East Coast Tile and StonePeak Ceramics sign deal
East Coast Tile Group signed an exclusive master distribution arrangement with StonePeak Ceramics in the eastern United States.
Under terms of the deal, East Coast Tile divisions Best Tile and Tile America will use their infrastructure to supply commercial-grade porcelain tiles to customers and prospects in the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.
Made in America at StonePeak’s facility with a strong commitment to produce sustainable, environmentally friendly porcelain tile, StonePeak porcelains offer Best Tile and Tile America customers highly marketable tile materials.
“StonePeak Ceramics is a recognized leader in the production of green, sustainable porcelain tile in the U.S.,” said Ben Mednick, VP of East Coast Tile. “It’s a brand that has proven to be very well received by the architectural and design communities."
Healthy Home Diagnostics names general manager
Joel Key has joined Raleigh, N.C.-based Healthy Home Diagnostics (HHD) as general manager of the indoor air quality solution company.
Key brings to the company 20 years of experience as an HVAC, plumbing and refrigeration contractor and 13 years of experience as a state-licensed contractor. He developed a pilot training program for weatherization technicians that lead to the state-approved training procedure used in North Carolina.
“We are pleased to have Joel join with Healthy Home Diagnostics as our general manager,” said Scott Logue, president of HHD. “His wide range of achievements and extensive industry knowledge are excellent assets to our company.”
Menards plans biggest store yet
Menards is hoping to expand an existing mega store in Tinley Park, Ill. according to an article in the TribLocal, adding 110,000-square feet to its 202,000-square foot building and 148,000-square-foot lumberyard. The grand total – 360,000 square feet – would make the store the largest unit in the Midwestern home improvement chain.
The deal is dependent on a $1 million incentive deal from the Village of Tinley Park, which would allow the retailer to purchase a nine-acre parcel, including the Southtown Star building. Aaron Morrissey, a real estate representative with Menards, said the company plans to use the building and extra space to expand its lumber yard and create a new garden center to attract more business.
The cost of the expansion project is estimated to be $4 million.
Eau Claire, Wis.-based Menards is requesting a new sales tax incentive agreement from Tinley Park that would allow it to collect half of any new sales tax revenues each year for the next 10 years with a ceiling of $1 million. The sharing agreement would only apply to sales tax revenues above the base amount of $288,000, which will all still go to municipal coffers.
The retailer has already gained approval from the Finance and Economic Development Committee, according to the news report. It must now go before the full board of Tinley Park for a vote next week.