Archive | January, 2018

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Antolini Introduces Exclusive Collection

Posted on 30 January 2018 by cradmin

Brèche de Vendôme

Antolini has introduced its newest collection for 2018. This year’s collection is Antolini’s greatest, with 59 extraordinary stones from every corner of the globe. The company offers creations in multiple finishes, through a select network of distributors and partners. The array of stones within the Exclusive Collection aims to embrace the many shades found throughout Mother Nature; from the lush, tender green hues of Irish Green to the rich and warm tones of Bronze Amani. The vast array of stones within this collection fully embraces the many shades found throughout Mother Nature’s most astounding artworks.

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ECBC Calls for Presentations

Posted on 29 January 2018 by cradmin

ECBCThe East Coast Builders Conference (ECBC) is in the final planning stages for ECBC 2018 speakers. Organizers for the event are looking for a few more fresh and cutting-edge educational topics that the attendees would like to hear, that would provide continuing education credit, and that would fit into one of the following tracks:

Kitchen & Bath
Marketing & Sales
Energy & the Environment

The key word is NEW. Previous speaking experience is excellent, but rather than recycling presentations from other events, ECBC is interested in speakers who share a commitment to providing the audience with unique experiences and real-time information that matters.
If interested please visit by February 10, or contact Verne Packer by phone or email: [email protected] (727) 480-3785

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M S International Introduces New Q Premium Colors

Posted on 25 January 2018 by cradmin

MSI Q Premium Natural QuartzM S International (MSI) has introduced new white marble looks, chic concrete-finish styles and new warm creamy hues, all showcased on the redesigned Q Premium Natural Quartz website by M S International. Also among MSI’s exclusive releases are builder colors in the most popular shades of gray and Calacatta looks featuring the trending style of prominent long veining.

Q is a suitable choice for both bathrooms and kitchens. The new color releases include: Calacatta Pearl, a light grey beige with dark veins; Calacatta Taj, a rich creamy background with long veining; Calacatta Venice, a warm white background with subtle broad veining; Ivory Cream, a warm off white pallet with flecks of color; Manhattan Gray, a dark gray background with darker specks; Portico Cream, a mix of cream, gray and beige; and Rolling Fog, a mix of muted grays with cream and white.

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OSHA Raises Penalties, Requires Injury/Illness Summaries

Posted on 24 January 2018 by cradmin

On January 2, civil penalties increased for workplace health and safety violations by 2 percent as per the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. This requires the U.S. Department of Labor to adjust penalties for inflation at the beginning of each year.

The new maximum penalties are as follows:

  • Willful and repeated violations – $129,336 per violation
  • Serious, other than serious and posting requirements – $12,934
  • Failure to abate violations – $12,934

Before 2015, the last penalty adjustments were made in 1990, and after the initial adjustment penalties grew by 78 percent. Each year thereafter, the increase has been determined by the inflation rate from the Consumer Price Index. States with their own occupational health and safety plans must meet or exceed the federal maximum penalties.

Illness/Injury Summaries

OSHA would also like to remind all affected employers that a copy of Form 300A summarizing work-related illnesses and injuries must be posted each year from February 1 to April 30. The form must be posted in a common area where employee notices are usually posted.

Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and employers in certain low-hazard industries are exempt. For more information contact federal OSHA or your state’s health and safety authority.

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Clé Introduces New Tile Shapes

Posted on 23 January 2018 by cradmin

Clé has introduced Shapes, a new collection of cement tile designs in diamond, triangle, arabesque, rectangle, hexagon, and scallop configurations.  Created in the traditional encaustic method, the hand-crafted tiles are available in 50 matte colors. By combining the tiles with contrasting shapes and grout, a dramatically patterned surface can be created.

The versatile tiles can be installed indoors and out, on floors and walls. The tiles are sized from 2- by 8-in. rectangles to 12 in. triangles.

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Coverings Extends Deadline for CID Awards Submissions

Posted on 22 January 2018 by cradmin

Time has been extended to submit projects to the 2018 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile & stone in residential, commercial, sustainable and international projects. Projects are judged on design and installation excellence, giving special recognition to unusual, creative and innovative uses of tile & stone.

Multiple entries are accepted and encouraged and there is no cost to submit. Receive the recognition your projects deserve.

Enter by the new deadline of Monday, February 5.

Click here to learn more and submit a project.

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Natural Stone Institute Delegation To Attend Marble 24 in Turkey

Posted on 19 January 2018 by cradmin

Turkish Stone Show

David Castellucci, Gökalp Soygül, Caner Özkan, and Bruce Knaphus at Marmomac

The Natural Stone Institute has entered into an agreement with Marble 24: The International Natural Stone and Technology Fair held in Turkey, commonly referred to as the IZMIR Fair. The association will send a delegation of industry leaders to exhibit and provide educational seminars during the show.

Natural Stone Institute board member Bruce Knaphus (KEPCO+) commented, “Turkey represents approximately 33 percent of the world’s marble supply with more than 120 colors available. The IZMIR Fair attracts an attendance that is among the top three international trade shows. This is another opportunity for the Natural Stone Institute to further expand its international outreach regarding technical and educational resources.”

Marble 24’s Caner Özkan added, “Having the Natural Stone Institute participate in our Fair to provide education about the Dimension Stone Design Manual and Natural Stone Supplier-to-Buyer Manual will benefit stone companies in Turkey, as well as those around the globe.”

The 24th edition of the Fair will occur March 28-31, 2018.

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Lapitec Introduces Two New Colors

Posted on 18 January 2018 by cradmin

LapitecLapitec has introduced two new shades to its color range; Nero Assoluto and Bianco Assoluto. These new additions come in the standard Lapitec thicknesses of 12, 20 and 30mm and are available in seven different finishes, ranging from luminescent Lux to the more structured and tactile surfaces of the Fossil or Arena options. With the arrival of Bianco Assoluto and Nero Assoluto, the company now offers 15 monochrome shades, as well as six Arabescato finishes.

Lapitec’s sintered stone slabs are reportedly easy to work with and have many applications. The slabs are available in large formats, and are nonporous making them resistant to staining, mold and bacteria. The material is also resistant to acids, alkalis, deep abrasions, fire, frost and graffiti, and is unaffected by UV rays. It contains no resins or petroleum derivatives.

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ASG Launches Backsplash Innovations Program

Posted on 17 January 2018 by cradmin

ASG Backsplash Innovations Architectural Surfaces Group (ASG) debuted an exclusive new collection of wall tile. The Backsplash Innovations program is geared toward homeowners and addresses what can be an overwhelming experience. Each tile series in the collection has been selected specifically to work for backsplashes, taking much of the guesswork out of the selection process. The program includes an assortment of ceramic tile, unique glass mosaics, and natural stone in various sizes, colors, shapes, and textures. Color options have also been specifically selected to easily coordinate with the company’s quartz, natural stone, and porcelain slab materials, ensuring infinite design possibilities while keeping the process simple.

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Video: Upselling – 55 Ideas For Bathroom Countertops

Posted on 16 January 2018 by cradmin

This video put out by RR Design depicts 55 different and interesting ideas for bathroom countertops that go well beyond the typical vanity. Not only does it show a variety of colors, sizes, shapes and edge profiles, but it also displays numerous materials.

Regardless of material, the bathroom can be a great upsell when putting in new kitchen countertops, and as this video shows can also be a great independent sale.

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