Does ‘Natural’ Really Matter?

In the not-too-distant past, I heard a presenter question whether it is really accurate to use the term “natural stone” anymore. He pointed out that a huge number of stone slabs coming into the United States are altered in one way or another – via resination or by the use … Read more

Cambria Expands Production Plant

Cambria, American producer of quartz surfacing, is expanding its Le Sueur, Minn., production plant. The expansion will more than double the size and production capacity of Cambria and accommodate worldwide demand for its designs. When complete in the spring of 2013, the expanded plant will total 750,000 sq. ft. and … Read more

Duties Potentially Levied Against Chinese ‘Drawn’ Stainless Steel Sinks

The U.S. Commerce Department issued a second preliminary anti-dumping decision in late 2012 in response to Chinese stainless steel drawn sinks. The determination was that Chinese manufacturers sold drawn stainless steel sinks in the United States at prices significantly below fair value, in violation of U.S.law and international trade rules. … Read more

Vance Industries Offers Flush-mounting Sink Kit for Laminate

Vance Industries introduced a patent-pending sink¬†installation kit designed to simplify the flush-mounting of sinks (of all manufacturers) into laminate countertops. The adjustable hardware allows for fast and accurate leveling of the sink. Using this system, there is no need to cut and glue strips of particle board to secure the … Read more

Caesarstone Goes Public

Caesarstone Ltd., makers of Caesarstone Quartz Surfacing, began trading on the NASDAQ market March 22, with initial action sticking close to the $11 initial public offering (IPO) price. After 2 months, the stock, trading under the ticker symbol of CSTE has fluctuated between $10.70, at its early low point, to … Read more

MIA Elects Officers, Directors

Michael Twiss, CEO Columbia Stone and Natural Stone Designs, in Tualatin, Ore., was elected president of the Marble Institute of America (MIA). Jonathan Zanger of Walker Zanger in Perth Amboy, N.J., was selected as vice president; Tony Malisani of Malisani Inc. in Great Falls, Mont., as secretary; and Dan Rea … Read more