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Coldspring Receives Recognition of Excellence Award

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Coldspring Receives Recognition of Excellence Award

Posted on 20 November 2019 by cradmin

Coldspring Egineering Group

Coldspring®, a quarrier and fabricator of natural stone and bronze manufacturing in North America, was recognized by Xcel Energy for its outstanding achievements in energy efficiency. Xcel Energy presented the “Recognition of Excellence Award” to Coldspring at the utility’s annual Energy Solutions Expo at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

The Recognition of Excellence awards honor Xcel Energy’s Minnesota business customers that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to energy efficiency. Six organizations received awards for their efforts completed in 2018 and 2019 using Xcel Energy’s portfolio of energy solutions, long-term strategies and leadership.

“Coldspring was founded in 1898 with a commitment to good stewardship in every aspect of our operations,” says Ray Jaeger, Engineering and Environmental Manager. “Today, we continue this mission by taking our commitment to the environment very seriously at every location. Coldspring has made significant advancements in energy reduction in recent years, and we’re honored to receive recognition from Xcel Energy for our efforts.”

In 2008, Coldspring implemented a long-term plan to reduce energy usage by 2 percent every year and to date their annual average energy reduction has exceeded that goal with an anticipated 10 percent reduction for 2019. These achievements are a result of the completion of a wide variety of innovative projects including wide-scale custom equipment upgrades and energy-efficient LED lighting.

In addition to implementing custom equipment and lighting, Coldspring has added new processes to save energy, including renewable wind through Xcel’s WIndsource program. In August 2019, Coldspring installed more than 3,000 solar electric panels at its Minnesota headquarters. The 1-megawatt ground array system covers approximately 5 acres and – along with renewable wind energy – is helping Coldspring achieve an estimated reduction in energy consumption of 12 percent each year.

“Coldspring has a history of demonstrating leadership for the environment not only in the state of Minnesota but also within the natural stone industry,” says Kathy Spanier, Director of Marketing at Coldspring. “In 2006, we began working within the stone industry to form a sustainability committee which would later implement the industry’s first third-party-verified standard to recognize the sustainable production of natural stone, ANSI/NSC 373. Reducing energy consumption has played an important role in Coldspring’s ability to achieve ANSI/NSC 373 certifications at various locations.”

You may also be interested in this article about BLANCO’s Product Innovation Award.

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Daniel Louis Receives NKBA Hall of Fame Award

Posted on 15 January 2018 by cradmin

Laser Products Industries (LPI) announced that the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) has named Daniel Louis as its 2017 inductee into the NKBA Industry Hall of Fame, which honors individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the industry.

Louis, owner and CEO of Laser Product Industries, is an inventor and businessman who has developed the LT2D3D laser measuring systems that makes it fast, easy and affordable for any size manufacturer of kitchen cabinets and countertops to fabricate high-quality products. Louis joins more than 80 kitchen and bath industry professionals in the prestigious NKBA Hall of Fame.

You may also be interested in this article ATI Announces Winners of “The Winning Formula” Contest.

 

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Andrew Swinley Named 2016 Craftsman of the Year

Posted on 09 May 2017 by cradmin

Andrew Swinley, carving foreman at Red Leaf Stone in Abbottsford, British Columbia, has been named 2016 Craftsman of the Year. This award was presented to Swinley at the MIA+BSI Awards Luncheon at TISE 2017.

Andrew Swinley (left), with 2016 MIA President David Castellucci and 2016 BSI President Aaron Hicken.

Andrew Swinley (left), with 2016 MIA President David Castellucci and 2016 BSI President Aaron Hicken.

Swinley began his career at the age of twenty as an apprentice stone mason, where he focused almost entirely on restoration. He then pursued a degree in Figurative Sculpture from the City and Guilds Art School in London. After twenty years as a self-employed stone carver, Swinley accepted a position at Architectural Stonemasonry, a division of Red Leaf Stone.

Swinley is grateful for this award and the opportunities it will bring.

You may also be interested in this article ISFA Announces Annual Award Winners.

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Houzer Names RJS Associates 2016 Rep of the Year

Posted on 10 March 2017 by cradmin

Robert Sapienza and RJS Associates

Robert Sapienza of RJS Associates

In appreciation of outstanding sales achievement, performance and growth, Houzer recognized Robert Sapienza and RJS Associates as the 2016 Houzer Rep of the Year. Robert’s skills, work ethic and professional virtues are responsible for a two-fold increase in sales for each year since taking on representation of Houzer in Illinois and Indiana. 

For more than three decades, HOUZER has manufactured brand name sinks in a selection of styles, colors, sizes, and textures in five materials: stainless steel, granite, copper, fireclay and porcelain enameled steel.  

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Cosentino Receives 2016 Home Depot Supplier of the Year Award

Posted on 16 January 2017 by cradmin

cosentino Cosentino Group, a  producer and distributor of natural stone, quartz, recycled and architectural surfaces, was honored with the 2016 Home Depot Supplier of the Year Award during the retailer’s annual supplier conference at its headquarters in Atlanta. Suppliers that have gone above and beyond in their collaboration with The Home Depot were recognized. Cosentino was acknowledged for its continued commitment to product innovation, speed to market and collaborative spirit with The Home Depot’s business model in North America.

“This award is the merit recognition of a collaboration from multiple divisions across Cosentino, including product innovation and design, manufacturing, logistics, account management, sales and marketing,” says Lorenzo Marquez, VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. “Building our relationship with The Home Depot has been a key component in expanding Cosentino’s presence in North America and we look forward to further success for both brands as our partnership continues and grows.”

You may also be interested in this article about ISFA’s annual award winners.

 

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Interior Design Magazine Honors BLANCO

Posted on 13 January 2017 by cradmin

BLANCO Interior Design AwardBLANCO, the German manufacturer of sinks and faucets, announced the BLANCO IKON® Apron Front Single Bowl Sink and the BLANCO ARTONA® faucet as honorees in the Kitchen Fixtures and Kitchen Fittings categories at the 2016 Interior Design’s Best of Year (BoY) Awards.

The BoY Awards, hosted by Interior Design Magazine is one of the year’s most prestigious awards in design for architects, designers and manufacturers. Now in its eleventh year, the 2016 BoY Awards received over 80,000 votes for 2,000 of the year’s most renowned products. A full list of winners and honorees can be found in the December issue of Interior Design or by visiting interiordesign.net.

BLANCO IKON is the first Apron Front sink of its kind. Made of BLANCO’s patented SILGRANIT® material, the company states that IKON is the perfect combination of design, function and durability.

The BLANCO ARTONA® faucet with pull-down spray is offered in a variety of dual finishes to coordinate with BLANCO’s SILGRANIT colors.

You may also be interested in this article about the award and scholarship from MIA+BSI Women in Stone.

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MIA+BSI Women in Stone Introduces Award and Scholarship

Posted on 20 July 2016 by cradmin

MIA+BSI Women In StoneWomen in Stone introduced two new opportunities to promote the program’s efforts to support women in the stone industry, the Women in Stone Pioneer Award and the Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship.

The Women in Stone Pioneer Award will recognize an advocate within the stone industry for their role in recruiting, retaining and advancing women. The winner’s performance in promoting women should be exemplary, honorable and inspirational. “The Pioneer Award recognizes an individual who has ventured into the unknown to educate and empower women in our industry,” commented Women in Stone co-chair Allyson Humphries of M S International. Co-chair Kim Dumais of Miller Druck Specialty Contracting agrees, stating, “There are many individuals within our industry who go above and beyond to educate and elevate women. This award has been established to acknowledge those individuals and recognize them publicly for their efforts.”

The Women in Stone Empowerment Scholarship will provide an MIA+BSI member with an all-expense paid trip to a 2017 industry event (TISE, Coverings, or an MIA+BSI study tour). The winner will also be able to shadow industry professionals during the event, in order to gain a better understanding of different sectors of the industry. Applicants should be a first-time attendee of the chosen event, and should have between 2-5 years of stone industry experience. Dumais remarked, “The Empowerment Scholarship is designed to provide an opportunity that otherwise may not be accessible to women in the industry. The scholarship offers a unique opportunity to be personally guided, mentored, and exposed to all aspects of our industry.” According to Humphries, “The scholarship is the perfect vehicle for the woman who needs a kick-start to her career and wants to learn more about our industry.”

Nominations for the Pioneer Award and applications for the Empowerment Scholarship must be received by Friday, September 9, 2016. Forms are available at www.naturalstoneinstitute.org/womeninstone.

You may also be interested in the next MIA Stone Summit and other events listed on our calendar.

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MIA+BSI Announces Pinnacle Award Winners

Posted on 23 March 2016 by cradmin

MIA Pinnacle Award Winners

Jonathan Zanger (center) receives the Grande Pinnacle from GianPaola Pedretti (Veronafiere) and 2015 MIA President Dan Rea

The MIA+BSI recently announced its annual Pinnacle Awards. Taking the Grand Pinnacle Award was Walker Zanger of Perth Amboy, N.J., for its outstanding work on the Park Hyatt New York. Also honored at the event for their involvement in this project was the architectural firm Yabu Pushelberg.

The other Pinnacle Award winners are as follows.

Awards of Excellence

Residential Interior/Exterior
Walker Zanger
Perth Amboy, N.J.
Massachusetts Residence
Boston

Residential Interior/Exterior
United Marble Fabricators, Inc.
Watertown, Mass.
“Bar with a View”
Boston

Renovation/Restoration
Walker Zanger
Perth Amboy, N.J.
Fashion Tower New York
New York

Bath of the Year
Walker Zanger
Sun Valley, Calif.
2014 Pasadena Showcase House
Pasadena, Calif.

Kitchen of the Year
Tithof Tile & Marble
Northbrook, Ill.
Private Residence
Lake Forest, Ill.

Awards of Merit

Commercial Exterior
Dee Brown, Inc.
Garland, Texas
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston

Commercial Exterior
Dee Brown, Inc.
Garland, Texas
Tarrant County Civil Courthouse
Fort Worth, Texas

Commercial Exterior
Las Vegas Rock, Inc.
Jean, Nev.
Mitchell Park Library
Palo Alto, Calif.

Commercial Exterior
Eclad Limited
Dublin, Ireland
Eaton House
Dublin

Commercial Exterior
PICCO Engineering
Concord, Ontario, Canada
United Nations Memorial, Ark of Return
New York

Commercial Interior
PICCO Engineering
Concord, Ontario, Canada
Canadian Museum of Human Rights
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Commercial Interior
Marmi Natural Stone
Norcross, Ga.
Alston & Bird Atlanta
Atlanta

Commercial Interior
Kenneth Castellucci & Associates, Inc.
Lincoln, R.I.
The New York Palace Hotel
New York

Commercial Interior
Grassi Pietre Srl
Nanto, VI, Italy
Zýmē Winery
Cariano, Italy

Renovation/Restoration
Rugo Stone, LLC
Lorton, Va.
Cosmos Club Historic Fireplace Renovation
Washington, D.C.

Renovation/Restoration
W.R. Weis Company, Inc.
Chicago
John Hancock Lobby Renovation
Chicago

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Wilsonart Receives NKBA President’s Award

Posted on 01 March 2016 by cradmin

2016-02-WilsonartWilsonart recently received the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) President’s Award at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS). Maria Stapperfenne, 2015 NKBA President, presented Wilsonart CEO Tim O’Brien with the award during the event’s State of the Industry Address.
“Wilsonart has been a fantastic industry partner and NKBA supporter,” said Stapperfenne. “Their continued commitment to kitchen and bath professionals on both local and national levels is unparalleled.”
For the past four years, Wilsonart has supported NKBA’s “30 Under 30” program. The program was designed to acknowledge outstanding young professionals, while introducing new opportunities for growth and development in support of the industry. “The ’30 Under 30′ program is something we’ve been thrilled to support as part of our overall commitment to the next generation of architecture and design professionals,” said O’Brien. “We’re honored by this recognition, and look forward to our continued partnership with the NKBA.”

You may also be interested in this article on Park Industries’ Founder Receiving the MIA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Formica Group Wins ‘Best of Houzz’ Award

Posted on 02 June 2015 by cradmin

Formica Group recently won a ‘Best of Houzz’ award in the Design category. Houzz is an online platform for home remodeling and design with a community of more than 25 million monthly users. The awards were selected via more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, and are given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Formica received the ‘Design’ award for its portfolio of product photography, which includes some of the most popular images on the website.

You may also be interested in this article on the recent TISE/StonExpo award winners.

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