Pictured from left: Alison Riback and Pete Major of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County (HFHOC); Sal Llamas and Henry Donovan of Orchid Ceramics Inc.; Mindy Netifee of HFHOC; new homeowner Kari Bernard with her son Elijah; Kory Jones of Custom Building Products; Bill Mooney and Raul Reyes of Orchid Ceramics; and Josh Pitts of HFHOC.

Industry partners, working through Tile Partners for Humanity (TPFH), donated tile, installation materials and training to tile five Habitat for Humanity homes in Costa Mesa, Calif. The five houses included the 100th house built by Habitat for Humanity of Orange County (HFHOC).

Orchid Ceramics donated its Newcastle Sand ceramic and Planet Gray/White porcelain tile to cover the kitchen, living room, laundry area, halls, and bathrooms in each home. In addition to providing tile, the company donated extra material that should keep the affiliate tiling through next year.

Custom Building Products donated surface preparation materials, including Wonderboard and RedGard Waterproofing and Anti-Fracture Membrane, as well as setting materials, grout, tools, and sealers. Custom technical service representatives Kory Jones and John Alldredge spent a day training 25 crew leaders to install tile so they could train volunteers for future projects.

Gray LaFortune and Paul Wilson of the Ceramic Tile Institute of America (CTIOA), based in Culver City, Calif., trained an additional 20 crew leaders to install tile. CTIOA, along with The Tile, formed TPFH in 2002. LaFortune and Wilson have participated in numerous TPFH builds across the country.

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