For the past few years, American Bullnose of California has greatly benefited from the services of Marie Kouza. Her ever pleasant demeanor and superlative organizational skills have had a welcome calming effect on our business. Those traits should serve her well in her next endeavor, because Marie is leaving us and beginning her well earned retirement on Friday, May 27th.
Marie will be missed by many. Our customers have appreciated her prompt responses to phone and email inquiries. Our employees have appreciated the dependable efficiency she has displayed in the mundane yet critical paperwork. Everyone has appreciated the grace she has lent to a position that benefits greatly from such efforts. As the first face and voice most of our customers encounter with American Bullnose, you knew that your needs would be taken care of. Our loss is her family’s gain as she will employ those skills to great effect with them.
Marie has spent the past few weeks passing the torch to others, primarily Rebekkah Wissman who will be taking her place. Marie has set the bar high and she leaves large shoes to fill, but her parting gift to us has been a smooth transition, as we are confident Rebekkah is up to the challenge. Please help us wish Marie a smooth transition into the next phase of her life.
Author: Jim Stevenson
This blog was originally posted here January 8th 2014 and is featured again by popular demand.
31. Can you bullnose irregular shapes? You bet: triangles, 3-sided, 4 sided, corners, curbs, rectangles, trapezoids and rhomboids. Heck, if you can think of a reason to bullnose a circle, we can do that too.
30. Can I save money by cutting the field tile myself? The cost to you is the same whether you cut the field tile or we cut the tile (so really why cut it yourself?). We have found that we can maintain a higher quality product if you allow us to cut your field tile.
29. Can I wait while you do my bullnose? No, with one exception. If you happen to have a couple pieces of non-glazed bullnose that does not require any cutting, and we have time to fit you in, we might be able to do it while you wait.
28. Can we fabricate a specific size? Yes. As long as the bullnose size you want is smaller than your field tile we can do it.
27. How much field tile is needed? In the course of manufacturing bullnose, some breakage will occur. Imperfections in the field tile will cause breakage during the process including the cutting, bullnosing and kiln firing of the tile. We normally make a few extra pieces but you will only be charged for what you order. The following table shows the percentage of extra field tile we recommend you send with your order. All the field tile that is not used will be returned with your completed order.
26. Can we match an existing piece of bullnose? This is a tough one. We can always match the bullnose size and usually the glaze color but not always the “profile” of the bullnose. In order for us to determine if a match is possible we will have to physically see the piece of bullnose to be matched.
25. Can you glaze red body tile? Just like the glaze that covers your red bodied field tile, our glaze also will cover the red bisque.
24. Can you put me on the schedule before I drop off tile? No; we schedule orders when the tile arrives at our facility. In the past, we have scheduled customers’ orders ahead of time and the tile has never shown up. This causes everyone to get their bullnose order later than necessary.
23. Do I need an appointment? No you don’t. Please stop by any of our locations during business hours, and we will be able to schedule your order.
If you have any additional questions or need clarification of the answers above, please leave a comment.
Author: Mike Gardiner
Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, especially to the moms working at American Bullnose Company.
Author: Mike Gardiner
This is the continuation of a series of posts that will highlight some truly unfortunate tile trim installations.
This picture was taken in the restroom at an exclusive golf club in Arizona. The picture shows "jollies" (two tiles beveled 45 degrees) used to finish an outside corner. As you can see after a period of time the grout simply falls out. What's up with that?
This bewildering installation could have been avoided had the customer used a custom bullnose manufacturer (like American Bullnose Company).
If you run across any unfortunate tile trim, snap a picture and email it to us with info about where and when the picture was taken and what made you ask yourself, "what's up with that?"
Author: Mike Gardiner
President of American Bullnose of California