Natural Stone Institute Announces 2022 Stone of the Year

The Natural Stone Institute has announced its 2022 Stone of the Year: Olympian White Danby marble by Vermont Quarries. Vermont Quarries has sponsored the 2022 Natural Stone Institute Stone of the Year. Olympian White Danby marble will be featured on 2022 member certificates, membership code of ethics and association marketing … Read more

Health & Safety Watch: OSHA Withdraws Temporary Vaccine Rule; Permanent Mandate In the Works

The U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn its emergency temporary standard requiring COVID-19 vaccination or testing for workers at large employers. However, OSHA will continue to pursue a permanent standard to that effect, according to a Federal Register notice issued January 26, 2022. On November 5, 2021, OSHA adopted an emergency … Read more

Coverings Announces Special Programs & Activations for 2022

Coverings (, the largest international tile and stone exhibition and conference in North America, has announced a comprehensive roster of both popular and new activations for Coverings 2022, which will take place April 5-8, 2022, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Coverings 2022 will feature four … Read more

Artistic Tile Adds Velluto Onyx Polished Stone to Collection

Artistic Tile has added a new design to its exclusive collection. Velluto Onyx is a ¾-in. slab of polished stone that is named for and evokes thoughts of the finest of silk velvets. With a curving, riverine flow of veins that range from pale alabaster to ivory, platinum and absinthe, … Read more

Wilsonart Unveils Top Trends for Kitchen Surfaces

After a year full of unpredictability, many gained a newfound appreciation for our kitchens and the many purposes they serve. The heart of the home is getting the attention it deserves as homeowners realize the importance of having a multi-faceted kitchen and are ready to invest in new solutions for … Read more

UGM Surfaces Partners With Lapitec as Midwest Distributer of Sintered Stone

UGM Surfaces announced the introduction of Sintered Stone into their portfolio of silica-free products via a new partnership with Lapitec. Lapitec’s activities in the United States have become increasingly significant and frequent, bearing testimony to the company’s interest in the US market. As part of this policy of internationalization and … Read more

Natural Stone Institute Announces Scholarship Recipients

The Natural Stone Institute has announced the recipients of the 2021 Natural Stone Scholarship and Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship. Recipients will be celebrated during the association’s awards ceremony at StonExpo/Marmomac at TISE in Las Vegas this February. Noe Cortez, Customer Solutions Manager for Quality Marble & Granite in Ontario, … Read more

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

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.  … Read more

Antolini Presents New Exclusive Stone: Cristallo Roots

Antolini has introduced its newest member of the Exclusive Collection, Cristallo Roots. The comfortable and grounding hues of this natural quartz intertwine with veins which connect across the surface like the very namesake of this stone: the roots beneath the earth. Through colors, patterns, and design, this stone brings forth … Read more

Water Treatment Solutions Case Study: Hard Rock Stone Works

Water Treatment Solutions presents this video case study of the installation for Michigan-based fabricator Hard Rock Stone Works. Robert Finn, V.P. of Operations, describes the issues the company was experiencing with water filtration and the seamless installation of new water treatment systems. Finn also discusses the customer service they received, … Read more