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Preview of ASST Virtual Shop Tour Taking Place Jan. 13

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Preview of ASST Virtual Shop Tour Taking Place Jan. 13

Posted on 30 December 2020 by cradmin

In response to the inability to safely travel and hold in-person meetings, ISFA has been having monthly virtual shop tours, and recently announced it will feature world-class fabricator ASST at 1pm EST on January 13, 2021.

ISFA released a teaser video showing the high-end work performed by ASST, based in Pa., which is well worth a watch.

For more information, visit the ISFA website, where additional details and a link to participate in the event are available.

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Colonial Saw V-Grooving SS

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Colonial Saw Offers Expanded V-grooving & Coving Capability

Posted on 28 December 2020 by cradmin

Colonial Saw now offers three more STRIEBIG models with expanded capability for V-grooving and coving solid surface material: the Standard S, Evolution, and Control.

STRIEBIG originated V-grooving and coving solid surface on a vertical panel saw in the late ‘90s beginning with their “Optisaw 2” model, and now all of the 7-1/2hp models have that capability.

The newer models have the advantage of a fine adjustment thumbwheel and digital counter built right into the saw head for fast, simple, and very precise depth adjustment of the groove depth.

With the new models, the company states that the capability needs to be ordered at the time of the machine order, and it is not able to be retrofitted to existing machines.  Compact saws are also not available for V-grooving.  Only the Standard model (and older Optisaw 2s) can be retrofitted for V-grooving and coving.

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BLANCO IKON Low Divide Apron Sink Wins Design Awards

Posted on 24 December 2020 by cradmin

BLANCO has won two major design awards for their revolutionary new product, the IKON 33-in. 1-¾ Bowl Low Divide Apron sink. The IKON is recognized in the 2020 Architectural Products PIA (Product Innovations) Awards and the 2020 Residential Products MVP (Most Valuable Product) Awards. Each award recognizes the farmhouse sink for its ergonomic design that works hard to make prepping, cooking and cleaning a more seamless and comfortable experience.

Additionally, the IKON 33-in. Low Divide earned an honorable mention from The Architect’s Newspaper 2020 Best of Products Awards.

Designed to make prepping, cooking and cleaning a more seamless and comfortable experience, IKON is the world’s first apron front sink made of SILGRANIT®, BLANCO’s patented granite composite material. The new IKON sink’s convenient low divide that sits just 5-1/2-in. from the bottom of the sink, makes it easier to handle large pots and baking sheets while still dividing the sink into cleaning and prepping bowls. Because apron front sinks are installed a couple of inches closer to the user, they minimize the strain of reaching and leaning over a countertop.

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STONETECH Luxury Vinyl Laminate Cleaner 24oz Spray Bottle

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LATICRETE Offers STONETECH Luxury Vinyl & Laminate Cleaner

Posted on 23 December 2020 by cradmin

LATICRETE, a manufacturer of construction solutions for the building industry, now offers STONETECH® Luxury Vinyl & Laminate Cleaner, a no-rinse, daily cleaner designed to quickly and safely remove tough dirt, grease, dust and spills on all luxury vinyl, laminate, linoleum and resilient floors and countertops. STONETECH Luxury Vinyl & Laminate Cleaner is a water-based, pH-neutral formula that is low in VOC and contains no harmful chemicals, making it safe for use around the home. According to the company, this easy-to-use, no-rinse formula provides a quick, streak-free, residue-free and non-dulling clean finish that preserves the beauty of the surface while leaving behind a fresh scent.

“STONETECH Luxury Vinyl & Laminate Cleaner was developed to create cleaner and safer spaces in homes as we adapt to the changes our world is currently going through,” said Diane Phelan, STONETECH Product Manager. “For over 60 years, LATICRETE has been committed to the research and development of innovative products, building a reputation for superior quality, performance and customer service, this product hits all of those points. Now, homeowners can trust that STONETECH Luxury Vinyl & Laminate Cleaner is the top choice for a daily cleaner that has optimal performance and eco-friendly qualities.”

Available in a 24-ounce spray bottle, STONETECH Luxury Vinyl & Laminate Cleaner is quick and easy to apply — no rinse required, just spray and wipe. In addition to it being low in VOC, it’s free of harsh chemicals such as solvents, ammonia, bleach, parabens and phthalates for better indoor air quality, as well as usage around people and pets. Its suitable substrate applications include luxury vinyl tile, luxury vinyl planks, laminate, resilient flooring and linoleum countertops and floors.

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MANSTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 04: A traffic sign directs people towards the temporary testing centre on the site at Manston Airport on August 04, 2020 in Manston, England. A group of Britain's leading virus experts have written to the government, expressing their frustration at the mistakes being made in the country's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the letter, signed by nearly 70 clinical virologists, they state that “Our skills have been underused and underrepresented (albeit to differing extents within the devolved nations of the UK), resulting in lost opportunities to establish a coordinated robust and durable testing framework for Sars-CoV-2.” (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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Study Concludes Construction Industry Has Among Highest COVID-19 Positivity Rates

Posted on 22 December 2020 by cradmin

The results of a recent study administered by testing firm Curative in Los Angeles between August and October, were revealed in an article on Construction Dive. The study tracked the results of more than 730,000 COVID-19 tests and compared positive test results with an occupational questionnaire. Although the study has not been certified by peer review, it certainly presents some alarming correlations.

The author of the article quotes Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor at UCLA’s School of Public Health, co-author of the study and Curative’s medical director stating, “In the construction industry, people may still be coming to work if they have symptoms because some have no paid sick leave. The findings are concerning, and warrant a better understanding of the measures put in place to control infection.”

According to the study, construction workers had a positivity rate of 5.7 percent for individuals who were asymptomatic, and 10.1 percent for those with symptoms. When compared to other industries, the positivity rate of construction workers was significantly higher. The next highest industry for asymptomatic individuals, food services, had a rate of just 3.8 percent. Only correctional workers had a higher positivity rate for symptomatic cases; 12.5 percent compared to 10.1 percent of construction workers.

Source: Curative Get the data

The Construction Dive article states that  public health departments in Washington state, Michigan and Nashville, Tenn., have found construction to be among the top three occupational settings where outbreaks occurred. Additionally, a CDC study in Utah found construction to have the second highest number of cases among all industries studied and a University of Texas study concluded that construction workers were five times more likely to be hospitalized with the virus than workers in all other industries.

“Given the rising coronavirus case counts across the country, and its particularly high rates among the demographic groups that make up much of the industry’s workforce, we are definitely seeing more workers testing positive,” said Brian Turmail, vice president of public affairs at the Associated General Contractors of America. “The distinction is that the virus is not spreading occupationally — in other words, workers are not getting the virus from their jobsites — but instead is being transmitted via local communities and then workers are showing up, asymptomatic, and testing positive.”

With many of the cases being asymptomatic, companies are finding it difficult to get workers to not bring the virus to the jobsite.

To prevent the spread of the virus, more routine testing at jobsites to identify infected individuals may be an effective solution.

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Tyrolit Group

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TYROLIT Offers Ceramic Slab Tooling Options

Posted on 21 December 2020 by cradmin

Ceramic slabs in large formats have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their resistance, ease of maintenance and versatility, even for renovation work. Oversized ceramic slabs can be used for floors, walls, kitchen countertops and cabinets, bathroom and vanity tops, stairs, furniture and even facades.

TYROLIT offers a wide range of tools for the most demanding ceramic materials and for all thicknesses. TYROLIT diamond tools are available for materials such as Atlas Plan, Dekton, Florim, Marazzi, Fondovalle, Infinity, Iris, Kerlite, Laminam, Lapitec, Neolith, Techlam, Slimtech, Stoneglass, Zero.3 and many more.

The company’s range of tools for ceramic slabs includes straight and bevel cutting, drilling, profiling, flush fitting, edge polishing and all common manual operations. According to the company the specially developed tool bonds allow high speeds with minimum noise and spindle absorption. The list of available profiles is constantly being expanded according to market requirements. Each tool is provided with an individual measuring card to ensure easy set-up and thus avoid downtime.

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International Surface Fabricators Association Announces New Board of Directors

Posted on 18 December 2020 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the results of its election for the association’s 2021 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.Steve Mast of Precision Countertops in Wilsonville, Ore., was elected by the full board to serve as ISFA President. The position of Immediate Past President will be served by Augie Chavez of GECKO Solid Surface Solutions in San Antonio, Texas. Joe Duszka,of Carolina Custom Surfaces in Greensboro, N.C. will serve as Vice President; Mike Langenderfer, of The Countertop Shop in Monclova, Ohio,will serve as Treasurer; and, rounding out the Executive Committee, Austin Maxwell, of Maxwell Countertops in Farmer City, Ill., will continue to hold the position of Secretary.

Returning to the board, after having served previously more than 5 years ago is Ted Sherritt, of FLOFORM, based in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

New to the board is Kimberley Homs, of Great in Counters in Providence, R.I. Both of them will serve as Directors moving forward into 2021.

“We are confident that the new board members bring great perspectives, knowledge and enthusiasm to the association,” said ISFA President Steve Mast.

Retaining their positions as Directors are Kelley Montana, of Humbolt Countertops in Eureka, Calif.; Paul “Max” Le Pera,of Global Surfacing Alliance in Cranbury, N.J.; Eric Tryon, founding member of Rockheads Group of Alpharetta, Ga., Laura Grandlienard, of ROCKin’teriors in Raleigh, N.C.; and Rodrigo Valezquez, of INDEKO in Zapopan, Mexico. Also continuing their positions as Associate Member Representatives on the board are Jim Callaghan, of GranQuartz in Norcross, Ga., and Joe Connolly of SASSO USA in Palatine, Ill.

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NSI Resource Library

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Natural Stone Resource Library Adds New Documents

Posted on 17 December 2020 by cradmin

Sixteen new documents have been added to the Natural Stone Resource Library. Authored by Technical Director Chuck Muehlbauer, the documents originally appeared as Queries & Quandaries articles in The Cutting Edge. A wide variety of topics are covered, including tolerances, stone anchors, testing flexural strength and countertop overhang limits. The new documents can be found by searching “Newsletter” in the search bar at

More than 300 documents are now available for download via the Natural Stone Resource Library, including technical bulletins and modules, Dimension Stone Design Manual chapters, and resources from other industry associations, including the National Building Granite Quarries Association and the Indiana Limestone Institute. All documents are available free of charge.

Since launching in 2015, the Natural Stone Resource Library has seen more than 500,000 downloads and has become a trusted resource for stone companies, architects, designers and construction professionals.

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Top from left to right: Kristen Elder, Jan Neiges, Jan Heck, Basil Larkin; Bottom from left to right: Allison Lowrie, Michael Mahan, Louis Rohl, Mikael Akerberg, Randy Warner

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NKBA Announces 2021 Board of Directors

Posted on 16 December 2020 by cradmin

Top from left to right: Kristen Elder, Jan Neiges, Jan Heck, Basil Larkin; Bottom from left to right: Allison Lowrie, Michael Mahan, Louis Rohl, Mikael Akerberg, Randy Warner

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has set its Board of Directors for 2021, which will be led by newly elected Chair, Michael Mahan. Mahan is vice president of Schneider Electric. He previously served as Vice Chair in 2020 and has served on the board since 2018.

Joining Mahan as Board Officers are Vice Chair Basil Larkin, vice president of sales for Hestan Commercial Corp., and secretary/treasurer Randy Warner, vice president of sales at the Luxury Division for Samsung-Dacor.

Outgoing Board Chair, Allison Lowrie, Chief Marketing Officer for ANGI Homeservices, will remain on the Board as a director. She is joined by other returning Board members Kristen Elder, Showroom & Builder Vice President, Ferguson Enterprises; Jan Heck, President & CEO, Miele USA, and Jan Neiges, CMKBD, Principal, Jan Neiges CMKBD LLC. New directors joining the board include, Louis M. “Lou” Rohl, Founder of House of ROHL, and son of HoR Founder and Kitchen & Bath Hall of Famer Ken Rohl, who also served on the board, and Mikael Akerberg, CEO of nobilia North America.

Board members Lorenzo Marquez, Founder and President of Marqet Group, and Steve Joseph, Founder and CEO of Smart Home Products, have completed their terms. The NKBA thanks them for their service. The new board will assume their roles on Jan. 1, 2021.

The NKBA has also named its leadership committees. These include:

Leadership Recruitment Committee:
Amy Hornby, Director, Key Accounts, Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and CEDIA Expo; Bryant Haas, OEM Sales Manager, Rev-a–Shelf, LLC; Steve Petock, Senior Vice President, Business Development, Ferguson Enterprises; Katie Brockman, Vice President, Corporate Sales, Sandow, and Kerrie Kelly, Principal & Creative Director, Kerrie Kelly Design Lab.

Chapter Leadership Committee
Toni Sabatino, CMKBD, Owner & Principal Designer, Toni Sabatino Style; Molly Switzer, AKBD, Owner & Principal Designer, Molly N. Switzer Designs LLC; Nancy Young, CKBD, Owner & Principal Designer, Nancy Young Designs; Antonette Copeland, Design Director, CR Home LLC and Ellen Lopez, CKD, Founder & Creative Director, EL Design Studio.

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MSI Logo

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MSI Launches Digital Image Search Tool

Posted on 10 December 2020 by cradmin3

MSI, supplier of flooring, countertop, wall tile and hardscaping products, launched a new image search tool. This new innovation allows users to find the closest MSI match of any product using artificial intelligence.

The image search tool is the newest in the company’s extensive digital portfolio; from the first in industry multi-surface visualizer to the real-time inventory search, MSI’s digital tools make the design process easier from start to finish.

Upload a photo of any product to the search tool and immediately view the results, including the closest MSI product matches. Users may filter results for more concentrated selections, by only choosing the product categories they are most interested in. Additionally, coordinating choices are available to complete the look. The ‘similar style’ design technology has been available to MSI customers for about one year.

“With so many color, shapes and designs available, the consumer selection process can be daunting. This new tool helps consumers instantly see similar looking colors and designs carried by MSI. We need to continue to use technology to simplify the consumer shopping experience,” said Rup Shah, President, MSI.

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