Regulating the Countertop Industry: Make Your Voice Heard

The proposed change in the silica dust exposure limits by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that was announced August 23, 2013 has been big news in the countertop fabrication industry, but it is not be too late to provide input. The open debate began on March 25 and … Read more

How Postformed Laminate Countertops Are Made

We ran across this video put out by VT Industries, a large supplier of postformed laminate countertops, that shows the process they use for making postformed tops. While the video is a bit promotional, focusing on the things that seem to set this company apart from others, there is some … Read more

Formica Adds to 180fx Laminate Collection

Formica Corporation has added four new colors that have the look of granites to its best-selling 180fx laminate collection. The 180fx laminates are made to capture the beautiful detail and veining of high-end, exotic surfaces but with the attributes of laminate. The new colors are Red Dragon (pictured here), an … Read more

KBIS Draws More Than 31,000 to 2014 Show

The dust has settled and the totals are in for the 2014 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), which took place in February in Las Vegas. According to a release from the organizers, 31,092 industry professionals were in attendance – nearly a 145 percent increase over the 2013 show in … Read more

Elkay Crosstown Series Offers 9 Sinks in Apron-front and Undermount Versions

Elkay offers nine Crosstown sink models that feature hand-fabrication with a commercial look many homeowners desire. Two of the Crosstown apron-front style sinks have a new installation option for which a modified sink base cabinet to house these semi-exposed models is not required. The new apron design uses a sink … Read more

Effective Leadership and Teamwork

When you are at your countertop business, do you get frustrated because things don’t seem to be happening the way they’re supposed to be? Maybe you see people milling around, but nothing getting accomplished. In the daily hustle and bustle, do you feel that your goals as as business owner … Read more

Vetrazzo Launches 4 New Colors Containing Oyster Shells

Vetrazzo introduced four new colors in its Coastal Collection that contain oyster shells and Georgia White Marble in addition to recycled glass in a white/gray cementitious matrix. The new colors are as follows: Emerald Coast (pictured here), which also contains  blue-green glass particulates; Bretagne Blue, which also has various shades … Read more

Backlit Onyx, Solid Surface Applications

This video, put out by Nu World Distribution, shows a variety of countertop and various other backlit applications using onyx and solid surface. The company that made the video offers custom LED light strips and panels, so it is a bit promotional. However, it pretty much focuses on showing all … Read more

MIA Releases Results of 2013 Fabricator Benchmarking Survey

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has released the results of its recent Fabricator Benchmarking Survey. The MIA solicited input from North America fabricators during the fourth quarter of 2013. The 2013 study was made possible by a grant received from Cosentino and KOHLER. Each participating fabricator received a confidential … Read more