Archive | July, 2012

Integra Adhesives Launches New 100ml Cartridge

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Integra Adhesives Launches New 100ml Cartridge

Posted on 30 July 2012 by cradmin

Integra Adhesives now offers Surface Bonder Xi in a new 100ml cartridge suitable for field deck-seams. Available in more than 65 stock colors matching most solid surface, natural stone and quartz surfacing on the market, the 100ml cartridge fits in a regular caulking gun, eliminating the need for a specialty dispenser. Providing the strength of epoxy with the speed and color stability of acrylic, it is designed to produce strong, fast-curing, invisible seams.

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ISFA Once Again Teaming Up with IWF for Countertops Symposium

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ISFA Once Again Teaming Up with IWF for Countertops Symposium

Posted on 27 July 2012 by cradmin

On Tuesday, August 21, The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) together with the International Woodworking Machinery and Furniture Supply Fair (IWF), will hold a full-day, in-depth countertop symposium titled “Exploring Countertop Options: Turning Opportunity into Profit.” The event takes place in conjunction with IWF at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

The program is designed to provide a wealth of information to established countertop fabricators as well as cabinetmakers and casework providers who are exploring best practices for resourcing within the countertop market. Put on by ISFA, the presenters include the owners of successful countertop and architectural millwork companies who are well versed in the technology, techniques and business requirements of countertop operations.

The session will cover residential and commercial operations, and encompasses information on a variety of countertop materials. It includes discussions on materials, machinery, outsourcing vs. in-house fabrication and countertop trends.

Speakers include:

  • Russ Berry, President: Allegheny Solid Surface Technologies & ISFA
  • Mike Nolan, Director of Education: ISFA
  • Dave Paxton, Vice President: Paxton Countertops
  • Kevin Cole, Communications Director: ISFA

“This will be a great opportunity to gather intelligence on the countertop market as well get access to some of the greatest minds in the countertop industry today,” said ISFA President Russ Berry. “Anyone currently working in the realm of countertops or anyone considering it would really find this symposium of major benefit.”

In addition to ISFA and IWF, the event is also sponsored by Laser Products Industries, which specializes in digital templating in the countertop industry, Specialtytools.com, a provider of tools and supplies to fabricators of solid surface, plastic laminate, wood and stone, and SolidSurface.com, an online source for solid surface sheet goods.

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Vance Industries Offers Flush-mounting Sink Kit for Laminate

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Vance Industries Offers Flush-mounting Sink Kit for Laminate

Posted on 25 July 2012 by cradmin

vance flushmount kitVance Industries introduced a patent-pending sink installation kit designed to simplify the flush-mounting of sinks (of all manufacturers) into laminate countertops. The adjustable hardware allows for fast and accurate leveling of the sink. Using this system, there is no need to cut and glue strips of particle board to secure the sink. It saves time and gives the consumer the popular seamless appearance. The clips are made from corrosion-resistant aluminum and the kit includes all screws, bolts and bolt caps required for an installation. It is available in sets of six and 10.

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Karran Launches New Version of Sink

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Karran Launches New Version of Sink

Posted on 24 July 2012 by cradmin

Karran now offers a new version of its York sink – the “IO” (integrated overflow) version. Suitable for commercial projects, the bowl has a 50-year warranty and is guaranteed to not stain or thermal crack. It is seamlessly undermountable in laminate and solid surface. Fabricators only need to drill the ½-in. hole for the overflow if specifications require it. The company will continue to stock and offer the standard York as well.

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Caesarstone Goes Public

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Caesarstone Goes Public

Posted on 24 July 2012 by cradmin

Caesarstone Ltd., makers of Caesarstone Quartz Surfacing, began trading on the NASDAQ market March 22, with initial action sticking close to the $11 initial public offering (IPO) price. After 2 months, the stock, trading under the ticker symbol of CSTE has fluctuated between $10.70, at its early low point, to as high as $12.75. The stock’s $11 IPO of approximately 6.7 million shares came in below the $14 to $16 range noted by the company in its earlier filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The offering sought to raise between $73 million and $74 million. Firms managing the offering were J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Barclays Capital Inc. and Credit Suisse Group. The IPO follows the company’s acquisition of its former U.S. distributor, Caesarstone USA, in Dec. 2011.

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Formica Names New Distributor

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Formica Names New Distributor

Posted on 23 July 2012 by cradmin

Formica Corporation announced A&M Supply Corporation has been named the new distributor for Formica brand laminate, solid surfacing, DecoMetal metal laminates and solid metals and adhesives in the Greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C., market. A&M Supply will operate from its main distribution center in Upper Marlboro, Md., and a new facility in Baltimore.

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Eliot Sefrin Named Publisher Emeritus for KBDN

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Eliot Sefrin Named Publisher Emeritus for KBDN

Posted on 10 July 2012 by cradmin

Eliot Sefrin, founding editor and longtime publisher of Kitchen & Bath Design News (KBDN), has been named publisher emeritus, a position that will see him retain ties to KBDN, but relinquish his day-to-day responsibilities as publisher. Announcement of the role change, made by parent company Cygnus Business Media, reflects a “mutual decision that both Eliot and Cygnus’ management believe will serve everyone’s best interests, as well as that of KBDN, through the balance of 2012 and hopefully beyond.”

“The Publisher Emeritus is an important position aimed at ensuring a seamless link between KBDN and Eliot as he transitions into an eventual semi-retirement after nearly 30 years of service,” said Kris Flitcroft, executive vice president with Cygnus.

Among Sefrin’s responsibilities are to provide advice, guidance and opinion on the industry. He also will help to preserve relationships with key clients and prospects through meetings, factory visits, telephone contacts, and at major industry events, including trade shows, conventions and association meetings. Janice Costa will continue in her role as editor and John Huff will assume responsibilities as group publisher.

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Formica Hires New Director

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Formica Hires New Director

Posted on 07 July 2012 by cradmin

Formica Corporation hired Craig Francisco as director of strategy and business development. He will work directly with the executive team to identify growth opportunities for North American operations. Francisco was previously chief operating officer at The L.E. Smith Company, a countertop manufacturer in Bryan, Ohio.

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Eurosoft Expands Line of Software

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Eurosoft Expands Line of Software

Posted on 06 July 2012 by cradmin

Eurosoft Inc. has expanded its OnCORE brand of software solutions by adding Veneer. This stand-alone software is specifically designed to address the unique challenges posed by the production of veneered panels from narrow strips of precuts. The software features an integrated database to store and manage parts and inventory, allowing users to quickly add, delete and edit parts and precuts. The optimization algorithm supports calculation based on cost of each precut, specie and grade and grain orientation, and can be set to preferentially use precuts that have been on inventory for an extended period of time. Other features include match making of “Split Hearts” and a user-definable minimal-yield threshold.

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Stalwart Systems Adds GĒOS to Distribution

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Stalwart Systems Adds GĒOS to Distribution

Posted on 06 July 2012 by cradmin

ĒOS Surfaces added Stalwart Systems to its Gēos distributors. Stalwart Systems is located in Niles, Ill. Stalwart’s territories include Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri and Michigan.

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