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MS International launches new mobile-friendly webpage

Screen Shot 2016-08-12 at 3.31.10 PMOrange, Calif.–M S International Inc. (MSI), has announced the unveiling of its new mobile-friendly Trends & Inspiration webpage.

The Trends & Inspiration webpage is an online hub that connects homeowners, designers and retailers to the hottest trends and happenings in the industry. There, customers and homeowners can browse MSI’s Tiled & Styled: Top 5 Design Trends for 2017 Lookbook and the newly improved On the Surface blog as well as Inspiration Gallery, Visualizer Tools and Featured Trends.

The Tiled & Styled 2016 Lookbook was conceived after the MSI design team spent a year travelling the globe, researching and tracking trends. Much like an interactive magazine, the long-awaited Lookbook consists of digital content within MSI’s Trends & Inspiration webpage.

The Tiled & Styled Lookbook is a collection of the hottest design trends for 2016—white marble, bricks, wood looks, mixed finishes, and subway tile. It is an invaluable resource that allows interior designers and kitchen and bath dealers to connect to the trends that most interest customers.

“MSI’s mission is to amplify our design voice in the industry, inspire homeowners, and empower and educate customers,” said Emily Holle, director of trend and design at MSI. “To stay dialed in to what’s hot in interior design and décor, we’re constantly researching and predicting global trends. MSI’s Trends & Inspiration webpage features insights and tips from our design team, and presents them in a fun and interactive format.”

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MSI introduces over 30 granite, quartzite, marble colors

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 10.41.01 AMOrange, Calif.— M S International (MSI), a leading supplier of premium surfacing products, has introduced more than 30 colors to its robust Natural Stone Slabs and Countertops Collection. Expansion of these product groups includes unique granite slabs, quartzite and marble, increasing the inventory to over 350 natural stone colors and patterns.

Spanning the color spectrum, these additions were hand selected to meet the demand of customers seeking on-trend looks for countertops. Whites, cool grays, stylish blacks, subtle earth tones and dramatic, exotic stones are included in this latest release. These additions mix and match well with many of MSI’s existing floor or wall tile and mosaic offerings to create endless design possibilities.

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MSI opens distribution center near Detroit

Screen Shot 2015-11-05 at 9.24.06 AMWixom, Mich.—M S International (MSI), a leading supplier of premium surfacing products, has opened its 19th distribution center here. The new 65,000-square-foot facility features a showroom with a full offering of natural stone slabs, tile, porcelain tile and quartz countertops.

The Slab Selection Showroom includes a 10,000-square-foot Countertop & Slab Selection Gallery displaying over 200 colors of granite, marble and other natural stones from around the world. In addition, the Slab Selection Showroom includes a dedicated area showing approximately 45 colors of QTM Premium Natural Quartz.

“We have been servicing the Michigan market for many years without a distribution center here,” said Rup Shah, co-president of MSI. “Thanks to the growth and encouragement from our customers, we opened this new facility to bring local availability of MSI’s full breadth of product to customers across Michigan.”

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MSI opens distribution center near Minneapolis

gI_153047_IMG_0584Plymouth, Minn.—M S International (MSI), a leading supplier of premium surfacing products, has opened a new distribution center here. The state-of-the-art, 50,000-square-foot space offers a full array of MSI product lines including slabs, flooring, wall tile and hardscaping made from natural stone, quartz, porcelain and ceramic. The facility also features a tile design gallery that showcases the compnay’s latest on-trend products and digital kitchen, bathroom and stacked-stone visualization tools.

“The large investment in infrastructure, inventory and a great customer service team demonstrates MSI’s commitment to making surfacing products more affordable and accessible,” said Raj Shah, co-president of MSI. “Although we have historically serviced this market, this new facility will allow us to provide a more convenient location for customers to come and see our full product line.”

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Baker Bros.’ Koufidakis elected president of NFA


By Steven Feldman

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands—Phil Koufidakis, president of Phoenix area retailer Baker Bros., has been elected president of the National Floorcovering Alliance (NFA). He will succeed Jim Mudd, president of Sam Kinnairds in Louisville, Ky., at the end of the year. Continue reading Baker Bros.’ Koufidakis elected president of NFA

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New historic documentary on natural stone in the works

Cleveland — M S International (MSI), one of the industry’s largest stone distribution companies, is making it possible for the Marble Institute of America to produce a major new documentary that memorializes the global historic relationship between mankind and natural stone. Funding for the documentary will be provided by MSI.

The 35-40 minute documentary will be based on a creative concept by Mr. Manu Shah, founder of MSI of Orange, California.  The documentary will trace the evolution of man and stone from prehistoric times to today’s thriving use of natural stone as one of the premier decorative building materials used in commercial buildings and homes around the world. Continue reading New historic documentary on natural stone in the works