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ISFA Announces Annual Award Winners

Posted on 30 November 2020 by cradmin3

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the winners of its annual awards at the association’s recent virtual annual meeting and conference. The ISFA awards are chosen by association members, and given to those in the industry that stand out as the very best.

Past ISFA President Russ Berry, of ASST in McSherrytown, Pa., was inducted into the ISFA Hall of Fame, joining a long list of esteemed industry professionals. The Hall of Fame Award is given to the individual who has, in the course of his/her career, made significant contributions to the decorative surfacing industry, and has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of ISFA. Having won several past ISFA Awards, Russ Berry is truly an inspiration to all fabricators. He has repeatedly given of his time and expertise to ISFA and its members, and his approach to business, along with his innovative creativity, sets him apart from all others. Russ’ work at ASST has elevated the fabrication community through showcasing solid surface design capability in complex high-end, and highly visible projects. Russ has served as a past ISFA President, has hosted ISFA events, and he serves as a fine example to the entire industry.

The other honored winners are:

The Fabricator of the Year Award was given to world-class fabricator The Countertop Factory Midwest in Chicago. The Fabricator of the Year is awarded to a fabricator member company that in the past year has best exemplified the ISFA ideals of quality, innovation, character and exemplary service to ISFA and/or the decorative surfacing industry, with overall excellence. The Countertop Factory Midwest is a company that is known for its generous support and mentorship of other fabricators in the industry. Owners Geoffrey Gran and Bill Heuer are always willing to share their knowledge and expertise around sales, fabrication and general business. They are consistently helping the industry grow and improve, and their business is a true example of fabricators helping fabricators, which is the cornerstone of ISFA.

The Associate of the Year Award is given to an associate member company that in the past year has best exemplified the role of servicing the needs of fabricator member companies, and that has best supported ISFA in all activities. The 2020 winner is Moraware, a maker of software specifically designed for countertop fabricators. The company is not only a supportive partner of ISFA’s efforts to educate the industry, but also through other outlets in surfacing/countertop realm as well as its own independent programs. In addition to offering highly regarded products, it also provides industry information in numerous areas, such as marketing, networking, technology integration and various others to serve fabricators well beyond just its product offerings. And, it has done so for many years.

The Innovator Award is for the member firm or individual who goes outside the box to create a product or system that enhances the life or elevates the role of the surface fabricator. The 2020 Winner is SPEEDlabel®. This small invention designed for countertop fabricators, by fabricators, has had a significant impact on the countertop industry. SPEEDlabel is a custom labeling solution allowing fabricators to track countertops through production. It also helps with quality control by preventing mistakes, helping both large and small shops to be more efficient and profitable. The labels have made it easier for fabricators of all surfaces to reduce chaos and improve shop organization.

The Envision Award is given to the manufacturer member that excels in creating something imaginative and special for the surfacing industry. The 2020 winner is INEOS. The company’s composites continue to drive innovation in the resin space. It has created bio-based resins that allow quartz companies to mitigate petroleum use and create more sustainable products. The resins also allow for flat, strong and consistent slabs.

You may also be interested in this article: ISFA Launches Safe Solid Surface Education Initiative

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Reduce Adhesive Color Inventory and Save $$$

Posted on 25 November 2020 by cradmin3

While it is always preferable to use the recommended adhesive color match, there are times when you have to get by with an alternate. Join.It has specifically formulated an adhesive color for that exact situation and many fabricators have found it useful to dramatically reduce the need for a large inventory of colors. Join-It calls it Outre White.

How it Works

Outre White blends in to the surfacing material when a tight fit is achieved for seams and laminations. It is a highly translucent adhesive that is designed to pick up the surrounding material color and also mimic the light refraction properties of the surface that is being joined.

When recommended color matches are not possible for whatever reason, Outre White is a great option for fabricators. It should be noted however, that some sheet materials such as heavily pigmented solid colors are not the best candidates for a translucent adhesive and may be left with a dark line at the seam. Always test a small joint when unsure of using a particular adhesive color.

Every shop should have a few cartridges of the universal Outre White in house for emergencies or for when there’s not quite enough to finish a job.

About Princeton Chemical Company

Princeton Chemical Company is based in Baltimore, MD and produces a range of products, including our fabricator-direct seaming adhesive Join.It for fabricators in the US.

Join.It produces strong, durable bonds on a range of surfacing materials including Solid Surface, Quartz and Natural Stone.

Orders can be placed for fast, free shipping at

Read more of Join-It’s How To and Best Practices here

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Why Tile Publishes Ceramic Tile Hygiene Guides Collection

Posted on 20 November 2020 by cradmin

In the wake of COVID-19 concerns for surface hygiene, Why Tile® released a collection of resources defining the health benefits of ceramic tile coverings. The Hygiene Guides, available on, provide quick access to hygiene information on ceramic tile collected into one location.

“Why Tile® responded to the demand by specifiers and consumers alike to understand the advantages of using ceramic tile for our health and safety,” said Kathy Meyer, Marketing Director, TCNA. “The Hygiene Guides provide an easy-to-navigate free digital resource covering topics ranging from cleaning tips to post-pandemic kitchen design.”

The latest findings and health information on ceramic tile from industry experts take all surfaces into account, from floors to walls, counter tops, backsplashes, and even outdoor areas. “We will continue to expand the Hygiene Guides with new information and research,” said Meyer.

“Why Tile’s purpose to be an educational resource on the advantages of ceramic tile has never been more critical,” commented Eric Astrachan, Executive Director, TCNA. “The Hygiene Guides help navigate important questions on surface hygiene and put answers at your fingertips.”

You may also be interested in this article: MSI Introduces Renzo Wall Tile Collection

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Bessey Debuts One-handed Table Clamps (EZR-SET)

Posted on 19 November 2020 by cradmin

Bessey’s newest clamp innovation, EZR table clamp, was designed primarily to work with track saw guides (slots/grooves, 12 by 6.5 mm to 12 by 8mm from Festool, Protool, Metabo, Makita, Hitachi/Hikoki and DeWalt), but this clamp does so much more.

No tools are required to quickly transform and adapt to its numerous applications. It’s not just about clamping or having the capability to be a spreader, it also offers a unique step-over solution. The EZR offers single handed clamping and spreading of work pieces with 100 lbs. of clamping force. Step-over work is made possible by inserting a 2-in. adaptor into the upper or lower jaw. The easy to use release mechanism can quickly convert from clamping to spreading without tools simply by using a push button release.

Engineered with fiberglass reinforced polyamide and an ergonomically shaped handle, it allows a powerful grip as well as a safe access to the trigger lever. The fully enclosed plastic housing is also protected from dust and chips while the profiled rail offers extra stability. Cross prism design integrated in the plastic caps optimize material protection and allow fastening of round, pointed and angular pieces. EZR-SET contains two one-handed table clamps with 6-in. clamping capacity (spreading width 4 ¾-in. to 12-in.) and 2 3/8 throat depth.

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Coverings 2021

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Coverings 2021 Announces New Dates

Posted on 18 November 2020 by cradmin

Coverings (, the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, announced Coverings 2021 will now take place July 7-9, 2021, in the North Hall of the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla.

Coverings made the decision to reschedule the event, which was originally planned for April 13-16, 2021, after feedback from the Coverings community included overwhelming, positive sentiment that rescheduling the event would yield the best possible platform for everyone involved and minimize risk to event participants.

“We are excited with the new date for Coverings 2021 as rescheduling reaffirms Coverings’ commitment to produce a safe, in-person event to unite the tile and stone industry,” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Event Strategies LLC, the event management firm for Coverings. “The show management team and Coverings’ owners are working diligently to have a safe and successful Coverings 2021 event, and we are available to answer questions.”

Coverings, its vendor partners, and the Orange County Convention Center are closely monitoring policy updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local government state, and federal mandates. For more information on Coverings’ safety measures, please visit Coverings’ COVID-19 webpage.

Registration to attend Coverings 2021 and reservations for official Coverings hotels will be open and available at in mid-January 2021.

A comprehensive, onsite education program is being planned to further the business goals of Coverings 2021 attendees. Selected educational content and access to exhibitors will be available online for those who prefer to attend virtually.

You may also be interested in this article: TISE Announces 2021 Show Agenda

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Wilsonart Wellness Collection

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Wilsonart Presents Wellness Collection

Posted on 17 November 2020 by cradmin

Embracing the concept of “Wellness,” the new curated collection of boutique laminate designs from Wilsonart takes inspiration from nature and brings healing, calm, and serenity to healthcare-built environments and beyond.

Based on research that suggests a strong connection between well-being and familiar elements found in the natural world, these new Wellness offerings feature organic patterns, textures and colors. From large-scale abstract scenes reminiscent of foggy grey mountains to layered sky motifs that exude warmth, all are designed to soothe the soul and invigorate the senses. This collection also introduces the Hinoki range (pictured here), consisting of three neutral-hued woodgrains that get their name from Japanese cypress trees famous for their “divine wood.”

“The concept of wellness has rippled through communities and industries as people look for a bit of respite from the stresses of modern life. We’re proud to offer intentional design coupled with high performance that can bring tranquility to healthcare settings,” says Danielle Mikesell, Global Vice President of Marketing and Design for Wilsonart. “The best part is that while these looks were created with healthcare in mind, they also work beautifully for hospitality, retail and residential.”

Extending the 2020 Virtual Design Library umbrella theme of “Community,” the Wellness collection offers individual appeal while also harmonizing to create a unique palette. Their coordinating possibilities increase exponentially when combined with Wilsonart’s engineered surfaces portfolio, including Wilsonart® Quartz, Solid Surface, High Pressure Laminate (HPL) and Coordinated Surfaces.

Staying true to the durability and easy maintenance Wilsonart is known for, the 2020 Virtual Design Library Wellness collection also offers exceptional cleanability and resistance to scratches and scuffs for lasting beauty and high-quality appearance.

You may also be interested in this article: Formica Extends DecoMetal Laminate Line

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Video: The Difference A Dust Collector Can Make

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Video: The Difference A Dust Collector Can Make

Posted on 16 November 2020 by cradmin

This video from The Fabricator Network shows how much difference using a dust collector can make. Andy Graves demonstrates sanding a deck seam with a 5-in. hand sander/grinder with 40 grit sandpaper. Dust collection cuts down the dust by about 95 percent.

Dust collection is an important aspect of the solid surface fabrication process. It’s even more vital when finishing a seam at a job site. Keeping the dust under control while working in a customer’s kitchen can help keep the space tidy.

You may also be interested in this article: Oneida Introduces BenchTop DC Personal Dust Collector

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Weha Rock Dog

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Weha Introduces Rock Dog Single Speed Router

Posted on 13 November 2020 by cradmin

The Weha Rock Dog Router is a 9000 RPM single speed router that can profile practically any edge that comes through the shop.  Whether you need a router for granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, or any other stone, the Rock Dog Router can get it done.

Made with a Unibody Aircraft Aluminum housing, the Rock Dog is a super smooth 9000 rpm profile router that can get the job done fast.  With a 2.4 HP 220 Single Phase motor, the Rock Dog can profile up to 6cm without any worries whatsoever.

The Rock Dog Router comes with an aquaplaning base for easy movement across the surface. The 22mm x 10mm thread spindle accommodates practically all router bits on the market. It comes with a 20 ft. long heavy 12 gauge AWF with ground power cord that can handle the load.  The water connection is a quick disconnect for easy connection to the shop water lines.

You may also be interested in this article: Oneida Introduces BenchTop DC Personal Dust Collector

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Natural Stone Institute board president Bob Zavagno & Veronafiere Stone & Design Department Executive Elena Amadini at TISE in January.

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Marmomac Renews Support of Natural Stone Institute Grande Pinnacle Award

Posted on 12 November 2020 by cradmin3

Natural Stone Institute board president Bob Zavagno & Veronafiere Stone & Design Department Executive Elena Amadini at TISE in January.

Marmomac has renewed its sponsorship for the Natural Stone Institute’s Grande Pinnacle Award for the next four years.  Marmomac has sponsored the Grande Pinnacle Award since its inception in 2008.

The Grande Pinnacle Award is presented to the best overall project entered in the Pinnacle Awards. The winner will receive a trip to Marmomac including round trip economy airfare, four nights lodging, and registration. One architect from the winning project will also receive this award.

In announcing the renewal, Natural Stone Institute CEO Jim Hieb stated, “We look forward to continuing this important partnership with Marmomac. The Grande Pinnacle represents the best use of natural stone in the Pinnacle Awards, and as such, it makes perfect sense for the winner to receive a trip to Verona to attend Marmomac. We appreciate Marmomac’s support of this prestigious program.”

Veronafiere Deputy Marketing Director Elena Amadini added, “Marmomac and the Natural Stone Institute share the goal of promoting the use of natural stone by engaging the design community and challenging it to use stone in increasingly aesthetic and diverse ways. Our sponsorship of the Grande Pinnacle Award is thus a perfect fit in pursuit of this common goal.”

The Pinnacle Awards honor projects whose beauty, creativity, and craftsmanship exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone in residential and commercial applications. Last year’s Grande Pinnacle award recipient was honored at TISE in January 2020 and at Marmomac ReStart, the first entirely virtual edition of Marmomac, which took place in September.

You may also be interested in this article: TISE Announces 2021 Show Agenda

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Lapitec Nero Velluto_06

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Lapitec Presents Nero Velluto

Posted on 11 November 2020 by cradmin3

Lapitec’s large-scale full body slabs are made from a mixture of minerals with no additional toxic substances or petroleum derivatives. This 100 percent natural composition also defines the chromatic range of the material, which doesn’t come in artificial hues, but rather in an exclusive range of colors called “Assoluto” – absolute – for its deep, rich tone.

New for 2020, Velluto-finish Nero Assoluto in 12- and 20-mm thick slabs has been given an exceptionally delightful texture. Through a mechanical process applied to the surface a matt finish that is warm to the touch is created. According to the company Nero Velluto is perfect for tabletops, accessories, kitchens and bathrooms, or for indoor and outdoor horizontal and vertical coverings and claddings.

The special full body structure of Lapitec slabs ensures that the color remains perfectly even throughout; even if scratched, drilled or cut. Lapitec slabs are water-repellent and heat-, impact-, scratch-, stain-, mold-, solvent- and chemical- resistant.

You may also be interested in this article: CaraGreen Offers New Durat Colors

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