Artistic collections capture classic design with a contemporary dramatic flare

DALLAS, TX (June 5, 2017) – Attention-grabbing textures, bold shapes and contemporary colors headline the latest collections launch from Daltile. The industry-leading tile manufacturer is unveiling 13 new collections, providing customers with a variety of offerings to freshen up interior spaces. Combining performance and design, the new product lines enable customers to confidently infuse their spaces with the hottest tile trends.

“This year we are seeing warmth and texture taking over the surfaces industry,” said Kim Albrecht, senior brand marketing manager for Daltile. “Modernization of classic styles is adding a fresh twist, and the extension of tile to new areas, such as walls and outdoor spaces, is reinvigorating the category. Our latest collections tap into these trends, providing a variety of options to fit any design aesthetic. No matter their project, Daltile offers customers the products they need to bring their vision to life.”

New Product Overview

Emulating the look of luxurious textiles, the Fabric Art collection features three patterns that can stand alone or pair together, creating an eye-catching accent that begs to be touched. Inspired by the American Industrial era, Ironcraft resembles bare concrete, brushed and burnished with oxidized metals, providing an intriguing surface for spaces.

Mixing unpolished textures with subtle flecks to create dimension, Modernist is influenced by mid-century terrazzo. This time-honored look is sure to make a statement, and the neutral palette increases its versatility. Crisp and clean, the Anchorage collection revives modern minimalism, ideal for creating a contemporary look that stands out.

Part of the Stone Attaché line, Delegate and Diplomacy capture the authentic look of natural stone using innovative digital printing. Contemporary and versatile, the slate-inspired Delegate floor collection brings to life nature’s powerful geological movements, offering a rich visual with depth. Blending strength and beauty, Diplomacy delivers the smoky hues of quarried Belgian bluestone in a large-format tile size, and includes outdoor paver options as well.

Amity, a glass wall tile and mosaic offering that nods to vintage aesthetic and freshens up designs with modern, monochromatic colors. The Reminiscent floor collection offers an updated approach to smooth cement and stone visuals, and features StepWise slip-resistant technology, great for high-traffic, indoor and exterior installations.

The new launch also includes five mosaic collections, ideal for adding a finishing touch to rooms. Idyllic Blends provides a bold accent, using geometric shapes and playfully combining cool undertones and warm shades. Inspired by stained glass, Regal Pendant uses glass and natural stone as well as alternating frosted and metallic finishes to create a luxurious look for walls.

Lucent Skies captures the sky’s ever-changing movements and colors to create an eye-catching, timeless stacked mosaic. The blend of lustrous brushed metals and deep natural stone creates the modern, yet serene, Infinite Mirage, a dazzling mosaic reflecting the shimmering pools found in nature. The Vintage Hex collection reinvigorates antique style for the 21st century, using limestone print and textural depth to heighten the beauty of the mosaic.

New Product Introductions

Fabric Art ColorBody Porcelain with Reveal Imaging

Inspired by the drape of luxurious textiles, Fabric Art uses the weaving mill as a muse, delivering porcelain tile that begs to be touched. Woven, linear and kaleidoscope patterns create a subtle reaction to light and deliver ultimate style for today’s modern spaces, bringing your vision to life. Each texture can stand alone as a centerpiece, or serve as a well-orchestrated pairing.

  • Three categories that can be mixed or stand alone: Modern Textile, Modern Linear and Modern Kaleidoscope
  • Offered in six colors and four decorative accent blends
    • Colors: White, Beige, Taupe, Medium Gray, Dark Gray and Midnight Blue
    • Blends: Natural Prism, White Ash Prism, Ashen Steel Prism, Midnight Steel Prism
  • Available in two floor tile sizes: 24” x 24” and 12” x 24”
    • 1” x 3” straight-joint mosaic also available

Ironcraft ColorBody Porcelain with Reveal Imaging

Walking through old factories and warehouses, one is reminded of centuries past – an era of the rugged, industrial artisan. Ironcraft owes its roots to the American craftsman who inspired this collection. This porcelain tile resembles bare concrete, brushed and burnished with oxidized metals. Ironcraft is the perfect surface for lofts, studios and chic industrial spaces.

  • Available in five modern metallic colors: Rusted Bronze, Sable Black, Casper Grey, Charcoal Grey and Phosphor White
  • Featured in three sizes, polished or unpolished: 12” x 24”, 24” x 24” and 2” x 2” mosaic (unpolished only)
  • Three random interlocking mosaic blends available: Sable Bronze, Grey Black and Phosphor Grey

Modernist ColorBody Porcelain with Reveal Imaging

Modernist offers the retro look of terrazzo inspired by a mid-century design aesthetic. This collection’s dynamic, unpolished texture and subtle flecked look bring exciting dimension to the surface. A time-honored visual offers ease and style, sure to make a statement with surrounding décor and accents.

  • Large format 24” x 24” rectified floor tile and coordinating 3” x 24” bullnose
  • Neutral color palette in five versatile color tones: Bertoia White, Pearsall Grey, Soriano Clay, Prouvé Steel and Knoll Charcoal

Anchorage ColorBody Porcelain

Revive modern minimalism with the Anchorage collection. The versatility of the collection’s neutral palette lies in its understated shade variation, guaranteeing that your décor and accent choices always stand out. Delivering a crisp, clean look in both polished and unpolished finishes, Anchorage promises pristine style for the ages.

  • Available in seven neutral hues: White, Beige, Light Grey, Medium Grey, Dark Grey, Brown and Black
  • Available in both polished and unpolished finishes
  • Featured in three contemporary sizes: 12” x 12”, 12” x 24” and 24” x 24”

Delegate ColorBody Porcelain with Reveal Imaging

Delegate represents a contemporary and versatile design option for today’s spaces. The diagonal visual on this ColorBody porcelain tile is the subtle evidence of nature’s powerful geological movements. Gentle color movement in the white and grey shades offers a slight visual distinction from the darker, monochromatic black hue. This sedimentary slate-inspired design offers a rich visual with depth and interest in two tile sizes – plus a 20” x 40” tile paver in 2cm thickness suitable for exterior applications. Harmonize floor tile with a random linear mosaic or 3D brick-joint mosaic for a comprehensive stone look.

  • Compressed slate visual in four stately shades: Off White, Light Grey, Dark Grey and Black
  • Two floor sizes: 24” x 24” and 12” x 24”
    • Additional 20” x 40” tile paver available in 2cm thickness for exterior applications
    • Random linear mosaic, 3D mosaic and trim package available

Diplomacy ColorBody Porcelain with Reveal Imaging

Diplomacy deftly delivers the quiet strength and visual beauty of quarried Belgian bluestone. Diplomacy is available in three smoky hues that come alive with movement created by delicate highlights of light greys and whites. Large-format floor tiles paired with a coordinating brick-joint mosaic create a magnificent space crowned by an authentic stone look. Diplomacy expands your outdoor living space to a patio or garden with the 24” x 24” tile pavers in 2cm thickness creating a seamless transition from interior to exterior.

  • Available in three smoky colors in a brushed stone surface: Light Grey, Medium Grey and Dark Grey
  • Three floor sizes: 24” x 48”, 24” x 24” and 12” x 24”
    • 24” x 24” size available in a 2cm thickness for exterior applications
    • Brick-joint mosaic and trim package available 

Amity Glass Wall and Mosaic

Come home to effortless design with the sleek glass wall tile and mosaic collection, Amity. Offered in two modern shapes, Amity is a clean-lined choice for backsplashes and decorative accents. While giving a nod to a vintage aesthetic, Amity brings a contemporary update to your home with monochromatic colors in an inviting neutral palette.

  • Available in five monochromatic colors: White, Taupe, Grey, Beige and Brown
  • Available in a 3” x 6” glass wall tile and a random linear mosaic

Reminiscent ColorBody Porcelain Floor with StepWise Technology and Glazed Ceramic Mosaic with Reveal Imaging

The Reminiscent floor collection offers an updated approach to smooth cement and stone visuals. Perfect for both indoor and outdoor spaces, Reminiscent offers special installation flexibility. Utilizing StepWise technology for increased traction, the collection features an unpolished finish and a heightened three-dimensional effect. With modular floor tile sizes and a pressed ceramic mosaic, Reminiscent comes in timeless neutral hues.

  • Featured in four neutral colors: Memento White, Aged Beige, Souvenir Gray and Reclaimed Gray
  • Three sizes: 12” x 24” and 12” x 12” floor tiles and 2” x 2” mosaic
  • Floor tile with StepWise technology is suitable for exterior applications 

Idyllic Blends Glass, Stone and LVT Mosaic

Be inspired by the intriguing geometric shapes of Idyllic Blends. Influenced by cubic art, linear and hexagonal mosaics are pieced together randomly for a visually captivating appearance. Idyllic Blends was designed to stand out, making it perfect for walls and backsplashes. The collection playfully brings together cool undertones and warm shades.

  • Available in four mixed-shade color blends: Tranquil Snow, Serene Storm, Sylvan Sunset and Rustic Eve
  • Available in random linear and 2” hexagon mosaics

Regal Pendant Mosaics

A collection made to shine; Regal Pendant channels nostalgic grandeur. Inspired by the beauty of stained glass, a trapezoid mosaic design awes in both iridescent glass and natural stone shades. Alternating frosted and metallic finishes accentuate the collection’s radiance and luxury. Regal Pendant brings the drama of wall design possibility to life.

  • Unique 1-1/2” x 4” trapezoid shape mosaic available in six luminescent color blends: Czarina Ice, Contessa Charm, Aurelian Empress, Duchess Gold, Pharaoh Onyx and Baroness Bijou

Lucent Skies Glass and Aluminum Mosaics

Inspired by the sky’s ever-changing movements and colors, Lucent Skies brings transcendent beauty to wall design. An opalescent color palette sparkles effortlessly in the light, captivating with a stacked mosaic design. When your wall needs to capture the eye and spirit, Lucent Skies delivers celestial, timeless beauty.

  • 3/8” x 4” mosaic available in five shimmering color blends: Celestial Winter, Sunlit Dawn, Nightfall Luster, Twilight Gleam and Crimson Dusk

Infinite Mirage Metal and Stone Mosaics

The beauty of the Infinite Mirage collection draws inspiration from shimmering pools that are reflected in this smooth, hexagonal mosaic. A rich combination of lustrous brushed metal and deep natural stone mimics the intensity of lapping water, sparkling and pure. This collection offers design serenity with substantial variation that covers the entire color spectrum, perfect for those looking to add a modern twist to décor.

  • 1” x 4” hexagon mosaic available in four opalescent color blends: Timeless Illusion, Eternal Dream, Endless Reverie and Forever Aura

Vintage Hex Glass Mosaics with Reveal Imaging

With a firm grasp on antique style, the Vintage Hex collection captivates in a hexagon mosaic. A slight sheen finish modernizes the look, heightened by a limestone print that refreshes the beauty of natural stone. Textural depth heightens the collection’s wide, assorted palette. Vintage Hex holds onto the romantic aesthetic of times past, yet reinvigorates the design for today’s style sensibility.

  • 1-1/2” hexagon mosaic available in five colors: Antique Beige, Wisdom White, Artifact Gray, Relic Umber and Legacy Sepia

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About Daltile

Daltile is the industry-leading brand of ceramic, porcelain, glass and metal tile as well as natural stone, large-format slab and countertop products. Daltile products are distributed through over 250 company-owned sales service centers, stone slab yards and gallery design centers that service a robust network of trade customers. Dedicated to innovative product development and distinguished style, Daltile provides a rich palette of quality products created to inspire residential and commercial designs. For more information, visit and follow Daltile on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


DALLAS (June 13, 2017) – Today, Marazzi announces the launch of three new tile collections, including wood-, marble-, and limestone-looks. These new collections feature ever bolder, classically-inspired aesthetics and join the well-established tile manufacturer’s celebrated offerings.

Our designers and the entire Marazzi team focus on both design and creativity when curating collections to bring best-in-class flooring solutions to our best-in-class customers,” said Micah Hand, brand marketing manager, Marazzi. “Our three new collections offer trademarked bold aesthetic rooted in our Italian heritage. Combining the best of both old and new, we created the realistic look of marble in the porcelain Classentino Marble™, the limestone-inspired Modern Formation™ and the European Oak wood-look of Chateau Reserve™.”

Stunning is the only way to describe Classentino Marble. This porcelain tile features the intricacies and veining of natural marble to create a bold aesthetic, perfectly accentuating luxury residential and commercial spaces.

Inspired by the appeal of natural limestone, Marazzi designers created Modern Formation to give customers a unique flooring solution meant to add depth to both indoor and outdoor spaces.

The brand’s wood-look tile collection continues to grow with the introduction of Chateau Reserve. This porcelain stoneware is modeled after European Oak and features lightly distressed graining adding richness and texture. Its revolutionary StepWise™ technology adds superior slip resistance, vastly expanding use to outdoors.

Original design and technology innovations allow Marazzi to pave the way for designers and architects to achieve a bold, striking aesthetic that truly makes a statement,” said Shelly Halbert, Director of Product Design at Dal-Tile Corporation. “White marble is a classic, timeless look, and now grays, beiges, blacks and browns are becoming more popular as they come into the market.”

CLASSENTINO MARBLE Marble-Look Porcelain Turns Heads

Classentino Marble offers the bold, realistic look of marble in a porcelain tile. The intricacies and veining of natural marble are artfully reproduced via Reveal Imaging™ technology. The collection is offered in five colors, as well as two different finishes, perfect for any design style. Classic weave and linear hex mosaics accent the collection for a modern twist on these timeless materials that make a profound statement on floors and walls in both residential and commercial spaces.

  • Large format sizes- 12” x 24”, 24” x 24”, 24” x 48”—in matte and polished
  • Classic weave and linear hex mosaics accent the collection

MODERN FORMATION Offers Unique Visuals and Bold Contrast

Modern Formation by Marazzi draws inspiration from the authentic appeal of natural limestone, featured in six uniquely different visuals achieved through Reveal Imaging technology. The contrast of these colors and styles are offered in large format sizes and available in unpolished and light polished finishes to create dynamic spaces. The collection also features a textured structure with StepWise technology that provides superior slip resistance. A bold chevron mosaic and a 2×2 mosaic complete the look.

  • Large format sizes- 12” x 24”, 24” x 24”, 24” x 48”—in unpolished and light polished
  • Available in 12” x 24” textured structure with StepWise technology suitable for outdoor use
  • Mosaics in 2” x 2” and chevron accent the collection

CHATEAU RESERVE Revolutionizes Wood-Looks for Indoors & Outdoors

Chateau Reserve is the latest introduction into Marazzi’s expansive wood-look tile collection. Offered in a visually stunning 48” plank size, Chateau Reserve features a lightly distressed European Oak look that is highlighted by the unique combination of plain, quartered and rift sawn visuals that enhance its authentic characteristics. Exclusive StepWise technology delivers superior slip resistance, expanding its use to outdoors as well as commercial spaces, with ease of cleaning. Five on-trend colors set this special collection apart, adding richness to varying design styles.

  • Large format sizes- 6” x 48”, 8” x 48”, 12” x 48”
  • Available in all sizes with StepWise technology suitable for outdoor use

About Marazzi

With a bold vision for the future, Marazzi built the first Italian-owned ceramic manufacturing plant in the U.S. in 1982, assuring domestic access to world-renowned technology and style. Manufacturing a vast array of quality tile products, including porcelains, glazed ceramics, glass mosaics, natural stones and metallics, the brand continues to evolve for the savvy homeowner and designer. Bold, daring and occasionally over the top, Marazzi provides captivating designs that integrate Italian style into exciting and imaginative environments.

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Mohawk to Expand Dal-Tile Operations in Tennessee

After opening a new customer experience center within its ceramic tile manufacturing plant in Dickson, Mohawk Industries announced it will expand manufacturing operations in Tennessee by adding a second plant near its Dickson tile factory. The second plant in Dickson will add 245 jobs at full capacity and is scheduled to begin operations in late 2018. Construction on the new facility will start in summer 2017. The plant will be operated by Mohawk’s Dal-Tile division.
“I want to thank Mohawk Industries for choosing to expand in Dickson and for creating more than 200 new jobs in Tennessee and Dickson County,” said Gov. Bill Haslam. “Mohawk is a global leader in the tile industry and it means a great deal that a company of this magnitude has made the decision to expand in Tennessee. Mohawk’s investment in Dickson County brings us one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
John Turner, Jr., president of Dal-Tile, added, “The positive experiences we had previously in selecting the location, working with state and local officials, and then executing on our plan to create the Dickson tile manufacturing plant—as well as expanding our team with tremendously talented people from Dickson and the surrounding area—made us ultimately realize that we didn’t need to look very far to find the ideal location for this second plant. We’re excited about this opportunity to expand our team in Dickson, in order to help our customers be more successful.”
Since beginning operations in March 2016, the first Dickson tile plant has produced approximately 100 million square feet of tile products. The plant also recently opened an extensive customer showroom. Dal-Tile sells through a network of more than 300 company-owned sales service centers, slab centers, design galleries and studios, as well as through independent distributors and home center retailers nationwide.
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Crossville Collections Installed in Recently Dedicated Specially Adapted Smart Home Built by the Gary Sinise Foundation for Wounded Veteran and His Family in Texas

The Foundation’s R.I.S.E. Program Builds Specially Adapted Smart Homes for Severely Wounded Heroes

Crossville, Tennessee – As the exclusive tile supplier for the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program in 2017, Crossville is honored to have contributed all the tile for the specially adapted smart home for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lucas David Cifka (Ret.) and his family. The house was dedicated in a ceremony on Thursday, June 15, in Canyon Lake, Texas.

“It’s exciting to know a deserving wounded warrior and his family are enjoying the comforts of a brand new, specially adapted smart home—and that our tile is a part of their everyday surroundings,” shares Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing. “The tile options specified for Staff Sgt. Cifka’s home are not only beautiful but also practical for a busy family.”

More than 1,000 square feet of Crossville tile was installed in the master bath, the guest bath, the mudroom, and kitchen covering the floors and walls. Brandi Hines, interior designer, worked with the Cifka family to specify tile with the desired look and performance needed throughout the home.

The master bath features Crossville’s the Buenos Aires Mood collection, which brought natural color, touchable texture, and decorative appeal to ensure a relaxing space. In addition, Crossville’s Yin + Yang collection accentuates the master bath by adding a distinctive sense of harmony and flow with its authentic stone details.

Crossville’s Ready-to-Wear was specified for the guest bathroom bringing touchable, everyday style to the floors. Specified in the casual Smarty Pants color, the tile in this space provides a crisp, bright effect that rounds out the overall design. The Color By Numbers collection in the fashion-forward Nine Lives hues accents the guest bath, as well as the family’s mud room.

For the walls in the kitchen, Crossville’s Savoy collection in white brings a touch of timelessness associated with classic subway tile. Not only will the Savoy tiles look beautiful in the long term, but they will also be simple to clean and maintain—a great advantage for the busy kitchen area.

All products produced at Crossville’s Tennessee manufacturing facilities are made using third-party certified, sustainable processes, and are Green Squared certified.

About U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lucas David Cifka (Ret.)
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Lucas David Cifka (Ret.) is originally from Olympia, Wash. He was very active in sports and spent time outdoors climbing trees and placing traps for small game. Cifka always knew he wanted to be a part of something bigger than himself and to protect the freedoms he had growing up. He enlisted in the U.S. Army infantry at Fort Benning, Ga. Upon completion of training, he was deployed to Iraq. Shortly after returning home from his tour, Cifka met and fell in love with Kaitlin. They were married and started a family. He continued his military career state-side, attending U.S. Army Sniper School, then Non-Commissioned Officers Academy and was the Honor Graduate of his class.

In 2013, Cifka was deployed once again, but this time to Eastern Afghanistan. On May 31, 2013, while on foot patrol, he stepped on a pressure plate improvised explosive device (IED). The blast took both of his legs as well as fractured his pelvis, both hands, face and sustained many other injuries. Cifka was evacuated to Germany and then Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he underwent more than 30 surgeries. Cifka spent years in physical rehabilitation. After retiring from the Army, he moved to Texas with Kaitlin and their son. His goal is to become a firearms instructor, as he has the experience needed and a big passion for teaching.

About Crossville, Inc.
Founded in 1986 and celebrating 30 years in 2016, Crossville Inc. is a U.S.-owned and operated manufacturer of award-winning tile collections for residential and contract applications. Its headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Crossville, Tennessee. Crossville, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Curran Group, a private holding company renowned for its core values of family, respect, partnership, integrity, and improvement.

An industry innovator, Crossville is the first U.S. tile manufacturer to achieve the following:
– produce large format tile on site,
– manufacture tile with certified recycled content,
– develop the Tile Take-Back® Program for recycling fired porcelain tile,
– achieve certification of its waste recycling programs,
– achieve TCNA’s Green Squared certification for all of its U.S.-produced tile lines,
– distribute a complete line of large format, thin porcelain panels (Laminam by Crossville), and
– become a net consumer of waste.

For more information, visit Crossville’s website by clicking here.

About Gary Sinise Foundation
The Gary Sinise Foundation honors America’s defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need. Through its R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), specially adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely wounded veterans nationwide. Each one-of-a-kind home is customized to ease the everyday burdens of a wounded hero, their family, and caregivers. Other programs include Relief & Resiliency Outreach, Invincible Spirit Festivals, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band, Arts & Entertainment Outreach, Serving Heroes, and First Responders Outreach. Its latest program, Soaring Valor, is sending WWII veterans to The National WWII Museum and documenting their first-hand accounts of the war. For more information, please visit

NTCA attends Gary Sinise Foundation “Walls of Honor” event that recognizes U.S. Navy EOD1 Andrew Bottrell in San Diego

NTCA attended the Walls of Honor event in San Diego, Monday, June 19.

On Monday morning, June 19, the Gary Sinise Foundation held a “Walls of Honor” event to support U.S. Navy EOD1 Andrew Bottrell. The event invites family, friends, veterans, community leaders and Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program donors and supporters to write inspirational messages of gratitude on the walls of the new specially-adapted smart home for the family, prior to construction of the home. The “Walls of Honor” event is the midpoint marker for this Smart Home Build.


Mark Roberts (l.) and Bob Shuford of Arizona Tile write messages of gratitude on the wall of the specially-adapted smart home being build through the Gary Sinise Foundation R.I.S.E. program.

Through the R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), specially-adapted smart homes are being constructed for severely-wounded veterans nationwide, to create greater mobility and ease for the wounded veteran and their families.

(l. to r.) Andrew Bottrell, his wife Lindsey and daughter Jessa, with NTCA’s Amber Fox at the Walls of Honor event in San Diego.

Amber Fox, NTCA Five Star Program coordinator, was honored to attend the event. NTCA, along with other industry supporters, donate time, materials and/or labor to these smart homes across the country.

“Growing up in the construction industry, it is in our nature to give back with our talents, and this program is an amazing vehicle for that,” Fox said.  It was so nice to see all the support from our industry. MAPEI, Crossville, and Arizona Tile all donated for this project.

“Getting the opportunity to meet Andrew and his strong spirit, confirms what an amazing program that the Gary Sinise Foundation is,” she added.  “If you are an installer and want to give back I strongly encourage you to go to the foundation website at and reach out to see how you can help.  I know many in our community already have, you will no doubt get back more than you give.”

Donor reps at the Walls of Honor event are (l to r): Bob Shuford (Arizona Tile), Kikmet Pauls and Alfanso Gonzales of Marjan Stone, fabricator of stone that Arizona Tile is donating to the home; Andrew Bottrell; and Mark Roberts and John Culver of Arizona Tile.

US Navy EOD1 Andrew Bottrell attended EOD school in 2008.  A year later Andrew reported to EOD mobile unit 3. He was deployed to Afghanistan in July 2011 with Seal Team 10. In Afghanistan, on October 1, 2011, while conducting combat operations Andrew was in a vehicle that was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED). He suffered extreme injuries which led to a double leg amputation and a left arm amputation.

Andrew shared, “Always push yourself no matter what life brings your way. If you do not like your situation, change it. Do not blame somebody else for it and do not wait for somebody else to do something about it. You are not entitled to anything, only what you make your own. Take control of your own life, because life is what you make of it, so make the best of it.”

The R.I.S.E. foundation provides specially-adapted smart homes, home modifications, mobility devices, and adapted vehicles to America’s most severely-wounded heroes and their families. By the end of 2017, 59 specially-adapted smart homes will have been built or are underway.

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Tile Heritage Foundation 30th Anniversary Gala and Silent Auction at the Mercer Museum & the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works Tile Festival Weekend!

John Beasley created the THF 30th Anniversary Tile.

Tile Heritage Foundation celebrated its 30th Anniversary Gala on Friday, May 19 in Doylestown, Pa.  A delightful party commemorated the occasion, co-hosted by Tile Heritage Foundation, Bucks County Historical Society and Moravian Pottery and Tile Works.

“We are most appreciative of the sponsorship support for this event that we received from Merola Tile/Somer Tile, Peter Mullins Stone Zone, Joseph Lundgren Consulting, Heritage Tile, Clay Squared to Infinity, Pat & Jim Evanko, Bantam Tileworks, Rolanda Port, and a supportive ‘Anonymous Patron.’,” said Sheila Menzies and Joe Taylor of Tile Heritage Foundation(THF).

“We are equally appreciative of the assistance of the THF 30th Gala committee: Katia McGuirk, Eric Boynton, Vance Koehler, Laura Robinson and Irene de Watteville,” they added. “Working together, we created a memorable weekend!”

The Foundation used the Gala as a platform to present the Tile Heritage Award. Beginning in 1993 the board of directors of Tile Heritage wished to acknowledge those individuals who embodied the Tile Heritage mission in some exemplary way: promoting an awareness and appreciation of ceramic surfaces in the United States. The award is always a tile designed by a tile maker whose spirit and aesthetic related significantly to the award recipient.

Mandy Baker created the THF Award tile that was presented to Cleota Reed, author of the book, Henry Chapman Mercer and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works.

The fourteenth Tile Heritage Award was presented to Cleota Reed, the author of the book, Henry Chapman Mercer and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. Mandy Baker, who was Head Ceramist at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works when Cleota was engaged in the research for her book, produced the Award Tile.

Cleota’s scholarship and her devotion to tiles as a decorative medium has served as an inspiration to hundreds of others who have come to Doylestown and become transfixed by Mercer himself, the legend, and his uniquely fabulous designs and installations. These tiles continue to inspire generations of tile makers throughout the United States and beyond, those who work the earth with their hands and create beautiful things to enrich the lives of others.

A remarkable fundraising weekend resulted for Tile Heritage due especially to the artisans who generously donated tiles, platters and planters for the silent auctions and festival sale. Artisans’ contributions represent strong advocacy for Tile Heritage, and their generosity is what made the anniversary weekend a great success.The cement planter boxes were donated to the participating mosaic artists by Campania International of Pennsburg, Pa. For a full list of donors, see

“We also thank our Gala and Festival audiences for their spirited participation, bidding in the auctions and buying tiles!,” Menzies and Taylor said. “About 80 people attended the 30th Anniversary Gala at the Mercer Museum, and over 700 people attended the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works Tile Festival over the two-day weekend.

“All of the Foundation’s sponsors and members nationally are truly a part of the Tile Heritage celebration – 30 Years of Team Work in the PRESERVATION of the valuable stories and records relating to American Tile History — a unique and amazing archive honoring ceramic surfaces in the United States, past and present. Everyone’s support has assisted in sustaining this endeavor!”


Olympia Tile+ Stone celebrates 90 years in business

Olympia Tile + stone celebrated its 90th anniversary with a spectacular event held at the Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto, Canada on May 4th.  The 125-year-old restored brickworks was the perfect setting for this grand event.

Over 3,000 people attended the extravaganza to view products and partake in the “passport-themed” event. Attendees were furnished with “passports” that traced their travels through the world of tile with over 40 vendor booths and food from 15 different countries.  “Flight attendants” mingled through the crowd and a flight simulator let everyone take their chance at being the next “Sully.”

Olympia Tile Group president Ralph Reichmann playing “Sully” on the flight simulator at the company’s 90th anniversary celebration.

The ‘mini-Cersaie’ event gave everyone an opportunity to see what the next new look would be.  Sizes, textures and colors reflecting the fashion trends in tile, from 1” x 1” mosaics to 60” x 120” panels were on display.

The accolades were plentiful from attendees. “What a fabulous night,” said Ruth Lynch, Byron Patton Associates, Toronto.  “Olympia went above and beyond…the venue, the food and the presentations were all spectacular.” Lawrence Beveridge, of Toronto’s LDB Associates, added, “The evening was perfect. I really enjoyed going from booth to booth to learn more about the products.  All the vendors were concise, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.  It was a perfect venue, and the food was fabulous.”

The great reviews continued the following day with a tour of the 35,000 sq. ft. Toronto showroom and the one million sq.ft. break-bulk facility in Vaughn , Ontario.  This main staging area for Olympia Tile+ Stone houses over 140,000 pallets of tile and 30,000 slabs of marble, granite, limestone, quartz and porcelain panels.

Over 3,000 people attended the extravaganza to view products and partake in the “passport-themed” event. Attendees were furnished with “passports” that traced their travels through the world of tile with over 40 vendor booths and food from 15 different countries.

“I truly enjoyed touring the showroom, and was blown away by the size of the inventory in the Vaughn warehouse,” said Patricia McClintock of Patricia McClintock Associates, Montreal. “I had no idea of the scope of Olympia Tile,” said Robert Irvine, Irvine Carpet & Tile, of Grand Rapids, Mich. “I have been to multiple factories around the world and have never seen an inventory this large.”

This event provided hats-off congratulations to Ralph Reichmann, president of Olympia Tile Group, and the 900 employees from Olympia Tile+ Stone that go above and beyond everyday for their customers.

“Many thanks to the esteemed customers and manufacturers, who have come from near and far to our Event from many parts of Canada, the United States and overseas,” Reichmann said. “The staff of Olympia Tile Group, who have organized this event, and myself are expressing our deepest appreciation, and trust you had an informative and pleasant experience.”






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The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) is proud to announce the acceptance of two of its members, The Stuart Company and D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone Contracting, as Five Star Contractors.

To obtain Five Star certification, contractors must be a member of NTCA, and complete an application process that includes submitting examples of work, reviews and recommendations from peers and customers and proven commitment to service, quality, safety and superior job performance. Five Star Contractors are also required to certify a minimum of 10 percent of their installers through the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) Certified Tile Installer program or ACT certification for installers.

The Stuart Company is a professional tile and flooring installation company based out of Macomb, Mich., installing mostly commercial projects, specializing in assisted living facilities, car dealerships, and large commercial, as well as some residential projects. “Joining the NTCA and becoming a Five Star Contractor has relit a fire in my passion for the industry,” said Phil Kozey, project manager at Stuart Tile Company. The company prides itself on its ability to complete projects with very difficult time schedules, but not compromising quality by cutting corners.

D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone, of Marietta, Ga., has been in business since 1994 and works by the motto, “Craftsmanship by the standards.” The company specializes in large residential stone and tile projects in both new and remodeling sectors, and specialty cladding projects. “We believe that by being a Five Star Contractor member, we have set a high standard for the company and the employees. For our employees to learn and work alongside other Five Star Contractors, will only make us a stronger and more profitable contractor,” said Woody Sanders, founder of D.W. Sanders Tile & Stone.

The tile industry believes strongly in the quality of workmanship offered by NTCA Five Star Contractors.  Many manufacturers recommend Five Star contractors to their customers on challenging projects, and in 2012, language recommending qualified labor and in particular NTCA Five Star Contractors, was approved and inserted into the Tile Council of North America Handbook for tile and stone specification and installation.

If you are an NTCA member and interested in gaining Five Star certification, contact Five Star Program Director Amber Fox at [email protected].


Arizona Tile kicks off 40th anniversary celebration events in San Diego

Arizona Tile celebrated its 40th anniversary with an event on June 15, 2017 commemorating its first branch and first lease in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Arizona Tile is hosting celebrations for employees and customers at all of its locations this year in celebration of its 40th anniversary. On June 15th 2017, the company hosted an event for its San Diego branch. This branch is the  company’s first location, and the location where its first lease was signed, so this event represented a milestone for the company. Originally the party was scheduled to take place at the company location on Morena Blvd, but the response was so outstanding that it outgrew the venue and the celebration was moved  to Town and Country Resort.


John Wirtz of Wirtz Quality Installations (l. to r.); Mark Huarte, Arizona Tile (son of founders John and Eileen Huarte) and George Gasaway of Custom Building Products.

Jack Penny on the drums!












Several of the company’s former employees were in attendance at this event, including Jack Penny. Jack Penny was a branch manager and outside sales rep at the San Diego location for over 20 years and retired a few years ago. Not only did he attend the party, but his band, The Shenanigans, provided musical entertainment at the event.


Arizona Tile executive team members were also in attendance including:

  • John and Eileen Huarte (founders)
  • Bob Traxler (President)
  • Gary Skarsten (Executive Vice President and CFO)
  • Beth Gaughan (VP of Sales)
  • Don Kesteloot (Vice President of Finance)

Founders John and Eileen Huarte outside the San Diego branch store.

The company was thrilled to see so many team members, former team members, and customers at the event. Many of the customers in attendance of this specific event have been shopping with Arizona Tile since the company began in 1977.

As part of the celebration, Arizona Tile raffled off a steak dinner as well as a Notre Dame football signed by owner and founder, John Huarte, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1964 while playing for Notre Dame.

Following is a schedule of remaining 40th Anniversary events this year:

June 15th, 2017 – San Diego CA

June 22, 2017 – Dallas TX

July 11, 2017 – Rancho Cordova, CA

Aug 25, 2017 – Albuquerque, NM

September 14, 2017 – Salt Lake City, UT

September 21, 2017 – Houston, TX

October 12, 2017 – Livermore, CA

October 19, 2017 – Denver, CO

October 25, 2017 – Roseville, CA

November 2, 2017 – Tucson, AZ

December 6, 2017 – Las Vegas, NV

December 7, 2017 – Anaheim CA

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