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Stone Services Group Partners with Quote Countertops

Posted on 27 February 2020 by cradmin

Stone Services Group (SSG) announced that it has partnered with Quote Countertops (Quote) to offer their consumer-facing technologies. The partnership combines the unique cutting-edge offering of Quote’s 3-D visualizer and instant/online quoting tool with other revenue generating packages in SSG’s portfolio such as the Granite Gold Protection Plan and Hot Sauce up-selling software.

The Quote Countertops system targets the 80 percent of consumers who begin their countertop shopping online by positioning the fabricator as the strongest and best option available. The friendly tool walks the customer through the entire process of selecting materials, estimating dimensions and just as importantly, presents many options to up-sell and generate additional profit. For the customer to get their quote, they must enter verified contact information that is instantly delivered to the fabricator for follow-up and closing.

The vision of SSG has always been to offer the best products available in their respective categories and then combine them into full offerings to allow for maximum value and ease of integration. SSG and its national network of selling professionals was selected by Quote because of their deep industry knowledge, sales and marketing expertise and extensive network. From its inception in 2019, SSG has been building a best-of-the-best alliance of industry software providers to help the countertop industry seamlessly integrate and leverage their value.

You may also be interested in this article: The importance of a software demo for fabricators.

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Outwater Offers Auragami LED Backlighting Sheets

Posted on 26 February 2020 by cradmin

Outwater Industries, distributors of standard and innovative component products, offers a diverse range of products including Auragami Flexible LED Backlighting Sheets.

According to the company, the high LED density (330 LEDs per sq. ft.) combined with a decreased individual LED brightness eliminates hot spots and “dotting,” allowing for as little as 3/8-in. installation depth between the light sheet and the translucent material.

Auragami’s unique power distribution gird allows you to cut groups or even single LEDs, from the flexible sheet while maintaining a resilient circuit to the remaining diodes. Lines can be cut on multiple axis (horizontal, vertical and diagonal) to maximize customization.

Auragami can also be folded over countertop edges, other multi-plane elements or wrapped around columns and other curved surfaces.

You may also be interested in this article: Federal Brace Debuts Lighted Floating Shelf

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Coverings Offers Complimentary Learning Opportunities

Posted on 25 February 2020 by cradmin

The complimentary learning opportunities at Coverings will keep stone fabricators current in today’s highly competitive marketplace. Spanning three comprehensive learning tracks – Installation & Fabrication, Workforce & Profits, and Materials & Trends – here is just a sampling of some of the can’t-miss sessions for fabricators:

  • WORKSHOP – Fabrication: Science and Theory
  • How to Increase Production in Your Fabrication Shop
  • State of the Stone Industry
  • Fabricator Forum Breakout Session
  • Stone Trends: A Historical Perspective
  • New! Stone Trends: Tour
  • Knowing Your Rights: Preparing for a Safety Inspection
  • Managing a Family Business
  • Using Technology to Create More Efficiency in the Sales Process
  • Fabricator Trends Tour: New and Innovative Products from the Marketplace

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Artistic Tile Introduces Colorful New Slabs

Posted on 21 February 2020 by cradmin

Luxury stone and tile distributor, Artistic Tile, has introduced a variety of colorful slabs to its offerings. Artistic Tile brand products are distributed through Artistic Tile showrooms and more than 150 dealers across the United States and abroad.

Quarried in Iran, Verde Tifone is a celebration of the entire spectrum of green, in a marble slab. It is stocked in 2cm polished.

Cosmopolitan, a 2cm polished Quartzite from Brazil, has one extra feature – when back-lit, it shows off a translucence with colors of sangria to flaming orange to palest silvery pink, with inky merlot veins.

Amazonite is a striking cerulean green polished quartzite with rarity and watery beauty that have been noted for generations.

Quarried in Brazil, Patagonia granite has a soft beige foundation with bright splashes of transparent material and large floating clasts. Available in 3cm polished slabs.

You may also be interested in this article: Caesarstone Unveils Dark New Colors

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Ghines Group Offers SYSTAR XL- Stone Fab Center & Cutting Machine – Miter Saw

Posted on 20 February 2020 by cradmin

SYSTAR XL, offered by Ghines Group, is a top-end stone fab center, stone cutting machine and miter saw in one. Thanks to the high-end linear guides and a non-vibrating steel frame, it performs accurate straight and miter cuts.

The highly precise V cut allows the edges to appear as a natural continuity of the veins, elevating the material (and the abilities of the marble worker). Fabricators will be able to create and finish big islands or L-shaped worktops out of one piece, without moving the slab.

Other applications include:

  • worktops
  • L-shaped islands
  • backsplash
  • fireplaces
  • arches
  • architectural elements
  • sills & stairs


  • stone cutting: 4 sides at 90°/45°
  • shaping and polishing (internal and external)
  • cutting out sink holes (also by blade)
  • recessed drainer/drain grooves
  • slots on edges
  • edge polishing (on straight and inclined edges)

The SYSTAR XL allows for large work strokes because of the open frame with no limits for the length of the slab. It includes nine spindle positions and fast tool changes.

You may also be interested in this article: Park Industries Indtroduces SABERjet XP CNC SawJet

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The Gary Sinise Foundation RISE program dedicates a smart home to US Army MAJ (Ret.) Jeremy Haynes on January 30, 2020 in Fairfax, Virginia.

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Natural Stone Institute Completes 26th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Posted on 19 February 2020 by cradmin

The Natural Stone Institute, along with the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment), have provided natural stone and fabrication services for a veteran’s home in Virginia. The R.I.S.E. program builds specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders. To date, Natural Stone Institute members have been involved in 26 completed homes.

Natural stone and fabrication services for Retired Army Major Jeremy Haynes were provided by MARVA, Virginia Marble & Granite, Washington Marble & Granite, and BMJ Stone.

Growing up in Albany, Georgia, Jeremy Haynes watched the horrific events of September 11, 2001 unfold from his Marine Corps JROTC class. That day, he vowed to serve his country. Jeremy went on to earn a scholarship to Georgia Military College and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. He deployed to Afghanistan, leaving at home his two children and then-pregnant wife, Chelsea. On a mission in Kabul on August 5, 2014, an Afghan Military Soldier shot Jeremy four times, including once in his back. The shot to his spine severed Jeremy’s vena cava and 80 percent of the nerves to his lower extremities, paralyzing both legs. He has faced a long and painful recovery. One day, Jeremy wrote “I WILL WALK AGAIN” on a sheet of paper. He stared at that paper for hours and every day after. Now, through Chelsea’s inspiration to heal, Jeremy can stand and walk for short periods with adaptive equipment. This specially adapted smart home will allow Jeremy to continue to progress in reclaiming his independence.

59 Natural Stone Institute members have donated their time, products and services to this cause since 2016. A list of all donors can be found at Stone companies interested in getting involved with future projects are encouraged to contact Pam Hammond at [email protected]

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BLANCO Presents New IKON Farmhouse Sink

Posted on 18 February 2020 by cradmin

BLANCO, the German manufacturer of finely crafted sinks, is elevating kitchen ergonomics with its new IKON® 33-in. Apron 1-3/4 Bowl with Low Divide sink. Designed to make prepping, cooking and cleaning a more seamless and comfortable experience for all users, this apron front sink is crafted with the brand’s exclusive SILGRANIT® granite composite patented material available in nine trending colors.

The new IKON sink’s convenient low divide that sits just 5-1/2-in. from the sink bottom, makes it easier to handle large pots and baking sheets while still dividing the sink into cleaning and prepping bowls. Because apron front designs are installed further forward and eliminate the countertop, they minimize the need to lean over as much and help to reduce strain.

Available color options include Anthracite, Biscotti, Biscuit, Café Brown, Cinder, Metallic Gray, Truffle, White and Concrete Gray. Additional accessories available include: Small Grid, Large Grid, Floating Grid, Floating Cutting Board, 3-in-1 Basket Strainer, 3-in-1 Disposal Flange.

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Business Sense: 9 Unique Selling Proposition Examples From Countertop Shops

Posted on 17 February 2020 by cradmin

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware

Figuring out what makes your granite business or countertop shop unique can be tricky. You constantly have to be asking yourself: “Why should your customers buy countertops from you rather than another company?”

If you missed our mega-article on how to come up with a Unique Selling Proposition, or USP, check it out here: How to Create a Unique Selling Proposition for Your Countertop Shop

As a quick refresher, your fabrication shop needs to be known for something. And don’t try to say that you’re great at everything, because being known for everything is just as good as being known for nothing.

What is a specific benefit your customers get when they buy countertops from you? Once you can answer that question, you’re well on your way to establishing a reputation, charging higher prices and earning higher quality customers.

To help nudge you along towards your Unique Selling Proposition, we’ve scoured the internet. That’s right – we’ve combed through dozens of countertop shop and granite business websites to bring to you 9 examples of USPs.

Sometimes, seeing what everyone else is doing can spark some ideas, so CLICK HERE to read about what has worked for others in the industry.

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ISFA 2019 Year in Review

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ISFA 2019 Year in Review

Posted on 13 February 2020 by cradmin

As a long time member (since 2013) of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA), we here at CountertopResource know how valuable the resources they provide can be. We were honored to be recognized with the association’s 2018 ISFA Associate of the Year award and look forward to many more years of collaboration for the benefit of surfacing industry professionals.

The video below highlights some of the events, training and networking opportunities ISFA had to offer in 2019. Be sure to check out what they have coming up in 2020!

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Rugby Architectural Building Products Opens New Distribution Facility

Posted on 12 February 2020 by cradmin

Rugby Architectural Building Products has opened a new distribution facility in Grand Prairie, Texas. In early January the newly consolidated Dallas and Fort Worth distribution began operations at its new facilities strategically located at 920 Avenue R.

The 125,000 sq. ft. distribution facility has been configured to accommodate Rugby’s increasing volumes, the diverse product assortment and evolving customer base. One of the most notable improvements and areas of specialization is the creation of a 33,000 sq. ft. will-call facility set within the expansive warehouse. This area is set-up to provide will-call customers with an expedited shopping, buying and procurement experience. Specially trained Rugby will-call staff will assist customers with product selection, technical knowledge and order processing.

The Rugby full-service distribution facility stocks a wide variety of architectural interior building products including decorative surfaces, hardware, lumber, veneers, moulding, sheet goods, Wilsonart laminates, Wilsonart adhesives, Staron solid surface, high gloss panels and more; providing a one stop shop for everything customers need to make residential cabinets or commercial casework.

“After a thorough assessment of the needs of our customers then by matching those needs to the products stocked we believe we have created an industry leading facility for the express benefit of our customers,” said Tommy Heard Central Region General Manager. “Our entire team is excited about this progression in our business and how it will help them provide our customers with the best service in the industry.”

The new facility features more than 20 loading docks in the highly desirable industrial market with immediate access to nearby highways.

You may also be interested this article: Spectrum Quartz Announces Plans for South Carolina Production Facility.

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