Federica Minozzi CEO of Stonepeak Ceramics, a subsidiary of the Italian holding group Iris Ceramica, is proud to announce the launch of the first production line in the United States dedicated to 120″x60″ large format panels, also known as ‘gauged’ panels.

The production plant, located in the hills of Tennessee, is the first and only American tile manufacturer to produce large format porcelain panels that are from 6 mm to 2 cm thick, in the United States.


Stonepeak panel at Tennessee plant

The strategic choice to build a production line for large panels in the US results from the desire to mature as a global supplier and promptly meet the needs of this new, rapidly growing market segment. By offering large format porcelain panels made in the USA, Stonepeak is guaranteeing shorter delivery times, overall increased logistic efficiency and much greater product sustainability.


Statuarietto and Calacatta Oro — two Tennessee-born marvels — together with 6 more amazing new colors, will be shown for the first time at Coverings at Booth #7847.



Calacatta Oro


The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the world’s largest tile contractor association, announced the acceptance of Northern California Tile & Stone Inc. (NCTS), Sacramento, California, to its Five Star Program.

Founded by president, Roger Leasure, NCTS began in 2009 as a reliable subcontractor specializing in large commercial and industrial tile and stone installations. Leasure​’s vision was that the catalyst for success was a driven, trustworthy and high-level experienced team, diligently ​working ​on each project regardless of size or scope. Since that time, NCTS has grown to be a major​ ​installer  in Northern California and has expanded its services throughout Nevada, as well.

In 2014, NCTS set a goal to expand via training and mentoring employees on standards, stewardship and overall ​excellence. In 2016, Leasure put additional training into practice and implemented Certified Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) programs for NCTS installers. CTEF certification is a total ​validation of industry skills and knowledge, offering training and testing essential in promoting industry-recognized proof of each and every installer’s abilities. These programs effectively ensure that NCTS team members are properly trained on quality workmanship, while continually raising the bar on all quality standards.


Roger Leasure

“Becoming a Five Star Contractor is the culmination of many years of hard work and attention to detail by our team of Project Managers, Superintendents and most importantly our CTIs (Certified Tile Installers),” stated Eric Witcher, Chief of Estimating at NCTS. “Through their dedication, we have positioned ourselves to be recognized by the NTCA with this classification. It is definitely a distinguished badge of honor, reinforcing to clients​ ​just why we are the best contractor for the job.”

To obtain Five Star Contractor certification, contractors must be members of NTCA in good standing, and complete an application process that includes submitting examples of work, reviews and recommendations from peers and customers. Furthermore, they must demonstrate a proven commitment to service, quality, safety and superior job performance. Five Star Contractors are also required to certify a minimum of 10 % of their installers through the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) Certified Tile Installer program or, have completed a three-year apprenticeship program approved by the Department of Labor.


NTCA is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the industry, spearheading education for the professional installation of ceramic tile, natural stone and allied products.  For more information, please contact NTCA executive director Bart Bettiga at [email protected], via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit For more information on the Five Star Contractor program, please contact Amber Fox at [email protected] or phone 619-247-1832.


Brand builds playfully-themed doghouse for TCNA charity donation


Dallas, TX – April 27, 2018 – As part of TCNA’s doghouse donation to a local charity during the upcoming Coverings trade show, Marazzi has produced a custom tiled dog house that is playfully-themed to capture the vivacious and happy energy that dogs add to everyday life.

“This year we wanted to create a doghouse design that was all about fun!” said Sarah Morales, product design assistant, Marazzi.  “We chose Marazzi’s Costa Clara tile in Blue Wave to tile the majority of our doghouse.  Costa Clara has a hand-crafted, artisan visual and texture that lend themselves to the fun-loving theme we were going for.  The deep, rich blue and the movement of Costa Clara’s texture also took us in the direction of a coastal theme, so we next selected a tile for the roof that adds both a visual and texture akin to the waves of an ocean.  We then paired the blue tile with bright white grout to simulate the white piping that is typically part of any good nautical theme, bringing additional vibrance to the overall visual.  As one last whimsical touch, we added the image of a dog bone right over the door of the house, so Fido knows this home is definitely for him!”

The Marazzi doghouse will join several others donated by fellow TCNA members and will be on display during Coverings in the TCNA Art Tile Courtyard (booth #7249).  Following the show, all doghouses will be donated to the Homeless Pets Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that saves the lives of homeless cats and dogs in Atlanta area animal shelters and promotes the benefits of pet ownership.

Designer of the Marazzi dog house was Sarah Morales of Marazzi and the tile installer was Albert Pena of LAB Exhibits.




iQ POWER TOOLS CUTS TO THE CHASE ​at COVERINGS ‘18, including talk on new OSHA Silica Standard

Coverings 2018 is approaching (May 8-11th), and iQ Power Tools is preparing for a number of exciting events found only at this world-class exposition. The largest ceramic tile and natural stone trade exposition in the United States, featuring exhibitors from more than 40 countries, Coverings sets the stage for introducing the most innovative tile and stone products ​worldwide​. These include iQ Power Tools’ iQTS244, the World’s First Dry-Cut Tile Saw with Integrated Dust Collection.

The iQ team will be in full force at this year’s expo. Here is a look at where, when and how iQ Power Tools will be participating:

Exhibit Booth #7912 in the TCNA Hall

Located in the Tile Council of North America’s Hall, #7912, ​visitors will learn about iQTS244 Dry-Cut Tile Saw and its three-key accessories including: Miter Attachment, Extension Table and Vacuum Port. ​Most importantly, they’ll be able see the world’s first dry cut tile saw in action.

Location: Hall C, Booth 7201- Live Installation Demonstrations on Tuesday, May 8th at 12:50pm

A major feature at Coverings, ​live “how-to” classes ​are ​offered to attendees for an up-close look at how ​the top​ pros handle a variety of challenging tile installations. Attendees will see ​ways to​ install new products and learn techniques to make tile and stone installation more successful and financially rewarding.​ See how iQ Power Tool’s Dry-Cut Saw works in “real-world”.

Location: B314 – What the Tile Industry Needs to Know about the New OSHA Silica Standard, Wednesday, May 9th from 3 pm to 4:30 pm

iQ Power Tools’ President, Joel Guth will make a presentation on the hazards of silica and how to understand the OSHA Silica PEL.

Guth will be joined by fellow panelists, Martin Howard, Executive Vice President – Operations Tile, Stone and Pre-Construction at David Allen Company (Raleigh, NC) and Jim Olson, Assistant Executive Director of the National Tile Contractors Association (Jackson, MS).

Learning Objectives for this FREE one hour presentation include:

  •           Know the Hazard: Learn and understand the hazard and risks associated with silica exposure.
  •           Know the Standard: Learn and understand the OSHA PEL and what it means to you and your business.
  •           Know your Exposure: Learn and understand how to use air monitoring to measure silica exposure levels and understand the results.
  •           Know your Options: Learn and understand your options, including tools, work practices and educational resources for controlling silica exposure on your job sites

Register to win a FREE iQ Power Tools Dry-Cut Tile Saw and Blade

From the show’s opening on May 8th ​through May 11th, attendees participating in a live saw demonstration at the iQ Booth #7912 will receive one entry to win iQ’s Dry-Cut Tile Saw with stand and blade ($1,740 value). Entries (attendee’s business card) must be validated by an iQ Representative. The first 100 entries will receive an iQ Tee-Shirt. The first 50 attendees completing the OSHA Silica Standard Presentation will receive an additional entry and an iQ Tee-Shirt.

Winner will be drawn at @12pm on Friday, May11th by one of the National Tile Contractors Association’s Regional Directors (Region 6) and  Five Star Contractor, Mr. Bradford Denny of Nichols Tile & Terrazzo Co., Joelton, TN.

For more information, contact Sarah Hurtado, Marketing Communications Manager | [email protected]


FinPan, Inc. announces Staff Update

FinPan announces additions to its management and leadership teams. Coming onboard are Renee Robertson as Senior Director of Marketing, Jeff Meyrose as National Sales Director and Steve Confer as Vice President.
Renee Robertson,
Senior Director of Marketing
Renee Robertson, joined the company in January of 2017 as the National Sales & Marketing Director for FinPan  and quickly rose to Senior Director of Marketing for both FinPan and T.Clear Corporation. Renee comes with an extensive background in manufacturing operations, marketing and product marketing innovation.
You can reach Renee at: [email protected]
Jeff Meyrose,
National Sales Director
Jeff Meyrose comes with a wealth of knowledge from his previous experience in the field of residential, commercial and industrial sales. Leveraging his 35+ years of experience, FinPan is confident he will be an excellent partner as he focuses on driving sales growth through all of our channels.
You can reach Jeff at: [email protected]
Steve Confer,
Vice President
Steve joined FinPan in October of 2015 as the National Sales Director for the other side of the business, T. Clear Corporation. Steve’s background as a Divisional President in the metal fabrication industry and a General Manager in the precast industry have made him an ideal choice to join the leadership team at Fin Pan, Inc.


Dallas, TX – April 26, 2018 Dal-Tile Corporation was recently named as the exclusive tile provider for Woodside Homes.  With both companies keenly focused on offering products rich in style and design, this relationship provides homebuyers in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah with a new resource to help achieve their desired home.

Dal-Tile’s Mike Profilio

“Woodside Homes self-describes as ‘Better By Design’ and they put primary emphasis on helping home buyers customize their space with their own personal style,” said Mike Profilio, director of national accounts – Western U.S., Dal-Tile.  “As their exclusive tile provider, Dal-Tile puts three of the world’s top tile brands (Daltile, Marazzi, and American Olean) at Woodside’s disposal to create programs that meet all style and pricepoint needs. This relationship further benefits Woodside, because our multi-brand strategy comes with the convenience of working with a single supplier.  In the world of home building, there are so many moving parts that aligning with a single manufacturer, who makes their core builder products in the U.S., alleviates a lot of potential headaches for the builder.”

“Our strong brand awareness also enhances the home buyer experience, while customers are exploring Woodside’s online Inspiration Gallery design platform and during their in-person Woodside Homes Inspiration Gallery visits,” added Profilio.

For product information, visit,, and



NTCA Announces More Sponsored Installer ​& Contractor Events at Coverings 2018

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) is sponsoring a multitude of both installer and contractor events at Coverings 2018, ​taking place May 8-11, 2018 at the Georgia World Center in Atlanta, GA.


Robb Roderick (l) and Mark Heinlein on the Live Installation Demonstration stage at Coverings ’17


The Live Installation Demonstration Stage, Booth #7201, will showcase new products and information about emerging installation products and trends. According to NTCA’s Executive Director, Bart Bettiga, “Contractors will learn new techniques, ultimately making their tile and stone installations even more successful. And, the NTCA will be conducting seven individual programs at the installation stage. These will include how-to ‘live’ and interactive sessions.”

Activities to schedule:

Tuesday, May 8th

12pm – On the Trail: On Ground Exterior Installations & Environmental Management (Sun, Water, Temperature, Structural Movement)

3pm – Scaling the Cliff: Exterior Vertical Installations & Environmental & Structural Management (Sun, Water, Temperature, Structural Movement)

Wednesday, May 9th

11:50am – At the Summit: Approved Methods & New Technology in the Installations of Tile Balcony & Roof Deck Installations

1:20pm – On the Trail: On Ground Exterior Installations & Environmental Management (Sun, Water, Temperature, Structural Movement)

Thursday, May 10th

1:30pm – Scaling the Cliff: Exterior Vertical Installations & Environmental & Structural Management (Sun, Water, Temperature, Structural Movement)

4:10pm – At the Summit: Approved Methods & New Technology in the Installations of Tile Balcony & Roof Deck Installations

Friday, May 11th

11:10am – All Things Wild: Review of Exterior Installations – Floors, Walls, Balcony/Roof Decks

Three tiny houses at the Installation Design Showcase will portray the synergy between area designers and NTCA Five Star Contractors, installing tile in these projects in real time during the show.


NTCA Five Star Contractors will be participating in the Installation Design Showcase – featuring “tiny houses,” located at booth #8804, Hall C. They will be working closely with top design teams, with a collective goal to bring to life, right on the show floor, the synergy that develops between design team​s​ and installation contractor​s. This showcase will illustrate exactly what happens when innovative design concepts are paired​ with highly trained installers.


The Installation Experience debuts this year, allowing show attendees to experience firsthand, numerous types of tile installations implemented by​ ​qualified​ ​labor. ​Interactive sessions will showcase today’s best practices relative to a multitude of distinctive tile installations. The Installation Experience will be staged in the Hall C, Exhibit # 8401

The Contractor & Dealer Lounge is contractor central at Coverings, with lunches, happy hours, tours and other events taking place during the show.


All contractor attendees are invited to join the NTCA at the Contractor & Dealer Lounge, Booth #8201, where they can network and engage in education sessions critical to the tile business. On Wednesday and Thursday, guests can take advantage of a customized tour of the show floor starting at 11:00 AM with lunch. Tours are first-come, first-serve and sign up is at the Contractor & Dealer Lounge during the show. Daily giveaways, educational videos and much more will be happening each day at this location, including “Happy Hours” starting at 3:00 PM.

Daily giveaways at the Contractor Lounge is one of the highlights of the show.


Winners of the 2018 CID (Coverings Installation & Design) Awards, ​honoring outstanding achievements in design and installation of tile and stone, will be announced at a reception/ceremony at 5:30 pm in room B401 on Wednesday, May 9th. The CID Awards celebrate creativity and technical know-how in the use of tile and stone and, outstanding achievements in design, both residential and commercial. Projects are judged and awarded separately on technical installation and design, as well as international design, sustainable design and sustainable installation techniques. The installer and designer of prize-winning projects each will receive up to $3,000​, a one-night stay in Atlanta and ​much ​more.

“Coverings 2018 is a vital part of the NTCA’s strategy,” stated Bart Bettiga, Executive Director of the National Tile Contractors Association. “It is THE heavyweight event on the industry calendar;​ we are proud to be an integral part of its success. Our continued participation in the multitude of daily show experiences exemplifies and solidifies our commitment not only to NTCA members​ but ​also​ to the industry as a whole.”




NTCA is a non-profit trade association serving every segment of the industry, spearheading education for the professional installation of ceramic tile, natural stone and allied products.  For more information, please contact NTCA executive director Bart Bettiga at [email protected], via telephone at (601) 939-2071, or visit


Museum launches new wood products, website, participation at Coverings, and a new showroom


Sharing a series of announcements from Museum, a brand of Peronda.

SHERWOOD OAK 4D collection:  All the excellence of the MUSEUM range has been brought for the first time to a wood-effect collection. Thanks to the use of its exclusive Museum 4D technology, Sherwood 4D’s satin finish, varying shades of color and high resolution mark a new high point in top-range deluxe tiles. Its new 19,5×150 cm format brings an added sense of spaciousness to living spaces, infusing them with unique warmth and elegance. The collection’s oak design, which is easily combined with other materials, brings all the subtle beauty of fine wood to surfaces.
The brand has also launched a website: This
new single brand website offers a unique experience.  All the brand’s products, collections and details are now available for consultation by all users.
Museum at Coverings 2018: From 8th to 11th May Museum will be attending Coverings, the international show held in Atlanta, USA, where it will be launching its new collections for the 2018 season, including the new 100 x 180 cm format. Hall B4, Stand 3351.
Museum opens its new showroom: Museum has opened its new showroom, located in the Group’s head offices. The new design, which features the revamped corporate image, has created an exclusive space in which to discover the firm’s full range of collections at first hand.

Mid America Tile launches three new lines

These classic designs are paired elegantly with modern formats providing the perfect option for today’s easy eclectic spaces.
Ainslee Park
Marble looks feature bold graphics, allowing each color to be a standout. Glossy ceramic wall and matte porcelain floor tile, paired with mosaics, coordinate beautifully to allow for a continuous design theme throughout any space.


Ainslee Park

The Genesis Collection

The Genesis Collection
The Genesis Collection is inspired by the origins of cement–designed to replicate the look of form-poured concrete with rustic striations. This versatile collection creates rhythm and structure with a raw, open-construction feel.
This series is inspired by the elegant Varana stone found in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. Sequence brings versatile color and size options in a color body glazed porcelain tile that realizes an ideal palette for designers.
See these products at the CFA Product Showcase, on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, Belvedere  Banquets & Events, 1170 W. Devon, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Exhibit hours: 1-7 pm

Crossville Partners with D&B Tile Distributors and ID & Design International to Create Award-Winning Tile Garment for Recent IIDA South Florida ‘Design Mix’

CROSSVILLE, Tennessee – Crossville Inc., D&B Tile Distributors, and ID & Design International recently partnered to design and create a stunning runway dress constructed of Crossville tile for the annual IIDA South Florida Design Mix. The garment received the Best Use of Challenging Material Award at the event.

Design Mix is an exciting fashion show that pairs industry members with design firms in a team effort to fabricate a one-of-a-kind, unique wearable garments made of sponsors’ products. Non-industry judges evaluate the garments and present awards in various categories.

For this year’s Casino Royale-themed Design Mix, the talented design team sponsored by Crossville and D&B devised a bedazzling Bond Girl garment fashioned from luminous tile and mosaics from a range of Crossville collections.

An opulent high-rimmed collar was constructed with metallic linear stripes comprised of Crossville’s gauged porcelain tile panels.
Crossville’s Ebb & Flow glass mosaics were used to create a perfect Bond Girl bodice and headpiece.
The long flowing train was handmade with metallic quatrefoil shaped waterjet-cut tile and sparkling crystals.
Bejeweled wrist cuffs crafted from Crossville’s mirrored Sideview Glass tile.

“With so much talent between ID & Design International and D&B, it’s not surprising they did such an amazing job using our porcelain tile and glass mosaics. It’s really exciting to have landed a coveted award at the event,” said Robert Sutnick, Senior Architectural Representative for Crossville.

Proceeds from IIDA South Florida’s Design Mix go to support funding for interior design student awards and legislation advocacy efforts.

For more information on the Crossville products used for this event, visit

Find photos of the garment and event here:

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