Wilsonart Majority Stake To Be Bought from ITW

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) and Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) have formed an agreement under which ITW’s Decorative Surfaces business will become a new, independent company operating as Wilsonart International Holdings, LLC. A fund managed by CD&R will invest $395 million in the new freestanding business to acquire a … Read more

Great Informational Outlet for Concrete Countertops

We ran across a great resource for those thinking of installing concrete countertops, or just want to know more about the options, at ConcreteNetwork.com . They have a series of highly informative articles about concrete countertops. This informational website has something for everyone interested in concrete counters, whether you are a fabricator, designer … Read more

Label Printers for Fabricators

Label printers can be an important piece of hardware for manufacturers and large or commercial fabricators. Labeling prevents mishaps and mix-ups, and it makes it simple to sort and categorize both stock and finished product. Labeling can be part of a countertop fabricators inventory process, to help identify brands, colors … Read more

Distelhorst to Retire as CEO of MIA

Garis “Gary” Distelhorst, CAE, executive vice president & CEO of the Marble Institute of America (MIA) since 2002, will retire Dec. 31, 2012, after an accomplished 43-year career as a senior-level association executive. The MIA Board of Directors has named James Hieb, CAE, the association’s vice president, as his successor. Hieb will … Read more

Duties Potentially Levied Against Chinese ‘Drawn’ Stainless Steel Sinks

The U.S. Commerce Department issued a second preliminary anti-dumping decision in late 2012 in response to Chinese stainless steel drawn sinks. The determination was that Chinese manufacturers sold drawn stainless steel sinks in the United States at prices significantly below fair value, in violation of U.S.law and international trade rules. … Read more

DuPont Begins Manufacturing Private Collection Corian in U.S., Changes Zodiaq Pricing

DuPont is now reportedly manufacturing its Private Collection Corian solid surface at the company’s Tonawanda Yerkes plant. It had been manufactured in South Korea. DuPont invested an estimated $6 million to make the transition, according to reports. New York state grant money totaling nearly $500,000 was also used to aid … Read more

Woodworking Associations Reach Agreement to Own International Woodworking Fair

The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA), the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) and the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) jointly entered into an agreement for the purchase of AHFA’s ownership interest in the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) by WMIA and WMMA. The transaction is expected to close late this … Read more

Karran Launches Quartz Sink Line

Karran offers the new Q2 line of quartz sinks. Designed to be tough, they are available in an array of colors. The line, which will complement the company’s original line of Q1 quartz sinks, are made from the same materials using the same production processes, but are made in a … Read more

Wilsonart Offers New Laminate Collection

Wilsonart International offers several new patterns, including abstracts, solids, woodgrains, stones and new pure metals as part of its 2012 Contract Collection of laminates. The collection also includes a “Soft Grain” finish that provides an abstracted matte wood tick to a variety of designs. The collection includes nine colors in the Woodgrains … Read more