Wilsonart Finalizes Technistone Deal

AUSTIN, Texas – Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces completed a deal on Sept. 23 to acquire Technistone a.s., a Czechia-based manufacturer of quartz stone.

Located just outside of Prague, Technistone exports quartz slabs to more than 75 countries worldwide on five continents. The company began production in 1992 using Breton S.p.A. technology, In 1997, it shifted to the Technistone® brand.

In 2005, Technistone added a production line. Last year, it upgraded its Bretonstone® production lines to increase capacity and improve design capabilities and quality.

Wilsonart began offering its Wilsonart Quartz line of products in 2015.

Large U.S. Tariffs Begin With China Tile Imports

WASHINGTON – The price tags on newly imported ceramic tile from China doubled in September – and that’s literally not half of the problems the materials face in the next six months.

Preliminary tariffs of 103%-222% on Chinese ceramic tile went into effect Sept. 13, based on a federal Commerce Department ruling on countervailing (subsidized) import duties.

The USITA is still investigating anti-dumping charges by U.S. ceramic-tile producers on Chinese producers and exporters selling tile at less-than-fair-market value in the United States.

The USITA will make its final determination on both the antidumping and countervailing tariffs in January.

LPI Honors Long-Time Employees

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. – As LPI celebrates its 25th anniversary, it recognizes those who've been team members for more than 10 years:

Erik Louis, Brian Stoiber, Jim Hoffman – 19 years
Tammy Rehbock – 18 years
Joellyn Novaski – 17 years
Matt Flake – 15 years
Mike Garcia – 14 years
Lisa Voice, John Nelson – 12 years
JT Hoffmann – 11 years
Tom Esposito – 10 years

"A good portion of my team has been with me for several years and I appreciate all their hard work towards making this company successful and a great place to work at every day,” said Dan Louis, CEO and owner of LPI.