Blick Industries Introduces CNC Leathering Tooling

Blick Industries introduced the new Leatherhead, a leathering surface-treatment tooling for use with CNC machinery. The tooling adapts to any 35mm Conic tool holder. It accepts Frankfurt Style brushes or 4-, 5- and 6-in. snail-lock brushes. It can be used on belt-driven and electro-spindle machines. The tooling is 12.75-in. in … Read more

Fabricator Profile: Granite Works

Jason VanDyke built his stone fabrication company based on the first rule of business: providing supply where there is demand. Granite Works is located in Waverly, N.Y., near the border of Pennsylvania. He felt this area was lacking a reliable and consistent stone countertop fabricator, forcing residents to travel two … Read more

Aetna Plywood To Distribute Diresco Quartz Surfacing

Aetna Plywood is now the exclusive distributor for Diresco Quartz Surfacing in the Midwest United States. Based in Maywood, Ill., Aetna Plywood operates out of four locations in Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota and has a service area that includes 15 states. The Diresco quartz surfacing product, which is made using … Read more

Coverings Trade Show Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Twenty-five years ago Coverings, the first U.S. tile and stone exposition and conference, was founded not only to showcase new products, tools and machinery, but also to provide certification programs, networking opportunities and training and education on an array of topics from design trends to installation techniques for distributors, retailers, … Read more

Unique LED Lit Countertops, Vanities and Sinks

Here is a video that depicts some unique LED lit countertops, produced by Crafted Countertops in Genoa City, Wis. The company, which fabricates quartz surfacing, granite, solid surface, laminate, recycled materials and others, seems to have a knack for using lighting to highlight countertops, or making “NightLight Tops” as it … Read more

Vicostone Partners with Triton Stone For Distribution

Vicostone, a provider of quartz surfacing material, has partnered with Triton Stone Group to expand its distribution. Triton Stone, which has 17 locations, will offer Vicostone quartz surfacing in the South (Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi) and Mid-Atlantic regions (North Carolina, and Virginia).

MIA Technical Module on Countertop Installation Available Online

We here at are dedicated to locating, researching and letting you know about all of the resources available to you as countertop fabricators and installers. One great resource we recently uncovered is available online (and at no charge) from the Marble Institute of America (MIA). The MIA Technical Module … Read more

Creating a Positive Countertop Buying Experience

Although this story pertains to automobiles, its lesson spans through every industry, including countertop fabrication. Pay attention to your customers’ reactions and to what they say so that it is possible to create a positive buying experience for them. A former salesperson for Cadillac recalls that a few years ago, … Read more

LG Introduces New HI-MACS Sparkle Collection Designed by Karim Rashid

LG Hausys has launched its new line of HI-MACS solid surface – the  Sparkle Collection designed by Karim Rashid. The collection includes five vibrant colors with strong tones and a distinctive glittering effect. The colors are: Key Lime, Kandy Pink, Kreemy Grey, Kold Silver and Kanada Violet. Like all solid … Read more

ISFA Elects 2014 Board of Directors

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the changes to the association’s Board of Directors for 2014. Fabricator Member Directors are chosen by association members, for a term of three years, with the option to renew for a second consecutive three-year term. The results of the association election were revealed … Read more