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OSHA and MACSC Launch Four-Month Safety Initiative

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OSHA and MACSC Launch Four-Month Safety Initiative

Posted on 26 April 2019 by cradmin

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Construction Safety Council (MACSC), has launched a four-month safety initiative in an effort to address the top four safety issues in construction. Each month, a new issue is addressed with lesson plans developed to reach these specific outcomes:

  • Identify common hazards
  • Describe types of hazards
  • Protect workers from hazards
  • Recognize employer requirements to protect workers

While this initiative was launched in March, the instruction guides are readily available on the Construction Focus Four Training webpage. The Focus Four Training issues by month are as follows:

  • March – Electrical Hazards
  • April – Struck-by Hazards
  • May – Falls
  • June – Caught-in/Between Hazards

In-house trainers can use the learning objectives to apply effective training techniques and can use the tests provided by OSHA to determine each worker’s knowledge based on the learning objectives. The Introduction to the Construction Focus Four Outreach Training Packet is available as a free PDF.

For further information, visit the webpage linked above or email [email protected].

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Wilsonart Introduces Backsplash Collection

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Wilsonart Introduces Backsplash Collection

Posted on 25 April 2019 by cradmin

The backsplash has been an important design element of any kitchen for decades. In addition to complementing the countertops, backsplashes protect work areas and provide a focal point for a kitchen’s design. According to Houzz 2019 U.S. Kitchen Trends Study, nearly nine in 10 renovating homeowners (87 percent) install a new backsplash as part of their kitchen upgrade.

Wilsonart has introduced the Wilsonart® Backsplash, an acrylic collection featuring a mixture of on-trend, artistic and traditional brick patterns.

According to Houzz, white and grey appear on half of all upgraded backsplashes and walls, and the brick pattern (also known as subway) is still the most popular pick with 54 percent of homeowners choosing it. Wilsonart’s new Backsplash Collection incorporates both popular colors within each of six new designs. From the abstract, geometric Star pattern to the clean, classic look of two Subway tiles, the Backsplash Collection’s designs are fresh and timeless. Ideal for standard backsplashes that extend up to 18-inches from the work area to the cabinets, Wilsonart Backsplash can also be used to create an accent wall behind the increasingly popular floating shelves. While no special tools are required, Wilsonart Backsplashes are not suitable for installation behind gas cooktops or gas slide-in ranges.

The Collection includes: Star, a medium-scale dark grey design with a white abstract geometric star pattern; Maltese Grey, a medium-scale mosaic pattern in shades of grey on a white background; Maltese Ochre, a medium-scale mosaic pattern with pops of yellow and on-trend grey on a white background; Metro White, a large-scale white subway tile design; Metro Grey, a large-scale mid-tone grey subway tile design; Geometry, a large-scale white design with grey hexagon geometric pattern.

You may also be interested in this article about New Ravenna’s Bright Young Things Mosaic Collection

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Video: Sanding Solid Surface to a Matte Finish

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Video: Sanding Solid Surface to a Matte Finish

Posted on 24 April 2019 by cradmin

This video showing how to sand/polish solid surface countertops, put out by The Fabricator Network, walks the viewer through the process of properly finishing solid surface to a matte finish. According to the video creator, the process specifically follows the fabrication manual procedures laid out by Staron Solid Surface.

It explains the sanding techniques, including the tools, equipment and consumables needed, and offers specific steps.

The video goes on to show how to buff the surface with Scotch-Brite, once again showing the materials needed and the complete process.

You may also be interested in this video about thermoforming solid surface.

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Alpha Professional Tools Introduces Summit AP Polishing Wheels

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Alpha Professional Tools Introduces Summit AP Polishing Wheels

Posted on 23 April 2019 by cradmin

Alpha Professional Tools has introduced Summit AP Polishing Wheels. This enhanced version of the popular Summit Resin will now polish Engineered Stone and Quartz Surfaces in addition to Granite, Marble and Limestone. They fit on the most common radial arm polishers and will match the factory finish provided by large multi-head polishing machines. These resin wheels are perfect for the fabrication of countertops, tabletops, and the backsides of slabs or monument sides and tops. The Alpha® Summit AP Polishing Wheels provide fast, consistent and superior quality results. As with the entire Summit line, these wheels are easy to use and are quick to change from grit to grit. The polishing wheels are available in 10-in. diameters and in grits of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000 and Tsuya.

You may also be interested in this article about Tenax Edge Polishing Wheels.

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Caesarstone Announces New Appointments to Leadership Team

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Caesarstone Announces New Appointments to Leadership Team

Posted on 22 April 2019 by cradmin

Caesarstone Ltd., a developer and manufacturer of engineered quartz surfaces, announced two appointments to its global management team as the Company enters its next phase of growth – Ms. Rinat Efrima as the new Global Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and Managing Director for Israel, effective July 1, 2019; and Ms. Suzie Roth as the new Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective June 1, 2019.

“The appointments are a natural extension of our ongoing efforts to stimulate further growth in key markets,” commented Mr. Yuval Dagim, the Caesarstone Chief Executive Officer. “By adding some of the best talent to lead our efforts, we believe we will be well-positioned to effectively address the opportunities we see in our markets. Rinat and Suzie both have proven abilities that will contribute significantly to executing our strategy and objectives. I welcome them both to the management team and look forward to further building Caesarstone’s global market reach.”

Rinat Efrima has twenty years of extensive leadership, operational, and marketing experience with global standards in delivering strategy, innovation, best-in-class brand activation, and digital acceleration. She moves to Caesarstone from Kimberly-Clark Corporation following nine years in three progressive roles, culminating in Business Sector Leader for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). At Caesarstone, Efrima will be responsible for building and implementing a long-term business and marketing strategy to enable accelerated growth for the organization. Furthermore, she will manage the Company’s business in Israel.

Suzie Roth has more than two decades of experience in Information Technology in global companies such as Intel, Kodak, and Amdocs. Immediately prior to joining Caesarstone, she held the Head of Global Business Application position at Netafim. At Caesarstone, Roth will oversee the Company’s ongoing digital transformation including retail and sales technologies, information security, global infrastructure, legacy systems and new additions.

You may also be interested in this article about Braxton-Bragg’s new CFO.

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TCNA Supports Unfair Trade Petitions Against Chinese Ceramic Tile

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TCNA Supports Unfair Trade Petitions Against Chinese Ceramic Tile

Posted on 18 April 2019 by cradmin

It seems that U.S. tile manufacturers have taken a move out of the quartz producers’ playbook by filing their own petition for countervailing and anti-dumping duties against Chinese products. In this case the product is ceramic tile, which has been claimed to be dumped into the domestic market and subsidized by the government of China.

The Tile Council of North America (TCNA) has stepped up in support of the petition with a press release that includes a statement from the executive director, Eric Astrachan.

“America’s tile manufacturers are happy to compete against fairly traded imports.  We have been hammered, though, by a flood of unfairly traded imports from China.  Chinese tile producers benefit from extensive government subsidies and dump their tile into the United States at ridiculously low prices,” said Astrachan.  “Domestic manufacturers had no choice but to seek relief from the federal government from these unfairly traded imports.  The future of the U.S. industry and of our member companies’ thousands of employees and their families depends on it.”

On April 11, several of the largest producers of ceramic tile in the U.S. filed petitions for anti-dumping and countervailing duties. The anti-dumping petition was filed in hopes of the federal government issuing duties on imported Chinese ceramic tile to compensate for injurious losses incurred by domestic producers and suppliers.

The petition for countervailing duties, filed concurrently, seeks additional compensation because government subsidies allow tiles to be sold in the U.S. below market value. It is now up to the U.S. federal government to investigate whether or not the claims are true. Should the investigation turn up evidence of the petitions’ claims, preliminary duties will be imposed in only a few months. Final duties would then be imposed at the conclusion of the investigation, which lasts around 16 months.

TCNA is a trade association that represents producers of ceramic tile, tile installation products, raw materials and other tile-related products. The organization was first established in 1945 as the Tile Council of America (TCA) and converted to its current state in 2003 after expanding to Canada and Mexico.

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HanStone Quartz Hosts Webinar on Chinese Tariffs

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HanStone Quartz Hosts Webinar on Chinese Tariffs

Posted on 17 April 2019 by cradmin

HanStone Quartz will be hosting a webinar on April 18, 2019 at 10am (Eastern) titled “Tariffs And The Changing Quartz Industry: What It Means To You.”

Join HanStone’s Regional Director Glenn Kross as he shares more insight on the recent tariffs and discusses the changing quartz industry.

CLICK HERE to register for the webinar.

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LG Hausys Introduces Concrete Collection

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LG Hausys Introduces Concrete Collection

Posted on 17 April 2019 by cradmin

Chic Concrete

LG Hausys has introduced its latest collection of HI-MACS colors, Concrete. These sophisticated colors provide the rugged and rustic, yet trendy and appealing aesthetic of concrete with the sleek, smooth finish that make solid surfaces so desirable.

Ideal for both residential and commercial applications, these new colors add a touch of uptown allure and an industrial flavor to any space. HI-MACS surfaces are reportedly non-porous, hygienic and low-maintenance. These versatile surfaces are resistant to the cracks, stains and scratches that can often occur with traditional concrete surfaces.

The new colors in the collection are: Chic Concrete, Shadow Concrete, Ebony Concrete,  Urban Concrete and Steel Concrete.

You may also be interested in this article about the new Dekton collection.

 

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Coverings Announces the 2019 CID Winners

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Coverings Announces the 2019 CID Winners

Posted on 16 April 2019 by cradmin

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition in North America, announced the 10 projects that received the coveted Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards. The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in both residential and commercial projects. Projects were evaluated on their execution, original usage and overall design and purpose by a panel of industry experts, prominent editors and designers.

“We were amazed at the extraordinary project submissions the CID Awards garner, which truly demonstrates the versatility of tile and stone,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “As North America’s largest industry show, Coverings is honored to offer these annual awards to recognize the range of creative ingenuity and sophisticated applications that showcase the latest industry advancements.”

Winning projects were honored on April 10, in an award ceremony and reception at Coverings 2019 in Orlando Sponsored by TileLetter, Contemporary Stone & Tile Design and Tile Magazine, grand prize winners were awarded $3,000, while eight category winners received a $2,000 prize. All winners were provided with a one-night stay in Orlando to attend Coverings 2019, where their projects were featured on display.

2019 CID winners and special recognition honorees are as follows:

DESIGN

GRAND PRIZE
Project: The Delson
Designer: Amie Gross Architects
Location: Jamaica, Queens, NY

Residential Stone Design
Project: Annex House
Designer: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Commercial Stone Design
Project: Chicago Showroom
Designer: Materials Marketing
Location: Chicago, IL

Residential Tile Design – Budget Above 15K
Project: California Beach Residence – Casa de Sueños
Designer: Native Tile and Ceramics
Location: La Jolla, CA

Residential Tile Design – Budget Below 15K
Project: Through House
Designer: Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Commercial Tile Design
Project: United Polaris
Designer: Fiandre
Location: Newark, NJ & San Francisco, CA

INSTALLATION

GRAND PRIZE
Project: The Delson
Designer: Amie Gross Architects
Location: Jamaica, Queens, NY
 

Commercial Tile Installation
Project: Columbia Hotel
Installer: David Allen Company
Location: Washington, DC

 

Commercial Stone Installation
Project: Concord Plaza
Installer: Pennacchio Tile, Inc.
Location: Concord, CA

 

Residential Stone Installation
Project: L.A. Residence
Installer: Carnevale & Lohr, Inc.
Location: Los Angeles, CA

 

Projects also were awarded special recognition in six additional categories, as follows:

 

Special Recognition – Education
The World’s Fair; Corona, Queens, NY
N.Y. Tilemakers

 

Special Recognition – Institutional
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford; Palo Alto, CA
LATICRETE International, Inc.

 

Special Recognition – Innovation in Tile
12×12 Porcelain Tiles Used as Roofing Shingles; San Antonio, TX
Ironstone Strong, Ltd.

Special Recognition – Use of Tile for Aging in Place
New Aging in Place Shower; Scottsdale, AZ
55+ TLC Interior Design, LLC

Special Recognition – Mosaic
‘Fractured Fantasies’; Philadelphia, PA
Trish Metzner & Oscar Sosa

Special Recognition – International
The Barcelona Edition Hotel; Barcelona, Spain
Designed by OAB – Office of Architecture in Barcelona

Artium House, Albacete, Spain
Designed by Torrado Arquitectura

The Charisma of Rome, the Elegance of Terra Tiles;
Sassuolo, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Designed by Ceramiche Marca Corona

The Kona; New Delhi, India
Designed By Anoma

The 2019 CID Award judging panel included Metropolis Managing Editor, Lila Allen; Stone World Managing Editor, Jennifer Richinelli; Tile Council of North America Executive Director, Eric Astrachan; Heritage Tile and Marble Owner and Founder, Martin Brookes; Chris Abbate and Kristin Coleman of Novità Communications, representing Ceramics of Italy; Lori Dolnick of Frank Advertising, representing Tile of Spain; Tile Council of North America Director of Marketing, Kathy Meyer; Artcraft Granite Marble and Tile Vice President James Woelfel; Natural Stone Institute Architect & Design Community Liaison, Dacia Woodworth and Designology Co*Operative Founder, Kadie Yale. Together, they selected winning projects demonstrating outstanding tile and stone applications.

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Qualified Remodeler Calls for Master Design Awards Competition Entries

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Qualified Remodeler Calls for Master Design Awards Competition Entries

Posted on 12 April 2019 by cradmin

The Qualified Remodeler Master Design Awards competition was initiated 41 years ago to recognize remodelers, architects, builders, kitchen and bath specialists and other professionals for outstanding project design and construction.

Projects considered for QR Master Design Awards in 2019 must have been completed between Jan. 1, 2016, and July 8, 2019. Previous QR Master Design Award winning entries may not be re-entered. Entry of a single project under more than one category is permitted as long as each entry meets each of the category standards. (For example, you may enter a whole house remodel in the whole house category and then enter the kitchen in the kitchen category as well.) There are 22 project categories. Entries in the Chrysalis Award and/or CotY Award digital formats are accepted.

Award winners will be featured in Qualified Remodeler’s special Master Design Awards issue in September and be included in the offical news release sent nationwide, as well as receive recognition on the Qualified Remodeler website. Winners will receive a personalized Master Design Awards plaque and may be considered for upcoming feature articles in Qualified Remodeler.

The deadline to register is June 24, 2019. Completed entries must be submitted by July 8, 2019.

You may also be interested in this article about the call for CMA Wood Diamond Awards entries.

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