Fabricator Profile: Oldcastle Surfaces – One of the Largest Fabricators in North America Explains its Growth Strategy

Oldcastle Surfaces, headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the largest countertop fabricators in North America, with six regional locations in the Southeast. Now part of a large family of businesses under the CRH umbrella (which employs 76,000 people in 35 countries), it was originally founded by one man fabricating solid … Read more

How Granite is Extracted and Processed into Countertop Slabs

Here is an interesting video produced by the Discovery Channel and posted by Quality Tile and Marble, a fabricator located in Grimes, Iowa. The video, titled “Granite – How it’s Made” shows the process of extracting granite blocks from a quarry. I then shows how the granite blocks are cut … Read more

GranQuartz Carries E-Z Sink Brackets

GranQuartz is now carrying E-Z sink brackets, suitable for any sink installation. Designed to fit standard 24-in. cabinet depth with no modification, the wood support rails can be easily trimmed for smaller vanity cabinets. This bracket simply mounts to the front and back edge of the cabinet. The adjustable support … Read more

Groves Offers New Secure A-Frame

The new Secure A-frame is available from Groves Incorporated. Designed to reduce personal injuries from falling slabs, this safetydevice features a lockable post-and-arm system made of heavy duty tubular steel. It replaces nylon straps, wood clamps and other methods of securing slabs to A-Frame units. Users load the A-frame as … Read more

Penny Countertop

While more of a novelty than a serious countertop option, we ran across this video showing off a  bar top covered with pennies and were intrigued by it. So, we decided to share it with our audience in hopes you might get a kick out of it (or be inspired … Read more

Vicostone Introduces 4 New Colors

Vicostone is introducing four new colors to the U.S market  that complement its Romance Series. The new colors are Tiger, described as warm, earthy solemn tones, Alaska Black, with bold black and white veins and Ivory quartz crystals; Dark Emparador, a warm chocolate color with a touch of gold; and … Read more

GlassRecycled Offers Galaxy Collection

Glass Recycled offers its Galaxy Collection line of surfacing material, designed to cater to multi-use development properties. The company’s boutique quality recycled glass surface is available for large scale multi-unit properties at near granite prices. The material features 100 percent recycled clear glass and porcelain particulate.

Heated Stone Products Offers New FeelsWarm Stone Countertop Heating System

Minnesota-based Heated Stone Products offers the FeelsWarm Technology, a natural stone countertop heating system that uses ultra­?thin heating elements that take the chill out of natural stone. Designed specifically for countertops, the system gently raises the temperature of the stone 20 to 25 degrees F, just enough to remove the initial cold shock when a person  touches the surface. The … Read more

Fabricator Profile: National Stone, Marble & Granite – Growth During the Recession

The backbone for National Stone Marble & Granite, based in Shrewsbury, Mass., was created during the recent recession and not only did the business not go under, it thrived. According to John Howard, he was able to do so by basing his business on making sure he had quality staff … Read more

ISFA Headquarters Relocates to Pennsylvania

The headquarters of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) is moving to a new location outside of Pittsburgh. The office, located in Gibsonia, Pa., will be fully operational by June 15, 2013. The new headquarters location is situated in a building that has been certified as a Gold level LEED building … Read more