When you look through the pages of this issue of TILE, you will see that the industry has been busy the first quarter of 2014, and there is still more to come. Trade show season has been in full force with The International Surface Event and Cevisama behind us and Coverings on our heels.jenn2013_body.jpg

The International Surface Event took place at the end of January in Las Vegas, and it opened to a lively crowd. New this year to the show was TileExpo, where many of the large manufacturers of tile lines and setting material products exhibited and introduced their latest developments.

On the installation side, another class of ACT was held during the three-day event, so several more installers received their advanced certification. We even hosted a cocktail hour to promote the importance of what Scott Carothers of CTEF and other dedicated members of the industry associations involved are doing. You can read more about it and all that went on at The International Surface Event in our full review beginning on page 56. Additionally, we have a full report of Cevisama, which starts on page 62.

And as April approaches, we are gearing up for Coverings. There will be even more product introductions and industry happenings for us to report. In addition to the exhibition, Coverings will offer an extensive free educational program that will offer valuable insight on various industry topics. For a full schedule of the conference program, visit our website at: www.tile-magazine.com/coverings. The seminars are broken down into tracks so you can easily find the ones best suited to your interests.

Also in this issue, you will find an article about Florida Tile’s operation in Lawrenceburg, KY. (page 26). I had the opportunity to be their guest last fall and see first-hand all of their innovative technology. The company has also taken the lead in many green initiatives. You will notice a “Made in the U.S.A.” logo on this article. That is because this is a first in a series of articles reporting on the leading tile manufacturers that are producing products right here in the U.S. Look for stories on other tile manufacturers in upcoming editions of TILE.

As you can see, there has been a lot to report on the past few months. I forgot to mention that we even take a look at where the industry stands with large thin porcelain these days. See how the experts at Crossville feel about this latest trend and what it means for our industry. (page 38).

If you will be in Las Vegas for Coverings, stop by TILE’s booth (#16067). We’d love to hear any ideas you have or just to see you to say hello.