Bostik, Inc., a manufacturer of adhesives and installation systems for building construction, recently hosted an interactive “All Star” training event for National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) Five Star Contractors at its Temecula Training Center in California. Bostik’s John Jarnagin , Senior Technical Service Representative joined forces with Mark Heinlein, NTCA’s Training Director for a full day of training (both in-classroom and hands-on) with 19 energized NTCA Five-Star Contractors in attendance.
This regional training session, which focused upon Substrate Preparation and Large Format Tile, was sold out. Attendees learned the most updated methods regarding how to use the ANSI A108 standards and TCNA Handbook to address real world challenges focusing on substrate examination and preparation for setting large format tile.
This program also highlighted:
Industry standards and methods relevant to the subject area
Jobsite planning and staging
Material handling, cutting, drilling
Substrate analysis and preparation
Selection and installation materials such as mortars, membranes, grouts, sealants, and related setting materials
Selection and use of tools including specialty tools
Adherence to manufacturer instructions
Understanding bond coat coverage and support
Installation to ensure proper bond coat coverage and support
Lippage control methods
Maintaining a clean and safe work environment
Job site safety and health practices
Bostik products used in the presentation included UltraFinish™ Pro Repair Patch and Skimcoat , Big Tile & Stone™ Large Format Tile Mortar and SL-175™ Premium Self Leveling Underlayment.
“The NTCA launched a new regional training program for our members this year.” stated Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the National Tile Contractors Association. “Thanks to professional support of industry partners like Bostik, the results have been extremely positive. Attendance has been strong, and participants have been very supportive of the content quality and its direct impact on improving installation knowledge and performance.”
Scott Banda, Bostik’s Director of Marketing and Business Development stated, “The NTCA’s Training Department has been working diligently to provide these in-depth, day-long training sessions coast-to-coast. Bostik is pleased to be supporting these efforts and we continue to pledge our support for education, training and certification in conjunction with NTCA.”
The event concluded with a quick presentation by Jarnagin on Bostik’s key product lines, and a tour of Bostik’s state-of-the-art training facility.