global Innovation Leader in High Performance Specialty Building Materials:

Recognized by installation experts, ARDEX is a global leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of high-performance specialty building products for all aspects of substrate preparation, floor covering, tile and stone installation systems and architectural concrete systems for commercial and residential applications. As a family-owned company, the ARDEX Group leads through local customer interaction striving for excellence in all that we do. For more information about ARDEX Americas: www.ardexamericas.com, or call 724-203-5000.

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ARDEX Awarded Best Service Provider by Fuse Alliance

Fuse Alliance awarded ARDEX Americas the best service provider of 2017. Fuse is a member-owned organization of professional, commercial flooring contractors. Robert Dalton, ARDEX Director of Customer Operations and Commercial Excellence, accepted the award on behalf of ARDEX during the Fuse Alliance annual conference, held in March of this year in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“It is truly an honor for the ARDEX Americas’ organization to be recognized by this great group of commercial flooring installers,” Dalton said. “We all look forward to continued support of Fuse, its members, and the entire flooring industry, with outstanding service and innovative solutions.”

Pictured from left to right are: Geoff Gordon of Fuse, Robert Dalton of ARDEX and Mike Hutton, also of Fuse.

 

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ARDEX Announces Investment in DTA: A Market Leader in Floor and Wall Installation Accessories

Witten (Germany), Melbourne/Sydney (Australia) and Livermore, CA/Aliquippa, PA (USA) (March 7, 2018)

The ARDEX Group announced today it has attained a strategic stake in DTA, a quality tools, trims and machinery provider for the wall and floor market.

DTA was established in Australia in 1976, and is a market leader in the industry. They manufacture, import and distribute high-end tools, trims and machinery throughout Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America.  Dedicated to delivering innovative, dependable products, DTA focuses on servicing the professional contractor.

“This joint venture is an exciting addition to the ARDEX strategy of system solutions,” said Mark Eslamlooy, CEO ARDEX Group. “The burgeoning synergies we develop with DTA will present additional value to our customers.”

“DTA is proud to be welcomed into the fold of the ARDEX Group,” said Phillip Cozens, Owner of DTA. “We anticipate building on opportunities for DTA in markets around the world.”

DTA will continue to operate independently from the ARDEX companies in the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. There are no planned changes to personnel in either company.

A Global Key Player in High-Performance Specialty Building Materials: 

For nearly 70 years, ARDEX has been the quality leader for an entire industry, offering excellent building chemicals with supreme processing reliability – the brand of choice for installers and wholesalers. ARDEX remains an independent, family-owned business focused on our most important tradition: uncompromising quality. Today over 2,700 employees in 50 countries work towards our vision of being one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-quality specialist building materials.

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TCF West: A Solid Spin on ARDEX PC-T

Michael Rosenblat, Owner of TCF West Inc. and his team recently completed a stunning, polished white PCT floor with terrazzo stone aggregate in the new head office of Republic Architecture in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. (For non-standard applications, we always recommend contacting ARDEX’ technical experts for guidance.)

The ARDEX products used in this installation were:

ARDEX SD-P® Self-Drying, Trowelable Concrete Underlayment,
ARDEX ARDIFIX™ ​Low Viscosity Rigid Polyurethane Crack & Joint Repair​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
ARDEX SD-M™ Designer Floor Finish™
ARDEX PC-T™ Polished Concrete Topping

In preparation for the new floor, the subfloor was prepped by diamond grinding and then extensively repaired. Zinc strips were affixed in the specified design. Rosenblat has over 20 years of experience in concrete construction and relied upon his expertise to mix, place and finish the PC-T and aggregate in order to be suitable for polishing the next day.  TCF West used a combination of traditional terrazzo and concrete placing techniques to achieve the desired result.

Rosenblat explains the greatest challenge of the install, “The sheer size of the terrazzo stone aggregate made the product difficult to get screeded to a consistent height. It required more than the usual ‘old school’ hand and knee work.”

Polishing began just 24 hours after the pour, and was brought up to an 800-grit shine. There were a few characteristics of the ARDEX materials that Rosenblat found advantageous in this install, “The high strength gain, with no shrinkage cracking, was critical in order to polish the next day after the pours.” He added, “The fact that the floor hardly required the grout coat was impressive.”

TCF West Inc.is an industrial flooring company in Canada, and holds the Level Master Elite (LME) status with ARDEX. As an LME, TCF West Inc. has not only advanced ARDEX technical training and years of installation experience, but they are also able to offer 10-year extended warranties on their installations.

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ARDEX Introduces S 1-K™ the Outstanding Everyday Waterproofing Compound

Aliquippa, PA (January 24, 2017) – ARDEX Americas celebrates 40 years of innovation in 2018, and kicking off the celebration is our first new product announcement, ARDEX S 1-K™ One-Component Waterproofing and Crack Isolation Membrane.

ARDEX S 1-K is a single-component topside waterproofing compound that is extremely easy to use and produces a flexible waterproof coating perfect for use in showers, bathrooms and other wet areas. Recommended for use over a wide range of substrates and finishes, the highly workable consistency minimizes drips and splatters.

Flood test ARDEX S 1-K in 12 to 24 hours after the second coat has been applied. It also provides crack isolation up to 1/8” (3 mm). Available in two convenient sizes (large 3.5 and small .7 gallons), ARDEX S 1-K provides excellent coverage at nearly 57 sq. ft. per gallon in two coats.

“We’re excited to add to our waterproofing line this easy-to-use, single component solution,” said Russ Gaetano, ARDEX Senior Marketing Manager, Tile & Stone Installation Systems. “Everything about ARDEX S 1-K was designed to provide ease for installer, even the containers are oval shaped to readily accommodate a roller.”

ARDEX S1-K is now available for purchase at ARDEX distributors throughout North America.

For more information on ARDEX Americas, please visit www.ardexamericas.com or call 1-888-512-7339 to find a distributor near you.


A Global Innovation Leader in High Performance Specialty Building Materials:

 

Recognized by installation experts, ARDEX is a global leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of high-performance specialty building products for all aspects of substrate preparation, floor covering, tile and stone installation systems and architectural concrete systems for commercial and residential applications. A family owned company, the ARDEX Group leads through local customer interaction striving for excellence in all that we do.

 

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