VT Industries, Cosentino Okay Distribution Pact

Holstein, IA — VT Industries and Cosentino North America have reached an agreement that will increase commercial distribution of Cosentino’s Silestone quartz surfacing material in North America, while providing VT’s laminate customers with the option of using Silestone in their projects.

The distribution agreement, announced last month, will enable the Holstein, IA-based VT Industries to fabricate and distribute more than 6,500 Silestone slabs through 2008, according to the two companies. More than 1,200 Silestone slabs are on order for the remainder of 2007, with orders for at least 5,000 more expected in 2008, corporate officials added.

VT Industries will initially handle all of its Silestone fabrication from its 300,000-sq.-ft. facility in Rome, GA, the company noted. Additional facilities in southern California, Iowa and Canada are expected to begin Silestone fabrication in 2008 and 2009.

The deal is expected to increase Silestone’s usage among many of VT’s current commercial clients, including major hotel chains, according to the companies.

“We’re very excited about our partnership with VT Industries,” said Jack Shields, Cosentino regional sales manager. “Our companies’ combined commitment to providing a quality, reliable and beautiful product makes this deal a perfect fit for both sides.”

“As a leader in the laminate countertop industry, we’re excited to partner with a leader in the quartz surfacing industry,” said VT Industries’ President and CEO Doug Clausen. “We’re excited to bring quartz surfacing into our product mix to allow our customers to service more of their marketplace.”

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