Archive | January, 2020

Video: Front Edge Buildup (Rebated Joint)

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Video: Front Edge Buildup (Rebated Joint)

Posted on 30 January 2020 by cradmin

This video, presented by Staron Solid Surfaces, demonstrates a technique for assembling the front edge build up for a countertop.

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OSHA Increases Maximum Penalties

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OSHA Increases Maximum Penalties

Posted on 24 January 2020 by CRadmin2

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has adjusted the maximum penalties companies face as per the annual inflation rate. The new maximum penalties are as follows:

  • Serious and Other than Serious penalties – $13,494 per violation
  • Failure to Abate – $13,494 per violation
  • Willful or repeated – $134, 937 per violation

States that operate under their own safety and health plans must meet these maximum penalties, but they could be higher.

In addition, OSHA wants to remind employers that they must post their 2019 Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300A) from February 1 to April 30, 2020. For further information about Injury and Illness Recordkeeping (Forms 300, 300A and 301), please visit the federal OSHA website.

OSHA Training Institute Education Centers are also available to help companies comply with federal regulations. Available courses are listed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Native Trails Sorrento-Glass-Vessel-Sink-in-Abalone-MG1616-AE-v2-768x768

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Native Trails Introduces Murano Collection

Posted on 22 January 2020 by cradmin

New from Native Trails in 2020, the Murano Collection is a line of glass vessel sinks consisting of five unique design series handcrafted by master Italian artisans.

The island of Murano, just off the coast of Venice, Italy, is famous for its celebrated artisan glass producers, each with their own family traditions. The colors and patterns are created in the molding and spinning process, and each glass vessel sink is expertly hand-formed, giving each piece its own personality as an irreplaceable work of functional art.

The five design series of the Murano Collection incorporate colors and patterns inspired by views of the Italian coastline. Each series is available in a variety of shapes.

In the Abalone series shimmering mother of pearl meets the swirl of the sea with warm tones and bold accents of Abalone, inspired by the surrounding sea.

The bold depth of dark color in the Abyss series lends focus on shape and texture of the Murano Collection’s luxurious hand formed glass. Expert Italian glassmakers on the island of Murano showcase centuries of artistic innovation in the solid black, spun glass sink series.

The Beachcomber series of Venetian glass vessel sinks features earth tones and hints of mother of pearl that create an undeniably alluring effect, along with a feeling of delightful tranquility.

Light and bright, the Bianco series celebrates the innovation of Venetian glassmakers, while it highlights beauty of form, function and texture of the expertly hand formed Murano Collection.

Inspired by the sand, ocean and waves of the Mediterranean Sea, the Shoreline series offers a creamy background and bold colors.

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ISFA Announces 2020 Board of Directors

Posted on 21 January 2020 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the results of its election for the association’s 2020 Board of Directors. Fabricator Member Directors are chosen by association members for a term of three years, with the option to renew for a second consecutive three-year term. Associate Member Directors are elected by association members for a term of two years, with the option to renew for a second consecutive two-year term. Board officers are elected by members of the full board of directors.

Augie Chavez of GECKO Solid Surface Solutions in San Antonio, Texas, was re-elected by the full board to serve as ISFA President again in 2020. As such, for 2020 the position of Immediate Past President will remain open.

To fill the empty spot thus created on the Executive Committee, Associate Member Representative Jim Callaghan of GranQuartz will serve as Executive Committee Member.

Leaving the board having fulfilled their service periods are: Adam Albee of Counter Culture in Lincoln, Neb., a past ISFA President; Kate Dillenburg of Bisley Fabrication in Gresham, Wis., also a past ISFA President; Matt Kraft of Custom Marble in Millstadt, Ill.; and Steve Stoddard of Advanced Surfaces in Corry, Pa.

New to the board of Directors for 2020 are: Joe Duszka of Carolina Custom Surfaces in Greensboro, N.C.; Laura Grandlienard of ROCKin’teriors in Raleigh, N.C.; and Rodrigo Velazquez of INDEKO in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico.

Retaining their positions as Directors are Mike Langenderfer of The Countertop Shop in Monclova, Ohio, who has held several officer positions in the past including Treasurer, President, Vice President and Immediate Past President; and Eric Tryon. Also continuing their positions as Associate Member Representatives on the board are Paul “Max” Le Pera of Global Surfacing Alliance in Cranbury, N.J., and Joe Connolly of SASSO USA in Palatine, Ill.

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Oneida Dust Deputy Bagger

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Oneida Air Systems Introduces Dust Deputy Bagger

Posted on 20 January 2020 by cradmin

Oneida Air Systems has introduced the latest addition to its Dust Deputy family of products—the Dust Deputy Bagger.

The new Bagger combines the patented Dust Deputy cyclone separator with an innovative wall mounted bagging system that turns any wet/dry vacuum into a high-capacity, two-stage dust collection system. According to the company, it is ideal for any workshop, garage or other space where wet/dry vacuums are regularly used.

The patented design of the Dust Deputy cyclone uses centrifugal force to capture and remove 99 percent of dust and debris from the air-stream before it reaches your vacuum’s filter, eliminating clogged filters and suction loss.

The Dust Deputy Bagger Cyclone Separator Kit includes a clear Dust Deputy cyclone, wall bracket and hardware, bag collection system with (5) clear plastic 25-gallon bags, and six feet of hose.

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Ceramics of Italy

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Ceramics of Italy Extends Tile Competition Deadline

Posted on 17 January 2020 by cradmin

Ceramics of Italy has announced a deadline extension for the 2020 Tile Competition. The Tile Competition is now accepting Commercial, Residential, Institutional and Student project submissions until Friday, January 31, 2020.

Now in its 27th year, this annual competition awards top architects, designers and students for their impressive work and creative use of Italian ceramic and porcelain tile. Domestic and international new construction and renovation projects completed between January 2015 and January 2020 are eligible for entry in the residential, commercial and institutional categories. Students must be enrolled at an accredited university in North America to be eligible.

Winners will be notified in March and announced at the Ceramics of Italy International Press Conference in New Orleans at Coverings 2020 (April 20-23). Built project winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Coverings, $2,000 cash, plus a 5-day CEU trip to Bologna, Italy for Cersaie 2020. Public voting for the first-ever People’s Choice Award will begin on February 3.

Visit for more information or to submit a project.

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A Look at Oregon’s New Kitchen Trends

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A Look at Oregon’s New Kitchen Trends

Posted on 16 January 2020 by CRadmin2

Being headquartered in Portland, Ore., we here at keep a close eye on the latest news in the state that affects countertop trends and countertop fabricators. We know that while Oregon fabricators are only a fraction of our total readership, but we also understand that what goes in one state often goes for many others, especially the ones surrounding the source of the news.

Earlier in January, The Oregonian published an article that takes a look at home design trends for 2020. The information provided was based on consultations and interviews with representatives of Neil Kelly Design-Build in Portland and the House Plan Company in Eugene.

Among the latest findings are that homeowners are looking at livability, environmentally friendly materials and splashes of color rather than the blacks and whites that have recently been so prevalent.

“2020 is a new beginning, and many people feel inspired to update their homes,” said Barbara Miller, design director at Neil Kelly. “Trends and predictions provide a starting point, but we recommend a realistic and thoughtful approach when considering design for your individual home.”

In the livability category, it seems like we will be looking at large, open spaces that can easily be rearranged or redesigned in the future, depending on the changing needs of the homeowner. While many are looking at smaller-sized homes for new construction, the average footprint of a new house is still slightly more than 2,000 sq. ft.

When it comes to color, Neil Kelly’s clients want bold accents and warm textures. Some clients are also being influenced by traditional Pacific Northwest and Asian designs with repurposed wood or artisan tile.

In the kitchen, colorful appliances are taking over, but matte black and graphite remain popular. Kitchen islands are expected to be long and up to 5 ft. in width, which allows for friends and families to gather while meals are being prepared. These large islands are also great for children doing homework and completing projects with enough space left over for everyone to charge their phones and other electronic devices.

Rather than walk-in pantries, customers are demanding concealed prep spaces that include additional countertop space. In addition, breakfast nooks and bars are predicted become increasingly popular and will come in a range of shapes and sizes. Along with a range of sizes, newly styled countertops made from eco-friendly materials that mimic quartz or that have antimicrobial properties will be high in demand.

Next month, we will take a closer look at kitchen and countertop trends from around the country, and we look forward to delivering our findings from a range of respected sources.

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Watercolor Porcelain 180fx Laminate

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Formica Presents 2020 Living Impressions Collection

Posted on 15 January 2020 by cradmin

Formica has presented its 2020 Living Impressions™ Collection. The collection features six new style-forward surfacing designs, including five new 180fx® Laminate patterns and one new Formica® Laminate pattern. 

The collection draws inspiration from nature and art, and the designs are endlessly compatible with aesthetics – from traditional to modern to elegant and every style between.

The designs in the 2020 Living Impressions™ Collection were inspired largely by three emerging lifestyle trends:

  • Handcrafted – Artwork adds a personal touch to a home. Frequently inspired by nature, craftspeople today value tradition with a modern twist.
  • Black & White Elegance – Simplicity never goes out of style. Color blocking provides a modern take on this elegant pair.
  • Soft, Subtle & Simple – Relaxed and refined. Neutral colors and subtle patterns provide calm and comfort.

The new 180fx patterns are: White Painted Marble, Black Painted Marble, Watercolor Porcelain (pictured above), Watercolor Steel and Calacatta Cava. Black Bardiglio is the new Formica® Laminate pattern.

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MSI Indianapolis Showroom

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MSI Opens New Indianapolis Showroom & Distribution Center

Posted on 13 January 2020 by cradmin

MSI, a North American Supplier of premium quartz, natural stone, porcelain & ceramic tile, luxury vinyl tile, and glass surfaces, launched a new showroom and distribution center in Indianapolis, Indiana. The facility houses a full offering of the company’s flooring, countertop, decorative mosaic, wall tile, and hardscape products. The brand new 72,000 sq. ft. space will serve residential and commercial markets in the state of Indiana.

The slab viewing area will include more than 300 colors of Quartz, granite, marble, and other natural stone slabs. A designated quartz gallery houses the industry-leading Q-Premium Natural Quartz collection. The lineup features more than 90 colors in an array of sought-after finishes like matte, concrete and polished.

Due to the breadth of MSI products, the space is built as a trade resource across various business channels: residential remodeling, new home construction, multifamily, and commercial.“Vignettes display bestselling products in a real-life setting so that visitors can see the latest innovations in everything from hardscaping to porcelain and ceramic tile to mosaic backsplash tile,” said Sreedhar Gorre, Indianapolis’s Branch Leader for MSI.

The showroom is located at 8401 Bearing Drive Ste 200, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

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Bedrosians magnifica-kitchen1

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Bedrosians Introduces Magnifica Collection

Posted on 10 January 2020 by cradmin

Bedrosians Tile & Stone has recently introduced its Magnifica porcelain collection of countertops, which now offers 2cm porcelain slabs and is made in the USA.

“This is the most durable, cross-functional, and beautiful countertop solution we’ve offered yet,” said Alicia Bedrosian, Magnifica porcelain product manager. “I’ve been in the tile and stone industry my entire life and I can hardly tell the difference between natural stone and Magnifica Porcelain panels. At Bedrosians, we believe Magnifica is the future of porcelain.”

Magnifica is large format porcelain, offered in sizes as large as 60” x 127” and as small as 30” x 15” with thicknesses ranging from 2cm to 8mm and 6mm. The company said the organic looks are created by taking real stone slabs, scanning them and replicating them on porcelain panels.

According to the company, it’s a solid surface that’s shock-proof, heat-proof, acid-proof and spill-proof. Magnifica porcelain is also reportedly low maintenance and easy to clean.

Magnifica porcelain delivers colors and veining straight from the quarry, capturing the realism of marbles, volcanic basalt, industrial concrete and solid looks. The collection includes 14 colors and three finishes in 127” x 60” x 2cm.

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