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Preview of ASST Virtual Shop Tour Taking Place Jan. 13

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Preview of ASST Virtual Shop Tour Taking Place Jan. 13

Posted on 30 December 2020 by cradmin

In response to the inability to safely travel and hold in-person meetings, ISFA has been having monthly virtual shop tours, and recently announced it will feature world-class fabricator ASST at 1pm EST on January 13, 2021.

ISFA released a teaser video showing the high-end work performed by ASST, based in Pa., which is well worth a watch.

For more information, visit the ISFA website, where additional details and a link to participate in the event are available.

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International Surface Fabricators Association Announces New Board of Directors

Posted on 18 December 2020 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the results of its election for the association’s 2021 Board of Directors.

Fabricator Member Directors are chosen by association members for a term of three years, with the option to renew for a second consecutive three-year term.

Associate Member Directors are elected by association members for a term of two years, with the option to renew for a second consecutive two-year term.

Board officers are elected by members of the full board of directors.Steve Mast of Precision Countertops in Wilsonville, Ore., was elected by the full board to serve as ISFA President. The position of Immediate Past President will be served by Augie Chavez of GECKO Solid Surface Solutions in San Antonio, Texas. Joe Duszka,of Carolina Custom Surfaces in Greensboro, N.C. will serve as Vice President; Mike Langenderfer, of The Countertop Shop in Monclova, Ohio,will serve as Treasurer; and, rounding out the Executive Committee, Austin Maxwell, of Maxwell Countertops in Farmer City, Ill., will continue to hold the position of Secretary.

Returning to the board, after having served previously more than 5 years ago is Ted Sherritt, of FLOFORM, based in Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

New to the board is Kimberley Homs, of Great in Counters in Providence, R.I. Both of them will serve as Directors moving forward into 2021.

“We are confident that the new board members bring great perspectives, knowledge and enthusiasm to the association,” said ISFA President Steve Mast.

Retaining their positions as Directors are Kelley Montana, of Humbolt Countertops in Eureka, Calif.; Paul “Max” Le Pera,of Global Surfacing Alliance in Cranbury, N.J.; Eric Tryon, founding member of Rockheads Group of Alpharetta, Ga., Laura Grandlienard, of ROCKin’teriors in Raleigh, N.C.; and Rodrigo Valezquez, of INDEKO in Zapopan, Mexico. Also continuing their positions as Associate Member Representatives on the board are Jim Callaghan, of GranQuartz in Norcross, Ga., and Joe Connolly of SASSO USA in Palatine, Ill.

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ISFA Announces Annual Award Winners

Posted on 30 November 2020 by cradmin3

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the winners of its annual awards at the association’s recent virtual annual meeting and conference. The ISFA awards are chosen by association members, and given to those in the industry that stand out as the very best.

Past ISFA President Russ Berry, of ASST in McSherrytown, Pa., was inducted into the ISFA Hall of Fame, joining a long list of esteemed industry professionals. The Hall of Fame Award is given to the individual who has, in the course of his/her career, made significant contributions to the decorative surfacing industry, and has demonstrated leadership and commitment to the ideals of ISFA. Having won several past ISFA Awards, Russ Berry is truly an inspiration to all fabricators. He has repeatedly given of his time and expertise to ISFA and its members, and his approach to business, along with his innovative creativity, sets him apart from all others. Russ’ work at ASST has elevated the fabrication community through showcasing solid surface design capability in complex high-end, and highly visible projects. Russ has served as a past ISFA President, has hosted ISFA events, and he serves as a fine example to the entire industry.

The other honored winners are:

The Fabricator of the Year Award was given to world-class fabricator The Countertop Factory Midwest in Chicago. The Fabricator of the Year is awarded to a fabricator member company that in the past year has best exemplified the ISFA ideals of quality, innovation, character and exemplary service to ISFA and/or the decorative surfacing industry, with overall excellence. The Countertop Factory Midwest is a company that is known for its generous support and mentorship of other fabricators in the industry. Owners Geoffrey Gran and Bill Heuer are always willing to share their knowledge and expertise around sales, fabrication and general business. They are consistently helping the industry grow and improve, and their business is a true example of fabricators helping fabricators, which is the cornerstone of ISFA.

The Associate of the Year Award is given to an associate member company that in the past year has best exemplified the role of servicing the needs of fabricator member companies, and that has best supported ISFA in all activities. The 2020 winner is Moraware, a maker of software specifically designed for countertop fabricators. The company is not only a supportive partner of ISFA’s efforts to educate the industry, but also through other outlets in surfacing/countertop realm as well as its own independent programs. In addition to offering highly regarded products, it also provides industry information in numerous areas, such as marketing, networking, technology integration and various others to serve fabricators well beyond just its product offerings. And, it has done so for many years.

The Innovator Award is for the member firm or individual who goes outside the box to create a product or system that enhances the life or elevates the role of the surface fabricator. The 2020 Winner is SPEEDlabel®. This small invention designed for countertop fabricators, by fabricators, has had a significant impact on the countertop industry. SPEEDlabel is a custom labeling solution allowing fabricators to track countertops through production. It also helps with quality control by preventing mistakes, helping both large and small shops to be more efficient and profitable. The labels have made it easier for fabricators of all surfaces to reduce chaos and improve shop organization.

The Envision Award is given to the manufacturer member that excels in creating something imaginative and special for the surfacing industry. The 2020 winner is INEOS. The company’s composites continue to drive innovation in the resin space. It has created bio-based resins that allow quartz companies to mitigate petroleum use and create more sustainable products. The resins also allow for flat, strong and consistent slabs.

You may also be interested in this article: ISFA Launches Safe Solid Surface Education Initiative

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ISFA Annual Conference Goes Virtual in 2020

Posted on 14 October 2020 by cradmin3

The 2020 ISFA Annual Conference is going virtual this year, but the inspiration, education and camaraderie you love remains strong. ISFA invites you to come together to learn new things, share what we’ve learned and build relationships to strengthen us and our businesses as we prepare for 2021.

The live online event will take place November 4 and 5.

What can you expect this year?
From the safety of a dedicated online environment, the annual conference will help you grow as a leader, provide relevant and actionable ideas for your business and allow for valuable time with industry friends and colleagues.

The event will feature:
• Powerful Keynote and Industry Speakers
• Collaborative Break-out Sessions with Peers
• Networking Opportunities Geared Toward Relationship Building
• And Much More

You may also be interested in this article: 2021 Design & Construction Week Converts to All-Virtual Event

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ISFA Launches Safe Solid Surface Education Initiative

Posted on 27 August 2020 by cradmin3

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA), an independent, not-for-profit trade association made up of companies that work with all surfacing materials, launched its Safe Solid Surface campaign. The idea behind the educational initiative is to help make architects, designers, healthcare facility planners, consumers and all other surfacing specifiers aware of the safe, clean and hygienic properties of solid surface during this time when cleanliness is so critical to our health.

An article outlining the extensive reasons this material is a strong fit for those wanting to help ensure safe, quality materials are used in healthcare applications, commercial kitchens, the hospitality industry and even residential kitchen and bath applications has been put together by ISFA, the only non-profit association that focuses on all premium countertop and surfacing materials. Both a more in-depth article version and briefer article version can be downloaded and freely disseminated.

Outlines of the benefits of solid surface, including its hygienic and health-promoting properties, versatility, safety certifications and ease of maintenance, among others, along with a variety of photos are available on the ISFA website at www.isfanow.org/safesolidsurface and also on the blog at www.solidsurface.com/safe, a well-known website that provides education and other services regarding the solid surface product.

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ISFA Names Nancy Busch New Executive Director

Posted on 23 July 2020 by cradmin3

Nancy Busch was recently hired to serve as the Executive Director of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA). She officially begins her role on August 3.

Previously, Busch was a Sales Manager for Willis Supply, a North American distributor of world-class building materials including Corian® Solid Surface, Corian® Quartz, Arpa High Pressure Laminate, FENIX NTM®, FENIX NTA® and Artisan sinks. She managed a sales team that covered the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and Hawaii, earning several awards during her tenure. She has also been involved with the Architectural Woodworking Institute’s Washington Chapter, was a past Co-Chair of Programs for the Puget Sound Chapter of the NKBA.

“Nancy has real-world experience with the products and processes used by our members,” said ISFA President Augie Chavez. “She is a real champion for the industry, is enthusiastic and has expressed great interest in serving our membership further advancing the goals of the association. The ISFA Board of Directors is confident that she will perform well in the role.”

Having worked 14 years at Willis Supply, with increasingly larger and more diverse responsibilities, Busch has proven herself as a go-getter with a well-established knowledge base. Prior to her work with Willis, she was an independent kitchen & bath designer, earning an NKBA Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) certification. She also studied fine art and design at Pacific Lutheran University after earning an Associates of Arts & Science degree at Pierce College.

Busch accepted the position that was recently vacated by Amy Miller who served in the role since 2017 and left to become CEO of a charitable organization in her home town in Ohio. “Amy did an amazing job during her time as ISFA Director,” added Chavez. “We wish her the best and she has gracefully agreed to help Nancy transition into the Executive Director position.”

“I’m excited to begin my work with ISFA and carry on the advancements it has made over the past several years,” said Busch. “I believe my background in distribution will allow me to roll up my sleeves and quickly get involved in serving the organization and its members.”

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ISFA Training Moksh CAD

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ISFA Provides Member Training

Posted on 11 June 2020 by cradmin3

Moksh CAD will host a webinar on June 17th at 2:00 PM EST covering ways it can help fabricators lower costs and focus on bidding on new business.

The company handles back-end processes, providing 24/7 services and support with estimation, CNC programming, CAD, data entry and many other tasks.

Moksh CAD has been in business for 13 years and supports numerous companies around the country. The company’s services are designed to lower fabricators’ current costs with a turnaround time of less than 24 hours.

Tools that can be included are:

  • Stone Profit
  • Moraware
  • Bluebeam
  • Planswift
  • AutoCAD
  • AlphaCAM
  • And many others

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ISFA 2019 Year in Review

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ISFA 2019 Year in Review

Posted on 13 February 2020 by cradmin

As a long time member (since 2013) of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA), we here at CountertopResource know how valuable the resources they provide can be. We were honored to be recognized with the association’s 2018 ISFA Associate of the Year award and look forward to many more years of collaboration for the benefit of surfacing industry professionals.

The video below highlights some of the events, training and networking opportunities ISFA had to offer in 2019. Be sure to check out what they have coming up in 2020!


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ISFA Announces 2020 Board of Directors

Posted on 21 January 2020 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the results of its election for the association’s 2020 Board of Directors. Fabricator Member Directors are chosen by association members for a term of three years, with the option to renew for a second consecutive three-year term. Associate Member Directors are elected by association members for a term of two years, with the option to renew for a second consecutive two-year term. Board officers are elected by members of the full board of directors.

Augie Chavez of GECKO Solid Surface Solutions in San Antonio, Texas, was re-elected by the full board to serve as ISFA President again in 2020. As such, for 2020 the position of Immediate Past President will remain open.

To fill the empty spot thus created on the Executive Committee, Associate Member Representative Jim Callaghan of GranQuartz will serve as Executive Committee Member.

Leaving the board having fulfilled their service periods are: Adam Albee of Counter Culture in Lincoln, Neb., a past ISFA President; Kate Dillenburg of Bisley Fabrication in Gresham, Wis., also a past ISFA President; Matt Kraft of Custom Marble in Millstadt, Ill.; and Steve Stoddard of Advanced Surfaces in Corry, Pa.

New to the board of Directors for 2020 are: Joe Duszka of Carolina Custom Surfaces in Greensboro, N.C.; Laura Grandlienard of ROCKin’teriors in Raleigh, N.C.; and Rodrigo Velazquez of INDEKO in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico.

Retaining their positions as Directors are Mike Langenderfer of The Countertop Shop in Monclova, Ohio, who has held several officer positions in the past including Treasurer, President, Vice President and Immediate Past President; and Eric Tryon. Also continuing their positions as Associate Member Representatives on the board are Paul “Max” Le Pera of Global Surfacing Alliance in Cranbury, N.J., and Joe Connolly of SASSO USA in Palatine, Ill.

You may also be interested in this article: NKBA Announces 2020 Board of Directors

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ISFA & AWI Partner to Codify Solid Surface Fabrication Standards

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ISFA & AWI Partner to Codify Solid Surface Fabrication Standards

Posted on 02 December 2019 by cradmin

ISFA has announced it will be working with the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) to generate the upcoming AWI/ISFA 0661 – Cast Polymer Fabrications Standard. The AWI Standards Development Team will be working alongside members of ISFA to develop these universal standards. ISFA is the only trade association with published standards for solid surface fabrication and AWI is a widely-accepted global leader in architectural woodwork standards.

AWI is enlisting the help of Subject Expert Review Teams (SERT) to ensure the standards will best meet the architectural woodwork community’s needs. Members of ISFA will be also giving direct input on the AWI 1236 – Countertops Standard with regards to the implementation of solid surface. Furthermore, ISFA will be assisting AWI with the development of requirements for solid surface within standards for applications other than countertops.

The SERTs will be responsible for vetting the standards’ content to ensure accuracy and consistency within the documents, as they relate to each team’s area of expertise.

You may also be interested in this article about the updated Sustainability Standard from the Natural Stone Council.

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