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New Colors Available For Caesarstone Classico Collection

Posted on 26 April 2017 by cradmin

Caesarstone Moorland Fog

Moorland Fog

Caesarstone launched five new colors in spring 2017 as part of it’s growing Classico collection. According to the company, the new options are based on market feedback and demand, offer durability, and the ease of Caesarstone surface material. Slabs are non-porous, heat-, stain- and scratch-resistant. Caesarstone offers a lifetime warranty on all slabs.

The 2017 new colors include: Montblanc, a harmonious light grey; Moorland Fog, a rich creamy light-color tinted with a touch of taupe; Turbine Grey, swirls of white and dark grey veins on a classic grey base; Georgian Bluffs, a soft grey with delicate veining; and White Attica, characterized by deep, dramatic black veins with a vivid white background.

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Stone Technologies Offers Free Samples of Stone and Concrete Sealers

Posted on 25 April 2017 by cradmin

Marble Granite Slate Limestone Sealers Cleaners Enhancers1Stone Technologies Corp. in Cleveland, Tenn., is currently offering free samples of its proprietary stone and concrete sealers to interested fabricators. The company has been in business since 1999, and owner Michael Parry has more than 40 years of experience in research, development and chemical formulation for industrial applications.

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The stone sealers manufactured by Stone Technologies were developed to penetrate into all natural stone surfaces, including granite, marble, sandstone, slate and travertine. While coverage of the stone sealers varies with the porosity of the stone, fabricators can expect to cover 500 to 1,000 sq. ft. per gallon.

Products available in the stone sealer category are as follows:

  • Stone Sealer #1 – This reactive silicone polymer in odorless mineral spirits forms an invisible barrier with a natural finish. This solvent-based sealer works will all types of natural stone surfaces.
  • Stone Sealer #2 – This is a reactive silicone polymer emulsion in water that seals natural stone surfaces without the release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Stone-Sealer-2-5GStone Sealer #3 – This sealer is a fluoropolymer emulsion in water that provides a natural finish, stain resistance and increased wear abrasion with less than 0.1 percent VOCs.
  • Stone Sealer #4 – This double-strength reactive silicon polymer uses a citrus-based solvent that has a pleasant aroma, is biodegradable and a safer alternative to petroleum-based solvents.
  • Stone Sealer #5 – This is a reactive silicone polymer in odorless mineral spirits that protects natural stone with a wet look, effectively offering a combination of Stone Sealer #1 and Stone Enhancer #1.
  • Stone Sealer #6 – This stone sealer is water based, contains no solvents or VOCs and is nonflammable, which makes it a more environmentally friendly version of Stone Sealer #5.

Concrete Sealers

Stone-Sealer-2-55GStone Technologies also manufactures several concrete sealers, including all of the following:

  • Concrete Sealer X-1 – Concrete Sealer X-1 is a permanent, silicate-based, deep-penetrating sealer guaranteed to last the lifetime of any concrete surface. This sealer increases the density and strength of concrete while providing resistance to stains, chemical etching, moisture and mold. It can be applied on all residential and commercial concrete surfaces, including countertops, walls and floors.
  • Concrete Sealer X2 – Concrete Sealer X-2 is a concentrated version of Concrete Sealer X-1. It is designed to seal very porous concrete surfaces and concrete blocks. This sealer can also be used as an admixture to densify the substrate.
  • Concrete Sealer X-3 – Concrete Sealer X-3 is water based but still penetrates and crosslinks inside of concrete surfaces to make them water and stain resistant. This sealer can be applied alone or on top of Concrete Sealer X-1 or sample-bottleConcrete Sealer X-2, and it is available in custom colors.

Request a Free Sample!

Nearly all of the products from Stone Technologies are available by the quart, gallon, 5-gallon bucket, 30-gallon drum and 55-gallon drum, and for a limited time, fabricators can receive a free 4-oz. sample bottle by sending an email to [email protected].

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Stone Talk Episode 33: Kyle Williams

Posted on 24 April 2017 by cradmin

Episode 33 of Moraware’s StoneTalk podcast features Kyle Williams of Earth Elements. Host Patrick Foley discusses several topics with Williams, including all of the following:

  • Growing your business quickly
  • Cross-training employees to increase their value
  • How to nurture company culture and why
  • Balancing luxury and price

Read the full transcript of this episode here: Stonetalk Episode 33 – Kyle Williams

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Chemetal Adds New Patterns to Classic Collection

Posted on 21 April 2017 by cradmin

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Chemetal added new choices to its Classic Metals Collection. Now with the additions of Brushed Golden Aluminum and Brushed Stainless Steel, these high pressure laminate (HPL) and solid metals are part of the company’s most popular collection. According to the company these materials are a great way to easily create the modern and luxurious look of real metal in interior spaces.  Classic Metals are available in 40 design choices and include brushed, stainless, brass, copper and bronze options.

The company states that Classic Metals in the 700, 800 and 900 Series are best suited to vertical and light duty horizontal use. Available as inlays, cut-to-size pieces, strips and more,they can be ordered with a laminate backer for installation or as solid anodized aluminum, which is ideal for bending and creating clean edges.

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Domain Introduces The Santa Fe Ceramic Art Collection

Posted on 20 April 2017 by cradmin

800x800-img_0912The Santa Fe Ceramic Art Collection introduced by Domain features specialty sinks that are handcrafted with unique textures and designs. The 11 round ceramic vessel sink options in the Santa Fe Ceramic Art Collection are: Honor, with gold and mahogany tones; Arden, with a nature-inspired lily pad coloration; Pike, with a bumpy flora-shaped surface; Allegheny, with a primitive patina woven basket look; Lombard, with a two-tone pattern of dark green and wheat; Skye, with arctic drizzle on a silver metallic finish; Scarlett, with rust-brown coloring and a reflective metallic hammered shell; Helena, with a dramatic gold metallic swirl; Jasper, a tightly-woven pattern with jade over toasted bisque coloring; Maya, reddish-brown colors that mimic Arizona rock wave formations; and Boreal, with Zebrawood impersonation outside and polished black inside.

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Stone Forest Offers Copper Farmhouse Sink

Posted on 19 April 2017 by cradmin

Stone Forest Copper Farmhouse SinkFollowing suit with the rest of Stone Forest products, the copper farmhouse sink is hand-crafted by artisans. The company stated that the farmhouse sink is fabricated using 16-gauge double-walled copper. The sink is also foam filled for vibration and noise reduction. Like all other natural elements, copper is a living finish so it will achieve a patina or “weathered” look with use and exposure to the elements of everyday living. The copper sink is made from 100 percent recycled materials, which are 99.14 percent pure copper (standard), and lead free.

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Coverings Announces 2017 CID Award Winners and Rock Stars

Posted on 18 April 2017 by cradmin

Coverings 2017 CID AwardsAs a part of the 2017 Coverings conference program, the winners of the Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards presented their projects to show attendees. The CID Awards honor outstanding design and installation of tile and stone in the categories of Residential Stone, Residential Tile, Commercial Stone, and Commercial Tile. Submissions were judged based on execution, original usage, and overall design and purpose. The four prize-winning teams, including each designer and installer, received $2,500, and a one-night stay in Orlando to attend Coverings. All winning projects were displayed at Coverings 2017 on a video wall and on an award display.

The four projects that earned this prestigious award are:
Residential Stone
Project: Art House, The Zajeski Project
Designer: CVG Architects
Installer: Blue Pearl Stone

Residential Tile
Project: Contemporary Twilight
Designer: DKOR Interiors
Installer: Newman Brothers Construction

Commercial Stone
Project: Energy Center III
Designer: Kirskey Architecture
Installer: Camarata Masonry Systems, Ltd.

Commercial Tile
Project: Maurices Corporate Headquarters
Designer: RSP Architects
Installer: Twin City Tile and Marble

Special Recognition honors were also given to the following projects for exemplifying noteworthy tile and stone applications:
Special Recognition: Community Enhancement
Project: Pacific Coast Highway Caltran Landscape Architecture
Designer: Alice Taylor
Installer: JC Stone

Special Recognition: Creative Use of Tile in an Educational Setting
Project: Coweta Central Elementary School
Designer: Stacy Group
Installer: Bentley Flooring

Special Recognition: International
Project: Villa Nemes: Natural Materials in Natural Environment
Designer: Giordano Hadamik Architects
Installer: Simine Rizza & Ndricim Aga

Special Recognition: International
Project: Opera Software Wroclaw
Designer: mode:lina architekci Paweł Garus Jerzy Woźniak sp. j.

Special Recognition: International
Project: Madrid, Spain Perimeter Project
Designer: Zooco Estudio
Installer: Hisbalit

Special Recognition: International
Project: Lattice House
Designer: Emiliano López Matas

In addition to the CID Awards, Coverings honored its third class of industry “Rock Stars” during the convention. Honorees were recognized for their individual contributions to the tile and stone industry during a Rock Star Luncheon. Representing more than 100 years of experience across a diverse array of industry professions, the 2017 honorees are:

George L. Bellerose, Granite & Marble Works, Inc., Lead Installer & Operations Manager
Chanel Carrizosa, Icon Tile & Design, Operator & Owner
Andrew Cassanova, Jeffrey Court Inc., Marketing Director
Marcos Castillo, David Allen Company, Superintendent
Lauren Congrove, Distinctive Marble and Granite, Marketing & Sales Supervisor
Eva Mallory, MS International, Sales Representative
Dimce Manev, Imperial Tile & Stone, Owner
Marie-Noelle Neidemire, Panzica Building Corporation, Interior Designer
Matt Newbold, Elite Tile Setters, Program Manager
Joseph Roberts, International Stone & Tile, Import Manager & Senior Purchaser
Jessica Webber, Webber Development & Construction, Co-owner

CountertopResource.com would like to extend our congratulations to all of this years’ winners and honorees.

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Cosentino to Move North American Headquarters to Miami

Posted on 17 April 2017 by cradmin

cosentino_city_montreal-495x400Cosentino Group recently announced that the North American headquarters for the company will be moving from the Houston area to Miami this summer. Cosentino currently operates 36 centers in the U.S. and four in Canada. Plans for further expansion in the coming months prompted the move to Miami. Cosentino states that the move will facilitate coordination with the company’s headquarters in Almeria, Spain and make the management of the North American market more efficient.

Cosentino recently opened six new “Centers” in the United States. According to the company, these facilities combine the functions of warehouse, training center, offices and showroom. With these launches, Cosentino now has its own facilities in half of the 50 American States.

Cosentino also currently operates three “City” concept showrooms in Montreal, Toronto and New York, with plans to open two more in the near future. The first of which is scheduled to open in San Francisco at the end of April and the second in Miami’s Design District in July. This presence with its own assets is completed with two distribution hubs and 12 surface elaboration and transformation plants.

In addition, the company anticipates to grow the number of employees to more than 1,200 in the U.S. and Canada by the end of this year.

Eduardo Cosentino, EVP Global Sales for Cosentino Group and CEO of Cosentino North America, stated, “Since we opened the subsidiary in 1997, Houston has been an incredible place for our operations in the USA, and our business in the city as well as in Texas will continue to grow strongly in the coming years. However, it is clear that in order to sustain our growth and achieve greater efficiency we need our corporate headquarters to be located in a global city, from where we can centralize management for the American continent. Without a doubt this move will help us in our objective of expanding even more in the USA over the coming years, consolidating our leadership and being able to meet the demands of this competitive market.”

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Steve Leeper, president

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Lackmond Products Names Steve Leeper as President

Posted on 14 April 2017 by cradmin

Lackmond Products, Inc.,a supplier of diamond tools, carbide tools and equipment, has named Steve Leeper as President, overseeing the Lackmond Products and Lackmond Stone’s divisions in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Steve Leeper, president

Steve Leeper, president

Leeper brings more than 41 years of experience in the construction industry providing products and services through distribution to the residential, commercial and industrial markets. Throughout his career he has worked directly with contractors, wholesale distributors and design professionals in providing these services.

Leeper joined Lackmond in 2007 as Vice President, with his most recent role as Senior Vice President.  Leeper has played a key role in expanding into the Canada and Mexico markets, launching a new division in Lackmond Stone, creating the Beast Brand, and much more.

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Is it Time to Automate Your Shop?

Posted on 13 April 2017 by cradmin

cover-02As most of our readers are aware, countertop fabricators come in all sizes and budgets, and the number of customers they serve varies widely. Many fabricators new to the industry start out with the bare minimum equipment and use only manual tools while shops that have been around for some time and have high numbers of customers have spent thousands of dollars upgrading to automated systems.

If you are among the fabricators who still use manual equipment, you may be asking yourself how to determine the right time to automate. This is a difficult question to answer because so many variables are involved, but one equipment manufacturer recently put out a great resource to help machine operators make a decision.

TigerStop, an international company headquartered in Vancouver, Wash., has been in business since 1994 manufacturing automated machines for cutting, punching and boring metal, wood and plastic. Although the company’s equipment is not directly geared toward countertop fabricators, the information in its free, downloadable document, When Is the Right Time to Automate My Shop?, holds true in nearly any industry with machine operators.

Should You Automate?

According to TigerStop, the most important question about automation is whether you should do it all. Specialty craft designers and artisans may have too much pride in their work to leave it all to machines, and this may be exactly the type of work their customers expect and desire.

However, most small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) may find automation helps them handle workload surges and busy seasons more efficiently – to their own benefit and to the benefit of their customers. In most cases, larger fabrication shops that service wide regions or high numbers of customers will surely benefit from automation and would be wise to implement the equipment to do so as quickly as possible.

The Risk Factor

The question of whether to automate largely breaks down to how much risk you are willing to accept. People make mistakes, and only the most experienced and skilled craftsman can manage all of them. Such risks include miscuts, shop errors, reworking jobs and on the far end, the loss of entire slabs.

Shops that can successfully mitigate the risks associated with human error usually have higher costs, so they must have a clientele that is willing to pay prices higher than that of competitors.

David Pye, author of The Nature and Art of Workmanship, explains that in a manual shop, the quality of the final product is always at risk, and this is known as the Workmanship of Risk. In an automated shop, the result of the process is predetermined by the equipment, and this is called the Workmanship of Certainty.

Taking all of this into consideration, it is possible to determine when you need to automate by identifying when you can no longer tolerate the losses created by human error. These losses, however, are not always monetary. You must also consider your own feelings and how you personally deal with these losses.

Other Factors in the Choice to Automate

Another factor that could help you choose whether to automate your shop is the availability of skilled or easily teachable workers. If you always have a steady stream of talent in your community or region, you may not need to automate, but if you have a difficult time finding good employees, automation can help you keep up with demand.

Approach Automation Slowly

One of the most prevalent myths about shop automation is that it has to be done all at once, but TigerStop explains that it is best to approach the subject slowly and deliberately, testing each application or process before implementing a new one. This helps you minimize risks while maintaining a high level of accuracy. In addition, this slow introduction will help your employees become comfortable with the equipment.

A sound approach to automation is to apply it to the processes that carry the highest amount of risk. In addition, it may be possible to add automation to your existing equipment rather than totally replacing it with each step.

Four Steps to Evaluate Automation

TigerStop believes that evaluating automation in your shop can be broken down into the following four steps:

  1. Look for processes to automate. Great candidates are processes that are repetitive, simple and prone to errors.
  1. Time your processes. Get some metrics on how long your processes take and how many times they are performed each day.
  1. Determine the cost of each process. Multiply the time it takes performing a task by the number of times it is performed, then multiply the result by your labor cost.
  1. Does an automated solution provide any of the following benefits?
  • Saves money
  • Saves time
  • Decreases job reworking
  • Increases yield
  • Reduces waste

Purchasing Automation Equipment

Once you decide automation would be to your benefit, it then becomes necessary to decide which method of equipment acquisition provides the highest additional benefits. This is often a question best left for your accountant, but typical options include leasing, leasing to buy, financing and outright purchase.

For the full report that includes several case studies, you will have to provide your email address to TigerStop, but the information it contains is well worth getting on a mailing list, especially since you can unsubscribe at any time.

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