I am an electric heat distributor with products from 3 manufacturers available and am interested in adding electric floor heat, snow and ice melt and ice dam prevention products to the projects being built. These are obviously luxury items and items that make hotels, commercial buildings and residences more comfortable and safer to access. IE… tile floors, parking garage entrances, north facing building entrances, roofs over hanging walkways subject to icicle hazards.

Tile is a cold but durable and easy to clean product. It is specified in many hotels, commercial buildings and residences. It is always better warm! Adding this to the bathroom floor will make the room warmer and more comfortable. These can be individually controlled or controlled by a multi room system control. Multi room system control will allow the hotel or commercial building maintenance to operate the floor heat at a suitable temperature and keep operating costs down.

Parking garages and north entrances. These areas tend to get snow and ice built up and make them dangerous or hard to navigate. Having a snow and ice melt system in place to operate when needed keeps these areas safe to use. I have many systems to aid in making all of these possible and cost efficient.

Roof ice dam and icicle prevention is a critical area of concern especially in mountain towns and resorts. Eliminating ice dams and icicles should be a major consideration for these buildings.

Please let me know if I may be of assistance with any of these areas of interest.

Thank you for your time,

Solutions for all of your electric radiant heat needs!
Cliff Shumate

Businesses looking to evaluate their shipping and logistics operations often hone in on three key objectives: faster deliveries, more order fulfillments and reduced costs. Meeting these targets demands a mix of solutions – optimizing existing operations while also investing in new ones. Cross docking can be incredibly effective at achieving each of these high-impact goals. What is Cross Docking? Cross docking is a logistics strategy that streamlines supply chains by foregoing the traditional warehousing model. Instead of storing goods in a warehouse until they are ready for pickup, they are immediately sorted, consolidated and routed onto an outbound truck – all of which is done on a shipping dock. The Benefits of Leveraging Cross Docking: The benefits of cross docking are multifaceted, which can be seen all throughout a business’ supply chain.  Reduced Inventory Costs: Without the need for storage, businesses can significantly cut down on warehouse costs.  Faster Delivery: Eliminating storage time compresses lead times, getting products to customers with unprecedented speed. Minimized Product Handling: Less handling means less risk of damage and a lower chance of inventory mismanagement. Optimized Labor: By bypassing storage, the need for warehouse staff and the associated costs are also curtailed. Improved Fulfillment Rates: All of these benefits can have a positive holistic impact on an organization’s fulfillment rates, which in turn enhances consumers’ trust and loyalty to a retailer.  The streamlined approach also accelerates delivery times, meeting the demands of today’s “instant” economy. For shippers, this translates to greater agility, efficiency, and a competitive edge in the market. The Ideal Candidate for Cross Docking: Not all products or businesses are a strategic fit for cross docking. It’s crucial to assess where cross docking can add value: High-Volume Goods: Products with a high turnover and a steady manufacturing flow are ideal candidates. Pre-sorted Products: When items arrive already sorted and labeled for dispatch, they seamlessly move through the cross docking process. Time-Sensitive Deliverables: Perishable goods or those with a short shelf-life may be better suited for cross docking than other logistics strategies. Cross docking can be an ideal solution for businesses seeking to enhance their logistics operations. Its benefits speak to those objectives most important to shippers, but cross docking is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Careful evaluation is necessary to determine its suitability for specific products and businesses. When those variables do align, cross docking can further enhance the efficiency and agility of a business’ logistics strategy, helping it achieve those top-tier goals such as increased fulfillment rates and lower shipping costs. hilldrup.com

The annual Interior Design Show (IDS), held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, returned last week, wrapping on Sunday, January 21, after a four-day run. The show featured hundreds of exhibitors, including Metropolitan Floors. The event saw an impressive turnout, with dealers, distributors, architects and design professionals in attendance.

For Metropolitan, IDS has been a long-standing tradition. “We’ve been attending IDS for many years,” said Wilf Selfe, vice president, of Eastern Canada, at Metropolitan Floors. “The audience this show brings with architects, builders, and designers is unparalleled. We hope to continue to foster closer relationships with the A&D community, closer relationships with builders and to showcase our new products and our mission as a company, at large.”

During IDS, Metropolitan Floors announced the 2024 Metropolitan Design Challenge winners, spotlighting Jenny Bae Huggon, Gigi Lombardo-Dybalski, and Natalie Guberney, all of whom attend Sheridan College. Their design, called “Origins,” was constructed and showcased at Metropolitan’s booth for attendees to admire. The installation invited viewers to interact with it through the use of a map, inspiring them to document their own ‘origins.’

Open to Ontario students enrolled in a post-secondary interior design program, the challenge awards the winning design with a cash prize of fifteen hundred dollars. “The challenge is all about giving back to the design community. It’s rewarding for us because we always look forward to seeing how students draw inspiration from the theme and use our products,” said Joe Cosentino, builder – commercial business manager, Eastern Canada, at Metropolitan Floors.

The design challenge is a manifestation of Metropolitan’s core values, an ethos to design the most sustainable and ethically made flooring. This year, the challenge took inspiration from Metropolitan’s Clean Floors program, a forest-to-floor quality assurance and environmental compliance program. The theme of the challenge, coined “Crafted with Conscience,” challenged participants to design an installation that gives both meaning and life to the phrase and incorporates Kentwood’s latest flooring designs.

The winning students were thrilled to have their design showcased at the event. “We were really inspired by how Kentwood knows the origins of their wood,” said Gigi Lombardo-Dybalski.

“It was such a fun project for us to undertake. We wanted to symbolize our connection to the earth but also to each other,” said Natalie Guberney.

“Our hope with the piece is that it provokes conversation amongst people as they view it,” added Jenny Bae Huggon.

During the show, Metropolitan also launched its new 2024 flooring designs. Featuring ten new and notable collections with beautiful selections from Kentwood and Evoke Flooring, the new offerings include extra-wide plank-engineered hardwood, luxury vinyl flooring for light to heavy commercial applications, timeless herringbone designs, and much more.

IDS 2024 marks the first of a series of Metropolitan industry events in 2024. More will roll out at select Metropolitan Floors studios and showrooms across North America this spring. These events will serve as the perfect opportunity for the A&D community to learn more about the brand and view their collections.

Explore the Kentwood engineered hardwood and Evoke luxury vinyl, laminate, rigid core, and Surge© flooring solutions manufactured and designed by Metropolitan.


The state of the hospitality industry—and the trends to watch—are discussed with IMEG Director of Hospitality Bob Winter in the first in a series of episodes featuring the firm’s market leaders.

“Last year, 2022, was a tremendous year in the market for design and construction,” Bob says, citing the recovery of occupancy rates as the industry emerged from the pandemic. “I have seen a little bit of a headwind this year with some of our projects due to the cost of construction and the cost of money.” However, he adds, there are still a lot of “pent-up opportunities that are coming online,” along with growing demand for more hotels in urban and resort environments.

Bob also sees a growing focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, as well as continued growth in properties with a focus on wellness. “Many of the major brands have wellness hotels that are really retreats and are located in places like Sedona or Palm Springs or in wilderness settings, but they’re also in top urban markets, too. These are places where people can go to experience various mind and body rejuvenation or even a much more focused healing and recovery experience, with medical staff and licensed therapists.”

Bob is no stranger to the concept of wellness retreats. In 1912 his great grandfather opened the Hotel Thermia Palace in Czechoslovakia, one of the world’s first wellness resorts.

“It was built on natural hot springs and there were mud baths; people from throughout central Europe would go there for treatment, primarily for rheumatism,” he says. Though no longer owned by the Winter family, the Thermia Palace exists to this day as a luxury spa and wellness hotel catering to clients worldwide. Those who cross the bridge onto the property pass a statue of a man breaking his crutch—a likeness of Bob’s great grandfather and a symbol of the retreat’s long-standing healing properties.

“It’s still a very popular place,” says Bob, who has visited the site.

The Winter family’s hospitality legacy transferred to the U.S. at the outbreak of World War 2, when Bob’s grandmother emigrated with her sons to the U.S. She soon became the country’s first female general manager of a major urban hotel, the Hotel Pearson in Chicago. Bob continues the family legacy today as IMEG’s director of hospitality.

“It’s the ‘giant circle’,” he says. “It’s been an interesting journey.”


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Superior service is at the core of One Source Restoration. Wherever feasible, One Source uses and supplies its own labor source, only using subcontractors when necessary for practical reasons such as M.E.P (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) services. Our project management advisor is trained to manage multiple projects simultaneously, while our field crews are more than skilled in multiple trades that help ensure the satisfaction of our customer. By using our own crews we can maintain tighter control on our schedule, and the quality of our work, which provides greater consistency and efficiency for our clients satisfaction. www.onesourceresto.com

Ocean New Jersey – Specialty Lighting celebrates light with our launch of Confetti where small stuff can create big effects. Confetti is our all new 1” family of products providing the tools necessary to design great lighting while the 1” aperture virtually disappears in the space. The Confetti family’s array of options includes recessed downlights, wall washers, an adjustable eyeball and surface offerings in the form of tiny monopoints and pendants. Some of the recessed offerings brag less than 2” of plenum intrusion while delivering over 450 lumens at 90+ CRI and 50+ R9. The snap in place installation allows fixture reconfigurability before, during and after the construction process.
“We think Confetti is a celebration of miniaturization. Our clients are constantly telling us smaller is better, provided performance is not compromised, ceiling integration is thought through and specification grade quality is maintained. Confetti checks all these boxes and more. We even offer a custom hole saw to recess the plaster flange its exact thickness for a flawless completely flush finish,” said Awi Salomon, Executive Vice President at Specialty Lighting. Confetti is available and ready to ship so have some fun and throw some confetti to light your
space. Check out the details at www.specialty-lighting.com

About Specialty Lighting: Specialty Lighting believes revealing architecture is best realized without seeing how it’s achieved. We live at the intersection of light and architecture. Specialty’s reputation is built on its blend of craftsmanship and creative engineering. Providing unsurpassed levels of product customization, configurability and functionality our fixtures enable designers to express their individuality.

Silhouette is the innovative, hospitality focused outdoor furniture brand that designs with the highest quality to fit any quantity. All of our collections exhibit premium artistry and style. Every piece is carefully crafted of materials that are both internationally recognized and approved. And behind each oeuvre is a dedicated team working hard and loving work. Our talented team of product managers and designers are fully committed to the technical details, to the artistic processes, and to the global standards of production. Our client and project management team applies their hospitality knowledge and experience every step of the way. Our hand picked team of skilled and efficient suppliers are the ones who–quite literally–make it all happen. Together, we strive to maintain that perfect balance between between form and function; between strong quality and even stronger durability. Silhouette is bringing more than unique, long- lasting outdoor furniture: we’re also introducing a more enjoyable way of doing so. Because in an industry so centered on creating the optimal experience, it’s important that your design experience is met with the same standards. That’s why we go above and beyond with our level of customer service, quality assurance, and client-focused operations. At Silhouette, we’re blending beautiful custom furniture and stunning standard collections with dedicated customer success. We’re mixing high-standards with high-quality. We’re achieving affordable exterior design through dedicated interior teamwork. And most importantly, we’re furnishing the hospitality industry with a smile. www.silhouetteoutdoor.net

RX Music provides a premium music experience for hotels, restaurants, spas, and retail spaces from around the world. We are trusted by the biggest names to create custom-branded music & video playlists for commercial use. At the heart of our company is a mission to connect with industry professionals and elevate commercial experiences through music. We believe in filtering out the noise and getting in tune with the right music to enliven your atmosphere. Whether they are guests, customers, patrons, patients, or employees, it’s our job to provide music that helps your business stand out in the competitive global marketplace. rxmusic.com

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