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Natural Stone Institute Announces North American Quarry Advocacy Group Steering Committee

Posted on 28 June 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute announced that nine applicants have been selected for the inaugural North American Quarry Advocacy Group Steering Committee.

Members of the committee are:

Byron Davis – Salado USA, Florence, Texas
Quade Weaver – TexaStone Quarries, Garden City, Texas
Ann Marie Ramos – New England Stone Industries, Smithfield, RI
Ben Kaus – Vetter Stone/Alabama Stone, Mankato, Minn.
Bernard Buster – Lyons Sandstone, Lyons, Colo.
Peter Prvulovic – Vermont Quarries Corp., Mendon, VT
Ralph Morgan – Polycor, Quebec City, QC, Canada (Bedford, IN)
Reid Kubesh – Coldspring, Cold Spring, Minn.
Eric Chaloux – Miles Supply, Barre, VT

Reid Kubesh has been appointed chair of this committee. Kubesh brings volunteer leadership experience, enthusiasm for the industry and committed support from Coldspring. Their support ensure Kubesh the time and resources necessary to spearhead this initiative and advance the North American Quarry Advocacy Group’s purpose, which is to positively impact quarries of all size.

In its initial meetings, the Steering Committee has identified several key areas of focus, with two  priority work groups: one addressing collaboration in benchmarking and exchange of data and solutions, and one that will collaborate to find solutions for recruiting and retaining employees. The committee will continue to discuss natural stone promotion and educational needs for the North American sector.

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Triton Stone Group Acquires Stoneway Supply

Posted on 23 June 2021 by cradmin

In a transaction finalized on June 5, Triton Stone Group acquired the assets and operations of Stoneway Supply LLC of Charlotte, N.C.  Stoneway, is a distributor of tools and supplies for the countertop fabrication industry serving Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The company’s e-commerce site, Stonewaysupply.net, is now Tritonstonetools.com

The acquisition of the Stoneway Supply North American operation also adds storefronts and experienced van-based sales reps, along with the established online presence, to Triton’s current offerings for the natural stone and quartz fabrication industry.

Triton Stone Group anticipates no interruption of service for Stoneway Supply’s customers as the transition is made.

Headquartered in New Orleans, Triton Stone Group is a family-owned, women-run business with 22 locations throughout the Southeastern United States. The company imports and distributes natural stone and quartz and has a growing tool and sink sales division at tritonstonetools.com.

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Weha Introduces New Stone Carry Clamps

Posted on 21 June 2021 by cradmin4

Weha has introduced its new double carry handle clamps that are compatible with granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, all stone, glass, metal, wood and any other sheet material.

The Weha Stone Carry Clamps are made with a fully vulcanized thick rubber pad that “bites” into materials for a solid grip that does not damage the stone. With double handles, they support up to four workers and are safety rated for 440 lbs. per set.

Specification include a grip range of 0 -1 5/8-in., lifting capacity of 440 lbs. per set (220 lbs. each). Each clamp weighs 5.5 lbs. and measures 11.25- by 4.75- by 9.5-in.

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Industry Economist to Speak at AWFS Fair

Posted on 18 June 2021 by cradmin4

Economist Chris Kuehl will offer a keynote presentation at the 2021 AWFS Fair on Thursday, July 22 at 8:00 a.m. The session will begin with a welcome from AWFS Board leadership, followed by an economic update from Kuehl focusing on manufacturing and the construction and housing markets. An additional session will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the fair’s live show stage where AWFS Executive Vice President, Angelo Gangone, will interview Kuehl regarding key topics including supply chain issues.

Kuehl is a Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence and one of the co-founders of the company. He has been Armada’s economic analyst and has worked with a wide variety of private clients and professional associations for nearly twenty years in industries ranging from credit management to fabricators and manufacturers. He regularly speaks at conferences and events, including FABTECH and the AWI Annual Convention.

“We are excited to have Mr. Kuehl at the AWFS Fair to offer insight into the economic status of our industry and what we may be able to expect in the upcoming year,” said Gangone. “Our industry is reeling from the current supply chain crisis; Chris can shed some light on this issue and how companies can be proactive.”

Both sessions with Kuehl will be free and open to all registered AWFS Fair attendees and exhibitors, no additional registration required.

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Rugo Stone Receives 2020 Grande Pinnacle Award

Posted on 17 June 2021 by cradmin4

Rugo Stone in Lorton, Virginia has been named the recipient of the 2020 Grande Pinnacle Award for their work on the Trinity Church Wall Street Altar & Chancel Restoration project in New York City.

Trinity Church is a 174 year old historical structure that served as a shelter from debris during 9/11. The church needed a variety of upgrades, including complete conservation and restoration of the Gothic Revival chancel and the historic Astor memorial altar. 

Rugo Stone was selected to dismantle and conserve the Astor memorial altar based on extensive experience in stone and mosaic conservation and restoration. Their task was to carefully dismantle the marble and the mosaic which formed the altar. The mosaic panels, believed to have been created in the 1870s by acclaimed Italian mosaic artist Antonio Salviati, are considered priceless, as is the Vermont statuary marble altar. 

Rugo Stone cataloged the altar by 3D scanning it in place, and then dismantled and transported it to their carving studio. Over the next 6 months, artisans cleaned and restored the damaged pieces, as well as produced new columns, hand-carved capitals, performed dutchman patches, and new gilding, all to create a new configuration for an ADA accessible altar mounted to a new steel frame. 

The team also sourced new Caen French limestone to recreate rear wall missing pilasters and base, which was particularly challenging as the original Caen limestone was quarried in the 1860s. The chancel floor was completely re-done using Olympian White Danby and Rosso Levanto marble pavers with 1/32-in. joints, patterned to create a bold checkerboard appearance. Rugo Stone’s team worked tirelessly to complete all the work for the dedication services that were scheduled for Christmas 2019. 

Congratulations to all of the 2020 Pinnacle Award recipients.

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

Renovation/Restoration
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

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Cosentino Presents Silestone Sunlit Days Collection

Posted on 16 June 2021 by cradmin

Cosentino has introduced its newest Silestone collection; Sunlit Days. According to the company this immersive and sensory journey through light and color is inspired by the bright, exotic hues of the Mediterranean and has been designed to appeal to a young and international aesthetic.

In addition, all colors in the Sunlit Days collection feature HybriQ+® technology: A sustainable manufacturing process which uses a minimum of 20 percent recycled glass in its composition.

The Sunlit Days Collection includes:

From Left to Right:
● Cala Blue emerges from the sea as a dark blue that boasts a strong yet serene personality.
● Cincel Grey is a passionate, deep gray with a subtle brightness– offering a comforting texture and familiar ambiance.
● Faro White, inspired by wind and the ocean’s salt, features a delicate, textured cream color.
● Posidonia Green features a subdued, unique green hue influenced by the hidden and unexplored sea floor.
● Uva Red is a bold, bright red hue inspired by the nuances and flavor of Mediterranean wine.

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Business Sense: How to Get Your Time Back With Countertop Software

Posted on 14 June 2021 by cradmin

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware

“I am finally able to leave work and go spend time with my family!”

An actual countertop fabricator said that. A few years ago Moraware asked its users how software has helped their business, and their quality of life. The answers were overwhelmingly about the time they were able to get back. The freedom to focus on the important things, whether it’s other parts of the business or more time away from the shop.

So, if you are a countertop fabricator and your days are so jam-packed that you are pulling your hair out, where do you begin? Read on for the first steps to take in reducing the chaos and creating some peace of mind.

Ask yourself, “Where’s my time going?”

When you look at your work days over the last week or so, what projects or tasks have taken up the majority of your time? This is the first step. Any successful countertop fabricator will tell you that knowledge is power. If you track your activities, you’ll easily be able to find areas that you can shave off time from. 

Start with an easy win

With the right software, you can streamline your countertop business all the way through install. Taking a look at your current processes will help you find areas that need improvement. There will always be bottlenecks, so don’t be overwhelmed!  

Many fabricators start by taking a look at their quoting process. It’s an easy, high-reward move that will get you almost  immediate results. When shops switch from quoting by hand to using estimating software, they are able to produce more bids faster than ever. In this case, using software to speed up the bidding process allows for consistent and accurate quoting by anyone on the team and frees up time. Less time wasted on revisions, pricing mistakes, calculations and hand drawing. Extra bonus: because you are able to increase your bid output, you’ll naturally and easily increase your countertop sales. More time and money!

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Vadara Announces New Exclusive Distribution Partnerships

Posted on 11 June 2021 by cradmin4

Vadara Quartz Surfaces, a manufacturer of artisan, handcrafted quartz surfaces, has announced its new and exclusive distribution and sales partnership with the European Granite & Marble Group (European) and Marva, divisions of Trajus Surfaces.

Founded in 1990, European proudly supports architects, interior designers, developers, contractors and homeowners seeking versatile and unique solutions for projects. Starting in June 2021, Vadara quartz will be available in European’s New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania territories.

“The duo partnership is exciting for Marva and European. We are thrilled to offer such high-grade and beautiful quartz to our clientele,” stated Mario Persico, president of Trajus Surfaces.

With more than 30 years of industry service, Marva is well-positioned for this exclusive partnership. The company uses in-house fabricators to ensure slabs are refinished to the standard their clientele have come to expect. The distributor will offer Vadara quartz in its Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia territories, effective June 2021.

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Atlas Plan Introduces Natura-Vein Tech

Posted on 10 June 2021 by cradmin4

Atlas Plan’s latest porcelain tile offering, Natura-Vein™ Tech, recreates the typical vein patterns of marble. According to the company the vein pattern is reproduced through the full thickness of the slab, guaranteeing consistent surface and body. Through-body vein technology increases the freedom of design for designers, because it makes the marble look even more realistic, lending each project continuity of surface, edge and corners.

The vein pattern can be applied to Atlas Plan slabs with a thickness of 20 mm and 12 mm. Like natural marble, the vein pattern of the slab follows that of the surface decoration.

The collection includes four options, Calacatta Extra (pictured above), Calacatta Imperiale, Statuario Supremo and Calacatta Borghini. They are available in various sizes, finishes and thicknesses, meaning that it can be applied in a continuous fashion to any surface, for a visually uniform result.

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Natural Stone Institute Completes 36th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Posted on 09 June 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute has provided natural stone and fabrication services for its 36th home with the Gary Sinise Foundation through its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence Supporting Empowerment) program. The Foundation’s R.I.S.E. program builds 100 percent mortgage-free specially adapted smart homes for severely wounded veterans and first responders. Natural stone and fabrication for U.S. Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Kenton Stacy and his family in Poway, Calif. were provided by Arizona Tile and Tony Sciarrino Stone. 

Soon after Kenton and his wife, Lindsey, were married Kenton joined the U.S. Navy. On November 19, 2017, while serving in Syria, Kenton was severely injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). As a result of the blast, Kenton became a quadriplegic, was blinded in his left eye and developed issues with speech. Kenton has undergone extensive rehabilitation in several facilities including the TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. Kenton has received numerous awards for his service including a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star Medal and three Navy Achievement Medals. He is proud to have been named the 2010 USO Sailor of the Year. 

The Stacy’s have four children, Logan, Mason, Annabelle and Sadie. Lindsey serves as the primary caretaker for Logan, who has special needs. A specially adapted smart home will significantly improve Kenton’s quality of life as well as provide assistance for Lindsey and their family.

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