NKBA Releases Q3 2022 Kitchen & Bath Market Index

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has released its Kitchen & Bath Market Index (KBMI) for Q3 2022. The overall market index of 63.2 is the lowest it has been since Q3 2020 and the future conditions rating of 55.4 is at its lowest level since Q1 2020. Both are … Read more

Business Sense: The Perfect Way to Use Software in a Countertop Shop

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware Okay, I’m sorry for the clickbait title. That was rude of me because the answer is – there isn’t one perfect way to use software in any business. For over 20 years, we’ve worked alongside fabricators running businesses of all shapes and sizes. If there’s one thing … Read more

Natural Stone Institute Completes 45th Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

The Natural Stone Institute has provided natural stone and fabrication services for its 45th 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 … Read more

Business Sense: Anyone Can Grow Their Career at a Countertop Shop

You, my friend, are full of potential. There are many inspiring industry stories of folks starting in one role and evolving into another role that helps them reach their goals, whatever that may be. All you need is a foot in the door and the right mindset. Let’s discuss some … Read more

Business Sense: Make Inflation Hurt a Little Less

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water and stubbed your big toe on the nearest table? Well, inflation is kinda like that. Except instead of hurting your toe, it hurts your bottom line. It also hurts … Read more

SURFACES Announces Celebrity Showhome Tours

SURFACES from The International Surface Event (TISE) announced celebrity showhome tours, September 24 and 25 in Malibu Hills, Calif. After 18 months of construction, it is time to step inside the one-of-a-kind SURFACES Calibu Vineyard Celebrity Showhome and experience incredible architecture, products, and design first-hand. This 7,300 square foot Malibu … Read more

Business Sense: Tips to Reduce Reworks for Countertop Fabricators

“Oops…” Those are words you never want to hear when you are getting a haircut or during a countertop job. Every time this phrase is uttered, it usually means it’s going to cost some money to fix it. And there’s nothing worse than having to use more time and resources to … Read more

ISFA Announces 2022 Conference Agenda

International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) invites fabricators and other professionals within the decorative surface industry to explore new “Waves of Innovation” at the ISFA’s 2022 Annual Conference, which will be held October 17-19 in Clearwater, Florida. Attendees will enjoy three days of educational sessions, business development workshops, new product presentations, … Read more

Participate in Safe + Sound Week 2022: August 15-21, 2022

Led by OSHA, Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe. Why Participate?Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before … Read more

Business Sense: Best Hiring Practices for Your Countertop Fabrication Business

By Katherine Gifford of Moraware For years, hiring has always been a huge challenge for the stone industry. Shops are busier than ever, and the labor pool is smaller than ever. We can’t fix that, unfortunately. But, we can try to help by sharing some best practices when it comes to hiring … Read more

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