Manuel Alvarez-Gomez has been named Sales and Marketing Director of Bermarmol S.A., a major stone producer based in Novelda, Spain. Alvarez-Gomez has been working for more than five years with the company. He has been in charge of Bermarmol's warehouses in the U.S., and he then joined the head office in Novelda as area manager for the U.S. and Canada markets.

CaesarStone, a manufacturer of quartz surfaces, has opened an office, warehouse and showroom in Astoria, NY. With retail sales reaching $100 million in less than six years, demand for CaesarStone quartz services prompted the Sun Valley, CA- based company to open its second U.S. operation. Already sold worldwide, the company expects that the expansion will secure CaesarStone as a leading provider of natural quartz surfaces. The 40,000-square-foot facility features a state-of-the-art warehouse and corporate offices. The facility also includes a showroom, which displays CaesarStone's 40 colors of quartz surfaces and its eight varieties of Concetto, a handcrafted surface made with semi-precious stones. Consumers -- as well as architects, interior designers and homebuilders -- are invited to visit CaesarStone's showroom, which is located at 36-16 19th Ave., Astoria, NY 11105. The showroom phone number is 718-777-9780, and hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. “Since CaesarStone was introduced to the U.S. market in 1999, the response from the design community has been phenomenal,” said Arik Tendler, president of CaesarStone. “Opening a second facility was the natural next step, and since New York is world-renowned for design and fashion, it was the obvious choice.” For more information about CaesarStone and its products, please visit the company's Web site at or call toll-fee at 877-9Quartz (877-978-2789).

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