Vitromex USA Launches Base

Vitromex USA is pleased to introduce our cement inspired collection of glazed porcelain offerings, Base. This series is an ode to the industrial spirit in a modern environment as its design emphasizes great technical functionality with a contemporary presentation. The tastefully structured surface of Base complements its soft cement finish in order to create a pure continuity in all of your interior design projects. Designed with Digitiles digital printing system, the glaze application adds a subtle linear cement look with complex variation in a contemporary palette. Available in a 12” x 24” pressed format, Base is offered in three specialty colors: Washed, Shade, and Natural. This collection also includes a 3” x 12” Surface Bullnose and 2” x 2” Mosaic, all in a natural matte finish. Base 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).

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American Olean Launches New Summer Collections

Elevate floors and walls with three new lines from a proven brand in tile

DALLAS – July 26, 2018 – Trusted by the best in the industry, American Olean is further expanding its product assortment with the launch of three new lines this summer. Each collection offers consumers, architects and designers contemporary style, ideal for a variety of spaces. 

New Summer 2018 Launch


ColorBody Porcelain Floor and Mosaic
American Olean, Neospeck



Glazed Ceramic Floor, Wall and Mosaic
American Olean, Impresa


Glazed Porcelain Floor
American Olean, Timberbrook

Bio Select: Lea Ceramiche to present a new collection of wood-effect stoneware at Cersaie

Following the great success of Lea Ceramiche’s wood effect collections, including the innovative versions such as the award-winning Type 32 and the more traditional, but equally refined ones, Lea is now presenting a new collection with distinctive features: Bio Select.

Lea Ceramiche’s technical expertise, innovative experimenting and cutting-edge technologies form the basis for research dedicated to producing ceramic surfaces for use in both residential and architectural spaces. The products are highly regarded not only for their functional characteristics of strength, durability and ease of maintenance, but also for their aesthetic values. The company’s constant attention to style and design reflects the creative soul of Lea Ceramiche, the passion to constantly experiment with new concepts and forms, to always want to re-examine the past while making plans for the future by constantly setting new objectives in the field of technology.

This is what Bio Select is all about. It is one of the two new collections that will be presented at Cersaie 2018, September 24-28 at Bologna Fiere, in Bologna Italy, at Hall 14, Stand D7 – E8

Bio Select Walnut in Cinnamon.

The idea behind Bio Select is to recreate the essence and the warmth of wooden floors in a ceramic material with a natural and elegant look. The initial varieties are some of the most precious: oak and walnut. Carefully study of these two types of wood in Lea Ceramiche’s research laboratories led to the choice of colors and motifs to be reproduced on porcelain stoneware, using increasingly innovative digital printing processes. The results are perfectly harmonized colors and veining: linear, sweeping designs in the case of walnuts, greater irregularity and nuances in the case of oak, all available in seven colors.

Bio Select is available in a rich and varied selection of designs. In the stylistic tradition of Lea Ceramiche, the shapes of the modules permit them to be laid in numerous ways, from geometric patterns to more refined styles. Surfaces with herringbone floorboard patterns or trapezoidal shapes allow customization of a property using ceramics as a crucial design element. These are also available in the large format with the board pattern extending over the entire length, which gives rooms a natural elegance made precious by the quality and sustainability of the materials.

Bio Select Walnut in Tobacco

Bio Select is a contemporary collection, ideal for rooms for modern lifestyles, enhancing floors and walls and giving the rooms an elegant, refined and dynamic aspect. Visit for more information.

Tesselle debuts Marikka 8″ square cement tiles

4″x4″ tile layouts of Marikka Versela and Marikka Selva – each covering 32″ square.

New, and exclusively from Tesselle, Marikka 8″ Square Cement Tiles are in-stock in two marvelous colors, and ready to ship next business day, from the Tesselle warehouse in Anaheim, CA. 

Magnificent on floors or walls, indoors or outdoors, this mottled, mesmerizing motif makes the most of the authentic, hand-made nature of these beautiful tiles.

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Avenue Mosaic introduces Quarterdeck ceramic tile collection

New from Avenue Mosaic is the Quarterdeck collection of ceramic tile. This simple, yet elegant ceramic bounces the perfect amount of light off its glazed surface, giving the illusion of depth and embossing. Quarterdeck’s comforting and facile design creates a calming, and melodic feeling perfect for accompanying any home or bath.
Quarterdeck comes in four colors, supplies on 12″ x 12″ sheets. For more information, visit

Quarterdeck Oakum

Quarterdeck Transom

The Alpha® Wet Blade Cutting Kits

Alpha Professional Tools® is excited to introduce two new Wet Blade Cutting Kits… these are the perfect accessory for the Alpha® PSG-125 or other high-speed angle grinders. The Wet Blade Cutting Kit is designed to convert any variable or single-speed angle grinder into a wet tool for grinding, profiling or cutting.

The kits come in 5” and 6” in order to fit most 4-1/2”, 5” and 6” angle grinders. It is unique in that it allows you to use a dry angle grinder with wet diamond blades, saving money without the expense of a second tool! Assembly is required and the part numbers are WBC5KIT and WBC6KIT.

For more information, visit our website at or contact us at 800-648-7229.

Improved Alpha® Guide Rail/Carriage System

Alpha® has re-designed and improved the already popular Alpha® Guide Rail and Carriage System designed for the AWS-125 stone cutter, which made the precise cutting application easier. Now, the new Guide Rails have a track for the new Carriage System wheels to ride along to ensure a smoother, more precision motion. Due to this,the Guide Rails are not only used for cutting applications but also for beveling and polishing. It is an ideal system for the preparation of seamless countertop installations.

The guide rails come in lengths of 4’, 7’ and 12’. Typically, the 4’ is the most popular for the trimming application of countertops at the job site. The 7’ and 12’ lengths are designed for slab cutting, bevel grinding, and polishing on the main edges of countertops. Alpha® offers an assortment kit with all three lengths, at a cost savings.

The 5” Guide Rail Carriage Assembly (ASC-5CSM) is designed for new ESC-125 Wet/Dry Stone Cutter only. This system allows you to cut straight only. The 6” Guide Rail Carriage Assembly (ASC-6CSM) is designed for the PSC-150 Wet Stone Cutter for straight cuts as well as miter cuts. This carriage has three templates included that assist the install of the stone cutter for left side or right side miter cutting and straight cutting. The Carriage Assembly for Beveling Auxiliary Base (BAB-CASM) is designed for the Beveling Auxiliary Base (BAB1590) to assist the precision grinding, beveling and polishing applications. During the use of the Alpha® Guide Rail System, we suggest using the Surface Protection Tape
(BAB0650) to protect the surface from potential scratches. For specific rail, carriage and tool combinations, see our Guide Rail and Carriage Assembly Compatibility Information on our website at or contact us at 800-648-7729.

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

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

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