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Schönox was founded over 120 years ago in Germany and is active in over 20 countries worldwide. Here in North America, the marketing, support, and business development of Schönox is led by Thomas Trissl, no stranger to the flooring industry. Thomas founded Centiva in 1996 developing the business for 17 years before selling the company to flooring-powerhouse Tarkett. Soon thereafter, Thomas formed HPS North America, and alongside Schönox, began bringing its products to the North American market under the name HPS Schönox. He understood the profound need for strong subflooring solutions in the industry. The relationship with Schönox was hardly a new one. Thomas and his family’s flooring installation business in Germany have used Schönox products for many decades. Schönox and Thomas Trissl share a commitment to the flooring industry and the relationships that make things happen. There is a clear difference between making a statement and delivering on a promise. Schönox has built its brand name internationally by delivering on its promises on a daily basis. Similarly, Thomas has built his reputation by valuing each relationship as a partnership and an opportunity for businesses to grow together. Now, Schönox and Thomas are reaching out across North America to further distribution and in depth support for Schönox products. The focus on North America is all the more appropriate for Thomas given that he established Centiva’s manufacturing in the US at a time when the industry norm was movement to overseas production. These days with Schönox are feeling a lot more like an entrepreneurial start-up company, albeit with a 100 plus year old company supporting every move. The opportunities have never been greater.