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Weha Offers High Speed Air Grinder

Posted on 30 March 2020 by cradmin

The Weha WH185 5-in. High Speed Air Grinder and Cutter is a front exhaust air grinder and air cutter that is made to endure the tough environments of a granite fabrication shop.

The WH185 accepts up to a 5-in. blade, 5-in. contour blade, diamond cupwheels, zero tolerance wheels, etc. 

The external water feed supplies water to both sides of the blade and diamond cup wheel to keep plenty of water on the material. The WH185 also comes with center water feed through the spindle for zero tolerance wheels, and other center water feed attachments. The Weha WH185 can also be run without water as well. 

The Weha WH185 comes with a paddle trigger to have complete control over the air cutter at all times. Also, the WH185 has a solid handle to keep cutting and grinding easy with less fatigue.

The WH185 Air Cutter is made to work with a 5-in. blade to cut granite, marble, quartz, quartzite and stone materials. 

Additionally it uses less air than other air grinders. It only requires 9.8 cfm at 90 PSI. 

Specifications:

  • Length: 18.5” 
  • Weight: 4.5 
  • Max Blade: 5”
  • Max RPM: 11,000
  • Operating Pressure: 90 PSI
  • Air Consumption: 9.8CFM
  • Spindle Thread: 5/8-11
  • Water: 2 External and 1 Internal

You may also be interested in this article: Ghines Group Offers SYSTAR XL- Stone Fab Center & Cutting Machine – Miter Saw

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Coverings 2020

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Coverings ’20 Goes Digital

Posted on 27 March 2020 by cradmin

Due to the cancellation of the Coverings 2020 show in New Orleans, organizers have introduced Coverings Connected.

Coverings’ mission is to educate and grow the vibrant tile & stone industry. As we all adapt to our changing reality and landscape, Coverings is committed to providing you with the best tile & stone content and access to exhibitor products and solutions through Coverings Connected.

Coverings organizers are excited to offer an online experience that will include:

  • A showcase of 900+ exhibitors
  • Selected educational sessions via webinars
  • The latest tile & stone trends
  • Podcast interviews
  • Live chats to provide you with resources on how to build your online brand
  • CID Award winning projects
  • The 2020 Coverings Rock Stars

and more…

Stay tuned for more information over the next few weeks, but make sure to save the date.

Coverings Connected – April 20-23

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Webinar: Analysis of Family First Coronavirus Response Act

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Webinar: Analysis of Family First Coronavirus Response Act

Posted on 26 March 2020 by cradmin

This recorded webinar shared March 24, 2020, by Allied Construction Industries helps businesses understand and navigate the emergency rules set forth by HR 2601 – the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act.” It focuses on how these emergency guidelines may affect your business and employees.

Keep in mind this does not cover any potential information of the federal COVID-19 stimulus package going through Congress.

Download the full webinar here.

For the latest government information on COVID-19, visit Coronavirus.gov for the latest official information from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force.

You may also be interested in this article: U.S. Department of Labor Provides COVID-19 Resources

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U.S. Department of Labor Provides COVID-19 Resources

Posted on 26 March 2020 by cradmin

As we all continue to navigate the uncertainty brought on by the novel coronavirus, the U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new website to make resources readily available for employers and workers amid the the COVID-19 pandemic.

Workplace Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has resources to help employers and workers prepare for and respond to coronavirus in the workplace.

Wages, Hours and Leave

The Wage and Hour Division is providing information on common issues employers and workers face when responding to COVID-19, including the effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities

NOTE: Check with your state’s unemployment insurance program regarding the rules in your state.

The Employment and Training Administration announced new guidance outlining state flexibilities in administering their unemployment insurance programs to assist Americans affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.

Under the guidance, federal law permits significant flexibility for states to amend their laws to provide unemployment insurance benefits in multiple scenarios related to COVID-19. For example, federal law allows states to pay benefits where:

  • An employer temporarily ceases operations due to COVID-19, preventing employees from coming to work;
  • An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work after the quarantine is over; and
  • An individual leaves employment due to a risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member.

In addition, federal law does not require an employee to quit in order to receive benefits due to the impact of COVID-19.

Learn how to file for unemployment insurance benefits.

Support for Dislocated Workers and States

The Employment and Training Administration announced the availability of up to $100 million in National Health Emergency Dislocated Worker Grants to help states, territories, and tribal governments respond to the workforce-related impacts of COVID-19.

Along with these resources the website also offers links to the latest news articles regarding labor issues caused by COVID-19.

We here at CountertopResource.com feel deeply for those who have been directly impacted by this outbreak and will endeavor to keep you informed, share ideas and provide resources to help you along the way. We wish you all well during this difficult time.

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OSHA Releases Alert and Guidance on COVID-19

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OSHA Releases Alert and Guidance on COVID-19

Posted on 25 March 2020 by CRadmin2

By now, we are all aware of the threat of the COVID-19 virus and what it means to quarantine, and OSHA has been working diligently to give employers as much information as possible to curb the spread of infections. Many states are now under “shelter in place” orders and have shut down many types of workplaces. Even though business has most likely fallen sharply since the outbreak, many types of businesses are still allowed to operate, including those that fall under the blanket industry of construction.

If your countertop fabrication business is still operating, it is important to follow the new OSHA guidelines to help reduce the rate of transmission. This is not only good for society as a whole but also for your specific workplace. Even one case of coronavirus infection among your employees is reason enough to shut down operations for the time being.

COVID-19 spreads primarily to others through water droplets originating from the nose or mouth during a sneeze or cough. However, you do not have to be in direct contact with the droplets to get infected. The virus can survive for several days on hard surfaces, and it is enough to touch one of these surfaces and then touch your eyes, mouth or nose for the virus to transfer.

According to OSHA, the spread of coronavirus can be mitigated in the workplace by following a few specific guidelines. All employers still operating should follow all of these practices:

  • Assess the hazards of viral exposure.
  • Evaluate the likelihood of exposure.
  • Implement controls to lessen the risk of exposure, including the use of physical barriers, PPE, social distancing, personal hygiene and frequent cleaning.

In addition to the above, OSHA recommends following general practices to help control exposure to the coronavirus:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol content when soap and water are not available.
  • Do not touch your eyes, mouth or nose without first thoroughly washing your hands.
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet from other co-workers, vendors and customers.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control believes that by implementing a routine that includes all of the above tips, we can beat this virus and get it under control, but it remains to be seen how soon we will be able to go back to “normal.” COVID-19 has disrupted our lives in several ways, and some of the precautions we must take now may have to continue for the greater part of the year.

Whether or not you believe this pandemic is as bad as they say it is, OSHA is on duty and working overtime to ensure businesses that remain open are in compliance of all safety and health measures introduced by federal, state and local governments. Our contact inside Oregon OSHA has revealed that they are receiving up to 10 complaints every hour about unsafe work practices, and the administration is taking all of these complaints seriously.

Due to the situation and volume, some complaints may be handled over the phone with stern warnings, but for the most part, OSHA is operating as usual while taking heightened precautions. The health and safety teams at OSHA are gearing up for a swath of onsite visits to ensure employers are not endangering their workers. If you have not implemented full health-protection measures, their next visit could be you. All it takes is one complaint by phone or completed Web form to get a surprise inspection.

For more information on how you can protect yourselves and your workforce while remaining open for business, please see the OSHA publication Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 and visit the OSHA Webpage on COVID-19.

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Cosentino Adds Two New Dekton Series

Posted on 24 March 2020 by cradmin

Dekton by Cosentino​, the ultra-compact architectural surface with advanced technical properties for both interior and exterior application, has introduced  two new series: Dekton® Avant-Garde Series and Dekton® Portfolio Series.

DEKTON AVANT-GARDE

The series draws inspiration from the most coveted natural stone materials found around the world and offers a bold, contemporary personality, meant for use in the most modern, avant-garde projects. 

  • Dekton Laurent: Inspired by the natural stone Port Laurent, the striking colorway features a dramatic dark brown background crisscrossed with veins of gold. 
  • Dekton Helena: Featuring a translucent appearance of white and grey hues, this colorway is inspired by onyx natural stone. 
  • Dekton Khalo (pictured above): Khalo is inspired by Patagonia Natural Stone, with subtle spots of black, pale gold and coffee brown.

DEKTON PORTFOLIO 

Created to suit a vast range of architectural and design projects, the Portfolio Series includes three dark, matte shades offering a touch of elegance and intricate detail for residential and commercial applications – indoors and out. The three new colorways include:

  • Bromo (pictured here): The dark blue shade is inspired by metamorphic, smooth rocks such as slate.
  • Milar: Inspired by rusty and eroded materials, it’s shining, stippled detail and dark tones add to its personality and versatility.
  • Rem: Inspired by Calacatta Lincoln, features a delicate design of brown and gray veining accompanied by touches of gold. 

Created from a blend of raw materials from glass, quartz and porcelain, Dekton has a high resistance to UV rays, scratches, stains and thermal shock.

You may also be interested in this article: Neolith Introduces Calacatta Luxe

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SOLA Group Inc. Hosts Free Webinar: Navigating COVID-19 Business Disruption

Posted on 20 March 2020 by cradmin

SOLA Group Inc., publisher of Kitchen & Bath Design News, Qualified Remodeler and Residential Design, will be offering a free webinar on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 12 p.m. ET.

The complimentary webcast, courtesy of Qualified Remodeler, MarketSharp and Dave Yoho Associates, will deal with the impact of the Coronavirus. It was put together by conducting numerous interviews and gathering abundant research over the course of the last two weeks.

Along with Dave Yoho, there will be two “industry expert” speakers who have experienced past business disruptions and will share their recommendations about how you can continue to thrive in this current environment.

In a span of a few weeks, the Coronavirus has gone from being a slight concern throughout North America, to the most critical issue we have faced in nearly two decades. Small businesses are being impacted tremendously, as customers are beginning to resist our normal modes of operation.

This timely webinar will provide specific ideas on how to proceed with strategies that will keep your cash flowing in your business for now and pave the way for outgoing success in the future.

You may also be interested in this article: OSHA Revises National Emphasis Program to Reduce or Eliminate Worker Exposure to Silica

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LG Hausys Expands Viatera Operations

Posted on 19 March 2020 by cradmin

LG Hausys is expanding its North American Viatera® brand operations with the addition of a new manufacturing line at its industrial campus in Northwest Georgia, along with a new warehouse and showroom in Southern California. The initiatives meet the growing demand for the company’s popular Viatera quartz surface product. They also continue LG Hausys’ commitment to providing industry leading product innovation and best-in-class customer service and delivery.

The new Viatera line is the third plant now in operation at LG Hausys’ existing manufacturing location in Adairsville, Ga. The new facility spans more than 111,000 sq. ft. and increases Viatera production capacity by 50 percent. Staffed with 40 new employees and fully in production since January 20th, the line produces Viatera products in Jumbo II slab size at 2cm and 3cm thickness. As part of LG Hausys’ multi-million dollar investment, the new line also allows for future product innovation. This includes the ability to add new robotic technologies for veining effects and utilizing advanced mechanical devices for new color and design creations.

Supporting the manufacturing expansion is the addition of a new 48,000 sq. ft. warehouse and showroom in Orange County, Calif. The warehouse will serve as the primary distribution hub for Viatera and LG Hausys’ solid surface product brand, HI-MACS. Its strategic location near Los Angeles enables LG Hausys to more effectively serve customers in Southern California and other West Coast markets. The warehouse is LG Hausys’ 14th in the U.S. and second in California. LG Hausys’ other California warehouse is located in Livermore and currently serves customers in the Bay Area and throughout Northern California.

The new showroom, located adjacent to the warehouse facility, will enable trade partners to view the latest innovative colors and designs from the Viatera and HI-MACS brands.

Available by appointment only, it will also serve as an event and meeting space for the design community, end-users and other LG Hausys customers.

You may also be interested in this article: Rugby Architectural Building Products Opens New Distribution Facility

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Coverings Cancels Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Posted on 18 March 2020 by cradmin

Coverings has been monitoring the domestic and global developments regarding the coronavirus pandemic for several weeks. 

The health and safety of our exhibitors and attendees are very important to Coverings. Given the public health emergency we are currently facing, we believe the only prudent action at this time is for Coverings to cancel for 2020.

As you can imagine, this was a very difficult decision. Coverings has been providing connections, education, and a global marketplace for the tile and stone industry for more than 30 years. However, with the limitations to travel, the recommendations regarding mass gatherings, and concern for the health and safety of the Coverings community, we have decided cancelling is the only course of action.

Coverings asks for your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty, as there are many complexities involved in this decision which we are working to resolve.

Coverings is, as always, committed to the education and promotion of the tile and stone industry. Although the public health concerns caused by this pandemic have impacted Coverings 2020, we look forward to engaging with the Coverings community moving forward to ensure a robust industry and show for 2021.

Please monitor Coverings website, social media channels and future press releases as we work toward a successful Coverings in April 2021.

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Business Sense: 16 Reasons You Need Software in Your Countertop Shop Yesterday

Posted on 16 March 2020 by cradmin

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware

Running a countertop shop on paper might make sense when you first open up shop. However, it’s an outdated way of doing business, and as you grow, you’ll quickly run into a ton of problems that could cost you!

Here at Moraware, we’ve spent years developing essential software solutions for countertop shops of all shapes and sizes. Our quoting software, CounterGo, and our scheduling software, Systemize, are designed to make your life easier as a fabrication professional.

Don’t take our word for it, though! We recently conducted a survey of over 200 current Moraware customers. We asked them a simple question: “Why do you need Moraware software for your countertop shop?”

We’ve sorted through those responses to bring you 16 surefire reasons you need software solutions in your countertop shop.

1. Get organized

By and large, this was the most popular response from our survey participants. If you don’t have any kind of software solution in your shop, odds are you’re in a constant state of chaos and disorganization.

To effectively manage your business, you need to have an organized business

Software solutions can help with that by streamlining the entire process – from fabrication to installation.

Further Reading: The Ultimate Guide to Streamlining the Processes In Your Countertop Shop

2. Digitize your business

The second most common response we got from those surveyed was that it’s simply time to go paperless.

Whether it was yellow folders, a scheduling whiteboard, or confusing excel templates for quoting, these countertop professionals were tired of everything being on paper!

Having a fully digital, computerized shop not only makes a statement to potential customers, but it makes your life that much easier. Everything is coordinated, the entire staff has access, and you don’t have to physically be in your office to access the information you need.

3. Combine material price lists in one place

Pricing is a huge hurdle for many growing countertop shops. Using software can help you get all of your pricing lists in one place. 

Again, it’s all about getting organized, and when you have multiple team members, the last thing you want is inconsistent pricing. Which brings us to…

4. Improve pricing consistency between different salespeople

By getting your price lists well-established in CounterGo, you can ensure your pricing is consistent among the different members of your sales team.

Everything from cutouts to radius corners to edge profiles should be addressed! Yes, setting prices can be a challenge, but it’ll help the quoting process a ton.

Read More: The 5 Most Common Issues We Hear From Countertop Fabricators

5. Open up communication between departments

Ah, communication. Sounds nice, yet hard to achieve. 

Worst of all, miscommunication between team members can lead to costly mistakes. Countertop software can help keep your schedule organized so that it’s viewable by the entire time.

If you need a program that’s visible to multiple departments, Moraware can help.

6. Utilize industry-specific invoicing and scheduling tools

While there are different software solutions out there that can be tweaked to high-heavens to solve some of your business pains, there’s nothing like an industry-specific solution.

By implementing software that was developed just for countertop and fabrication professionals, you’re ensuring that your business has exactly what it needs to stay organized and grow effectively.

7. Provide faster estimates

Many Moraware customers say that they’ve been searching for user-friendly quoting software. We’re pleased to say that CounterGo fits the bill!

Not only is it user-friendly, but it provides a countertop estimate in as little as three minutes. Many of our survey respondents commented on the fact that quoting used to take way too much time! Now, you can do a quote in real-time, which makes your job that much easier.

Read More: 4 Key Ways Countertop Fabricators Can Give Better Quotes

8. Improve accuracy

Whether it’s ordering materials or calculating square footage, countertop software has the ability to improve the accuracy in your business.

When you boil it down, improved accuracy means less waste, which turns into higher profits.

9. Do slab layouts

CounterGo, our countertop estimating software, allows you to draw up slab layouts. This was a huge relief for many of our survey respondents who wanted this feature in their quoting toolbox.

Not only does it look nice, but it also allows you to show your clients where the veining will go for their approval.

Layout granite countertops on slabs with CounterGo

Watch: (Video) From Good to Great: Using images and slab layout as a sales tool

10. Track leftover stock

To maximize profits, you need to minimize waste. Countertop software like Systemize Inventory Edition can help you track leftover stock to make sure you’re always in the know.

Stop letting slabs get dusty in the corner of your shop – using countertop software will make sure you always know what you have on hand.

11. Come across as professional to prospects and customers

Let’s face it – first impressions are everything in business. Our survey respondents often replied that professionalism was just as important as staying organized when considering countertop software.

You want to look more professional, particularly when delivering bids and estimates. Great countertop software helps you create quick and professional-looking quotes, which will ultimately score you more jobs!

12. Have a single source of truth

There’s something to be said about everything being in one place. When you have industry-specific software, it can be!

If you’re tired of searching for misplaced paperwork or disorganized job information like many of those surveyed, countertop software is a must. It puts everything – quoting, customer information, scheduling details, fabrication and install details – in one place.

Having a single source of truth also improved communication among team members. Double whammy!

13. Handle growth

If you’re growing, you can’t ignore software solutions for long.

One survey respondent explained, “We were not keeping good track of our jobs and estimates as our business kept growing.”

That statement sums up what most of our customers tell us before they sign up for Moraware’s software solutions! Growth is a great thing, but with it comes some major growing pains. Most of those can be instantly solved with the right countertop software.

14. Keep better records

Having better records was also important to the individuals we surveyed. Record-keeping doesn’t come naturally to a lot of us, and recalling past jobs can be a struggle if it’s not on the computer.

When you use countertop software to track jobs and estimates, you don’t want to worry about filing it away or wondering where it went. You’ll always have that information stored for later.

15. Schedule appointments more efficiently

Scheduling was a huge hurdle for a lot of those surveyed. Thankfully, they’ve found refuge in our scheduling software, Systemize!

We hear stories often about countertop shops that realize they’ve wasted time sending their templater across town when the homeowner is out or the cabinets aren’t ready. By ditching paper and whiteboard systems and implementing the right scheduling software, you can minimize costly mistakes and decrease missed appointments.

Watch: (Video) From Good to Great: Better scheduling and countertop job management

16. Stop things from slipping through the cracks

Finally, things slip through the cracks. It’s inevitable. But it happens a heck of a lot less when you’re using software that streamlines the processes in your business. If you want to start keeping track of the little things, countertop software is the answer.

As they say, the devil is in the details, and trust us – your customers notice these things!

Read More: How to Increase Countertop Sales with Better Customer Service

Which Countertop Software Is Right For Your Shop?

Print or email a countertop quote directly from CounterGo

If your biggest pain point right now is quoting, you should consider CounterGo, the fastest and most effective way to deliver quotes.

use the calendar to keep up with templates, fabrication, and installs.

If you’re a growing shop and need help scheduling and tracking jobs from start to finish, you’re a prime candidate for Systemize, our scheduling software.

Issues with quoting are typically some of the first concerns countertop shop owners face. With growth, disorganization takes its place as the biggest hurdle. For that reason, we find that many Moraware users start with CounterGo and grow into Systemize.

To find out what countertop software is right for you, schedule a free demo! We’re here to help countertop shops grow, so don’t hesitate to lean on us for help.

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