This week ARDEX hosted the NAFCT National Academy of Floor Covering Training Heat Weld, Flash Cove Certification Course. Well done to all the participants, thanks for coming! For more information about the NAFCT, check out their website: http://www.nafct.com/
NAFCT Heat Weld, Flash Cover Certification Course held in Aliquippa
ARDEX Americas supports INSTALL with Polished Toppings Training
ARDEX Americas supports INSTALL with Polished Toppings Training
INSTALL, the International Standards and Training Alliance, is in the process of rolling out polished concrete training. In support of this training, ARDEX Americas created a polished topping curriculum for INSTALL and implemented the training by providing an instructor. Among the first polished topping training locations were: New Jersey Local 251, Detroit Local 248 and Ohio Local 373.
ARDEX is heavily involved with INSTALL’s Substrate Preparation Certification trainings including: proper installation of patching and leveling materials and moisture control systems.
INSTALL, an association of flooring industry professionals, is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date training for their apprentices, journeymen and contractors. Given the recent industry trend towards polished concrete, adding the training was a reflection of the interest in the marketplace and the desire to help INSTALL contractors provide a complete range of floor coverings.
Pat Cunningham, ARDEX Technical Services Supervisor and Decorate Overlay Specialist, is currently serving as an instructor for the new trainings. “I was thrilled to be invited to be part of the new sessions. I believe it’s an important step that INSTALL is taking to stay current in their course offerings. Given the growth in the polished flooring market, it is a great opportunity for the INSTALL members.”
Cunningham is aided in his efforts by three INSTALL Instructors: David Gross of 251, Steve McCool of 248 and Guy Kappele of 373. The contributions of all INSTALL Flooring Instructors in this new market will be invaluable. In addition, contributions by assorted equipment and tooling manufacturers, distributors and their representatives have proven mutually beneficial. The new polished topping trainings are slated to be held frequently at all locations, and the expectation is to rollout the training throughout the south and western parts of the United States next.
ARDEX Director of Technical Services Seth Pevarnik, also an INSTALL instructor and supporter of the association, said, “ARDEX is proud to be a trusted partner of INSTALL, and we look forward to training the apprentices, journeymen and contractors in this, and future, generations.”
ARDEX Employees Ride New York City’s Five Boro Bike Tour
On Sunday, May 5, 2019, four ARDEX employees completed New York’s City 40-mile ride, Five Boro Bike Tour. The ride, which wound through the streets of the city, included scenery from Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx and Manhattan. Despite the constant rain and cold temperatures, the riders persevered and completed the ride in under 4 hours.
The riders were: Kathryn Gardner, Recruitment and Employee Development Manager, Chris Knight, Director of Tax, Accounting and Business Planning, Brian McMahon, ARDEX Pump Systems and Facilities Management and Mark Rosepink, Senior Graphic Designer. Congratulations to the entire cycling crew, who are already planning an even bigger team for 2020.
Adopt a Highway: ARDEX Marks 13th Year of Participation
This year marked ARDEX Americas’ 13th year of participation in the Adopt a Highway event in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. Jesse David, Lori Angelo and 18 additional volunteers gathered to pick up trash along 1.2 miles of Todd Road that leads to the Aliquippa headquarters.
Rhonda West, ARDEX Director of Human Resources and project leader said,
I’m thrilled to have a team of employees and company executives who have an interest in participating in this semi-annual effort. It underlines ARDEX’ commitment to the community and the environment by taking time to clean the landscape in our local area.
Turkey for You, Turkey for Me 2017
Yesterday was the annual ARDEX “Turkey for you, Turkey for me” event! ARDEX’s dynamic leadership team: Jesse David, President, Americas; Lori Angelo, Chief Financial Officer and VP Shared Services; and Mike Crouch, President, Americas, Latin America, Innovation & R&D were on hand to give out turkeys to every employee.
The ARDEX tradition has been in practice for decades, and as employees gather in the technical training center to eat pie and collect their huge birds (mine was a staggering 19.25 lbs!), it’s a rather festive way to celebrate the upcoming holiday. That pile of boxes held about 150 turkeys to be distributed yesterday.
Overheard: “ARDEX finds a good home for every turkey!” And if that isn’t a great Thanksgiving message, I don’t know what is! Happy Thanksgiving all!
ARDEX Volunteers at Veteran’s Salute Breakfast
ARDEX employees volunteered at the Veteran’s Salute Breakfast on Friday, November 10. The event, which ARDEX helped to sponsor, was hosted by Community College of Beaver County and Senator Elder Vogel Jr.
ARDEX Partners with Habitat for Humanity
ARDEX Americas was a corporate sponsor at the 25th Annual Run for Humanity this past weekend. The event, hosted by the Habitat for Humanity of Beaver County included a 10K run and 5K walk/run.
The weather was bright and sunny as participants looped around scenic downtown Beaver and enjoyed the riverfront views.
Team ARDEX had a strong showing again this year, and eight of the attendees took home medals! ARDEX employees attending the event with their friends and family were:
Melissa Alliston Rai
The eight medal winners included four first places (pictured) by Ken Gloor who ran the 10K, Nick Miller, Lynn Gloor and Mike Bender, who all participated in the 5K. Other medal winners included: Eric McGrosky, Doug Marple, Marilynn Marple and Martin Reilly.
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.
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.
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.