Stone Forensics Offers Stone Inspection Training in June

Stone Forensics will be conducting a Stone Inspector training program June 24 to 27  in San Diego. The program is designed to teach the basics of inspecting stone and ceramic tile installations. According to Fred Hueston, who will be conducting the training, “The amount of failures, poor installations and other … Read more

Freedonia ‘Decorative Tile’ Study Now Available

Industry market research firm, The Freedonia Group, released a new study titled Decorative Tile that examines the current state of the tile industry. The 297-page report contains a variety of information on topics such as decorative tile trends, market share and product demand. In addition to offering graphs and charts, … Read more

Concrete Countertop Training

A series of videos produced and released by Trinic LLC sheds light on some of the mystery surrounding the fabrication of concrete and GFRC countertops. Trinic is a respected concrete specialty company in Windsor, N.Y., co-owned by Bob Chatterton and Mark Celebuski. Celebuski holds free concrete training sessions for Trinic’s … Read more

ITW TACC (Formerly Plexus) Joined with Related Companies, Renamed

Illinois Tool Works (ITW), with numerous industrial manufacturing companies under its banner, has repositioned three companies with related products to allow for global competition. TACC (formerly Plexus), along with ER Systems and Schnee-Morehead, are all now part of a larger business known as ITW Polymers Sealants North America Inc. Effective … Read more

Grenite Environmental Product Declaration Issued

An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for Grenite engineered stone by Saint-Gobain was issued. Compliant with ISO 14025, EPDs are internationally recognized, standardized tools that detail the environmental impact of a product. The move is made to help architects and designers better identify environmental impacts from building materials when making purchasing … Read more

Fabricator Profile: Dream Stone – a Company with a Method to Beating Low-priced Competition

Dream Stone, in Longmont, Colo., like many stone fabricators these days, has had to face low-priced competitors. However, owner Scott Murphy made a decision to not play the pricing game and instead focus on high-quality craftsmanship. Instead of dropping his prices to try to compete with the low-priced companies in … Read more

Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame Members Announced

Professional Trade Publications, owners of the Concrete Decor Show and Concrete Decor magazine, recently inducted the newest members of the Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame.  Established in 2010, the Decorative Concrete Hall of Fame recognizes individuals and companies whose contributions have impacted the decorative concrete industry, both as a business … Read more

sia Abrasives Expands Abrasive Line

sia Abrasives, Inc. USA has expanded its series 6120 siafleece siafast discs with the launch of new medium-grade black silicon carbide material. Stocked in standard 5- and 6-in. disc sizes, the material is available in custom sizes made to order with longer lead times. As a series, all 6120 siafleece … Read more

Samsung Radianz Brings on New Distributor in SE Florida

Marble of the World, in southeast Florida, has been named the latest authorized Samsung Radianz distributor. Marble of the World, a 25-year-old importer of stone and stone products, will now carry the Radianz line of quartz surfacing. This means Samsung Radianz is now distributed in more than 30 states and … Read more

Five Pitfalls that Derail Decision Making

By Michael Menard Despite the wealth of information available to us, many of today’s best and brightest business leaders still make poor decisions. This is unfortunate because sound decision making is at the heart of every company’s success. Even if you have the best education and years of experience, it’s … Read more