Crossville Launches Alaska Porcelain Tile Collection

New Product Mimics Look of Real Terrazzo with Dual Matte & Shimmer Finish

Officials with Crossville, Inc. have announced the launch of Alaska, a terrazzo-look porcelain tile collection. Manufactured with Crossville’s Digital Plus technology, Alaska replicates the timeless appearance of terrazzo tile enhanced with a dual finish that blends matte and shimmer for a convincing effect. The distinct surface visual interpreted in a durable porcelain tile provides designers and specifiers an advantageous, high performance, and cost-effective alternative to real terrazzo that’s suitable for commercial and residential installations.

“We named this collection Alaska because it is our largest state, and this product includes our largest tile produced here in Crossville,” explains Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s vice president of marketing.

Additionally, Waldrep shares that the collection was developed to help designers explore new frontiers with the look of terrazzo. Because Alaska guarantees superior performance and other advantages unheard of with traditional terrazzo material, she says it “can be used in places and in ways the real thing just couldn’t.”

The line’s tone-on-tone visuals, enhanced by the hint of glint revealed as light passes across the dual finish surface, come in five colors: Ice, Bone, Mink, Glacier, and Tundra. These versatile neutrals are foundational hues ideal for undergirding any design scheme and were formulated to coordinate with other popular Crossville collections.

The colors reach maximum potential in the collection’s generous range of sizes. Field tiles are offered in 24×48, 24×24, and 12×24, as well as a classic 2×2 square mosaic and an adventurous new polygon mosaic, mesh-mounted on 13×15 sheet. These mosaics are excellent solutions for wet area floor installations, in addition to providing customizable accents for wall and floor applications. Alaska’s terrazzo-look installations can be finished fully with the line’s cove base and bullnose trims.

As a certified porcelain tile product, the collection answers demanding technical requirements for a wide range of applications. The line is responsibly manufactured in the U.S., contains recycled content, and is Green Squared certified. It’s an ideal surfacing solution for projects for which sustainability and environmental standards are priorities.

With a subtle yet stunning terrazzo look, an abundance of sizes, colors, and styles, Alaska porcelain tile collection by Crossville invites designers to explore new possibilities.

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About Crossville Inc.
Founded in 1986, 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 privately held 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:
– production of large format tile on site,
– manufacturing of tile with certified recycled content,
– development the Tile Take-Back® Program for recycling fired porcelain tile,
– attaining of certification for waste recycling programs,
– earning of TCNA’s Green Squared certification for all of its U.S.-produced tile lines,
– distribution of a complete line of large format porcelain tile panels, and
– designation as a net consumer of waste in the domestic tile industry.

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Belknap White Group announces new collections from Marazzi

The Belknap White Group (BWG), one of America’s leading full-service flooring distributors, will be stocking Marazzi’s new product collections beginning in Spring of 2019.

Offering innovative on-trend looks, these new products will be available via BWG throughout all of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and parts of upstate New York.

“Marazzi’s Spring 2019 Collections showcase today’s latest styles,” stated Dave Godlewski, Belknap White’s Vice President/Ceramic Division. “They feature stunning aesthetics, ranging from concrete looks to updated wood looks… to the very popular encaustic trends, which customers are demanding.”

The D_Segni Color™ Collection adds a splash of exotic, offering vibrant colors and patterns with a re-interpretation of traditional handmade cement tiles. The encaustic-inspired 8×8 collection offers geometrical, vintage and metropolitan patterns that can be used individually or mixed-and-matched for personalized designs. This distinguished range offers eight “cement -look” patterns with seven coordinating solid colors.

Combining the vintage look of terrazzo with patterns of encaustic, Marazzi’s D_Segni Terrazzo™ offers countless design opportunities to enhance unique spaces. Four solid colors and four patterns in a retro 8 x 8 size round out this exquisite collection.

Neutral colors and various rectangular sizes make the Persuade™ collection a perfect choice for upscale design. With its calming linear grain and soft concrete aesthetic, Persuade™ is available in 4×12, 6×18 and 12×24 formats… and, is distinguished by the glazed porcelain floor tile coupled with glazed ceramic wall tile and mosaics.

The already successful vintage “wood-look” American Estates™ Collection has now added three new colors, resulting in even more modern options. White, Brown and gray have been added to this collection of artisan-quality “hand-scraped” looks.

For samples and pricing, please contact The Belknap White Group.

Headquartered in Mansfield, MA, The Belknap White Group is one of the leading full-service, hard-surface flooring distributors in the United States. Family-owned-and-operated for over 35 years, The Belknap White Group strives to deliver excellent service, while partnering with industry-leading suppliers to deliver an extensive portfolio of premium flooring products. We have nine showrooms and distribution locations across New York, New Jersey and New England featuring hardwood, resilient, ceramic and supplies for all residential and commercial applications. For more information about The Belknap White Group, visit

Antolini presents Python Black granite

Python Black granite from Antolini

Python Black granite from Antolini

Antolini presents Python Black granite. Cinereal streams of ashen strokes dance abound this chic granite in an ensemble of naturally-orchestrated beauty. As contoured silhouettes protrude across its igneous surface, the natural characteristics of Python Black emanate an elegance that augments contemporary interiors evoking a blend of luxury and refinement. Python Black is a truly unique form of Exclusive Stone in antiquity that reflects Mother Nature’s endless beauty. For information, visit




NTCA member launches floating shower bench

NTCA contractor member Davis Holland Leichsenring from Holland Bath & Spa, Inc. launches the HOLLSPA Customizable Floating Shower Bench. Leichsenring  is a NTCA Washington DC Ambassador and past Regional Director / Technical Committee member. He is launching his HOLLSPA Floating Shower Bench in showrooms and online nationwide.

NTCA contractor member Davis Holland Leichsenring has developed a floating, customizable shower bench.

NTCA contractor member Davis Holland Leichsenring has developed the HOLLSPA floating, customizable shower bench.

The HOLLSPA Floating Shower Bench consists of a fully customizable benchtop that attaches to the wall through a patented, concealed mounting system. It is built in the USA with durable stainless steel brackets and a mounting system hidden behind the wall for a clean, architectural look.

This ADA-compliant shower bench can be shipped either with one of HOLLSPA’s standard benchtops, or mounting system only, for a complete customization by the buyer’s own stone fabricator. The benchtop does not touch the walls, thus eliminating caulking or grout and creating a floating feel. The mounting kit comes with easy-to-follow instructions, a waterproof package, and an epoxy kit for securing the benchtop.

The HOLLSPA Floating Shower Bench is designed by a tile contractor to be installed by tile contractors. Details and purchasing information available at, [email protected], or 800.215.0203.

Florida Tile introduces travertine-inspired Tuscan Villa HDP

Florida Tile introduces Tuscan Villa HDP., traditional travertine-inspired porcelain tile in a modern palette and clean edges. The movement within each graphic and the premium glaze on the surface provides a luxurious distinction. A soft feel contradicts the extreme durability and slip resistance provided by this state-of-the-art glaze. The undulations on the surface create a subtle timeworn texture that transports you to the relaxed atmosphere of Tuscany.

Tuscan Villa HDP

“Tuscan Villa HDP embodies the Italy of our dreams. The beauty is simultaneously awe-inspiring and welcoming,” said Tressa Samdal, Florida Tile Director of Marketing. She added, “It is an ideal balance of artistry and substance, adding refinement to any setting while being technically tough enough to endure the harshest commercial conditions.”

Three fresh color choices enable this porcelain tile to stand out from the crowd. Arezzo Ivory stuns with a warm white base and swirls of light gray and fawn hues, Cortona Beige is imbued with a palette of beiges and golds over a base of alabaster, and Florence Silver is a dramatic blend of soft gray tones that fuse into a sterling nebula. Each color is available in 6×6, 12×12, and 12×24 field tiles, a 36 piece mosaic, and a 3×12 bullnose.

Doug Hayes, Vice President of Sales for Florida Tile added, “This product is an incredible value as the premium glaze along with other technical attributes allow it to be rated for all projects from residential to heavy commercial. The durability and slip resistance of Tuscan Villa HDP make it an excellent option for commercial specifiers.”

Manufactured using proprietary HDP—High Definition Porcelain® printing technology and with the technical performance of porcelain, the Tuscan Villa HDP collection is appropriate for all applications in both residential and commercial settings. It is entirely made in the USA in Florida Tile’s Green Squared Certified®, Advanced Manufacturing Center in Lawrenceburg, KY of 40% pre-consumer recycled content. It meets the DCOF AcuTest® requirements to be installed in wet areas and is GREENGUARD® and Porcelain Tile certified.


 Florida Tile is a fully owned subsidiary of Panariagroup, a publicly owned company traded on the Milan Stock Exchange (MILAN: PAN IM). Panariagroup is a leading manufacturer and distributor in over 60 countries around the world with six manufacturing sites in Italy, Portugal and the USA and nine brands positioned in the high-end of the market. 

Yurtbay Seramik launches stone, wood and textured looks

Old Town Wood in White from Yurtbay

At Coverings ’19, Yurtbay Seramik launched its new tile collections to the USA market and made the grand opening by announcing the establishment of Yurtbay Seramik USA, Inc.

Yurtbay Seramik exhibited a wide range of products in different patterns and color variations, with a variety of textures from polished, matt to satinato. In regard to the feedback for Yurtbay Seramik’s trending styles from Coverings’19, here are the top three outstanding product series of Yurtbay Seramik.

Invisible Marble

Invisible Marble is the expression of classic style with an elegant modern look.

Natural stones once again are back in the spotlight with Invisible Marble; high-class natural marble with original vein patterns through shades of color that are enhanced with beautiful surface finishes – polished and satinato – on a large format, 60x120cm in addition to 30x60cm.

Yurtbay's Invisible Marble, in a polished finish

Yurtbay’s Invisible Marble, in a polished finish












Old Town Wood

Old Town Wood brings the rustic and modern style together with its warm texture and different color options.

The Old Town Wood series is where nature meets the elegant tones in your soul with its color options of white, black, grey, turquoise and orange and size of 20×120. It brings simple and unique forms of nature to your space, creating a pleasant environment.

Old Town Wood in White from Yurtbay

Old Town Wood in White from Yurtbay













Dalia is a great option for creating remarkable places with its warm and pure texture.

Dalia Series, which comes into prominence through its texture blending classic and modern concepts, not only provides great value but attracts the consumer to the product by means of its different themes and texture.

Yurtbay Seramik will please everyone who loves different designs in their places and wants to see warm and sincere themes. Yurtbay will continue to present a unique experience to its consumers through their outstanding product selections.

For further inquiries, please contact to Yurtbay Seramik USA, Inc.  Address: 4220 Steve Reynolds Blvd. Suite 15 Norcross GA 30093 USA.  Telephone: +1 470-375-7570.

VitrA exhibits its latest tile series at Coverings 2019

VitrA Mode was one of the new tile systems launched at Coverings.

VitrA exhibited its latest tile series at Coverings 2019, which has been the preeminent event for the ceramic tile & natural stone industry in North America for thirty years. VitrA’s 75 square meter stand at the exhibition, which took place in Orlando, Florida, on 9-12 April, displayed its latest series and systems for covering materials.

About 1,100 companies and 26 thousand visitors from 90 countries participated in the exhibition, where VitrA displayed five new porcelain series based on ColorCode and Natural Stone themes: Urbancrete, Urbanwood, Metalcrete, Cardostone and Ceppostone.

VitrA Mode was one of the new tile systems launched at Coverings.

VitrA Mode was one of the new tile systems launched at Coverings.

In addition to this; VitrA launched two new tile systems, Mode and Retromix, VitrA offered visitors an opportunity to evaluate the new oak colors of its Urbanwood series. VitrA’s marble-like series, Marmori, Nuvola and Serpegiante also caught the attention of visitors to the exhibition.


Kale debuts innovative products at Coverings

Kalesinterflex isTurkey’s thinnest, biggest and most flexible ceramic tile with 3mm and 5mm thicknesses, measuring 120x360cm.

A leading player in the international ceramics market, Kaleseramik presented its new products at Coverings 2019, one of the world’s foremost ceramics trade fairs, held in Orlando, Fla., April 9-12. Günfer Haklı, EVP, International Markets Sales and Marketing, said, “As the first Turkish ceramics firm that made a brand investment in Italy, we took part in the fair with our Edilcuoghi Edilgres, Campani, Çanakkale Seramik and Kalebodur brands. We will continue to make a difference in the international market with our innovative brands that symbolize our high quality and unique design approach.” These brands were all on display in the Kaleseramik booth there — showing novelties from Europe’s 4th and the world’s 15th biggest ceramic tile manufacturer.

The company aims to grow in the global market with its Italian brands

Emphasizing on the exclusive designs they developed for a variety of styles and functional solutions that made life easier to provide the users with the living spaces of their dreams, Günfer Haklı, EVP, International Markets Sales and Marketing, said: “Our brands were among the highlights of the fair with products that symbolize our high quality and unique design approach.” Underlining Kaleseramik’s goal of growing in the global market, Günfer Haklı added: “Kaleseramik, which carried out Turkey’s first ceramic exports in 1962, acquired prestigious Italian brands Edilcuoghi Edilgres and Campani with Kale Italia in 2011. Having made the first Turkish acquisition in the Italian ceramic industry, which is deemed the center of the world in ceramics, Kale accelerated its branding efforts abroad with this investment. Today, consumers in more than 100 countries across all continents extending from Asia to Europe, America to Africa, have access to Kale branded products.”

New collections on display for the first time at the Coverings Fair

At the Coverings Fair, Kale showcased its Oregon, Ashdown and Woodream collections for the first time. In addition to new collections, Kalebodur’s innovative product Kalesinterflex was also on display with examples from various areas of use.


An innovative product that breaks the routine in the industry: ‘Kalesinterflex’

Reflecting on its product line its long-established brand experience with state-of-the-art technology, Kalebodur introduced a new look into architectural designs and construction technologies with Kalesinterflex –Turkey’s thinnest, biggest and most flexible ceramic tile with thickness varieties of 3mm and 5mm and dimensions of 120x360cm.

Kalesinterflex isTurkey’s thinnest, biggest and most flexible ceramic tile with 3mm and 5mm thicknesses, measuring 120x360cm.

Kalesinterflex is Turkey’s thinnest, biggest and most flexible ceramic tile with 3mm and 5mm thicknesses, measuring 120x360cm.

Much more practical, aesthetic and longer lasting than other coating materials, Kalesinterflex is also used on different areas such as tables, coffee tables, TV set units and bathroom furniture as well as kitchen counters and cupboard doors.

Kalesinterflex allows for both the implementation of new ideas on façades and interiors and the creation of modern living areas. Kalesinterflex is an environment-friendly product, as it requires less raw materials, less energy, and less water from the nature to manufacture.

Kalesinterflex also stands out with its resistance to fire and chemicals, easiness to clean and its antibacterial qualities. It is preferred by both consumers and professionals thanks to its anti-graffiti and photocatalytic properties, easiness to cut in varying dimensions, and environment-friendliness. Kalesinterflex comes in a vast range of colors and textures, providing considerable freedom of movement, application and creativity for buildings.



Bostik Introduces Grip N Grab™, a Time-Saver for Vertical Applications


Bostik has created Grip N Grab™ specifically to decrease installation time of vertical applications. This advanced hybrid polymer technology “grabs” heavy materials quickly, reducing time and amount of bracing, then provides a strong, permanent bond to both porous and non-porous substrates.

Designed for both interior and exterior projects, Grip N Grab™ is water, frost and heat resistant (from temperatures of 0-200°F), is solvent free, has a quick cure time… and, can even be used on damp or wet surfaces. It will adhere to virtually everything including wood, natural stone, ceramic tile, mirrors, concrete, metal, mortar, bricks, gypsum and glass. Grip N Grab™ comes in a 9.5 fluid ounce cartridge, with attached v-notch nozzle to provide optimal bead height.

According to Eric Kurtz, Bostik’s Senior Market Manager – Hardwood, Resilient & Surface Preparation Systems, “Grip N Grab™ is a handy product for just about anyone. In particular, it’s ideal for contractors when they are tasked to mount a specific product to a vertical surface consisting of dissimilar material. Quick to cure and extremely easy to use, Grip N Grab™ is a true problem-solver!”

Bostik has produced a helpful video for users of Grip N Grab™, which may be accessed by clicking on this LINK.

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Alpha® Summit Introducing Summit AP Polishing Wheels

Alpha® is pleased to introduce Summit AP Polishing Wheels. This enhanced version of our popular Summit Resin will now polish Engineered Stone and Quartz Surfaces in addition to Granite, Marble and Limestone. They fit on the most common radial arm polishers and will match the factory finish provided by large multi-head polishing machines. These resin wheels are perfect for the fabrication of countertops, tabletops, and the backsides of slabs or monument sides and tops. The Alpha® Summit AP Polishing Wheels give you fast, consistent and superior quality results. As with the entire Summit line, these wheels are easy to use and are quick to change from grit to grit. The advanced design of the Alpha® Summit AP Polishing Wheels is sure to make your job easy, saving time and money!

These wheels are now in stock and available for immediate delivery.
For more information, visit our website at or contact us at 800-648-7229.

About Alpha Professional Tools®
Alpha Professional Tools® was founded in 1986 and has become a leading manufacturer of quality tools for professionals in the natural/engineered stone, porcelain, ceramic, glass, construction, marine and automotive industries. Alpha® provides the best products for cutting, drilling, shaping and polishing all types of materials. In addition to providing the best products in the industry, Alpha Professional Tools® offers a variety of services to support their products.

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