Youngstown Tile & Terrazzo Wins Golden Trowel Award

Youngstown Tile & Terrazzo, Inc. – also known as YTT Inc. – is the winner of a 2009 Golden Trowel Award for work done at Penn State University’s Shenango Campus in Sharon, PA.

The Canfield, Ohio-based company installed terrazzo during the renovation of Sharon Hall. Heavy top brass strips were specifically used to mirror the pattern of the ceiling grid directly above the area. The terrazzo floor was made up of specialty aggregate, which included mother of pearl, clear glass, and one-sided mirror. Restrooms were finished with porcelain tile, running floor to ceiling. “The lower side of the stair riser was exposed, which meant special attention to detail was required in this area while wrapping with tile,” said YTT’s Josh Cohol.

The Golden Trowel awards are sponsored by the International Masonry Institute (IMI), in conjunction with other local organizations and are given every two years for outstanding masonry projects done by a union contractor in western Pennsylvania. Entries are judged by a panel of architects, craftworkers, contractors and educators from Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey and Washington, D.C.

YTT is a member of The Builders Association, which represents employers in Trumbull, Columbiana and Mahoning counties in eastern Ohio, and Mercer and Lawrence counties in western Pennsylvania, The Builders services 15 different skilled trades in the region, and is an ongoing resource for union construction contractors. Fellow Association member Jack Gibson Construction was the general contractor for this project.

“We congratulate YTT, Inc. for their accomplishment. They are a quality company and perform exceptionally well on every project that they undertake,” said Kevin Reilly, Executive Vice President of The Builders.

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