Breton Quartz Surfacing Manufacturing Process

Here is an insightful video shared by Marvel Stone in Australia showing the Breton method for manufacturing quartz surfacing (also known as engineered stone). The finished slabs are becoming more and more popular (and trendy) for countertop fabrication. Quartz surfacing is one of the most quickly growing countertop materials in … Read more

Caesarstone to Build U.S. Quartz Surfacing Plant

Caesarstone has announced that it will be opening a U.S. quartz surfacing production facility in 2014. Althought a location has not been named, the $75 million facility will eventually have two production lines for Caesarstone products, according to the company. The U.S. facility will expand the company’s production by 50 percent. The … Read more

NRF Assists With Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

The National Remodeling Foundation (NRF) has established a starter fund to rebuild homes along the East Coast devastated by Hurricane Sandy and is currently accepting donations of   money and building materials to assist in the relief effort. Individuals and organizations are already contributing to the relief fund, including Masonite Doors, … Read more

ISFA Names Chuck Sawyer As Executive Director

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) has named industry veteran Chuck Sawyer to the position of Executive Director of the industry trade association for the surfacing industry. Chuck has been part of the surfacing industry since 1974, originally owning fabrication shops in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. One of the first DuPont … Read more

NSF Seeking Volunteers for Sustainable Countertop Committee

The National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS), a part of NSF International (formerly the National Sanitation Foundation) is beginning development of a Product Category Rule (PCR) for residential countertops in accordance with ISO 14025. The rule will cover natural stone, solid surface, engineered stone, high pressure laminate and recycled materials. … Read more

Formica Begins Selling Solid Surface Direct To Fabricators

Beginning Nov. 1, Formica Corporation started selling its solid surface material directly to fabricators in select areas. According to a release by the company, fabricators in Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia and Kentucky, as well as to partners in parts of Pennsylvania and Illinois were among those included in this direct distribution program. Dubbed … Read more

EPA Supports Claims Cupron-enhanced Eos Solid Surface Kills Bacteria

Eos Surfaces Cupron-enhanced solid surface product has been confirmed by the EPA to kill 99.9 percent of bacteria, according to a joint release by Eos and Cupron. Cupron Enhanced EOS solid surface has received the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval to make a Public Health Claim that the copper-enhanced material … Read more

How Stainless Steel Countertops are Fabricated

This video, by Tigpro, is a bit promotional, but it shows the process of creating a stainless steel countertop, which I’ve never seen before. It goes through the selection of material, cutting (shears), bending (press brake), welding of integral stainless steel sink (TIG welding), creation of the wooden substrate (very … Read more

University of San Francisco Case Study: A look at the usage of the Avonite Wet Wall System

In fall of 2011, first-year students selected to live in Phelan Residence Hall were welcomed by a long-awaited change. As the oldest operating hall on campus since 1955, it’s one of the most popular for young student placement, but was also one of the most unlivable. The most anticipated renovation … Read more

Large Granite Repair

This video shows how one company, Rembrandt Countertops, repairs a granite slab. It actually looks like they are joining two pieces of similar granite, but they call it a repair, so it is probably safe to assume this is their repair technique. One thing of note is that this is a black … Read more