The newest manufacturer of luxury vinyl tile flooring in the U.S. has a very interesting backstory.
If you haven't read correspondent Jeannie Reall's story, M.S. International Inc. of Orange, Calif., has purchased the Cartersville, Ga., facility of ROKplank Inc., a maker of vinyl and stone composite flooring.
If MSI sounds like a familiar name, that's because it is, at least in supplying stone for everything from countertops to flooring to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The company began in Manu and Rika Shah's basement in Fort Wayne, Ind., as a planned part-time business in 1975. Six years later, the Shahs were still operating out of their home when MSI won a contract to supply the black granite for the memorial.
"With their entire savings invested in this project, they spent endless nights making sure that the project was executed perfectly," the company says on its website.
Now MSI has annual global sales of $2 billion and will begin U.S. production of its Everlife-brand rigid-core LVT. MSI's vinyl flooring products had been sold in the U.S. (and some 30 other countries), but with the acquisition in Georgia, the company will also make it in the U.S.