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Video: Maintaining Soapstone - Mineral Oil vs. Wax

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Video: Maintaining Soapstone – Mineral Oil vs. Wax

Posted on 28 July 2017 by cradmin

For many years, mineral oil has been the standard method for maintaining the dark, rich look of soapstone countertops. However, many companies have moved to recommending special wax formulas. This video produced by Green Mountain Soapstone, explains maintenance using both methods and discusses some of the pros and cons. Of course, the discussion centers around a proprietary wax “enhancer” compound made by the company, but there are a variety of alternate options available.


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MIA+BSI Releases Quartzite Technical Bulletin

Posted on 27 July 2017 by cradmin

A new technical bulletin about quartzite has been added to MIA+BSI’s Natural Stone Resource Library.



The bulletin, written by geologist and educator Karin Kirk, covers properties of quartzite, understanding the difference between quartzite and other stones, and basic diagnostic tests that can be used to determine whether or not a stone is a genuine quartzite.

To access this technical bulletin and other free technical resources, visit

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MSI Announces New San Diego Location

Posted on 26 July 2017 by cradmin

1MSI has announced its San Diego Showroom and Distribution Center is open for business. Built in response to the growing demand for MSI products, the San Diego facility features a modern 7,000 sq. ft. showroom displaying MSI’s full line of on-trend porcelain tile, natural stone, decorative mosaics and wall tile, Arterra porcelain pavers and stacked stone panels. Throughout the space are numerous displays and installs which allow visitors to get hands-on with these products and easily envision them in their homes.

Carefully designed with the customer in mind, the showroom also boasts a spacious layout, comfortable seating and meeting areas, and a pleasing aesthetic design. Additionally, San Diego has the distinction of being one of the first branches to unveil the company’s new product feature pods, which make it easy for shoppers to discover MSI’s latest releases and trending surfaces. Featured collections include: Bernini, Tektile, Domino, Country River, Vintage, Metallic Trends, Stacked Stone Panels, and Natural Stone Planks with Mosaics.

Complementing the showroom is a 40,000 sq. ft. slab yard. Situated under four overhead cranes, the slab yard displays more than 250 colors of granite, marble, and other natural stone slabs – as well as MSI’s Q™ Premium Natural Quartz brand. In all, the San Diego facility houses one of the largest, most diverse and extensive inventories of flooring, countertops, and hardscaping in the region.

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Lapitec and Arrital Start New Partnership

Posted on 25 July 2017 by cradmin

Lapitec® has been chosen by Arrital for its designer kitchens and is now featured in Arrital’s catalog with six color options: Avana, Moca, Ebano, Grigio Cemento, Grigio Piombo and Nero Antracite, available in both Satin and Lithos finishes. designer-kitchen-countertops-Lapitec

The two companies share the same value proposition in terms of product quality, technology and style, and together they have also taken part in an event organized in collaboration with Ambiente Cucina magazine.

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Hamat Group Acquires Houzer, Inc.

Posted on 24 July 2017 by cradmin

Houzer announced that it has recently been acquired by Hamat Group, an Israeli manufacturer of kitchen and bathroom faucets, fireclay sinks, luxury showers, shower stalls and ceramic sanitary products. hamat-logo-70

For more than three decades Houzer Inc., based in Hamilton, NJ, has been recognized as a leading manufacturer of premium quality, high-performance sink solutions with a wide selection of inspiring styles, sizes, configurations, colors and textures that allows design professionals to bring their visions to life.

Hamat Group is a public entity, traded in the Israeli Stock Exchange since 1993 as a Holding Group consisting of four subsidiaries: Hamat, Hamat Showers, Harsa and Lipski.

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StoneTalk Episode 36: Scott Edwards and Marty Medina

Posted on 21 July 2017 by cradmin

In Episode 36 of Moraware’s StoneTalk podcast, host Patrick Foley welcomes back Scott Edwards and Marty Medina of Data Bridge Innovations. The trio discuss several topics revolving around software solutions, including the following:

  • Why your primary software system may need a partner system
  • What type of customers use the solutions from Data Bridge Integrations
  • Using Moraware’s JobTracker Software

Read the full transcript of this episode here: StoneTalk Episode 36 – Scott Edwards and Marty Medina

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OSHA Injury Tracking Application Launches August 1

Posted on 20 July 2017 by cradmin

Man working on laptopIn May 2016, the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) finalized a rule by the title of Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses, which requires certain employers to submit injury and illness data from Forms 300, 300A and 301 electronically.

In order to streamline this process, OSHA will be launching a website August 1, which includes the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) for submitting the required data. The only software requirement is a standard Internet browser, such as Internet Explorer, Chrome or Firefox.

The electronic reporting requirement is based on the size of each establishment, defined as a single physical location where services or operations are performed. For most industries, the size of a reporting establishment is 250 or more employees, but several high-risk industries, including construction and manufacturing, is 20 or more employees. However, these exceptions require only the electronic submission of Form 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.

This requirement became effective on January 1, 2017, and the original submission deadline was to be July 1, 2017. However, OSHA recently released a notice of proposed rulemaking to extend the deadline to December 1, 2017, which will allow affected businesses time to become familiar with the new, electronic system.

According to an OSHA press release, the process for submitting injury and illness data involves the following four simple steps:

  1. Create an establishment.
  2. Add summary data from Form 300A.
  3. Submit the data to OSHA through the website.
  4. Review the confirmation email to ensure the data is correct.

The website itself offers three options for the submission of data:

1. Enter it manually into a Web form.
2. Upload a CSV file for single or multiple establishments.
3. Interface a current automated recordkeeping system for electronic transmission.

For further information, to read a list of frequently asked questions or to request assistance, visit OSHA’s ITA webpage, and as always, check with your state OSHA agency or workplace safety authority for rules specific to your state.

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Help Customers Choose and Mix Patterns

Posted on 19 July 2017 by cradmin

WLC_3_Kitchen_I_land_Trend_20160831-3-15f30h5-768x441More and more, customers are relying on fabricators to help them make choices with colors and patterns for countertops, backsplashes, tile and cabinets, but it can be a difficult proposition when first making such recommendations. However, a few tips from Willow Lane Cabinetry in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., can simplify the task and make you look like a professional interior designer.

Mixing patterns has long been an intimidating process for those outside the world of interior design. Many fabricators are afraid of clashing with their customers’ personal tastes, and trends can change each season. The risk you take with matching patterns is usually well worth the reward, which will be fully understood once you see the satisfaction on your clients’ faces, and they recommend you to their friends.

Tip 1: Choose Three Patterns

One mistake amateur pattern matchers make is to choose an even number of patterns, but an odd number, preferably limited to three, creates a well-balanced appearance. It is also much easier to match three patterns successfully rather than five, seven or more.

Tip 2: Stay Consistent With Colors

Consistency is key when choosing the colors of patterns. If you have three or more patterns all of varying colors, the room will look too busy, distracting viewers from the true beauty of the countertop and its complementary components. Much like swatches of paint, try to stick to different shades of the same basic color or use neutral colors to bridge the gap, such yellow and blue bridged with gray.

Tip 3: Use Permanent Patterns

Always try to use permanent patterns, like those of the countertop, backsplash and floor rather than relying on décor and accessories. Permanent patterns offer a sense of intent, as if they are meant to be there for a purpose rather than thrown together willy-nilly.

Tips 4: Consider Scale

One of the secrets of mixing patterns to be aesthetically pleasing is to choose one large-scale pattern and two small-scale patterns. Always choose the largest scale first and work your way down. The primary pattern should be the true focal point while the smaller patterns complement it. A good rule of thumb is that the secondary patterns should be about half the size of the primary pattern, but they should also use different design elements, such as one striped and one floral.

Tip 5: Don’t Limit Your Focus

When mixing patterns, always try to take full of advantage of the space, using fixtures or accessories as focal points. For instance, a decorated kitchen window can liven the room, and even above-the-sink windowsill décor can provide inspiration for a choice of patterns.

Read the full article here – Home Trends: How to Mix Patterns Like a Pro

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Weha Offers Carbon Fiber Rodding

Posted on 18 July 2017 by cradmin

The Weha Carbon Fiber rodding is the latest technology in fiberglass rodding for granite, natural stone, engineered stone and quartz countertop applications. Made with the highest concentration of fiberglass strands throughout the entire profile, Weha Carobon Fiber rodding is reportedly stronger than traditional white fiberglass rodding for stone. weha

Weha has added an additional top and bottom layer of high tensile strength carbon on both sides to increase the strength even more. The Weha Granite Carbon Fiberglass rodding comes in 100 meter-328 ft. rolls. The dimensions are as follows: 1/8 in. by 3/8 in. by 328 ft. or 1/8 in. by 1/4 in. by 328 ft. rolls.

The Carbon Fiber Rodding roll is 29 in. in diameter to fit all rodding stands.
With the Carbon Fiberglass rodding only being 3/8 in. high, it will work perfect for 3cm applications.

According to the company Weha Carbon Fiberglass rodding will never rust or create granite stains, it bonds to glue and it comes on a roll and can be cut at any length thereby eliminating granite rodding waste.

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Wilsonart Engineered Surfaces & Hanwha Surfaces Join Forces

Posted on 17 July 2017 by cradmin

Hanwha logoWilsonart Engineered Surfaces and Hanwha L&C Corporation announced a wilsonart logojoint-venture agreement to build a manufacturing facility in Temple, Texas. This facility will support the expansion and growth of the Hanex Solid Surfaces and Wilsonart® Solid Surface product lines. The more-than-125,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art facility provides both companies with added capacity and onsite product development capabilities to service their respective North American solid surface customers. Production is expected to begin in July of 2018.
As the demand for solid surface products increases in the commercial market, both Hanwha and Wilsonart experienced a need to expand production. Additionally, the new facility gives both brands the ability to maximize product availability, as well as proximity to customers to better serve the solid surface market with locally made products.
“Manufacturing in Temple, Texas, where Wilsonart’s North American business is based, makes perfect sense,” says Andrew Korzen, Vice President, Product Management for Wilsonart® Solid Surface and Wilsonart® Quartz. “It supports our strategy to expand our Engineered Surfaces product platform, and represents a significant commitment to our Solid Surface program.”

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