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Solid Surface Seamless Sink Trimming

Posted on 30 March 2021 by cradmin

In this video Andy Graves of shows how trimming a solid surface sink can be made easy with the right tooling. He uses a 10 degree flush trim router bit to cut the excess solid surface countertop flush with the Corian sink. This procedure will make sanding the sink a lot less work.

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Artistic Tile Invisible Blue

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Artistic Tile Adds to Slab Gallery

Posted on 29 March 2021 by cradmin

Artistic Tile, home to hundreds of carefully-curated slabs from around the world, has announced the arrival of several new slab designs to its gallery.

Invisible Blue (pictured) is a sophisticated, variegated marble with a shimmering pale blue background traced with soft grey veins and bold swathes of golden taupe and graphite. It is stocked in 2cm (3/4-in.) polished slabs.

Vanilla Onyx brings a translucent, dreamy aspect ot any project. Its exotic beauty evokes soft moonlight; making Onyx a desired element in jewelry for centuries. Dramatic yet serene, Vanilla Onyx is exquisite in any setting.

A beautiful variety of classic Calacatta, Viola’s creamy white clasts float inside a rich red wine background. Sourced from one of Italy’s oldest quarries, this marble is stocked in 2cm thick slabs with a polished or leather finish.

Taj Mahal is a khaki-toned quartzite from Brazil with fine, rich veining. It is available in 3cm (1 1/4-in.) and 2cm (3/4- in.) polished slabs.

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Business Sense: A Quick Guide to Setting Goals For Your Countertop Business

Posted on 24 March 2021 by cradmin

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware

Goals are critical for any business, including the fabrication industry. Without them, it’s like playing a game of darts in a pitch-black room. You keep aiming and throwing, but you have no idea if you’re ever going to hit the bullseye.

That’s where KPIs come in. 

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are indicators that track your progress toward a specific goal. KPIs give your business focus – something to work towards. According to Peter Drucker, “What gets measured gets done.”

In this quick guide, we’ll go over how to set and track KPIs that matter for your countertop shop.

What are KPIs?

KPIs help you track the health of your company. For example, here at Moraware, we track new customer activity as a measure of success. Why? Because we’ve found that if our new customers aren’t active within the first few weeks, they aren’t likely to be active at any point and will cancel. 

That’s one KPI we measure and report on that directly affects the way we do business. What metrics are important for your business?

First and foremost, you want to make sure it can check a few boxes. Here are a few features of a great KPI:

  • You should be able to tell if you’re making progress toward your goal
  • Your measurements along the way should help you make better business decisions
  • You should be able to compare performance change over time – for example, sales this month versus sales this month last year

A KPI can track efficiency, effectiveness, quality, timeliness, governance, compliance, behaviors, economics, project performance, personnel performance, or resource utilization.

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Natural Stone Institute Announces 2020 Pinnacle Award Recipients

Posted on 22 March 2021 by cradmin

The Natural Stone Institute announced the recipients for the 2020 Pinnacle Awards. The Grande Pinnacle recipient will be announced during the awards ceremony at TISE on June 16. Videos for each project can be found on the Natural Stone Institute’s website.

The full list of 2020 Pinnacle Award recipients is as follows.

Public Landscapes/Parks Memorials

Fundidora Park Mural
Monterrey, Mexico
Creative Edge Master Shop Fairfield, IA

Spring Creek Nature Area
Richardson, TX
Coldspring Cold Spring, MN
Dee Brown Inc. Richardson, TX

Commercial Interior

Hillsdale College Christ Chapel
Hillsdale, MI
Booms Stone Company Redford, MI

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Expansion
Hollywood, FL
Twin Stone Designs & Installations Hollywood, FL

Architectural Carving/Lettering/Sculpture

John F. Kennedy Center, The REACH Donor Wall
Washington, DC
Rugo Stone
Lorton, VA

Nike of Samothrace
Samothrace Island, Greece
F.H.L.I. Kiriakidis Marbles-Granites Drama, Greece


Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
Paterson, NJ
Ghirardi Stone Contracting New York, NY

Trinity Church Wall Street Chancel & Altar Restoration
New York, NY
Rugo Stone Lorton, VA

Dallas Municipal Building Restoration
Dallas, TX
Dee Brown Inc. Richardson, TX
Tennessee Marble Company Friendsville, TN

Commercial Exterior

Tenko Omakase Japanese Restaurant
Bangkok, Thailand
Stone and Roses International Samutprakarn, Thailand

The Williams Inn
Williamstown, MA
Connecticut Stone Milford, CT

Residential-Single Family

The Floating Stair
Toronto, ON Canada
PICCO Engineering Concord ON Canada

SoHo Townhouse
New York, NY
ABC Worldwide Stone Brooklyn, NY

Villa Florence

Downey, CA
Carnevale & Lohr, Inc. Bell Gardens, CA

Submissions for the 2021 Pinnacle Awards are being accepted until July 20, 2021.

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Vermont Quarries Corp. Offers Danby Marble Slabs

Posted on 19 March 2021 by cradmin

Vermont Quarries Corp. is known world-wide for the beautiful Vermont Danby Marble extracted and quarried from the largest underground marble quarry in the world.

Hundreds of feet underground, deep inside the same quarry walls the marble was extracted from, there is a sophisticated marble factory that includes two Gang Saws, a Monowire to cut thick slabs and cubic pieces, a resin line, a fully automated polishing line and a top of the line Prussiani cut to size machine.

From this historical quarry, the company manufactures slabs, pavers and cut to size marble for special projects. Danby marble is offered in 14 different selections with varying veining color and consistency.

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Cosentino Sensa _ Argenti Grey

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Cosentino Adds to SENSA​ Protected Natural Stone Collection

Posted on 18 March 2021 by cradmin

Developed exclusively by Cosentino, Sensa is a maintenance-free premium natural stone with a revolutionary stain protection that, according to the company, rivals the performance of man-made surfacing. Every Sensa slab is different from the rest because each surface has exceptional veining that is found in no other. Sensa by Cosentino comes equipped with Senguard, a deep treatment applied during the manufacturing process that protects the stone, helping eliminate required sealing for years to come.

Six hues join the SENSA Premium collection, which offers protected granite and quartzite surfaces, providing a wider choice of striking designs.

  • Argenti Grey (pictured) ​boasts white horizontal veining across a striking dark surface.
  • Blue Jeans​ evokes the deepest of nature featuring tints of grey, tan and cream hues.
  • Nilo​ captures a dark grey background over striking faded grey veins.
  • Siberia​ features a white background speckled with small black points, evocative of white Siberian snow.
  • Vancouver​ is a beautiful quartzite from Brazil with detailed pink and gray veining.
  • Via Lattea features a black background accompanied by small and soft white veins.

Sensa by Cosentino also comes with a 15-year transferable warranty.

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BB Industries Opens Utah Fulfillment Center

Posted on 17 March 2021 by cradmin

BB Industries announced it is opening a large fulfillment center in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 5 to better serve the 13 Western States with guaranteed delivery in two days or less.

“As we grow, so do our customer partners’ benefits,” said BB Industries CEO Rick Stimac. “We are using the resources from our unprecedented 2020 growth to expand our fulfillment services to ensure customer delight. This investment also shows our commitment to the stone industry and to our vendors and customers, and the fact that we want to provide the highest levels of service in all areas.”

The Utah facility is a full service operation. In addition, the company has several smaller satellite locations around the country.

“Some of the big delivery services are experiencing delays of up to six days with the increased demand for direct shipping, and BBI wants to ensure that delivery expectations are being met, regardless of the current environment,” added Stimac. “So we consulted with FedEx and UPS and the consensus was that a Salt Lake location will provide the level of service that BBI customers expect, with closer proximity to many of our Western customers. We have also expanded our outside sales team to 20, including several in the West Coast region, over the past few months.”

BBI strives to constantly improve its efficiency, as well as its clients’, by doing things like minimizing the amount of boxes shipped in each order and marking packages with red tape for easy recognition. The company said it has created a one-stop-shop for all things stone fabricating, from diamond tooling and adhesives, to machines.

According to Stimac, with two large fulfillment centers, the company can ship anything from its 11,000 SKUs to customers in two days and BBI customers can be confident the the company is committed to accuracy. The company also offers a 30-day, no questions asked guarantee.

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Health & Safety Watch: OSHA Launches National Emphasis Program

Posted on 16 March 2021 by cradmin

 In response to President Biden’s executive order on protecting worker health and safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a National Emphasis Program (NEP) focusing enforcement efforts on companies that put the largest number of workers at serious risk of contracting the coronavirus. The program also prioritizes employers that retaliate against workers for complaints about unsafe or unhealthy conditions, or for exercising other rights protected by federal law.

NEP inspections will enhance the agency’s previous coronavirus enforcement efforts, and will include some follow-up inspections of worksites inspected in 2020. The program’s focused strategy ensures abatement and includes monitoring the effectiveness of OSHA’s enforcement and guidance efforts. The program will remain in effect for up to one year from its issuance date, though OSHA has the flexibility to amend or cancel the program as the pandemic subsides.

OSHA state plans have adopted varying requirements to protect employees from coronavirus, and OSHA knows many of them have implemented enforcement programs similar to this NEP. While it does not require it, OSHA strongly encourages the rest to adopt this NEP. State plans must notify federal OSHA of their intention to adopt the NEP within 60 days after its issuance.

In a related action, OSHA has also updated its Interim Enforcement Response Plan to prioritize the use of on-site workplace inspections where practical, or a combination of on-site and remote methods. OSHA will only use remote-only inspections if the agency determines that on-site inspections cannot be performed safely. On March 18, 2021, OSHA will rescind the May 26, 2020, memorandum on this topic and this new guidance will go into and remain in effect until further notice.

OSHA will ensure that its Compliance Safety and Health Officers have every protection necessary for onsite inspections. When conducting on-site inspections, OSHA will evaluate all risk and utilize appropriate protective measures, including appropriate respiratory protection and other necessary personal protective equipment.

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Princeton Chemical Hires Kevin Cole as Sales & Marketing Manager

Posted on 15 March 2021 by cradmin

Princeton Chemical Company (PCC), producers of Join.It surfacing adhesives, announced the addition of Kevin Cole as the Company’s Sales & Marketing Manager. Cole assists in sales team leadership, developing and executing on-product branding strategies in the digital marketing age, as well as offering oversight as it relates to the company’s customer service strategies.

“After a thoughtful and diligent search for a candidate who aligned with our values and business needs, we are excited to welcome Kevin to the company. His insight, knowledge of our customer base, leadership and marketing experience further allows the company to execute on its strategic growth plan,” said Chad Thomas, National Sales Director of PCC.

Previously, Cole served more than 12 years as the International Surface Fabricators Association’s (ISFA) Director of Communications as well as Editor, Publisher and ad sales manager of the organization’s Countertops & Architectural Surfaces publication. Cole was inducted into the prestigious ISFA Hall of Fame in 2017 for his two decades promoting, educating and providing information to the countertop industry. Prior to his roles with ISFA, Cole also served as Associate Publisher and Editor of Cygnus Business Media’s Surface Fabrication and Solid Surface magazines for numerous years.

“I truly enjoyed my role with ISFA wherein I was able to make lifelong friends and contacts that taught immeasurable, valuable lessons,” Cole commented. “After being the longest-serving employee in the history of ISFA, I will certainly miss it. However, I believe I had reached my pinnacle there and am looking forward to this next big move in my life and career. is a well-managed, up and coming company that offers a wealth of growth and educational opportunities. Of course, I wish my absolute best to my former colleagues at the association.”

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Coverings Extends Deadline for 2021 Awards Submissions

Posted on 12 March 2021 by cradmin

Coverings, the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, has announced Friday, March 26, 2021, as the new deadline to complete entry submissions for both the 2021 Coverings Installation & Design (CID) Awards and 2021 Rock Star Awards. The deadline for both competitions was extended from an original, earlier date to correspond with the recent rescheduling of Coverings 2021, which will take place July 7-9, 2021, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The new deadline allows tile and stone industry members more time to nominate emerging professional leaders under the age of 35 as contenders for the Rock Star awards. It also provides a longer opportunity for designers and installers to submit their 2019 and 2020 tile and stone projects for consideration in the CID Awards competition. 

The CID Awards celebrate outstanding achievements in the design and installation of tile and stone in residential and commercial projects. Submissions are open to architects, designers, builders, contractors, distributors, retailers, installers, and other industry professionals who completed projects exemplifying spectacular tile and stone applications between January 2019 and December 2020. There is no cost to enter, and entries should be submitted through the CID Awards portal by or before the updated deadline of March 26, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EDT. Multiple entries are encouraged. No submissions will be accepted after this date, and no extensions will be granted.

Submitted projects will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges and awarded based on excellence in execution, inspiring and original use, and overall purpose. CID Award winners will receive a complimentary one-night stay in Orlando, Florida to attend Coverings 2021, where their projects will be recognized in an awards ceremony.

The Coverings Rock Star Awards honor emerging leaders in the tile and stone industry. Eligible candidates must be 35 years of age or younger and employed within one of the following professions: architect, designer, distributor, retailer, contractor/installer, fabricator, specifier, manufacturer, and/or trade association personnel. Nominations must be submitted by the March 26 deadline, using the Coverings 2021 Rock Star nomination form. No nominations will be accepted after the deadline, and no extensions will be granted.

Rock Star nominees will be reviewed by a committee of industry leaders and evaluated based on experience levels; professional certifications or affiliations; previous awards or accolades; prior speaking engagements at industry events; quantity of published works; impact in the tile and stone industry; and what sets them apart as emerging leaders in the industry. Selected Rock Stars will receive a complimentary one-night stay in Orlando, Florida to attend Coverings 2021, where they will be celebrated for their achievements within the tile and stone industry.

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