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Centipede Tool Offers Industrial Strength Portable Work System

Posted on 28 November 2016 by cradmin

centipedeThe Centipede® Portable Work System is an industrial strength platform capable of supporting thousands of pounds wherever needed, stowing away into the smallest corner when it isn’t. Featuring a patented steel frame design, the system is constructed of multiple steel struts that rest directly between the load and ground to support an incredible amount of weight while keeping even the thinnest materials from sagging. Struts are moved in tandem with flat steel cross bars flexible enough to absorb impacts and durable enough to ensure long-lasting smooth operation. Available in two models, the Centipede® Sawhorse supports surfaces with six struts over a 2 by 4-ft. area. Rated for 1,500 lbs., it weighs only 11 lbs. and collapses to 6 by 9 in. The Centipede® SupportXL has 15 struts over a 4 by 8-ft. area, is rated for 3,000 lbs., weighs 29 lbs. and collapses to 9 by 14 in.

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OSHA Releases Compliance Guide for Silica Standard

Posted on 25 November 2016 by CRadmin2

osha1On November 14, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) released its Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction. This guide was produced for small to mid-size businesses (SMBs) with employees to help them comply with the new rule for crystalline silica exposure. Although this rule is seen as controversial by some organizations in the construction and related industries, it has been passed and no further changes are expected in the foreseeable future.

This new compliance guide provides the actual wording of the new rule, and then details how to assess employee exposure and methods that can be used to lower exposure to below the levels set in the standard, such as respiratory protection and housekeeping practices. In addition, the guide includes chapters on medical surveillance, hazard communication and recordkeeping.

OSHA is set to begin enforcing the final rule as it pertains to construction on June 23, 2017. Enforcement for general and maritime industries has been delayed one year to June 23, 2018, and a separate compliance guide for these industries is currently in development.

As a reminder, the new rule concerning silica is the federal standard, but states retain the authority to create separate standards as long they meet the minimum requirements. Businesses in many states have had to comply with state standards that meet the new federal rule for several years now. Always check with your state OSHA or other state authority regarding compliance for respirable silica.

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StoneTalk Episode 28: Kyle Carpenter

Posted on 23 November 2016 by CRadmin2 is pleased to bring you another episode of StoneTalk, the podcast dedicated to countertops and countertop fabrication, hosted by Patrick Foley and produced by Moraware.

In Episode 28, Patrick talks with Kyle Carpenter, the founder of, the online marketplace for solid surface, solid surface tools and solid surface accessories. The two discuss an array of fascinating topics, including all of the following:

  • How evolved from a resource for the DIY community to supporting professional fabricators
  • How customers go about searching for construction contractors
  • How fabricators can pass down the work for small vanities
  • The ins and outs of application program interfaces (APIs) and how they are used to benefit the countertop industry

Read the transcript of this episode here: StoneTalk Episode 28 – Kyle Carpenter

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ISFA Announces Annual Award Winners

Posted on 22 November 2016 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the winners of its annual awards at the association’s annual meeting and conference recently held in Cancun, Mexico. The ISFA awards are chosen by association members, and given to industry professionals that stand out as the very best.

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Hall of Fame Inductee Jon Olson

Industry Veteran Jon Olson was inducted into the ISFA Hall of Fame, joining a long list of esteemed industry professionals. The Hall of Fame Award is given to the individual who has, in the course of his/her career, made significant contributions to the decorative surfacing industry, and has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of ISFA. Olson was recognized for his significant contributions to the industry knowledge base and for his understanding and awareness of surfacing materials such as solid surface and quartz. Through his article writing for several industry magazines, his social media outreach, speaking engagements and his various roles in the industry, from fabricator to manufacturer representative to associate at a well know material distributor, Olson has earned his place in the ISFA Hall of Fame.

The 2016 Fabricator of the Year Award was given to Augie Chavez of GECKO SSS in San Antonio, Texas. The Fabricator of the Year is awarded to an individual of a fabricator member company that in the past year has best demonstrated the ISFA ideals of quality, innovation, character and exemplary service to ISFA and/or the decorative surfacing industry. Chavez earned the award for building a successful commercial fabrication business from the ground up, while maintaining a commitment to social standards, such as environmentally friendly practices and training, as well as educating and respecting the company’s staff.

The Associate of the Year Award is given to an associate member company that in the past year has best exemplified the role of servicing the needs of fabricator member companies, and who has best supported ISFA in all activities. This year’s winner is Moraware for going out of its way to expand the amount of solid information available to fabricators through its innovative newsletter, blog, podcast (StoneTalk) and its approach to marketing that works to improve industry standards and quality.

The Innovator Award is for the member firm or individual who goes outside the box to create a product or system that enhances the life or elevates the role of the surface fabricator. The 2016 Winner is ArtCor for using its experience and innovative solid surface design and fabrication techniques in Russia to advance the scope and possibilities for the use of solid surface material around the world.

The Envision Award is given to the manufacturer member that excels in creating something imaginative and special for the surfacing industry. The 2016 Winner is Cosentino for developing Dekton Large Format Tile, which allows traditional countertop fabricators to expand into flooring with a durable, high quality product that can be used in both interior and exterior applications.

You may also be interested in this article about Coverings seeking submissions for the 2017 CID Awards.

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Outwater Provides Numerous Countertop Supports

Posted on 21 November 2016 by cradmin

outwater industries countertop bracketsOutwater Industries offers metal support brackets for countertops in many styles and in many prices. Available in 1008 cold rolled steel, cast iron, cast aluminum and in solid carbon steel, some of the company’s various designs of brackets have load ratings of more than 1,000 lbs. per pair. The company also offers ornate support for their shelves and countertops via its line of corbels. With hundreds of styles to choose from the corbels are available in American hard maple, cherry, red oak and alder, as well as resin and polyurethane.

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Akrilika Launches AQ Stone Quartz Surfacing Series

Posted on 18 November 2016 by cradmin

akrilikaRussian-based supplier Akrilika introduced AQ Stone – а new line of quartz surfacing material that features marblelike aesthetic and vast veining, flowing through each design. The new products are distinguished by a dynamic combination of natural beauty and performance as demanded by the discerning customers.

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MIA+BSI Joins IBS and KBIS for Design & Construction Week 2017

Posted on 17 November 2016 by cradmin

mia bsi natural stone institute logoMIA+BSI: The Natural Stone Institute is a supporting organization of the fourth annual Design & Construction Week (DCW).

Founding partners, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) will continue driving the possibilities of home forward as the co-location of the NAHB International Builders’ Show® (IBS) and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show® (KBIS) moves to Orlando, January 10-12, 2017. DCW will bring together more than 80,000 design and construction professionals in the largest gathering of the residential design and construction industry.

MIA+BSI members will enjoy discounted registration for the event, while the organization’s leaders will participate in the Design & Construction Week Executive Roundtable to discuss issues and trends in the US housing market and exchange ideas with other industry thought leaders.

“MIA+BSI is thrilled to be a DCW Supporting Organization. We look forward to the networking and education opportunities offered by this event. Our members will benefit greatly from attending Design & Construction Week,” said MIA President David Castellucci.

“We have seen explosive growth in Design & Construction Week over the past few years, primarily due the draw of having so many big industry players all in one place,” said NAHB CEO Jerry Howard. “The support of MIA+BSI only further bolsters the prominence of this event. DCW has become the premier event for our industry, and we expect the 2017 show to be the best year yet.”

“NKBA is thrilled about this collaboration, bringing so many industry representatives together in one location creates huge value for everyone involved,” said Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO. “This is ultimately a huge win for consumers, as we lead the way in connecting the industry.”

Show dates include:

  • NAHB International Builders’ Show: January 10-12, Orange County Convention Center
  • Kitchen & Bath Industry Show: January 10-12, Orange County Convention Center

Registration is open at—registered attendees will have access to both trade shows held during Design & Construction Week.

You may also be interested in viewing other upcoming trade shows on our Calendar of Events.

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Wilsonart to Acquire Bushboard in U.K.

Posted on 16 November 2016 by cradmin

Wilsonart Engineered SurfacesWilsonart Engineered Surfaces, the Austin, TX- based manufacturer and distributor of engineered surfaces, announced an agreement to acquire Bushboard, the U.K.-based manufacturer and distributor of worktops and wall systems.

“Bushboard is a terrific company that brings new, innovative products to market,” said Tim O’Brien, Wilsonart CEO. “It will be a great addition to our European operations, which already includes leading engineered surfaces brands like Polyrey and Resopal.”

The Bushboard business will report into Tim Pearson, Wilsonart President, Western Europe. “Bushboard is an ideal complement to the Wilsonart Europe businesses, dovetailing well with our existing worktop operation in the U.K. and beyond,” said Pearson. “Bushboard brings new technology, new products and new routes to market for Wilsonart throughout Europe. We look forward to the growth opportunities that these new capabilities present.”

You may also be interested in this article about the acquisition of Granite City Tool by GranQuartz.

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The 13 Characteristics of Successful People

Posted on 15 November 2016 by CRadmin2

By Jeffrey J Mayer

I’ve spent many years studying successful people and have identified the skills, talents and characteristics that enable them to succeed. As you look at and study these skills, talents and characteristics, you’ll realize that you possess many of them yourself. Some of these skills and talents are more dominant than others are and will play a greater part in your being, or becoming, a success in the business of life. These are the things you do well. The things you do easily and effortlessly. These are your strengths.

When you find you need a skill or talent you don’t have, just go out and look for a person or group of people with the skills, talents and training you need: skills and talents that complement your own. These people will become your teammates, colleagues, co-workers, professional advisors and friends. With these combined skills and talents, organizations grow, prosper and become successful.

These are the five things you’ll find every successful person has in common:

  1. They have a dream.
  2. They have a plan.
  3. They have specific knowledge or training.
  4. They’re willing to work hard.
  5. They don’t take no for an answer.

Remember: Success begins with a state of mind. You must believe you’ll be successful in order to become a success.

The following is a list of the skills, talents, and characteristics you’ll find in successful people:

1. Successful People Have a Dream. They have a well-defined purpose. They have a definite goal. They know what they want. They aren’t easily influenced by the thoughts and opinions of others. They have willpower. They have ideas. Their strong desire brings strong results. They go out and do things that others say can’t be done.

Remember: It only takes one sound idea to achieve success.

Remember: People who excel in life are those who produce results, not excuses. Anybody can come up with excuses and explanations for why he or she hasn’t made it. Those who want to succeed badly enough don’t make excuses.

2. Successful People Have Ambition.They want to accomplish something. They have enthusiasm, commitment and pride. They have self-discipline. They’re willing to work hard and go the extra mile. They have a burning desire to succeed. They’re willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Remember: With hard work, come results. The joy in life comes with working for and achieving something.

3. Successful People Are Strongly Motivated Toward Achievement.They take great satisfaction in accomplishing a task.

4. Successful People Are Focused.They concentrate on their main goals and objectives. They don’t get sidetracked. They don’t procrastinate. They work on the projects that are important and don’t allow those projects to sit until the last minute. They’re productive, not just busy.

5. Successful People Learn How to Get Things Done.They use their skills, talents, energies and knowledge to the fullest extent possible. They do the things that need to be done, not just the things they like to do. They are willing to work hard and commit themselves to getting the job done.

Remember: Happiness is found in doing and accomplishing, not in owning and possessing.

Anecdote: Many years ago, I was asked, “Jeff, do you like pleasing habits or pleasing results?” As I pondered that probing question, and squirmed in my chair like a worm at the end of a hook, I felt as if I had painted myself into a corner. A few moments later, I answered, “I like pleasing results.” From that moment on, my life changed. I began to do the things that were difficult, because they enabled me to achieve my goals.

6. Successful People Take Responsibility for Their Actions.They don’t make excuses. They don’t blame others. They don’t whine and complain.

7. Successful People Look for Solutions to Problems.They’re opportunity minded. When they see opportunities, they take advantage of them.

8. Successful People Make Decisions.They think about the issues and relevant facts, give them adequate deliberation and consideration and make a decision. Decisions aren’t put off or delayed. They’re made now!

SuccessTip: Spend more time thinking and planning before you make your decision, and you’ll make better decisions.

SuccessTip: When you don’t get the expected results from the decision you’ve made, change your course of action. Decisions should never be carved in stone.

9. Successful People Have the Courage to Admit They’ve Made a Mistake.When you make a mistake, admit it, fix it and move on. Don’t waste a lot of time, energy, money and/or other resources trying to defend a mistake or a bad decision.

Remember: When people are wrong, they may admit it to themselves. If they are handled gently and tactfully, they may admit it to others and even take pride in their frankness and broad-mindedness. But people become very defensive and angry when others try to cram their mistakes down their throats.

10. Successful People Are Self-Reliant.They have the skills, talents and training that are needed in order to be successful.

11. Successful People Have Specific Knowledge, Training, Skills or Talents.They know the things they need to know to be successful. And when they need information, knowledge, skills or talents that they don’t possess, they find someone who does possess them.

12. Successful People Work With and Cooperate With Other People.They have positive, outgoing personalities. They surround themselves with people who offer them help, support and encouragement. They are leaders.

13. Successful People Are Enthusiastic.They’re excited by what they’re doing, and that excitement is contagious. They draw people to them because these people want to work with them, do business with them and be with them.

About the Author

Jeffrey Mayer helps business owners, corporate executives and sales professionals set their priorities, get focused and achieve their goals so they can grow their business, get ahead in life and live their dreams. This article is reprinted with permission from Jeffrey Mayer’s Succeeding in Business ewsletter. To subscribe to Jeff’s free newsletter, visit

Copyright© 2003, Jeffrey J Mayer. All rights reserved. For information, contact FrogPond at [email protected].

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Dwyer Marble & Stone Supply Opens Second Location

Posted on 14 November 2016 by cradmin

dwyerDwyer Marble & Stone Supply announced the opening of its second location near Grand Rapids, Mich. The new location provides more options to homeowners as well as fabricators, contractors, builders, architects, and designers.

The new branch of the wholesale slab supplier is located at 160 84th St., SW, Suite 3, Byron Center, Mich. 49315. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The company states that the Grand Rapids location warehouses a wide variety of different colors of granite, marble, quartzite, soapstone, and engineered quartz slabs.  Both industry professionals (fabricators, contractors, designers, architects, etc.) and homeowners are invited to view slabs in the warehouse and make selections and/or specify products for upcoming projects.

Dwyer Marble & Stone Supply is a family owned and operated business with more than 40 employees.  The popular Farmington Hills location first opened its doors 1995 and continues to thrive as it offers an extensive variety of slabs, tile, and veneer, ranging from the most sought-after to the truly exotic.  Dwyer Marble & Stone supplies products that originate from six different continents.

“Since we first opened in 1995, we have always anticipated additional locations to better serve our customers,” said Joe Dwyer, Dwyer Marble & Stone president.  “Our new Grand Rapids location will provide clients with the superior customer service experience and first-choice products for which we have been known for the past 21 years.  We look forward to continuing to build our new location while better serving our customers on the west side of the state and creating new relationships with everyone from fabricators and contractors to architects and designers through Dwyer Marble in Grand Rapids.”

You may also be interested in this article on 3 myths about sealing marble and granite.

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