James Bateman Vice President of Terrazzo Division

Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies Promotes James Bateman to Vice President – Terrazzo Division


WHEELING, Illinois – Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies, one of the country’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of Terrazzo & Stone, has promoted James Bateman to Vice President – Terrazzo Division.  Steve Murray, President/COO, has said its “A great day for T&M and Terroxy! James has been foundational to our success and his vision as a business leader will position us to continue to grow and create opportunities for our Employee Owners to thrive.”

James arrives as Vice President following 18 years of service at Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies.  Starting in March of 2002 as a member of the Terrazzo Customer Service team, James excelled in all areas of his responsibilities and showcased a strong work ethic. Gaining the trust of his colleagues and clients, James was then promoted to Terrazzo Customer Service Manager.  Managing this team gave James insight on industry trends and allowed a deeper understanding of his clients and their needs.

In 2008 James was promoted to West Coast Terrazzo Manager, tasked to lead and support the expansion of West Coast operations. Following 3 successful years of managing the West Coast Team, James was promoted to Terrazzo Division Manager back at Headquarters in Wheeling, IL.

James Bateman has shared that “Terrazzo & Marble Supply (T&M) was my first real job out of college. At the time I didn’t even know what terrazzo was. It wasn’t long after that I found myself checking out every floor I came across. When I did stumble upon a terrazzo floor, I’d analyze all aspects of the floor; what aggregate was used, the aggregate consolidation, what type of divider strip, etc. etc. It truly became a passion of mine that continues to grow every day.”

“The thing I’ve enjoyed the most during my time at T&M are the relationships I’ve developed with our customers, vendors and fellow Employee Owners. T&M has a great family culture that I’m proud to be a part of. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank my coworkers for their hard work & continued support, I wouldn’t be in the position that I’m in today without their efforts.”

James holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Management from Arizona State University and is happily married with both a son (AJ) and a daughter (Riley). Hobbies include being an avid Chicago Sports enthusiast, supporting the Bears, Bulls, Sox, Hawks, Devils & being a Terrazzo Dog 4 Life!

About Terrazzo & Marble

Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies began over 75 years ago with a simple notion, to provide our customers with the highest quality products and unmatched customer service. Through dedication, passion & hard work Terrazzo & Marble has established itself as the country’s elite supplier and distributor of the most beautiful terrazzo imaginable.

As a 100% Employee Owned company, we take great pride in our business and place the highest value on customer relationships. Our commitment to quality products and service will continue to be a focus as a growing, innovative and trustworthy company.




What is “Real Terrazzo”?

What is “Real Terrazzo”?

It depends who you ask…⁣⁣


Terrazzo is experiencing a renaissance and there is a lot of talk on the internet about what “real terrazzo” is or is not. As far as we’re concerned, “real” terrazzo is any well executed terrazzo floor that looks equally as beautiful on day one as it does in year one hundred. Most often poured in place – with no grout joints –  resulting in a seamless floor that is easy to clean & maintain, that looks gorgeous for the life of the building. ⁣⁣


It can be epoxy or cement, but it most definitely is NOT a factory made terrazzo tile. ⁣⁣




Terrazzo tile fails under high foot traffic conditions. ⁣⁣


Poured in place epoxy terrazzo is the least prone to cracking & most robust in terms of tensile strength, compressive strength & chemical resistance. Cement terrazzo, while known for developing cracks as inherent to the material, performs better than terrazzo tile under high foot traffic. When well-executed, using a qualified terrazzo installer, the terrazzo floor, be it cement or epoxy will look amazing for the life of the building.

Not so with cement terrazzo tile! Not only will it crack, but over time the grout joints will collect dirt, mold & mildew, deteriorating it further and turning the joints dark, which enhances the grid pattern effect & makes the space appear dirty & run down. ⁣

Many terrazzo tile manufacturers will sell on price, ease of installation or even “cement” being an advantage (i.e., more authentic than epoxy). What they don’t tell you is that the flatness tolerance is 1/8” in 10’ & that by the time you flatten the slab and lay it properly you’ve already met or exceeded the installed cost of poured terrazzo. And then…it cracks and looks dirty.⁣

Save yourself and your client the headache and engage a qualified supplier/manufacturer like Terroxy Resin Systems from the start.  This will help support you with specifications, joint detailing and technical guidance to ensure the integrity of your specification and the longevity of your project!




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