Virginia Tile Company, a leading provider of porcelain, ceramic, stone, glass, metal, and mosaic design solutions headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, recently announced a strategic partnership with Marazzi Tile to expand its distribution responsibilities to Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Western Pennsylvania. The territory expansion and collaboration with the U.S.-based, Italian-owned ceramic manufacturer became effective as of August 1, 2023.
“We are thrilled to take on this expanded territory and further strengthen our partnership with Marazzi Tile,” stated Sean Cilona, vice president of product and marketing at Virginia Tile, in the press release. “Our objective is to deliver exceptional service and support to our customers in these regions, ensuring they have access to the finest tile products and a seamless experience.”
Since 1935, Marazzi has become a leading manufacturer and distributor of high-end ceramic and porcelain tile, natural stone, and an array of mosaics. Founded by Filippo Marazzi at Sassuolo, Italy, the firm has been defined by more than 85 years of innovation like its patented rapid single-firing process in 1974, the first large-sized tiles at 60-by-60 cm stoneware in 1975, and the patented SistemA crystallized stoneware—an eco-sustainable material—in 2010, which was subsequently used for the Salerno Maritime Station designed by Zaha Hadid Architects in 2016. In 1982, Marazzi expanded production to Castellón de la Plana, Spain and Dallas, Texas as the American Marazzi Tile. Today, Marazzi Tile features 28 collections made in the United States across eight manufacturing plants.
The strategic partnership is intended to reflect a commitment to growth in both residential and commercial segments, leveraging the Marazzi brand. It will also mean Virginia Tile will take on the role of sales, brand promotion, and ongoing service for Marazzi USA.
Founded in 1928, Virginia Tile has become a leading tile distributor in the Midwest, serving trade professionals in both the commercial and residential markets. Since its establishment in the wholesale building supply industry by the Stephenson Family, the company has leveraged the power of design and a client-driven approach to provide clients with tools, advice, and resources to shape artful backgrounds to life.
Virginia Tile offers services from inspiration to installation for applications such as bathroom, kitchen, backsplashes, exterior, commercial, living, and pool spaces, curating premium tile and surface solutions from manufacturers across the globe. In 2016, it expanded its presence with the acquisition of ISC Surfaces of St. Louis, Missouri and RBC Tile and Stone of Hopkins, Minnesota. The company has established a network of showrooms in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
Text: R.J. Weick
Logo: Courtesy Virginia Tile