San Diego, Calif. -- The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA) announced the acceptance of American Tile, Premier Tile and Marble, and Della Maggiore Tile and Stone to its Five Star Contractor program.

American Tile (ATC) was founded in 1967 by Vince Mattingly, Sr. and his wife, Dola. ATC grew from being a small home-based business to now serving industry, commercial, and institutional clients throughout the Midwest. After Vince Sr. retired in 1990, his son, Vince Jr., took his place with his wife, Jewell, and son, Vince III. American Tile Company is located in Louisville, Ky.

Since 1993 Premier Tile and Marble has had the distinction of being a high-quality ceramic tile and stone installer. Despite the company’s growth, it continues to focus on maintaining the same high standards that helped to launch the company many years ago. A key component is qualified labor; many company foremen have been onboard since its inception, working with president Greg Games, as tradespeople out in the field. Games attested, “We believe that there is no better arena to learn a craft than onsite training.” Premier Tile and Marble is in Gardena, Calif.

Della Maggiore Tile and Stone has been setting tile since 1977, equally owned by both Rich Della Maggiore and Nick Della Maggiore. In order to grow into the company it is today, the Della Maggiores have made it their objective to provide the highest quality craftsmanship on a daily basis by providing an opportunity for any employee willing to successfully obtain the highest skills necessary to become a certified tile layer/setter. This commitment to qualified labor has made Della Maggiore Tile and Stone a premier tile installer in San Jose, Calif., serving the Bay area.

To obtain Five Star Contractor certification, contractors must be a member of NTCA, and complete an application process that includes submitting examples of work, reviews, and recommendations from peers and customers, and demonstrate a proven commitment to service, quality, safety and superior job performance. Five Star Contractors are also required to certify a minimum of 10 % of their installers through the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) Certified Tile Installer program or have completed a three year apprenticeship program approved by the Dept. of Labor.

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