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2010 PRO Expo: Presented by Pella

On Tuesday, April 27, 2010, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., the all-star event of the season, the PRO Expo, will take place at Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds.  At the PRO Expo, there are many opportunities to learn from dynamic, content rich education sessions with opportunities to earn CEU's. You may improve your business with new products and business tools. Best of all, there are plenty of chances to network with other professionals. Enjoy food, refreshments, and $10,000 worth of fabulous prizes.
Doors open at 3:00 p.m. for check-in. The Expo Floor includes Pella product displays, local vendor displays, food, beverages, entertainment and a keynote address.

At 3:15 p.m., educational breakout sessions begin, and they continue until 8:00 p.m. Some of these sessions include:

Why Pella? - presented by Pella
Residential & Commercial Construction Trends - presented by Hanley Wood
Universal Design - presented by Kohler (AIA Accredited Course)
 The Future of Remodeling - presented by Mark Richardson of Case Design/Remodeling, Inc.
Window Replacement Solutions for Commercial Buildings - presented by Pella (AIA Accredited Course)
Top Remodelers Speak Out: Best Practices to Strengthen Your Business - presented by Remodelers Advantage Inc.
Greening the Bottom Line - presented by Reed Business Information (AIA Accredited Course)
Integrating Siding Into Your Business - presented by James Hardie
Transform Your Market - presented by Cygnus Business Media
Challenges & Solutions for Today's Ceramic Tile & Stone Installations - presented by Schluter (AIA Accredited Course)

To register, go to www.theproexpo.com/cincinnati. We hope that you can attend, and turn the knowledge that you and your company gain at the event into a home run!


Membership Meeting May 13, 2010


Presented by Richard Schriewer, Supervisor of Inspections, City of Cincinnati

All of the permitted construction work within the corporation limits of the City of Cincinnati shall only be transacted by a registered building construction contractor. 
You will want to memorize this sentence.   Contractor registration is just one facet of the newly established Chapter 1106 of the Cincinnati Municipal Code. The primary intent of the ordinance is to provide a level of consumer protection by ensuring that all building construction contractors are registered, bonded, insured, and current with their income taxes. 

Richard Schriewer, Supervisor of Inspections with the City of Cincinnati, will be the featured presenter for this meeting. Richard is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati with a degree in Architectural Engineering. He supervises State Registered Commercial Building Inspectors in all aspects of their jobs. His area of responsibility includes the central business district, downtown riverfront development and all other aspects of construction inspection within the City of Cincinnati. 
Come out and join us for this informative meeting where Richard will explain the contractor registration program, the different registration categories as well as the category requirements. The cost for this meeting is $25.00 for members and $30.00 for non-members.

Registration and networking begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner and the program will be from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The location will be announced in the near future.


Join Us at the Ballpark:

July 17, 2010 

Unwind for a summer evening of dinner, drinks, and a Reds game with family and friends... this event is always a great time! Join us for this fun-filled night and cheer the Reds on as they take on the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ballpark on July 17th with a start time of 7:10 p.m. For $65 per person, participants will receive a game ticket, full catered buffet-style dinner, beverages (including 2 beers), private seating for our group, and Ohio Valley NARI will receive scoreboard recognition. Come out to support your NARI chapter and have a memorable evening with customers, co-workers, family, and friends at the ballpark. Tickets sell out quickly so reserve yours today! * Final deadline for ticket purchase is Friday, June 18th.  Call Ohio Valley NARI today at (800) 498-6274 to reserve your seats.


Save The Date For The Golf Outing

August 12, 2010 

Ohio Valley NARI is teaming up once again with NKBA for the 2010 golf outing to be played at Glenview Golf Course, 10965 Springfield Pike in Cincinnati Ohio. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. sharp on Thursday, August 12th. There are plenty of sponsorship and golfer opportunities still available.

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Take That Call or Deal with the Customer in Front of You?

By Gladys Edmunds


This is an excellent question, and one that many businesses should be concerned about. Just recently I stopped by the bank to take care of a mix-up with my monthly statement. I walked up to the reception counter and found the receptionist on the phone. She completed that call, and then handled four others. About 15 minutes later she got around to greeting me and asked how she could help me.

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What Everybody Knows

Everybody knows that water runs down, right? Rain, drains, Niagara Freaking Falls. It's intuitive. 
Sorry, not so. If you've ever walked in the great redwood forests in Northern California or the Pacific Northwest, you've looked up at trees that might be 400 to 450 feet tall. They didn't stop growing because they decided they were tall enough. They stopped growing because trees need water to grow, and 400 to 450 feet is as far as water can climb by what's known as "capillarity."  Capillarity is as much a part of building physics as it is of plant physics. You don't have to define it for a quiz, but you do need to know that it exists.
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Turn Your Skill Set Into a Class for Consumers

By Morgan Zenner

Light Haus Custom Glass in Madison, Wis., is not just a custom glass company that's been around for nearly 26 years-it's also a local hot spot for local artists and hobbyists to get to know glass.
Steve Melahn, owner of Light Haus Custom Glass, started working with glass as a theatrical college student at University of Wisconsin. He signed up for a glass class that taught him how to paint on high-temperature glass, and he made pieces to use as special effects in theatrical projectors.
A few years and a couple jobs later, Melahn found himself starting his own custom stained glass company, a venture that had a good amount of demand as so few people were starting businesses like his.


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Countertop Craze

By Sharon O'Malley

Once a more affordable substitute for granite countertops, quartz surfacing now costs about the same as mid-tier granite and is gaining market share at a faster clip than its natural stone competitor.
The price of engineered stone--a term manufacturers no longer use to describe their product, which is made from 97 percent quartz and 3 percent resins and pigments--didn't increase to catch up with granite; the natural stone's price has tumbled due to the recession as well as supply and demand.
And consumers have responded to a marketing strategy by the makers of quartz surfacing to pitch their products as safer than granite, which suffered a setback when The New York Times reported in July 2008 that the high-end material emits radon, even though the EPA determined that current data does not support this theory.
Quartz was picking up popularity even before that, as consumers latched on to manufacturer assertions that it is a no-maintenance, nonporous material that never needs sealing and won't stain or scratch. And installers say that although it's heavy, it's less likely than granite to break during fabrication, so it creates less waste and worry.
Still, notes remodeler Chris Welsh of bWm Stonework in Burtonsville, Md., who installs both materials, clients who choose quartz like it for its looks. "It comes down to whether people prefer real stone as opposed to the manufactured product," he says. "People don't choose quartz because of [the low] maintenance."
Russ Lee, executive director of the International Surface Fabricators Association, agrees. "The reason why homeowners select anything is appearance," he says. "It's all personal taste."
Specifically, it's about color, says interior designer Christine Cox of BC Renovations in Phoenix. "The only time I do quartz countertops is if [the homeowners] want a specific color, like red, blue, green, or yellow."
Silestone, which claims about 65 percent of the quartz countertop market, offers 65 colors, up from 16 when it started making the product in 1998. The visual appeal for homeowners, notes Lorenzo Marquez, vice president of marketing for Cosentino North America, which produces Silestone, is the consistency of its color and pattern.
"If we can dream it, we can design it," says Summer Kath, director of marketing for Cambria, the only U.S. manufacturer of quartz surfacing, which recently launched 16 new colors.
Unlike granite, whose color and veining vary from slab to slab and even within single slabs, a quartz product line is uniform throughout.
That's a plus for homeowners, notes Welsh, who says he has known clients who bought a granite slab and later needed more, only to choose another piece with the same name that "didn't look anything like it." An advantage of quartz, he says, is "whatever color you buy, 10 years later you can get another piece just the same."
But despite the plethora of choices, neutrals dominate. Most popular in the United States, say manufacturers, are creamy shades of brown, while white reigns worldwide.
Manufacturing Process
To make quartz surfacing, manufacturers get the stone--the most abundant mineral in the world--from mines and crush it into sizes ranging from powder to pebbles. Then they combine several sizes of quartz, add pigment and polymer resins, and lay the product to dry on a conveyor belt, where it bakes until all of the air is sucked out of it. That leaves a material super-dense with a nonporous surface that manufacturers claim nothing can penetrate.
Finally, it goes into a polishing line, where it gets a glossy or a honed (matte) finish. The polished surface is most popular with homeowners, says Kath, because honed slabs, which are unlikely to stain, are still more likely to stain than the polished products.
Although nonporous, strong chemicals and solvents, like drain and oven cleaners, can strip the finish off. Also, direct or prolonged exposure to high heat or even prolonged exposure to sunlight can discolor the surface.



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