SOURCE: Florida Tile, Inc.

Florida Tile, Inc.

September 17, 2009 09:02 ET

Florida Tile -- Changing Lives One Floor at a Time

LAKELAND, FL--(Marketwire - September 17, 2009) - Florida Tile is happy to announce that we have surpassed $250,000 in tile donations to charity in 2009. All tile manufacturers struggle to find ways to dispose of scrap fired tile. Most solutions have involved crushing the tile, either to make filler for asphalt or to re-use it in the body. While this is preferable to sending it to a landfill, it requires lots of extra energy. In 2008, Florida Tile began an innovative program to turn scrap tile into opportunity in the homes of needy people here and abroad.

By partnering with Herb Miller and the Mountain Re-Source Center in West Virginia, Florida Tile started donating tile that doesn't meet rigorous quality standards to the less fortunate. Much of the tile ends up benefitting the nearby Appalachian region of the United States which is close to the Florida Tile factory. Florida Tile's packaging partner, Anderson Packaging agreed to provide cartons at cost for the project and some of the shipping is done for free or at reduced rates by service-minded trucking companies.

Florida Tile's partnership with the Mountain Re-Source Center has been going strong for over a year now and almost 150 tons of scrap tile has been diverted from the landfill into the homes of the needy. Some of the tile has made it all the way to Africa, while most has ended up helping people in need right here in one of the poorest regions of the United States. One such family lives about an hour outside of Oklahoma City and writes:

"We are thrilled with our new floor in the kitchen and dining room. My husband has been off work with health issues for the past 14 months and our kitchen and dining room floors were in bad repair. Through the generosity of OK to Share Outreach Center (a partner of Mountain Re-Source) in Holdenville, we received the beautiful 18 inch tiles as well as the thin-set and grout to install it. We were surprised how easy the tiles were to work with (we went on the internet at the library for installation instructions) and covered the floor quickly. The tiles should last our lifetime. Thank you again for helping in our time of need."

Mary G.

Holdenville, OK

Through the tireless efforts of groups like the Mountain Re-Source Center and the desire of companies like Florida Tile to do the right thing, families like these that never would have been able to repair their homes are given new floors, and a renewed sense of hope. Florida tile is proud of our commitment to being a socially responsible producer of porcelain tile right here in the United States.

For more information about Florida Tile, please contact salesdept@floridatile.com or visit our website at www.floridatile.com. Florida Tile's products are available throughout the United States from our company-owned stores and through better tile distributors everywhere.

Florida Tile is a fully owned subsidiary of Panaria Group, a public company on the Milan Stock Exchange (MILAN: PAN IM) and a leading manufacturer and distributor in over 60 countries around the world, through six manufacturing sites in Italy, Portugal and the USA and eight brands positioned in the high-end of the market. www.panariagroup.it

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