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Chameleon Power introduces new director of marketing

Novi, Mich.—Chameleon Power has added Fred Cizauskas as director of marketing. Cizauskas will be responsible for developing and implementing an overall corporate marketing strategy, directly engaging and managing the marketing team, and translating the company’s business objectives into marketing strategies that drive revenue. In addition, he will help overall brand development and messaging in the marketplace.

Chameleon Power is looking to expand its marketing efforts and provide a stronger presence across the United States. “I’m excited for Fred to join the Chameleon Power team” said Dan Dempsey, Chameleon Power president and CEO. “His integrated marketing experience and skill set around modern, scalable marketing and public relation methods will allow us to capitalize on the strength of the Chameleon Power brand as we continue to innovate and grow.”

Cizauskas comes to Chameleon Power most recently from the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society where he served as marketing director for services and advocacy. In this role, he was responsible for developing and executing corporate marketing efforts, including brand awareness and event marketing for the National MS Society’s 500-plus programs along with directing all marketing efforts around the societies Public Policy Conference, State Action Days and communicating out the efforts of the society lobbying efforts and successes from capitol hill.

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Ragno USA expands tile collections

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 11.49.12 AMDallas — Ragno USA said it has expanded its range of porcelain tile with the addition of three new collections–Kenilworth, Villa Medici and Woodstyle. Featuring visuals inspired by natural stone, clay and wood, the collections draw from European trends while meeting domestic design preferences.

“The collections emit an old-world feel, but the visuals were actually created using the latest technology including our advanced 3-D digital print technique,” said Marianne Cox, director of brand marketing, Ragno USA. “We pride ourselves in this dichotomy of ancient inspiration and modern innovation, as it allows us to bring our customers authentic designs that stand up to quality and durability expectations.”

Kenilworth porcelain features wide planks and squares in foundational neutrals. Available in shades of beige, charcoal, grey and walnut, the collection includes tiles of 12 x 24 complemented by intriguing design elements in 13 x 13 and 20 x 20 modules. Mesh-mounted 2 x 2 mosaics, 3 x 13 bullnose, 6 x 12 cove base and 1 x 6 out angles are also available.

Villa Medici porcelain is a collection inspired by artisanal, handcrafted cottos with worn, softened edges. Both 3-D digital print techniques and roller applications are used to achieve the look of ancient terra cotta with its own built-in deco of intricate diamond geometric patterns randomly scattered throughout. The collection is available in shades of cotto, grey, smoke and white.

Woodstyle porcelain is a gentler, more refined wood-look collection created with 3-D digital printing. Distinctive graining with soft scraped effects inspired by rich walnut. Available in three authentic wood colors: Acero, Faggio, and Noce, the collection features large format rectified planks available in 6 x 48, 8 x 48 and 12 x 48 sizes.

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Marazzi introduces six new collections

Screen Shot 2014-06-02 at 10.23.46 AMDallas — Marazzi USA announced it has launched six new collections exuding international influence: Caicos glass mosaics, Treverkchic, Fontanella and Lounge14 color body porcelain, San Savino porcelain and Livigno ceramic tiles.

Concrete, glass, wood and woven textures are seen throughout the collections as stand-alone or even mixed mediums, offering a range of sizes from large format planks to detailed mosaics, presenting fresh and unique options for customers.

“Like our brand, these collections reflect old-world European roots with a uniquely American twist,” said Marianne Cox, director of brand marketing, Marazzi USA. “We are always looking for ways to surprise and delight our customers with original and on-trend choices and we believe these deliver.”

Caicos glass mosaic tiles feature brilliant mottled colors of sand and sea. Inspired by traditional art glass, the dynamic colors are introduced while the glass is in a molten state, so they are swirled, not static. Six color combinations are included in the series: Baby Beach (olive), Blue Beach (teal), Crane Beach (blue/brown), Eagle Beach (tiger’s eye), Grace Beach (gray/blue) and Shoal Bay (beige/taupe). The collection is available in 1 x 1 and 1 x 4 interlocking glass combinations.

Fontanella color body porcelain draws on the growing trend of blended mediums on a single surface, a mix of stone and wood seamlessly integrates the finest characteristics of each medium into a variable landscape. Tiles feature stone, wood or mixed visuals – no two installations will be the same, according to the company. Color choices are Brianza (beige), Milan (gray) and Monza (white). The collection includes sizes of 20 x 20 slabs and 18 x 36 planks. These tiles contain 21% recycled content and has a low life-cycle cost. The collection also meets DCOF minimum 0.42 Wet criteria for slip resistance, making it suitable for interior and exterior applications.

Livigno ceramics capture the look of primal weathered stone in modern, easy-to-install, easy-to-clean ceramic tile engineered for interior residential installations. The visual depicts the natural fractures and fissures of natural stone. The collection is available in three colors: Grigio (grey), Oro (golden brown) and Noce (walnut). Available in 12 x 12 and 18 x 18, the collection is accompanied by a 2 x 2 mesh-mounted mosaic sheet and 3 x 12 bullnose trim.

Lounge14 color body porcelain conveys the sense of old-world textiles with contemporary color body porcelain via 3D digital print technology. Four colors are available: Cosmopolitan (beige), Martini (black), Sidecar (gray), and Spritzer (white).

Sizes for this collection include: 9 x 36, 18 x 36 and 12 x 24 field tile, 12 x 12 mosaics (comprised of 2 x 2 squares), 12 x 24 random strip mosaics, 3 x 24 bullnose trim, 6 x 12 cove base and 1 x 6 out angles. A 12 x 24 decorative inlay features right-angle graphic combinations for each color in the series.

San Savino porcelain proves the growing sentiment that stone is not the only option when it comes to tile options. Available in three shade ranges: Greve (gray), Pienza (beige) and Volterra (charcoal) and in large planks (12 x 24 and 18 x 36) and squares (20 x 20), as well as mesh-mounted 2 x 2 mosaics. Bullnose, cove base and out angle trims are also available.

Treverkchic color body porcelain takes authentic visuals and textures and long plank sizes translate the warmth of handcrafted wood. These close-grain natural walnut and teak looks were developed with 3-D digital print technology ensuring no two tiles would be the same. Three widths and an impressive 48-inch plank length elevate the collection above current wood-look offerings. Colors include: Africa, Americano, Francese, and Italiano available in wide-plank sizes of 6 x 48, 9 x 48 and 12 x 48.

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SURFACES rewards two top floor covering distributors at 2012 show

The show floor at SURFACES 2012 definitely had more hustle and bustle with steady traffic comprised of quality buyers looking to do business, thanks in part, to two of the floor covering industry’s top distributors. Continue reading SURFACES rewards two top floor covering distributors at 2012 show