Crossville Launches State of Grace Porcelain Tile Collection

Marble’s Classic Look, Abundant Shapes and Sizes,

Durability That Outperforms Natural Stone

Crossville, Tennessee – Crossville Inc. has announced the launch of State of Grace, a tile collection that interprets the delicate and elegant look of Italian marble in a durable, powerful porcelain body. This line offers specifiers inventive options—including Crossville’s first domestically produced 24”x48” field tile—to design stunning looks for commercial and residential settings.

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Crossville’s State of Grace.

Engineered to be as functional as it is fashionable, State of Grace answers the perpetual demand for marble-look surfacing for floors and walls.

“True marble is a tender stone that’s prone to etching and chipping,” explains Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville’s VP of marketing. “State of Grace offers all the style of marble with durability and strength that outperforms the real thing—no sealing required. This collection is an optimal solution for areas where natural marble wouldn’t be viable.”

The line’s singular color, available in unpolished and satin finishes, is inspired by the look of the world’s finest marbles. As an amalgam of marble influences, the surface visual features veining nuanced with cool and warm tones to complement nearly any design style.

“We’ve captured the best of all the marble looks to create a truly unique collection that can’t be replicated. You won’t find this appearance anywhere else,” Waldrep shares.

State of Grace’s extensive range of shapes and sizes offer design possibilities to answer any project challenge. Field tile sizes include 24”x48” (Crossville’s largest domestically produced field tile size to date), 24”x24”, 12”x12”, 12”x24”, 6”x24”, and 3”x6”. Pickets, left and right chevrons, mesh-mounted mosaics including 2”x2”, herringbone and 3”x3” hex options are also available. A full trim package including cove base and bullnose trims, base and crown moldings, and chair rails help to complete installations in style. Additionally, plank sizes are available through Crossville’s Get Planked program.

As with all products produced at Crossville’s Tennessee manufacturing facilities, State of Grace is responsibly made in the USA and is Green Squared certified. State of Grace is recommended for interior floors, walls, countertops, and exterior walls in commercial or residential settings.

For more information on this collection, visit the product page on


Dallas, TX – July 18, 2018 Dal-Tile Corporation recently entered into an exclusive tile provider agreement with the nation’s 37th largest new home builder, Fischer Homes.  This 5-year exclusive agreement is projected to include over 10,000 future home builds.  Fischer builds in Cincinnati, Atlanta, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Louisville and has one of the highest customer service ratings in the industry.  Dal-Tile is the largest manufacturer and marketer of ceramic tile, natural stone, and countertop products used in residential and commercial spaces across North America.   

“Dal-Tile brings an exciting new brand to our portfolio which we truly believe has the most modern innovations, highest quality, and is the industry leader in the natural stone, porcelain and ceramic categories for our homeowners, trade partners, and suppliers,” said Phil Westerfield, corporate purchasing manager, Fischer Homes.  

“Fischer Homes is focused on design and quality, with home plans that offer the best in today’s design and livability,” said Kelly Meyers, director of national accounts – Eastern U.S., Dal-Tile.  “Dal-Tile is the perfect fit for such a builder.  We put three of the world’s top tile brands (Daltile, Marazzi, and American Olean) at Fischer’s disposal to create a program that meets individual buyers’ unique needs.  Each of our brands brings award-winning style and design to the market and our product quality leads the industry.”

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Vitromex USA introduces Living porcelain collection

San Antonio, TX – Vitromex USA is proud to introduce its new and alluring collection, Living. This refreshed marble look utilizes subtle and delightful veins to create spaces of continuity, making this collection worthy of its place in its full line of porcelain offerings. The exquisitely soft nature of this series invites the creative soul in everyone to call forth their aesthetically-pleasing designs to life. With the wonderful shade variation present, Living provides you with seemingly endless options for any space.

The smooth natural surface of the Living collection is offered in three classic colors: Crema, Gris and Grafito. In addition to the 12”x24” pressed format, this collection includes a 3”x12” Surface Bullnose and 2”x2” Mosaic all in a natural matte finish.

Living glazed porcelain floor and wall tile is appropriate for countertop and backsplash applications as well as all residential and most commercial applications. This entire series is manufactured in a GreenSquared certified facility, which utilizes pre-consumer recycled content. Vitromex USA continues to be a participating member of the TCNA (Tile Council of North America).


Vitromex USA is a fully owned business unit of GIS, a publicly owned company traded on the Mexican Stock Market (GISSA). Vitromex USA is a leading manufacturer and distributor globally with five manufacturing sites in Mexico and multiple brands positioned in the economic sector of the US market. ##

Marc Sadler signs Fabrique, the new Natural Genius collection by Listone Giordano

Marc Sadler signs Fabrique, the new Natural Genius collection by Listone Giordano whose innovative surface treatments give the material a brand new personality, both in terms of colour and cross brushing technique.

Fabrique Natural Genius is a dynamic collection, born from deep research of the material, itself an inspiration for a new interpretation of wooden surfaces. 

The collection is also a tribute to Listone Giordano’s technological heart: Listone Giordano® multilayer technology, patented in 1983.

With Fabrique Natural Genius, the high-end multilayer wood in precious birch fibre takes on a new connotation and becomes a visible layer, transforming panelling into actual wooden fabric. The soul and essence of the material thus emerge on the surface, giving it a completely new and surprising personality, providing dynamism, character and uniqueness to any space. Just like all the Listone Giordano Natural Genius collections, Fabrique redefines the classic aesthetic canons of parquet, consecrating it once again to the world of contemporary design.

Fabrique Natural Genius is available in six colours: Fumée Noir, Graphite, Ciment, Argile, Tabac and Corde, with Oleonature finish and Crystalcare antibacterial technology. Oleonature is a finish based on natural air-dried oils that provides a high level of protection and ease of maintenance thanks to a special protection treatment applied in the final processing step. Crystalcare is a broad spectrum antibacterial protection that automatically defends the surface from microbes and pathogens, thus protecting everyone’s health.

Technical specifications
Width: 90 mm
Length: 1200 mm
Total thickness: 12,5 mm
Thickness of exposed layer: 3,5 mm
Birch Multilayer Support: 9 mm

New Laying Patterns Book from Landmark Ceramics

A Selection of Installation & Solutions for all Landmark Collections

Landmark “Laying Patterns Book” is a collection of installation solutions, from the most original and refined to the most classic, designed to help you choose thelayout patterns for your spaces whether they use a single format or a combination of different sizes. The patterns are proposed both for tiles of traditional thickness and for the 3/4” – 20 mm slabs of the Frontier20 range, meeting all your needs for indoor and outdoor applications.

(Please note: the laying patterns book is only available in PDF format)

Lunada Bay Tile Introduces Contourz Concrete Tiles

A contemporary concrete tile collection that combines breakthrough engineering and art

(Coverings‘18, Atlanta, GA, May 8-11, 2018) You’ve seen concrete tiles on the floor, used as exterior cladding, and on the occasional feature wall. Now, Lunada Bay Tile is breaking design boundaries with Contourz, a tactile collection of concrete tiles that elevates the beauty of vertical and horizontal planes.

Modern shapes and colors, together with unparalleled artistry and engineering, construct dynamic surfaces for a variety of spaces. Contourz three-dimensional tiles transform walls into sculpture, while flat field tiles create an atmosphere that ranges from quiet elegance to industrial.

“Concrete is a beautiful, sustainable medium,” says Feras Irikat, Director of Design and Marketing at Lunada Bay Tile. “The Contourz collection’s architectural nature, soft color palette and satin matte tactile surface allows it to play well with many other materials.”

Irikat worked on the collection’s design in collaboration with Lunada Bay Tile President and CEO Carl Steadly and Mike Taylor, an engineer with 11 years of experience in the concrete tile industry. Together, they designed and engineered the collection to the highest specifications for residential and commercial installations. The tiles measure just 8 millimeters thick—a similar thickness to standard ceramic and glass tiles—extending design opportunities with the ability to combine easily with other tile collections within the Lunada Bay Tile portfolio.

“Imagine that you can now use concrete on a kitchen backsplash or a shower wall without taking up any more thickness or design real estate than standard tile choices,” Irikat proposes. “It makes it easy to incorporate these tiles into residential or commercial applications, indoors or outdoors, and blend them with other elements to create the look you desire. The collection creates the ultimate toolbox of creativity for designers and architects.”

Designed and manufactured in Lunada Bay Tile’s new facility in Southern California, the collection consists of nine shapes:

  • 3 x 9-inch — rectangular flat field tile
  • 6 x 9-inch — rectangular flat field tile
  • 4-inch Hex — hexagonal flat field tile
  • Fanfare Hex — three-dimensional 4-inch hexagonal tile with raised linear peaks
  • Trifecta — three-dimensional triangular tile with intertwining patterns of slopes and curved lines
  • Zen Break A and Zen Break B — three-dimensional 3 x 9-inch rectangular tiles with angled inclines that can be coordinated to create striped, diamond and chevron patterns
  • Retro Curve — liner featuring soft bullnose edges
  • In & Out — liner featuring a bullnose edge on one side and a cove edge on the other

Contourz is available in 18 modern hues, including warm and cool grays and shades of taupe and brown. The collection can be specified for interior and exterior walls, including wet/dry walls, light traffic floors, and has similar characteristics and care requirements as natural stone..

LEC Products’ Jobsite Lockboxes Deter Construction Tool Theft

Vault-like jobsite lockboxes, such as those by LEC Products, a fabrication company, protect construction tools from theft not only during the week, but also on weekends when unattended sites are at the greatest risk of burglary. These lockboxes use heavy-gauge sheet steel and reinforcements for box floors and sides, and 14- and 16-guage sheet metal for walls, doors, lids, and shelving.

Hot-rolled steel is more malleable than cold-rolled and allows for more complex bends without weakening the steel when making box components.

LEC top-loading jobsite lockbox

A better design includes a key slot in the back.  After looping the chain around the pole, both ends of the chain are passed through the slot and secured from the inside. This eliminates an exposed padlock, often the weakest link.  Several boxes can be ganged together as well.

Removing the center trunnion in cabinet-style boxes also allows easy removal and replacement of longer items, so workers will not leave them lying around.  For greater security, on a three-point latching mechanism such as the one LEC Products uses, a hook secures doors together, while vertical rods pass through the top and bottom rails.

The system also utilizes a thick steel plate cover to protect the padlock from torches or bolt cutters while still permitting easy use of the key.

For greater safety during transport, instead of casters bolted onto the box, LEC Products’ casters are bolted onto steel plates, which are then slid into receivers built into the feet of the job box.  This allows the boxes to be transported to the site safely, directly contacting the trailer bed surface. Once on site, the casters are quickly slid into place.

Buying direct from the manufacturer can significantly reduce the cost of such construction site lockboxes. For more information, contact LEC Products at (314) 451-1500; [email protected]; or 59 Branch Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63147.

Emser Tile’s Terazio Collection Nods to Prized 18th-Century Material

High-quality Italian porcelain tile combines state-of-the-art design

and high-definition technology


LOS ANGELES – Emser Tile, notably in its 50th year of business, introduces Terazio: an old-world meets new-world glazed porcelain series with a shimmering aesthetic reminiscent of illustrious terrazzo from ancient Tuscany.

‘Pavimento alla veneziana,’ meaning Venetian pavement, stems from the 18th-century era in which ancient Italian craftsman placed pieces of stone and glass into beds of mortar to create a scintillating flooring material. Terrazzo spread in popularity, eventually to America in the 1920s, and continues to have a strong presence in design today with expanded wall and surface applications.

Bringing to light the elegance of the material created by artisans long ago, Emser Tile’s Terazio captures speckled variations with a subtle shimmer in distinct matte and gloss finishes. The captivating collection comes in four primary patterns—Blanco, Gesso, Nero and Palladio—ranging from subtle small-scale stones to a bolder cut with random edges.

In addition, Terazio is available in special order accent colors and patterns to encourage designer customization, all while providing a durable design solution for today’s residential and commercial interiors. Designers are invited to play with scale through alternating patterns from floor to wall, indoor to outdoor, or from kitchen to bath.

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Vitromex USA Introduces Conde inspired by Calacatta marble

San Antonio, TX – Vitromex USA proudly introduces Conde, a beautifully contrasting yet familiar renowned marble collection presented in the form of a Calacatta stone inspired series on a porcelain body. As the Spanish translation for “Count”, it is fitting that Conde recreates an air of nobility through its rich and elegant finishes at economic means. Conde emulates a timeless marble look without uninvited hassle as the porcelain is more dense and stain resistant, resulting in reduced maintenance costs.

On the surface is a beautifully smooth structure in a simply classic color Blanco, complete with rectified edges, and available in two finishes: Matte and Polished. The Conde collection has multiple formats that include 12″x24″, 24″x24″, and 3″x12″ Surface bullnose trim in matte and polished finishes. To complete the luxury package, is a 12″x47″ oversized plank and fashionable waterjet cut Hexagon mosaic, included in a matte finish.

Conde glazed porcelain floor and wall tile is appropriate for all residential and commercial wall, countertop, and backsplash applications as well as all residential and most (polished finish excluded) commercial floor applications. This entire series is manufactured in a Green Squared-certified facility, which utilizes pre-consumer recycled content. Vitromex USA continues to be a participating member of the TCNA (Tile Council of North America).


Quick-dry Liquid Waterproofing Membrane: USG Durock™ Brand waterproofing membrane keeps unwanted moisture out, saves construction time and costs

USG Durock™ Brand Liquid Waterproofing and Crack Isolation Membrane is ideal for waterproofing wet areas from showers (including continuous-use residential and commercial steam showers) to flooring assemblies to countertops. This liquid membrane provides a sealed waterproof barrier in a single-step application when administered over vertical smooth surfaces or in a two-ply application when used on rough surfaces and all horizontal surfaces. Its fast-drying time allows for quick turnaround on the jobsite.

  • Can be rolled, brushed, troweled and sprayed
  • Low Permeance Rating (0.38 perms at 20 mil dry thickness) per ASTM E96 Procedure E
  • Anti-fracture protection up to 1/8 in. (3 mm) over shrinkage and other non-structural cracks
  • Bonds directly to stainless steel, PVC and ABS drains
  • One coat on vertical surfaces for smooth substrates such as USG Fiberock® Tile Backerboard
  • Two coats on rough substrates such as USG Durock® Brand Cement Board, and for all horizontal applications
  • Suitable for waterproofing floors, walls and countertops

USG Durock™ Brand Liquid Waterproofing and Crack Isolation Membrane is available nationwide through tile and flooring distributor channels. For additional more information, please visit

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