Florida Tile recently received the “Award of Excellence” from Mountain Re-Source for the company’s continuing humanitarian efforts in Appalachia and, most recently, for the victims of the Haitian earthquake.
The award was made by West Virginia-based Mountain Re-Source, a non-profit, 501c3 organization whose mission is it is to “match the under-resourced with the overstocked,”(www.mountainre-source.org). The award was presented during Coverings, April 27-30, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. (Coverings is the American tile industry’s top event.)
Through a pair of programs, worldwide Habitat for Humanity and the regional Mountain Re-Source (the latter supporting disadvantaged Americans in the rural Kentucky and West Virginia mountain areas) and through its efforts to support Haiti’s Operation Compassion” efforts Florida Tile has thus far found humanitarian use for and donated more than $600,000 in surplus first-quality tile which otherwise would have been destined for clean fill projects or plant recycling.
According to early statistics, Florida Tile recently answered Haiti’s post-earthquake call for tile with nearly 20% of the half-million-square-feet requested by Operation Compassion.
Present for the award were Dan Marvin, Florida Tile’s director of quality assurance and technical services; Andrea Zanni, the company’s chief financial and chief operating officer, Herb Miller of the Mountain Re-Source Center, Michael Franceschelli, recently appointed Florida Tile CEO and Luca Setti, company senior vice president for branch sales organization.
Florida Tile continues to work with organizations like Mountain Re-Source, Habitat for Humanity (Tile Partners for Humanity) and others to donate surplus materials to worthy charities worldwide.