Archive | September, 2021

Caesarstone Connect™ is a true differentiator in our industry and is already proving to be a valuable sales tool for retailers, helping to simplify the design process, drive sales and enhance customer experience and engagement.

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Caesarstone Launches Online Estimator/Project Management Tool: Caesarstone Connect

Posted on 29 September 2021 by cradmin

Caesarstone, a developer and manufacturer of engineered quartz surfaces, recently launched its new Caesarstone Connect™ platform. The company stated that this first-of-its-kind integrated online estimator and project management tool immediately delivers a detailed per square foot price quote (that includes material, fabrication and installation costs) and seamlessly connects projects to certified Caesarstone fabricators. The process can take just minutes and is available for any Caesarstone application including countertops, backsplashes, bathroom vanities and more, providing a consumer with transparent pricing within a detailed quote. It also empowers retailers and designers to provide customers with immediate, on-the-spot pricing for custom countertops.

According to the company Caesarstone Connect is a revolutionary way to help a consumer customize and purchase a fully installed Caesarstone surface, from inspiration to installation. Retailers simply input measurements and select from any of Caesarstone’s colors, edge details and other ancillary items to create a quote. Once the quote is accepted by the customer and converted to an order, it is sent directly to a certified Caesarstone fabrication partner who confirms measurements, fabricates and installs the Caesarstone surface.

The Caesarstone Connect online platform also manages the project from start to finish, so retailers can know the status of the project at any given point. Homeowners also receive frequent updates from the platform throughout the process. Workmanship is guaranteed via the Caesarstone certified fabricator network, and a dedicated team of specialists is always available to answer questions.

Caesarstone Connect has already launched in several U.S. market areas and is scheduled to be more widely available by fourth quarter 2021.

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Tile of Spain Debuts 2021 Quick Ship Collection

Posted on 27 September 2021 by cradmin4

Tile of Spain announced the 2021 update of the Tile of Spain USA Quick Ship Collection. The new catalog of Spanish tile includes more than 150 ceramic series from more than 40 Spanish companies.

The Quick Ship Collection is a reference guide that highlights a select group of ceramic products from Spanish manufacturers that are available for immediate purchase in the U.S. Established in 2013, the collection is updated annually and has become a resource for U.S. based architects, designers and trade professionals.

New Tile of Spain companies added to the Quick Ship Collection this year include: Arklam, Bellacasa, Dual Gres, Kedra, Porcelanite Dos and more. Products can be found by company name or product category through the Quick Ship Collection’s interactive catalog. Each entry includes the series name, a color image, a detailed description of each design, sizes available and the U.S. contact information for purchasing. 

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Antolini Opens MilanoDuomo Stoneroom

Posted on 24 September 2021 by cradmin4

In early September Antolini opened the doors of the first Antolini Stoneroom. This new hub is focused on the universe of natural stone and the world in which architects, designers and visitors are invited to discover natural stone in all its versions and applications. The hub boasts a unique location between Piazza Fontana and Via San Clemente, a historic crossroads in the center of Milan, where eight display windows are featured.

Architectural elements, layouts and displays reflect Antolini’s use of sustainable industrial processes, research and development of avant-garde technologies, including many patents.

The new Antolini MilanoDuomo Stoneroom allows customers to touch and experience weaves and textures. According to the company the showroom provides customers with an opportunity to see more than 1,300 Antolini natural works among marbles, crystals, quartzites and precioustone wrapped in plays of light and shadow, reflections and colors which create a multisensory experience. It also offers the option of taking samples home in order to make the perfect choice from the multitude of natural materials available. Antolini MilanoDuomo presents professionals and clients with more than 5,000 samples in exclusive formats.

The store provides the possibility of direct experience, in actual size, of slabs taken from large blocks of natural stone. From the original material, just as it is found in nature, to the design choices that best respond to the needs of clients, interior designers and architects. The facility offers personalized services for clients with 360° consulting.

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Four Companies Join Natural Stone Foundation Leadership Society

Posted on 23 September 2021 by cradmin4

Four companies have joined the Natural Stone Foundation Leadership Society, an honor given to those who have made sizeable contributions to the foundation. The companies join Gary Mullard, founder of Northern Stone Supply, who started the foundation’s fundraising efforts with a $100,000 Diamond Level contribution. Mullard was also the first individual to make a multi-year contribution and was celebrated during the Natural Stone Institute’s annual Board of Directors dinner at TISE.

As of September 10, 2021, the following companies had joined the Leadership Society:

Camarata Masonry Systems – “We are pleased to support the Natural Stone Foundation in order to provide perpetual financial support for the non-profit and its mission of promoting critical initiatives that increase natural stone’s market share, establish globally unified standards, educate design professionals on the use of natural stone and clarify the differences between natural stone and other competing products.”—Kevin M. Camarata, CEO, Camarata Masonry Systems

Dee Brown, Inc. – “By making this contribution, I am continuing to do what I said I would do: contribute my time, talent, and treasure to the industry that has put food on my table my entire life. I am indebted to it. I hope this helps get the Foundation off to a great start!” –Rob Barnes, President & CEO, Dee Brown, Inc.

MSI Charitable Trust – “MSI applauds the bold mission undertaken by the Natural Stone Institute to create a much needed global standard for natural stone. We are proud to support the Natural Stone Foundation and further the growth of the natural stone industry.”—Rupesh Shah, President, MSI

Triton Stone Group – “Triton Stone Group is proud to support the Natural Stone Foundation. They are doing excellent work with promoting natural stone and providing education and resources to all those in the natural stone industry. Natural stone is the backbone of Triton Stone, and we are fortunate to be able to give back to such an amazing organization that is supporting such a great industry.”—Katie Jensen, President, Triton Stone Group

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Natural Stone Institute Announces New Natural Stone Countertop CEU Course

Posted on 21 September 2021 by cradmin4

The Natural Stone Institute has announced that a new CEU course entitled Natural Stone Countertops: Considerations for Kitchen and Bath Applications is credit-approved and ready for presentation. Natural Stone Countertops offers an overview of several natural stone choices, with a focus on setting consumer expectations for their performance. Knowledge of fabrication, installation and proper stone care will provide all parties involved with an educated experience when selecting materials. The course also offers examples of natural stone in current and unique designs to help audiences feel confident that they can choose a stone to fit both functionality and personality.

Natural Stone Countertops expands on the content of the popular Marble Use in the Kitchen course, which will be available through 2021 but will “sunset” at the end of the year. While Marble Use in the Kitchen has offered invaluable educational opportunities for audiences over the years, survey results concluded that CEU attendees desired more information about additional natural stone possibilities for countertops.

Natural Stone Countertops was developed by volunteer members of the CEU Education Committee and is now available to certified Natural Stone Institute CEU speakers for download and presentation through the CEU Events dashboard. On demand, live in person, and live webinar credit has been approved for AIA, IDCEC, LACES, and NKBA. Anyone interested in learning more about the course is invited to attend a live presentation of the course on Wednesday, October 6 at 11:00am ET.

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NeoCon 2021 Requires COVID-19 Vaccination/Negative COVID-19 Test for Show Participants

Posted on 20 September 2021 by cradmin4

NeoCon 2021 is scheduled to take place October 4-6, 2021 at theMART in Chicago, Ill. This year’s NeoCon will center around the timely theme of “Design Anew” and provide the much anticipated opportunity for the commercial design community to gather together once again. The show will offer new product launches from 500 leading and emerging brands, as well as world class programming from industry leaders, and dynamic events and installations.

NeoCon 2021 has announced the decision to require proof of vaccinations or a negative COVID-19 test for all NeoCon 2021 participants in an effort to maintain a safe and healthy environment for attendees, exhibitors and staff.

All participants of the 2021 show in Chicago must provide proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event. Additionally, a COVID pre-screening must be completed in order to receive a NeoCon 2021 badge and access to NeoCon floors. theMART has partnered with Health Pass by CLEAR to facilitate COVID screenings.

Those that have registered and completed their COVID screening via Health Pass by CLEAR by September 7 will receive their NeoCon badges by mail. Registrants with COVID screening credentials following this date will need to pick up their badges onsite on the first floor of theMART.

For more information, visit NeoCon’s COVID Screening Page. Additional safety measures and protocols are also in place to address any necessary city, state, or CDC guidelines, including a mask mandate for public indoor settings in Chicago.

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MSI Marza Rust Subway Tile

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MSI Offers Marza Subway Tile Collection

Posted on 17 September 2021 by cradmin

Marza Subway Tiles from MSI feature a striking blend of tones that are a one-of-a-kind addition to any kitchen backsplash, shower surround, or accent wall. Marza ceramic tiles are available in four colors: Aqua, Cobalt, Pearl and Rust.

Earthy brown tones, blues and greens, creamy whites, gold, bronze, copper and grays with a glossy finish evoke a delicate or refined quality. According to the company these 4- by 12-in. tiles are scratch and stain resistant, as well as easy to clean and maintain. Marza is versatile, allowing for design flexibility and creative installations in any kitchen, shower, bath surround and many more wall applications.

You may also be interested in this article: Daltile Presents Pietra Divina Collection

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Princeton Chemical Holds Join.It Adhesive At Current Rates

Posted on 16 September 2021 by cradmin

While several adhesive suppliers announced multiple price increases over the course of the year, some totaling in excess of 11 percent, Princeton Chemical has refused to raise prices on its Join.It Surfacing Adhesive. Raw material costs have increased, but Princeton Chemical’s unique online ordering system and determination to maintain product in stock and ready to ship within 24 hours, allows the company to avoid passing on costs to users of Join.It Surfacing Adhesives.

“Now is not the time to increase pricing on fabricators, many of whom just came out of crisis mode because of the pandemic,” said Sales and Marketing Manager Kevin Cole. “Our easy-to-use online ordering system at www.PrincetonChemCo.com allows us to keep pricing extremely competitive. Additionally, we have a full inventory that generally ships in less than 24 hours and often with no shipping costs. Signing up on for an account on our website literally takes seconds, and full orders can be made easily in minutes. This streamlined process allows us to avoid increased customer costs, which is especially critical at this time in the industry’s recovery.”

According to the company Join.It is a methacrylate-based adhesive that produces strong, durable bonds for solid surfaces, quartz, granite and other natural stones, ceramic and sintered materials, and a wide range of other surfaces. Princeton Chemical manufactures Join.It in the United States for professional use in seaming countertops, backsplashes, wall panels, integral sinks and bowls, and other on-trend designs to satisfy today’s discriminating consumers.

You may also be interested in this article: National Building Granite Quarries Association Merges with the Natural Stone Institute

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Business Sense Sept. 21

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Business Sense: How to Start Streamlining Your Countertop Shop

Posted on 15 September 2021 by cradmin

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware

Many of you already know that a growing shop comes with a few growing pains. As more business comes in, your current process (and head) becomes strained. What once worked smoothly, starts to break down. Important details get missed, customers are upset, and the stress is at an all-time high.

This is where streamlining comes in. Taking those processes and creating a system that you can track and maintain is the most important task you can do for your business. Once you organize these, you’ll learn important insights into the way your shop is running. And, you’ll be able to tweak and refine the way you do things to save yourself time and money.

As some very wise fabricators like to say, “you should always be improving.” Refining your processes is a never ending task, but it’s guaranteed to make you and your team better and happier in the long run.

In this post, we’ll talk about some areas where you can start streamlining your countertop shop. Then, you can take your business to the next level and maybe take a well-deserved day off.

Estimating and Sales

It’s pretty common for this area to be the first to get organized in a growing countertop shop. It could be that too many jobs are coming in for one person to bid. Or, that the current estimating process simply takes too long. These situations are stressful and result in losing out on jobs.

The matter of time is an easy fix with technology. With estimating software, you can dramatically cut back on the time it takes to produce a quote while easily training new folks to quote accurately. 

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Porcelain Scratch Repair

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Porcelain Scratch Repair

Posted on 14 September 2021 by cradmin

Porcelain is a strong and scratch-resistant surface. But, it is possible for an object with equal or greater hardness to scratch it during use. Cookware and plates that drag on the countertop can scratch it. This video from Chemical Concepts demonstrates how to repair scratches in porcelain countertops using SurfaceRenu Scratch Repair System.

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