Based in California, MS International, Inc. is a leading distributor of wall tile, flooring, countertops, and hardscaping products in North America. MSI has an extensive line of products that includes natural stone, ceramic, porcelain, glass, and quartz from over 35 countries and 6 continents. It was established in 1975 by the husband and wife duo of Manu and Rika Shah. The couple emigrated from India with less than $1,000 in their pockets and started the business from the basement of their home in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The idea came about when Rika wanted to work from home during her pregnancy and generate money at the same time. Manu originally wanted to get his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, which he completed in 1968. Mr. Shah continued to work as a full-time mechanical engineer from 1971- 1981 at International Harvester, a manufacturer of trucks and farming equipment.
One fateful day, MSI was able to secure the contract to supply the black granite for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The couple invested their life savings into this project and spent endless nights trying to make sure this project was executed perfectly. Because of the success of the project, they decided to pursue the business and develop MSI full time. The company was later moved to California to expand their business.
Fast forward to the present, MSI continues to grow and make their goal of distributing their products a reality. Previously until 1987, MSI served mainly as a distributor for monuments and tombstones but realized that the market potential of natural stone for commercial and residential use had the most potential. MSI then directed their efforts to developing this sector of the industry. The company then expanded and opened their second location in New Jersey.
With the goal of having the most distribution centers in the nation, MSI continues to open locations across America to get their tiles into homes everywhere. You can find the perfect tile with MSI’s huge selection of stone, glass, ceramic, porcelain, and quartz. With styles, varying from the trendiest to the classics, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Whether it’s marble, travertine, slate, or any other stone tile; MSI’s mission is to provide you with the broadest selection of flooring and wall tile that are imported from around the world. MSI’s nationwide presence and commitment to logistics, service, inventory, and material are sure to help you get the job done.