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City of Mount Vernon Welcomes Internationally Famous Ceramic Tile Maker

Mount Vernon, NY—On Friday, May 13, 2011, the City of Mount Vernon welcomed Franco Manfredini, President of the largest Porcelain Tile manufacturer in Italy and the Chairman of Italy’s Ceramic Industrial Council during a presentation ceremony. Mr. Franco Manfredini, President of the largest Porcelain Tile manufacturer in Italy and the Chairman of Italy’s Ceramic Industrial Council, visited Pro Tile*Terrazzo*Stone*Wood &*Flooring to congratulate the Mount Vernon based company for outstanding sales in the ceramic tile industry.

On behalf of Mayor Clinton I. Young, Jr., Mount Vernon Chief of Staff Yolanda Robinson and Building Commissioner Mark Warren presented Mr. Manfredini with a proclamation from Mayor Young and a Key to the City.

“Mount Vernon is home to people from close to a hundred different countries, it is very important to cultivate strong business and inter-municipal relationships,” noted Robinson. “Mr. Manfredini is a giant in the tile and ceramic industry. We honor him for his many accomplishments, as well as the high standards he has set worldwide. It gives me great pride to honor him and the entire delegation to reinforce the great bond between Italy and Mount Vernon.”

Louis Giannini, President of Pro Tile*Terrazzo*Stone*Wood &*Flooring, said he is proud to host such an icon in the ceramic tile industry. “Our Companies represent Porcelain, Ceramic, Stone, Terrazzo, Wood, Flooring and installation products to design and architectural professionals. We supply projects and national accounts throughout North America. Our association with CasalGrande Padana, directed by Mr. Manfredini, has been an invaluable key element to our success,” said Giannini.

In 1961, Mr. Manfredini was the first employee of Casalgrande Padana to become a partner within two years and later Chairman and Managing Director in 1974. Following the acquisition of the then Gruppo Ceramiche Ri.Wal., Casalgrande Padana reported a 2008 profits of 295 million euro, 70% of which was generated by exports. It has six production facilities, all located in the Sassuolo – Scandiano ceramic district, a production capacity of 35 million square metres, and a total of 1,100 employees. Casalgrande Padana attaches great importance to sustainable development, all its factories having ISO 14001 and EMAS certification. In 2006, Franco Manfredini and Casalgrande Padana received the Sodalitas Social Award for the ‘product innovation’ category, the Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the year’ award and the ‘Confindustria premia l’eccellenza’ award. The following year the company received the Premio Impresa Ambiente award 2007.

Mr. Manfredini was elected Chairman of the Confindustria Ceramica Members in 2009 by nearly 99% of the votes. Franco Manfredini boasts many years of experience in the Association. He first joined the Assopiastrelle Executive Board in May 1986 and has acted as chairman of various advisory committees, including ‘Technical Standards’, ‘Training, School and University’ and ‘Environment and Safety’, and has also been a member of the ‘Statistics and Editorial Activities’ committee.

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