Veteran John Bailey Retires After 21 Years with ARDEX Americas

John Bailey, ARDEX Americas Government and Military Sales Specialist, retires at the end of June after nearly 21 years of service. He began his ARDEX career as a Sales Professional for North and South Carolina. Over the years, John’s strong work ethic and great relationships with local distributors, architects, general contractors and flooring contractors made him a trainer and role model for rookie ARDEX sales professionals. As business in his region grew, he was promoted to Team Leader of the Carolina-Virginia Sales Team.

In 2009 the ARDEX Government & Military Sales Team was formed. Bailey, a retired major of the US Air Force (USAF Special Operations and Logistics), was appointed as the very first ARDEX Government and Military Sales Specialist for the Southeast. He was instrumental in opening this large, previously closed, market sector for his Southeast sales team.

John’s ARDEX career included many years of extensive travel, and special thanks to his wife Barbara for her patience and encouragement during his tenure. ARDEX Americas thanks John for his years of professionalism, commitment and service, and wishes him best of luck on the next phase of his life.

 

 

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ARDEX Americas Honors Retired Sales Professional Brett Anthony

Brett Anthony, recently retired sales professional for the northern California market, was recognized for his years of untiring service to ARDEX Americas. Presenting the retirement award are Jesse David (right), ARDEX Americas President, and Aaron Chaffee, Regional Sales Manager, Western Region.

After nearly 23 years, Brett retired in late April of this year. He came to ARDEX Americas from the commercial flooring industry, and his relationships with many major flooring companies were instrumental in growing sales in his territory. Over the years, many of his fellow employees and customers have come to rely upon his product knowledge and expertise.

Looking forward to the years ahead, Brett is eager to spend time with his family, especially his four grandchildren. The award, which reads in part, “your loyalty and friendship will long be remembered,” echoes sentiments expressed by his coworkers, who will miss his unwavering commitment to excellence.

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Prestige Custom Tile Delivers Quality Installations

Charles Nolan of Prestige Custom Tile, along with his son Caleb Nolan, recently completed a 500+ sq. ft. project in an office building in Indianapolis, Indiana. He completed the bathrooms using ARDEX UI 740™ FLEXBONE® Uncoupling Membrane, ARDEX X 5™ Flexible Tile and Stone Mortar under the FLEXBONE and ARDEX X 77™ MICROTEC® Fiber Reinforced Tile and Stone Mortar to set the tile.

Nolan says, “ARDEX products are made with the consumer and installer both in mind. They give the public great products that perform well and give the installer products that are user-friendly, cut installation times and gives us the peace of mind we need with products that allow us to be more confident in the materials that have been chosen.”

Nolan, who has been tiling for 29 years, is a CTI and is a NTCA State Ambassador for Indiana.

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ARDEX Recognized by NASFA For Participation and Support

NASFA, the National Association of State Facilities Administrators, recognized ARDEX Americas during their 2017 Conference & Resource Expo held from June 11 to June 14, 2017. Robert Jones (left), President of the NASFA Virginia Chapter, presented the award to Mike Tracy, ARDEX Business Development Manager, in appreciation of ARDEX’s participation and support for the event and the organization.

Tracy said, “This was ARDEX’s first participation in NASFA’s Annual Conference. The caliber of the attendees, professionalism, level of engagement and information interchange was impressive and exhilarating!”

The Expo was held at the Sheraton in Virginia Beach, Virginia. NASFA is an association committed to fostering communication and providing leadership for the state facilities professional.

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A Tradition of Tiling Excellence, Guaranteed

A Sharper Finish is a one-man business, and Brandon George is happy to keep it that way. “It allows me to focus on quality control of the job. I can’t blame anyone for mistakes. It’s my name on the line and I want it to be a good one,” he explains. George, who lives in Lexington, North Carolina, grew up in the tile business. He joined his father, a tile installer, on job sites until he was about 15 – when he started to do small jobs on his own during summer breaks from school.

Now, fifteen years later, George makes a great effort to satisfy his customers. “I was always taught to take pride in your work,” he explains. “[For every job] I try to explain and educate my customers.” He also gives a 10-year guarantee on his work, making it essential for him to rely on quality products in his installations.

“I’m pretty new to ARDEX FLEXBONE®, but it impressed me. It’s very nice to work with, and it’s now my favorite uncoupling system,” George says. “FLEXBONE and ARDEX X 5™ are my go-tos for all projects.”

This tiled entryway in Winston-Salem, North Carolina was among the first installations that George completed using FLEXBONE. It proves that excellence in your craft isn’t restricted to large, complicated jobs. Quality products and skilled installation methods result in impressive tiling – every time!

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ARDEX Introduces X 90 OUTDOOR™ the New Level in Mortar Standards

ARDEX Introduces X 90 OUTDOOR™ the New Level in Mortar Standards

Aliquippa, Pa., June 5, 2017 – ARDEX Americas is pleased to announce that ARDEX X 90 OUTDOOR™ MicroteC3 Rapid-Set, Flexible Tile and Stone Mortar is now available for purchase at ARDEX distributors throughout North America.

Featuring revolutionary weather proof innovation in mortar technology, ARDEX X 90 OUTDOOR is formulated with specialty, high-performance ARDEX cements, polymers and microfibers. It delivers maximum protection against the harshest weather conditions, and provides the highest levels of efflorescence resistance for exterior tile and stone installations.

ARDEX X 90 OUTDOOR sustains the highest levels of freeze thaw resistance, tested at 150+ freeze thaw cycles – seven times greater than ANSI 118.15 standard requirement of 20 cycles). It also features outstanding rapid-setting properties, even at temperatures as low as 40°F (5°C). With an extended open time of 30 minutes, along with an extremely creamy consistency, ARDEX X 90 OUTDOOR can also be grouted in only 2 hours!

“We are excited about the release of ARDEX X 90 OUTDOOR because it opens the door to more tiling possibilities outdoors.” said Russ Gaetano, ARDEX Senior Marketing Manager, Tile & Stone Installation Systems. “With the ability to withstand driving rain and rapid-setting properties even at cool temperatures, it’s the perfect mortar for outdoor applications and stands up to almost any weather condition.”

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, manufacturing 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 Employee Throws First Pitch at Bradenton Marauders Game

ARDEX’s Jeff Simeone, Sales Professional Tile and Stone Installation Systems, was lucky enough to throw the first pitch at the May 22nd Bradenton Marauders baseball game. The Bradenton Marauders, the A Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, played against St. Lucie Mets, the A Affiliate of the New York Mets. Simeone was selected to throw the pitch as part of the after event for a Boone Distributor’s sales meeting.

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Ahora estrenando en Colombia: ¡ARDEX y PROARCA en la expoconstrucción-expodiseño de 2017!

Ahora estrenando en Colombia: ¡ARDEX y PROARCA en la expoconstrucción-expodiseño de 2017! Se celebrará del 16 al 21 de mayo en Corferias en Bogotá. Comienza al mediodía el día 16, y corre de las 10 am hasta las 7 pm los otros días. ¡Venga a visítenos en el puesto 701 del primer piso del Pabellón 4 para conocer a los autonivelantes de ARDEX en vivo! www.expoconstruccionyexpodiseno.com

Now showing in Colombia: ARDEX and PROARCA at the 2017 expoconstrucción-expodiseño trade show! May 16-21 at the Corferias Expo Center in Bogotá. It starts at noon on May 16, and runs from 10 am to 7 pm all other days. Come visit us at Stand 701 in Pavillion 4 on the first floor for a live ARDEX self-leveling demo! www.expoconstruccionyexpodiseno.com

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ARDEX Americas Introduces ARDEX S 28™ MICROTEC® Rapid-Set, Rapid-Dry, Super-Format Tile and Uncoupling Membrane Mortar

Aliquippa, PA, May 5, 2017 – ARDEX Americas is pleased to announce that ARDEX S 28™ MICROTEC®  Rapid-Set, Rapid-Dry, Super-Format Tile and Uncoupling Membrane Mortar is now available for purchase at ARDEX distributors throughout North America.

Formulated with ARDEX proprietary self-drying technology, ARDEX S 28 is fully dry in just 4 hours when installing even the largest, most dense tiles. Suitable for interior use, ARDEX S 28 is a high-performance rapid setting and drying, thin to medium bed mortar with a unique semi-pourable consistency for ease of application and a much easier ability to obtain full coverage when installing large and super format tile.

ARDEX S 28 is highly flexible with virtually no shrinkage and delivers an unmatched open time for a rapid set mortar (45 minutes). Its semi-pourable consistency also makes ARDEX S 28 the perfect choice for installing ARDEX FLEXBONE® Uncoupling Membranes and most other uncoupling membranes.

“We’re excited to be releasing ARDEX S 28, because of its unique self-drying technology, semi-pourable consistency and revolutionary open time of 45 minutes. There simply isn’t another product like this on the market,” said Russ Gaetano, ARDEX Marketing Manager, Tile & Stone Installation Systems.  He added, “We feel that this product will become an industry benchmark.”

For more information about ARDEX S 28 please visit www.ardexamericas.com or call 1-888-512-7339 to find a distributor near you.

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Stunning Five-Day Bathroom Install with ARDEX Products

When you see installations by Carl Leonard of Cutting Edge Tile, Inc, you can’t help but be amazed. Elegant and sophisticated – like this bathroom he collaborated on with George Maniera of New Age Stone. He was contracted by Thompson Remodeling and used ARDEX products throughout.

“We provide our clients with a 20-year guarantee,” he explained, “so only the best materials will do,” Leonard stated.

The bathroom tile installation, located in Hillsborough, New Jersey, took just five working days to complete.

“Using high quality products like ARDEX allows us to cut time, increase productivity and ensure a long-lasting, maintenance free installation,” Leonard explains.

They used ARDEX X 5™ white thinset to adhere the heated uncoupling membrane to the floor, followed by ARDEX Liquid BackerBoard® to protect the wires and provide a flat surface for the floor tile.

In the shower area walls, pan and exterior walls, they used ARDEX X 5 white thinset to adhere the tiles, and used ARDEX FL™ for all grout work.

When asked what was the most difficult part of the job, Leonard replied, “There weren’t really any tough parts. We love using ARDEX products, they make difficult situations a breeze!”

Cutting Edge Tile, Inc. is a family-owned and operated 3rd generation kitchen and bathroom remodeler and tile installer.

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