CaesarStone Expands Distribution in Southern U.S. To Meet Increasing Demand For Quartz Countertops

SUN VALLEY, Calif. (Sept. 10, 2005) — Still energized from the recent opening of its New York office, warehouse and showroom, CaesarStone, the original manufacturer of quartz surfaces, announces partnerships with southeastern distributors The Hardwood Group and BPI. Increasing demand for CaesarStone quartz surfaces - retail sales reached $100 million in less than six years - prompted the company to open its New York operation in March, and to now expand distribution throughout the southern United States.

“Increased interest in CaesarStone quartz surfaces, from interior designers, architects and consumers, has been remarkable,” said Arik Tendler, president of CaesarStone. “The large selection of popular colors and the incredible durability of CaesarStone’s quartz surfaces have made it the preferred surface of choice. The obvious step for us was to widen availability throughout the southern states.”

Partnering with Charlotte, N.C.-based The Hardwood Group will enable CaesarStone to widely market and distribute its quartz surfaces in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The Hardwood Group, formed in 1982, also has offices in Norfolk, Va., Richmond, Va., Roanoke, Va., Raleigh, N.C., Greensboro, N.C., Greenville-Spartanburg, S.C., Charleston, S.C. and Chattanooga, Tenn. The corporate office in Charlotte includes a 30,000 square foot warehouse and is located at 2004 Bancroft Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28206. For more information, please contact Jennifer Johnson at 704.887.7924 or via email at charlotte@caesarstoneus.com.

CaesarStone’s partnership with Memphis, Tenn.-based BPI enables the company to expand its distribution throughout Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. The corporate office features a 15,000 square foot warehouse and 5,000 square foot showroom, which is open to the public. BPI, established in 1961, also has six other locations in Nashville, Tenn., Huntsville, Ala., Mobile, Ala., New Orleans, La., Jackson, Miss. and Little Rock, Ark. The corporate office is located at 2895 Shortside Lane, Memphis, Tenn. 38118. For more information, please contact Mike Perkowski at 800.765.1274.

CaesarStone quartz surfaces offer a unique mix of beauty and durability unmatched by any other surfacing material. A CaesarStone quartz countertop resists heat and cold, mold and mildew, stains, chips and scratches. Ranging in price from $50 to $80 per square foot with installation, CaesarStone products are available through kitchen and bath showrooms, architects, designers and builders.

About CaesarStone
CaesarStone is the original quartz surface manufacturer. The company is headquartered in Southern California with offices in Los Angeles, CA;, San Francisco, CA, San Diego, CA, Seattle, WA, Miami, FL and New York City. CaesarStone produces premium quartz surfaces, complementing any design application, from traditional to contemporary, for both home and commercial applications. Price range is from $70 to $120 per square foot installed. CaesarStone products are available through kitchen and bath retailers, fabricators, architects, designers, builders and distributors nationwide.

Offering a Lifetime Warranty as of February 15, 2008, their products are stain, scratch and heat resistant. CaesarStone has earned the respected Good Housekeeping Seal from Good Housekeeping Research Institute in addition to ISO 14001 (environmental management system), ISO 9002 (quality management standard) and NSF (public health and safety) certification.

For more information about CaesarStone and its products, please visit the company's website at www.CaesarStoneUS.com, or call toll-free 877-9QUARTZ (877-978-2789).