Industry Insights
March 1st, 2004

Mar-Apr 2004

Louisville Tile Distributors

Louisville Tile Distributors recently hosted its Day at the Races customer appreciation event at Louisville’s world-renowned Churchill Downs. The annual extravaganza was co-sponsored by Florida Tile and TEC. 350 people participated in the festivities, which included specially sponsored races, paddock tours, a buffet meal and plenty of fun. Louisville Tile Distributors, Inc. is based in Louisville, KY, with locations in Tennessee (Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville), Ohio (Cincinnati), Indiana (Evansville, Indianapolis), and Kentucky (Lexington, Louisville). Serving the Midwest and Southeast since 1955, Louisville Tile distributes tile products and supplies for commercial and residential use to the trade.

Girard General Manager at Georgia Marble Georgia Marble Company and Polycor recently announced the promotion of Normand Girard as General Manager of the Georgia Stone Quarries, Inc. Over the past six years, Girard has held the General Manager position at the Quebec-based firms Granilac and Polycor. He also functioned as Operations Manager at Polycor. Girard’s focus as General Manager of the Georgia Stone Quarries includes implementing the wire saw extraction method at the quarries to increase productivity and product quality. “The wire saw extraction method is an exciting advancement for the Georgia Stone Quarries. It’s great to be part of such an innovative team,” said Girard. Girard currently resides in Woodstock, Georgia. (800-334-0122)

World Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Forum The Turkish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association recently held the 10th annual World Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Forum, bringing together representatives from ceramic tile associations in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Japan. The forum, held in Istanbul, Turkey, included the ideas and expertise of leaders from the Turkish Ceramic Association, Tile Council of America, Desvres, Assopiastrelle, Centro Ceramico, Icot-Ryowa Co., Ltd., Inax Corporation, Cera Messe Co. Ltd., Fujimi Ceramic Co. Ltd., TodorokiSeito C. Ltd., Japan Manufacturers Association, and Ascer. Discussion topics included statistics, country reports, trade issues, WTO negotiations, ISO and CEN standardization, environment, health & safety issues, and public safety actions. The World Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Forum was established in 1996. Participants meet in alternating host countries to discuss common interests within the industry.

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