Industry News for week of April 26

Steven Ochs named 2013 SAU Honor Professor
University Professor of Art Steven Ochs was recently announced as the 2013 Honor Professor, the ultimate faculty accolade at SAU. Ochs is nationally recognized as a fine artist within the decorative concrete industry, but is known around campus for challenging students year after year and for being passionate about student success. He teaches ceramics, 3D design, both basic and advanced digital photography.

Ochs began teaching at SAU in 1991, and since then he has not only inspired his own classroom students, but a myriad of artists through his community art projects. During an interview at the World of Concrete 2011 conference in Las Vegas, he recalled one of his biggest concrete projects, the Riverwalk in Little Rock.

It was more than 200 feet long, and we had to do research in 22 different museums and documented artifacts that were important in telling the story of the people and the relationship to the river,” Ochs said. "We hired only local artists in Little Rock. Anywhere we go in the U.S. our crews actually become the local artists of that region.

Ochs received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Illinois University, a Master of Arts from the University of Illinois and his Master of Fine Arts from Ohio University.

Conproco Corp. opens Mid-Atlantic Resource Center
Conproco Corp. has opened their Mid-Atlantic Resource Center (MARC). A companion facility to their exisiting New Hampshire North East Resource Center (NERC), MARC is conveniently located in Baltimore just minutes from the I-95 and I-695 interchange.

MARC is a multi-faceted facility offering hands-on educational programs for design professionals and contractors, state-of-the art color matching for all of our protective coatings and stone repair mortars, and AIA approved courses in a variety of masonry and concrete related topics.

All Conproco products will be available at MARC, and on-site color matching will significantly reduce turn-around time. Contractor customers now have the option to place orders with dealer partners and pick-up directly from the facility. With our form & pump, hand patching, very rapid setting mortars, facade repair coatings and water repellents in stock, it is all there for you when you need it.

MARC is located at 3 Nashua Court, Suite G in Baltimore, MD 21221.

Ardex Americas and Powerhold enter manufacturing agreement
Ardex Americas and Powerhold recently signed a product manufacturing agreement for powders and adhesives available through the Powerhold distribution network.

“ARDEX Americas and Powerhold members have been industry partners for many years,” said ARDEX Americas President Jesse David. “Like us, Powerhold provides quality products and value-added services to its customers. Both organizations support the installation community, providing education and training.”

This comprehensive partnership provides unmatched service, support, logistics and availability to the Powerhold distribution network.

“The Floor Covering Distributor Alliance is excited to partner with ARDEX Americas to bring Powerhold label adhesives and powders to United States and Canadian distribution,” said Jeff Brugman, Powerhold Executive Director. “Our members strive to create a distribution benchmark in our industry. We know ARDEX Americas, as a manufacturer, shares the same goal. This strategic alliance will provide our customers with a product that sets the standard in our industry in the price/performance ratio category.”

Powerhold is a group of 19 distributors located in the United States, Australia and Canada. The Powerhold brand was established in 1999 by a group of the largest floor covering supply distributors in the world. Known as the FCDA (Floor Covering Distributor Alliance), these wholesale distributors sell all of products needed to install any type of flooring.

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