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Packed House at TORLYS/Sun-Brite Event

Hundreds gather at TORLYS 35th & Sun-Brite’s 50th anniversary celebration.

TORONTO, ON – July 2023 – TORLYS, a global flooring leader specializing in beautiful, responsible flooring solutions, hosted a memorable night June 14th alongside Sun-Brite Drapery, the leader in window décor and design, to commemorate their respective business milestones and longtime partnership with family, friends, and supporters from the construction industry.

More than 400 guests attended the memorable night, hosted by TORLYS Senior VP of Sales for Builder & Hospitality Cam Bowen and Sun-Brite President Benny Caringi, whose longstanding friendship evolved to many business collaborations, even earning them The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD)’s “Member of the Year” award for volunteer efforts hosting events for Hats On for Awareness charity.

TORLYS SunBrite Event

Sun-Brite President Benny Caringi and TORLYS Senior VP of Sales for Builder & Hospitality Cam Bowen

Many touching sentiments were shared as the duo reminisced on both companies’ growths and achievements over the years, crediting their joint success to the ongoing support of family, teammates (past and present), and valued clients.

“Over 3.5 decades of change at TORLYS, one constant remains, we’ve stayed true to our roots as a people-focused company committed to making flooring better,” said Bowen. “We could not have reached this milestone without the dedication of our talented team and fantastic partners like Sun-Brite, a fellow family-run business that echoes our commitment to service, innovation, and making a positive community impact. I look forward to the next 35 years and what lies ahead!”

“It’s an indescribable feeling to be able to say we have been in business for 50 years and carrying on our family legacy, but it’s even more special to be able to celebrate it along with TORLYS with their 35 years in business,” remarked Caringi, adding. “The fact that two likeminded companies share the same values and purpose is a testament to the importance of relationships and how we both value people more than anything else. The future is bright for both companies as we continue to grow our relationships as well as give back to our community and all the people who have made us who we are today! As I always say, together, we are stronger.”

Local dignitaries Steven DelDuca, Mayor of Vaughan, Hon. Michael Tibollo, Minister of Health and Addictions for Vaughan, Rosanna DeFrancesca, Councillor for Vaughan, and David Wilkes, President, and CEO of BILD, also joined in on the festivities and shared thoughtful words of encouragement throughout the event, while Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie offered her congratulations in a special video message.

You can experience the event by watching this recap here.

35 Years of “Making Flooring Better”

How it Began

“TORLYS” derives from Toronto (TOR), and Lisbon (LYS) because the two founders, Fernando Luz and Anibal Claudio, are Portuguese. They started the company in 1988 and were joined shortly after by current President Peter Barretto, all with a joint mission to provide better flooring solutions. Starting off as a pioneer in floating floors, TORLYS is now one of the fastest-growing flooring companies in Canada, known for its exclusive products that are beautiful, easy to maintain, and sustainable.

TORLYS TeamMates at the TORLYS & SunBrite event

TORLYS TeamMates at the TORLYS 35 & Sun-Brite 50 event

A driving force for innovation since the beginning

From the very beginning, TORLYS was able to establish itself as a driving force for innovation. TORLYS Innovation timeline follows the journey from 1988 to present as the company’s portfolio expanded, and TORLYS established itself as a trusted flooring leader.

“TORLYS turned 35 in January 2023, and we kicked off the celebrations at Surfaces in Las Vegas followed by this evening with our trusted partner Sun-Brite,” said Peter Barretto, TORLYS President & CEO, adding, “We are very pleased to achieve this 35th milestone anniversary.  We are proudest of our TORLYS Team is what we allowed us to have such an accomplishment.  This team combined with our committed manufacturing partners are the backbone to provide exceptional support for our loyal customers, especially through this next challenging recessionary year ahead. Together, we are ready, willing, and able to take on and grow regardless of whatever life has in store.”

Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, TORLYS has been creating and delivering innovative flooring solutions to homeowners, builders, and property managers, using the latest technologies for 35 years and counting.

Sun-Brite provides cutting-edge window décor and design solutions since 1973. Sun-Brite provides an exceptional experience that seeks to understand the unique needs of its clients.

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