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MS International

  • Distributor - Flooring & countertop
2900 SW 15th St
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
(954) 247-0800
(954) 247-0801 (fax)
  • About

    Founded in 1975, M S International, Inc. (MSI) is a leading distributor of flooring, countertop, wall tile, and hardscaping products in North America. Headquartered in Orange, California, MSI also maintains 18 state-of-the-art distribution centers across the United States and Canada. MSI's product line includes granite, slate, marble, travertine, sandstone, limestone,quartzite, onyx and other natural stone products imported from 36 countries on six continents. MSI also maintains overseas purchasing offices in India, Turkey, China and Brazil. The company imports approximately 30,000 TEU?s annually and maintains an inventory of approximately 50 million square feet nationwide. MSI has over 900 employees worldwide including approximately 275 employees at its headquarters in Orange, CA. The husband and wife team of Manu and Rika Shah who had emigrated from India just five years earlier with less than $1,000 in their pockets started the business in 1975 from the basement of their home in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The original idea behind the business was an opportunity for Mrs. Shah to work at home during her pregnancy and still generate additional income for the family. Mr. Shah originally came to the United States to get his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University, which he accomplished in 1968From 1974-1981, while they were getting MSI off the ground, Mr. Shah continued to work full time as a mechanical engineer at International Harvester, a manufacturer of trucks and farming equipment. During these years, while the natural stone industry was in its infancy, he served as a broker selling blocks of granite to manufacturers located in the United States, primarily in the monuments industry. In 1981, while still operating Indiana, MSI secured the contract to supply the black granite for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C. With their entire savings invested into this project, Mr. and Mrs. Shah spent endless nights making sure that the project was executed perfectly.
    With the success of this project, Mr. Shah decided to pursue the natural stone industry full time. In 1984, Manu and Rika decided to move the company to Southern California, driven by their vision that ultimately to succeed in distribution, a company must be located in focal distribution points. From 1984 to the present, MSI has continued to grow. Up until 1987, the business primarily served as a distributor of granite for monuments and tombstones. In 1987, MSI realized that the market potential of natural stone for residential and commercial usage had the most potential. From that time, MSI redirected the efforts of the company towards developing this sector of the industry. In 1997, MSI embarked on a vision to become the sole nationwide distributor of natural stone in the United States. In 2003, both of Manu and Rika?s sons, Raj and Rup, left their careers in investment banking to join the family business. Since their arrival into the company, MSI has opened eighteen distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada and has amassed over 5,000 recurring customers in North America. Additionally, during this time, MSI has dramatically expanded its product offering beyond just natural stone from India. MSI is now among the top importers of natural stone in the world from virtually every major source country. MSI imports from all parts of the globe including India, Brazil, China, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Mexico and 29 other countries. Since its inception in 1975, MSI has grown its revenues organically every year. In 2007, Manu Shah was named Ernst & Young's ''Entrepreneur of the Year'' in the Distribution, Manufacturing and Security category. The annual award recognizes those entrepreneurs who have demonstrated extraordinary innovation, financial success, personal dedication and community involvement over the course of the year. From 2008, as the building material industry faced difficult times, MSI continued to grow by focusing on new product development and geographical expansion. MSI introduced porcelain, mosaics, and quartz to their product offering and opened additional branches in Northern California, Baltimore, and Houston. The company continued to organically grow its business during the very difficult years of 2008-2010. In 2011, MSI opened it first distribution center outside the United States in Toronto, Canada. In 2012, MSI continued its expansion by opening in Seattle, Washington. In 2012, Rajesh Shah and Rupesh Shah were appointed Co-Presidents of the company to lead the company through the next phase of growth. MSI has very ambitious expansion plans for the future including opening branches in Virginia and Kansas in 2013, and many more additional branches are in the planning stages.                                     

  • Whom to Contact

    • Jatin Amin
      2900 SW 15th St
      Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
      Phone: (954) 247-0800
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