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IWF Atlanta: Events for the Countertop Industry

Posted on 08 July 2016 by CRadmin2

IWFLogoThe 2016 International Woodworking Fair (IWF) is scheduled to run August 24 through August 27 at the Georgia Congress Center in Atlanta, and several educational opportunities have been made available for those in the countertop industry.

The IWF 2016 Education Conference covers a wide range of topics in six all-day symposiums, and this year, one of these six is specifically for those who are interested in the latest offerings from the countertop industry.

Exploring Countertop Options

The IWF Atlanta Symposium Exploring Countertop Options is scheduled the day before the actual Fair begins from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 23. The all-day event is presented by the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) and has been designed to provide valuable information for established countertop professionals and anyone who wants to explore today’s countertop products and the decorative surfacing industry.

Speakers at this event are as follows:

  • Keith Haight – Former executive director of ISFA and current industry consultant
  • Kevin Cole – Communications director of ISFA
  • Dave Paxton – Owner of Paxton Countertops & Showers
  • Russ Berry – President of A.S.S.T. Beyond Surface Level Solutions
  • Mike Langenderfer – Executive director of ISFA and owner of The Countertop Shop

Topics at the symposium include the following:

  • Cutting Edge Materials: New Applications
  • Solid Surface Casework: Why It Makes Sense
  • Time to Lean, Time to Clean: Getting the Shop in Order
  • Countertop Trends, Margins, Pricing and Consumer Preferences: A Forecast of What’s to Come
  • Putting It All Together: Panel Discussion

This year, anyone who purchases a pass to any all-day symposium at IWF will receive free registration and admission to the show floor plus a continental breakfast and lunch.

Leapfrog From Laminate to High End Concrete

A large part of IWF Atlanta is the 2016 Education Conference, which is designed to help companies improve efficiency and products, expand to new markets and increase profits. This year, in the track for New Business Sectors, the seminar Leapfrog from Laminate to High End Concrete will be held on Thursday, August 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This educational presentation is presented by the Jeff Girard, president of The Concrete Countertop Institute, and it will discuss how companies may break out of the limitations of laminate countertop fabrication. Most laminate fabricators and woodworkers already have all the equipment necessary to fabricate concrete, so it may be of great benefit to take advantage of this growing market.

Before August 1, this education session will cost $55, and after August 1, the price is $65.

For further information, visit the IWF Atlanta website or send an email to [email protected].

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Ambient Glow Technology Offers Glowing Aggregates for Concrete Countertops

Posted on 09 April 2014 by cradmin

ambiant glow techAmbient Glow Technology, owned and operated by the Universal One Corporation, offers a variety of professional-grade aggregates for use in concrete countertops and other concrete applications that glow in the dark. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications, the AGT aggregates absorb and store light and then release it in the dark. The patented photoluminescent pigments used in the aggregates are fully charged in 10 to 20 minutes and glow for 12 hours, according to the company.

The aggregates come in three colors: Sky Blue (pictured here), Aqua Blue and Emerald Yellow. They are available in multiple sizes, ranging from 1/8- to 3/4-in., as well as in fine sand and river stone versions.

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Vetrazzo Launches 4 New Colors Containing Oyster Shells

Posted on 19 March 2014 by cradmin

vetrazzo Emerald CoastVetrazzo introduced four new colors in its Coastal Collection that contain oyster shells and Georgia White Marble in addition to recycled glass in a white/gray cementitious matrix. The new colors are as follows: Emerald Coast (pictured here), which also contains  blue-green glass particulates; Bretagne Blue, which also has various shades of blue architectural float glass; Amethystos, which includes light violet glass particulate; and Umbo White, which has clear and some multi-colored recycled glass particles. Slabs of the material come in a thickness of 3cm.

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Concrete Countertop Training

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Concrete Countertop Training

Posted on 29 May 2013 by CRadmin2

A series of videos produced and released by Trinic LLC sheds light on some of the mystery surrounding the fabrication of concrete and GFRC countertops. Trinic is a respected concrete specialty company in Windsor, N.Y., co-owned by Bob Chatterton and Mark Celebuski.

Celebuski holds free concrete training sessions for Trinic’s customers. The sessions are videotaped as they are conducted and uploaded to the company’s YouTube page where they can be accessed by anyone interested. Celebuski states that his goal in holding his classes and producing his videos is “to make the physical process as pain free and easy as possible and let artists be artists.”

The following video is part one of the Concrete Countertop Class Lecture, and it provides an overview on the process of mixing concrete for countertop fabrication. Other videos in the series are on wet casting, GFRC, fiber optics, fabric forming and sealers.

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Polycor Offers New KarmaStone

Posted on 26 February 2013 by cradmin

Basalt Black KarmaStone concrete countertop slabs from Polycor

Polycor introduced its new KarmaStone surfacing material collection. The product is a line of concrete slabs made with recycled natural stone to the tune of 70 percent of its content. It comes in three colors: Basaltic Black (pictured here); Soho Grey; and Dove White. All colors are available in 9-ft. by 5-ft. slabs, 3-cm-thick, and in a honed or antique finish. The company also supplies a topical sealer that cures in 48 hours and can be used to customize the color of the slabs.

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Vetrazzo Introduces 3 New Colors

Posted on 21 February 2013 by cradmin

Cement Surfacing Material Vetrazzo in Amethystos color

Vetrazzo introduced three new colors of its concrete-based, recycled-particulate surfacing material. The colors are: Umbo White, which mixes particulate from soda and beer bottles with oyster shells, pieces of jars and crushed marble; Bretagne Blue, which is an azure-tinted color that includes pies of oyster shells, crushed marble and architectural float glass; and Amethystos (pictured here), a white-gray colored material, which contains oyster shells, crushed marble and cranberry glass. The slabs are 9 ft. by 5 ft. and 3-cm-thick.

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Tips for Spraying GFRC Face Coat on Concrete Countertops

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Tips for Spraying GFRC Face Coat on Concrete Countertops

Posted on 29 January 2013 by cradmin

Here is a video we came across with some good tips for spraying a glass-fiber reinforced concrete face coat on concrete countertops. Unfortunately the author, “nvconcretedesignnsd,” doesn’t give us much information about himself, but he does offer some good insight into the process. Those working with GFRC in countertop applications may want to give this one a look:

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ISFA, IWF Announce Expanded Countertops Partnership

Posted on 21 January 2013 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) and the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) announced the formation of a partnership geared toward increasing the focus on the countertop industry for the 2014 IWF show. The partnership includes an agreement in which ISFA will work with IWF to develop a full countertop educational track for the show and a “Countertop Pavilion” which will be co-sponsored by ISFA.

The educational track will include six educational sessions geared toward the countertop industry, as well as continuing the full day Countertop Symposium that ISFA has put on for the past two IWF expos.

“With so many laminate and solid surface fabricators already attending the International Woodworking Fair it makes sense to expand upon that and open the show up to fabricators of all countertop materials,” said Rick Hannigan IWF 2014 Chairman. “The new educational track will include sessions geared toward laminate, solid surface, quartz surfacing, natural stone, concrete and other countertop materials.”

The new Countertop Pavilion is designed to bring new suppliers of materials, tooling, machinery, equipment and other products and services together in one area of the show for the convenience of those in the countertop industry. As part of the new focus, ISFA Associate Members who have not previously exhibited at the show will be afforded an exhibitor discount if they exhibit in the pavilion and all ISFA members will get discount admission to the show.

Additionally, ISFA will have its 2014 Annual Member Meeting at IWF and will also host a networking event for those in the surfacing industry.

“We have worked closely with IWF for the past two shows and expanding upon our established relationship will provide additional benefits for our membership and for the entire surfacing industry,” said Mike Langenderfer, ISFA President. “Educational and networking events are a big part of what ISFA offers, and solidifying IWF as an outlet for increasing those programs is another opportunity to bring together the industry and improve the quality of the products fabricators offer.”

IWF 2014 will be held August 20 to 23, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

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Surfaces and Sustainability in the Home

Posted on 29 November 2012 by CRadmin2


More and more people are choosing to go green and live as sustainable a life as possible, and one primary way to achieve this is to invest in a sustainable home. Maintaining a home includes many interconnected facets. How food and water is brought into the home can affect how sustainable it is. The transportation used to arrive and depart a home is also a factor. Energy and waste disposal are even more essential elements to sustainability, and a critical element includes all of the materials that make up the home, including kitchen countertops and bathroom surfaces.

Sustainable Materials

A sustainable home must be built with sustainable materials. These materials have a lowor zero impact on the environment and are either renewable or made from recycled products. In addition, any coating or finishing on the materials must be organic, or at a minimum, water-based.

When it comes to the frame and walls of a home, sustainable materials include adobe, bamboo, rammed earth, straw bales and reclaimed brick, stone or metal. However, most of these materials do not make for decent countertops.

Some of the common sustainable materials used for kitchen countertops are as follows:

  • Recycled glass based materials – This is one of the most common materials used for green countertops. The recycled glass is mixed with concrete, resin or other solid surface materials, and it can comprise anywhere from 5 percent to 50 percent of the total mass of the countertop as a whole. It may also be mixed with other sustainable materials such as fly ash, which is a byproduct of coal fuel.
  • Recycled paper – Recycled paper has become increasingly popular in recent years. The paper is mixed with a resin base and fabricated into slabs ranging from 0.25 to 2.0 inches in thickness. The resin base from at least one manufacturer is made from cashew shells. Although made of paper, these countertops are surprisingly heat and stain resistant.
  • End-grain bamboo – These chopping block type countertops are a type of plywood made from thin, rectangular pieces of bamboo. Bamboo is considered one of the best substitutes for wood because it grows much faster than trees. It is also relatively inexpensive and easy to handle.

The NSF is currently working on guidelines for a Product Category Rule (PCR) for sustainable residential countertops.

More Than Material

As a fabricator, you may think you are covered by simply offering one of the above materials to your eco-conscious clients. However, there is more to sustainability than the types of materials used. For some of your customers, the background of the materials and the facilities where they are fabricated are vitally important.

Many people seeking to build a sustainable home or make their current home eco-friendly will only use locally sourced materials. The transportation of materials from distant corners of the country or from other countries creates a large carbon footprint, and it is even larger for materials that are sourced from one location and manufactured in another before entering into the consumer market.

Another factor that may concern some customers is the sustainability of the fabricator. If you carry sustainable products but your building and processes are not green or LEED certified, then you may miss out on some sizable sales.

Ultimately, if you want a piece of the growning “green” market, you have to cater to that market on some level, and many of those that do, have found it to be well worth the effort.

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Buddy Rhodes, Delta Performance Products Team Up

Posted on 27 November 2012 by cradmin

Buddy Rhodes Concrete Products and Delta Performance Products LLC announced the finalization of a partnership agreement. Under the terms of the agreement Delta Performance Products will assume all logistical aspects of distribution while Buddy and team will continue to develop the product line and the delivery of Information for product users.

“I am very excited by the opportunity to utilize the Blueconcrete technology and advanced products that have been developed by the Delta Performance team” said Buddy Rhodes. “Our customers are really going to be the big winners as a result of this partnership.”

Shawn Hays, President of Delta Performance added “There is a great synergy between our Blueconcrete technologies and Buddy,” added Shawn Hayes, president of Delta Performance. “Buddy Rhodes has developed a great brand and reputation for quality products. We look forward to working with Buddy to grow and expand the product offering.”

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