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ISFA Presents Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Symposium Prior to IWF

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ISFA Presents Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Symposium Prior to IWF

Posted on 09 May 2018 by cradmin

This year the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) will once again team up with IWF Atlanta to present The Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Symposium. The full day educational event will take place on August 21, the day before the opening of the show.

Geared toward business owners and key management, the symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and focus on countertop and surfacing needs within the woodworking industry. Speakers and topics of the event will each address a strategy for improving the bottom line.

Speakers include: John Broer, of In2Great, “Using the Predictive Index to Manage Labor Issues”; Jessica McNaughton, Of Caragreen, “Innovative & Sustainable Surfaces: What You Need to Know”; Mari Ivan & Brian Smith of L.E. Smith, “Outsourcing Countertop Fabrication: When to Keep It in House and When to Call an Expert”; Chris Pappenfort of Menders, “Commercial Solid Surface Fabrication: Challenges & Solutions”; and Piergiorgio Mazzetta of Laminam, “Surfaces Translated.”

Registration cost for the symposium includes coffee and pastries, lunch and a full pass to the IWF exhibit hall for the show.

Following the symposium, attendees and any interested fabricators are invited to attend a Pre-IWF ISFA networking event hosted by Cosentino. Those interested in attending the networking event will gather near the Atlanta Congress Center where Cosentino will provide transportation to its Atlanta Cosentino Center. Along with a tour of the facility, cocktails and appetizers will be provided. There is no cost to attend the networking event.

For more information about the symposium visit www.iwfatlanta.com/Education/CTP.

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Countertop Industry Forecast Predicts Good Year for Fabricators

Posted on 22 March 2013 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA), which is basically the countertop association, just released its latest issue of Countertops & Architectural Surfaces magazine and it contained a great forecast for the countertop industry for 2013. The forecast, which as far as we know is the only one of its kind published for the countertops industry, takes an in-depth look at what this year, and years beyond, will look like.

The article not only provides a generally summary for the basic economic outlook for the United States, but also digs deep into areas specifically affecting the countertop industry, such as the housing market, both the residential and nonresidential builder markets, home improvement and remodeling and cabinetry. The author provides a lot of good statistical information from a number of resources to back up the forecast, which provides a relatively good outlook for the industry, including specific numbers for the countertop industry itself (provided by The Freedonia Group).

To sum it up, the article points out that the general economy is still a bit sluggish, but when you look at the specific industries that affect the countertop market, the numbers are definitely looking good.

All in all, this great countertop industry resource  (beginning on Page 24 of the magazine) is a must-read for anyone whose business is tied in with the countertop industry. Kudos to ISFA for providing such a report.

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