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NTCA names Florida contractor Tile Person of the Year

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The Time Person of the Year is Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. But who is the Tile Person of the Year?

The answer is John Canto of Canto Tile & Stone in Tampa, Fla. The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) presented him with the Tile Person of the Year award at the industry’s Total Solutions Plus Conference.

Canto served four years as the association’s regional director in the late 90s. He served as NTCA president from 2006 to 2008 and chairman of the board from 2008 to 2010.

The Canto family has been associated with tile contracting for almost 80 years. Canto worked for his father at Hillsborough Tile from 1969 to 1982, specializing in both commercial and residential tile work. Later, Canto joined Tampa, Fla.-based Craig Tile, a growing commercial and residential contractor. Canto remained with the company for 25 years, starting as an estimator, and subsequently holding positions in sales and project management. During his tenure with Craig Tile he was promoted to VP and eventually president.

He formed Canto Tile and Stone in 2007, along with wife Linda, son John and daughter Natalie. In 2009 Canto Tile was awarded the NTCA Five-Star status — one of only 18 firms to do so to date. In 2010 Canto was recognized as an industry consultant, passing a rigid set of association criteria to honor industry experts for job site investigation and reporting. 

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Walmart first, Sears fourth in holiday Web traffic

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based Sears.com accounted for 6.21% of multichannel Web traffic for the week ended Nov. 27, which included Thanksgiving and Black Friday, according to data released from Experian Hitwise.

The data showed Sears.com received 21.1 million visits for the week, just under JCPenney at 21.5 million visits, or 6.34% of total Web traffic. Walmart topped the list at 25.88% of all Web traffic, or 88 million visits, with Target ranking second at 15.26%, or 51.8 million visits.

Sears subsidiary Kmart.com ranked sixth on the list, grabbing 4.71% of Web traffic with 16 million hits.

For the week ended Dec. 18, the top four spots remained the same, with Kmart.com dropping to the ninth slot.

The Experian Hitwise data specifically excluded amazon.com.

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Readers Respond: In support of a simple, low-cost eco-label

BY HBSDEALER Staff

The following letter is a response to "iLevel promotes an easy eco-labeling option with SFI." 

"[iLevel by Weyerhaeuser VP] Carlos Guilherme and iLevel have taken the simple stamp idea and acted on it, and applied it to iLevel lumber by the piece. This is very important as it is easily identifiable by the supply chain and the customer. The key being each piece of lumber is stamped — not just the wrapping, which gets torn off or disintegrates. Weyerhauser is to be commended for handling the situation in this manner. The fact that iLevel can do this could in time prove to the rest of the world that this is a viable solution and comes at virtually little or no cost. 

"The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as well as the other three or four world certifying agencies should come together and create a green stamp and make it available to the harvesters of their certified forests to use and stamp each piece of eco-friendly wood. [This way], the public can decide individually whether they want to use sustainable grown wood or wood harvested without any regard for longevity and perpetuation of the forest. Small producers may have problems certifying their wood, and exceptions could and should be made. However large timber tracts are either certified or not, and the public has the right to know."
— Harold Baalmann
President
B&B Lumber Co.
Wichita, Kan.

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