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Wilsonart Majority Stake To Be Bought from ITW

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Wilsonart Majority Stake To Be Bought from ITW

Posted on 21 August 2012 by cradmin

Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R) and Illinois Tool Works Inc. (ITW) have formed an agreement under which ITW’s Decorative Surfaces business will become a new, independent company operating as Wilsonart International Holdings, LLC. A fund managed by CD&R will invest $395 million in the new freestanding business to acquire a majority ownership stake. ITW will retain an ongoing ownership stake. Wilsonart’s business units manufacture and distribute high pressure laminates and other surfacing materials and components with 2011 revenue of $1.1 billion. The company operates under the Wilsonart, Resopal, Polyrey and Arborite brands. aul Pressler, a CD&R Operating Partner, assumes the role of interim chief executive officer of Wilsonart upon the close of the transaction, expected in the fourth quarter. CD&R’s record of creating independent businesses from former divisions of larger corporations includes, most recently, Hussmann International, formerly a division of Ingersoll Rand, and Atkore International, formerly Tyco International’s Electrical and Metal Products business. CD&R has obtained committed financing from Barclays, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs BankUSA, Morgan Stanley, and UBS Investment Bank.

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Great Informational Outlet for Concrete Countertops

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Great Informational Outlet for Concrete Countertops

Posted on 19 August 2012 by cradmin

We ran across a great resource for those thinking of installing concrete countertops, or just want to know more about the options, at ConcreteNetwork.com . They have a series of highly informative articles about concrete countertops. This informational website has something for everyone interested in concrete counters, whether you are a fabricator, designer or customer. The articles cover details ranging from how concrete countertops are made and installed  to what the finished product looks like and how to clean them.

As the world in general becomes more eco-friendly, the world of concrete countertops is no exception. There is a series of articles on how concrete countertops can be made “green.”  These articles can help ensure that concrete countertops encourage sustainability and are manufactured in an eco-friendly manner.

When considering all countertops’ needs, there many options available. Reviewing all of these options might be a little overwhelming, but the site has fashioned a very handy comparison chart showing different pros and cons of six common types of countertops. They compare staining, grout lines, sealing, appearance over age and other topics. There is also a comparison of the average price per square foot, making getting down to the “bottom line” easy to accomplish.

Are you or your client interested in a higher degree of personalization? Then check out the  section that has some wonderful information on the wide variety of designs that can be woven into  concrete countertops. While the word concrete may conjure up images of Cold War era Poland, this material is quite versatile and can be made to look incredible. One option is to embed glass in a concrete countertop. In this option, individuals have the ability to personalize the countertop to their own decorating tastes to a very high degree. While the process takes time (28 days before it is dry from the sealing process according to the article), the time spent may be more than worth the effort and wait if it is something that is really desired. Another article details how to personalize a countertop with item such as shotgun shells, spoons or even car gauges. A creative mind can surely find other unique methods of personalizing a countertop, and use these ideas as a springboard.

Also included are three articles on how these countertops are manufactured. Here, a person can learn the difference between cast on site or in the shop , size limitations/seams in countertops, and how thick and heavy a concrete countertop will be.

The countertop selection process can be made easier by these informative and descriptive articles. No matter which countertop is selected to beautify a new home (or add spice to an old one), this site is worth checking out as a resource in making a smart decision, or just getting informed.

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Calendar of Events Added

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Calendar of Events Added

Posted on 15 August 2012 by cradmin

CountertopResource.com has added a new feature to our site – a handy Calendar of Events where you can find the latest happenings in the industry.

Click Here to vist the Events Calendar.

To submit your event for consideration, email us at info@countertopresource.com.

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Label Printers for Fabricators

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Label Printers for Fabricators

Posted on 09 August 2012 by CRadmin2

Label printers can be an important piece of hardware for manufacturers and large or commercial fabricators. Labeling prevents mishaps and mix-ups, and it makes it simple to sort and categorize both stock and finished product.

Labeling can be part of a countertop fabricators inventory process, to help identify brands, colors and lots of a particular piece of scrap or sheet/slab, and can also be valuable in identifying what pieces of fabricated material go to what job or even where at a particular jobsite. This can be of extreme value when handling large or commercial projects where there may be numerous similar pieces of material.

Labeling finished product can take the guesswork out of installers hands, and can help eliminate problems color-matching.

One of the top models of label printers is the Epson ColorWorks C3400-LT Color Label Terminal, which includes a fully functional computer. This makes all of the printer’s features available in one stand-alone unit, and there are no connectivity hassles or compatibility issues that may be experienced with accessory printers.

Compact and All-Inclusive Label Printing

The Epson C3400-LT comes complete with a high-speed processer and a 12.1-inch color LCD touchscreen monitor that includes XGA and TFT technologies. The touchscreen makes the printer simple to control, and it uses space efficiently because neither a mouse nor a keyboard is required.

It uses an onboard 1.0 GHz Intel Atom E640 computer processor, which works in conjunction with 1 GB of preinstalled RAM that can be upgraded to a maximum of 2 GB. In addition to the CPU and memory, this printer includes a 250 GB hard disk drive (HDD), six USB ports and a 10/100/1000 Ethernet port.

To bring all of the hardware together and make the printer simple to control, it includes the Windows POSReady 2009 operating system streamlined for use in business equipment that primarily serves in a limited capacity, such as printers and cash registers.

Fast, Efficient Printing

Coupled with the computing capability is a fast and efficient color inkjet label printer with Just in Time color printing technology. This technology virtually eliminates wasted labels and reduces the overall cost of label printing. Using this system, labels don’t have to be preprinted on full sheets, which can cause hundreds of labels to go unused. You are able to print only the labels you need at the moment they are needed.

The inkjets in this printer use MicroPiezo inkjet technology, which includes automatic nozzle checking and allows for high-speed color printing. It uses two ink cartridges: a composite black cartridge and a single CMY pigmented ink cartridge.

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Distelhorst to Retire as CEO of MIA

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Distelhorst to Retire as CEO of MIA

Posted on 08 August 2012 by cradmin

Garis “Gary” Distelhorst, CAE, executive vice president & CEO of the Marble Institute of America (MIA) since 2002, will retire Dec. 31, 2012, after an accomplished 43-year career as a senior-level association executive. The MIA Board of Directors has named James Hieb, CAE, the association’s vice president, as his successor. Hieb will become MIA’s executive vice president Jan. 1, 2013.

A Certified Association Executive, Distelhorst received the association industry’s highest honor, the Key Award, in 1984 from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). He was Chairman of the ASAE Board of Directors from 1995 to 1996 and Chair of the Board of Directors of the ASAE Foundation from 1992 to 1993.

Distelhorst’s 11-year leadership of MIA helped transform the association. Among his initiatives and achievements are:

  • Building MIA’s membership from 600 in 2001 to nearly 1,500;
  • Establishing the first professional accreditation for stone fabricators and installers;
  • Overseeing development of safety training programs;
  • Creating awards programs to recognize stone excellence and craftsmanship;
  • Expanding the MIA’s library of technical publications, videos, and Web information resources for stone professionals and specifiers;
  • Developing a regional education program plus stone education at Coverings, KBIS and AIA;
  • Creating stone  promotion campaigns and an array of consumer education materials; and
  • Helping to organize the Natural Stone Council, a federation of stone industry associations that work on common industry issues like sustainability.

Stasswender believes that Distelhorst’s leadership and member focus have transformed the MIA. “Gary made the MIA a professional organization,” said Bob Stasswender, president of Southwest Marble & Granite. “His first and foremost concern has always been, ‘what value are we giving members in return for the dollars they spend?’”

“It’s been an extraordinary honor and privilege to lead MIA during this time of growth, challenge and change. I am deeply proud of all we’ve achieved and grateful to the board, to MIA members and to my staff for all the support I have received. I am also especially happy about the many friends I’ve made in this noble industry,” Distelhorst said. “The Board has made a superb choice in selecting Jim Hiebto be executive vice president. He will be an excellent leader. I look forward to a successful transition and helping Jim take the reins of this wonderful organization.”

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Duties Potentially Levied Against Chinese ‘Drawn’ Stainless Steel Sinks

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Duties Potentially Levied Against Chinese ‘Drawn’ Stainless Steel Sinks

Posted on 07 August 2012 by cradmin

The U.S. Commerce Department issued a second preliminary anti-dumping decision in late 2012 in response to Chinese stainless steel drawn sinks. The determination was that Chinese manufacturers sold drawn stainless steel sinks in the United States at prices significantly below fair value, in violation of U.S.law and international trade rules. Prices were 54 to 77 percent below fair value. In response to this ruling, Chinese companies are required to pay cash deposits ranging from 50 to 76 percent of the customs value  on drawn stainless steel sinks imported into the United States.

In a preliminary finding in late July by the U.S. Commerce Department. Information regarding the ruling released on July 31, finds that drawn stainless steel sinks imported from China have been subsidized to the tune of 2.12 to 13.94 percent and countervailing duties will be imposed.

The ruling is the result of petitions filed in 2012 by Elkay Manufacturing Co. Oak Brook, Ill., that sought protection under anti-dumping laws, which allege sinks were produced and sold below value because of Chinese government subsidies.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will now require cash deposits on imported sinks at ports of entry. The rates correspond to subsidies given to Chinese producers and exporters.

Guangdong Yingao Kitchen Utensils Co. Ltd. of Foshan City faces a 2.15 percent duty penalty. And sinks from Zhongshan Superte Kitchenware Co. Ltd. of Zhongshan City (including those exported by Foshan Zhaosuhn Trade Co. Ltd.) face a 13.94 percent additional duty.  All other Chinese producers will be hit with a 8.08 percent countervailing duty.

The merchandise covered by this investigation is drawn stainless steel sinks from China. Drawn stainless steel sinks are stainless steel sinks with single or multiple drawn bowls and a smooth basin with seamless, smooth, and rounded corners, including both drop-in and undermount configurations.

Specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation are stainless steel sinks with fabricated bowls. Fabricated bowls do not have seamless corners, but rather are made by notching and bending the stainless steel, and then welding and finishing the vertical corners to form the bowls. Stainless steel sinks with fabricated bowls may sometimes be referred to as “zero radius” or “near zero radius” sinks.

Final determinations set for October. If the inquries show material injury to domestic sink producers, additional countervailing duties will be levied, likely in November.

Download the official Department of Commerce Fact Sheet Here

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DuPont  Begins Manufacturing Private Collection Corian in U.S., Changes Zodiaq Pricing

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DuPont Begins Manufacturing Private Collection Corian in U.S., Changes Zodiaq Pricing

Posted on 06 August 2012 by cradmin

DuPont is now reportedly manufacturing its Private Collection Corian solid surface at the company’s Tonawanda Yerkes plant. It had been manufactured in South Korea.

DuPont invested an estimated $6 million to make the transition, according to reports. New York state grant money totaling nearly $500,000 was also used to aid the facility in the transition.

DuPont also announced that it has changed the pricing groups for Zodiaq quartz surfacing sold in theUnited States and Canada. The price of 15 selections in the line will reportedly be going down.

A 13 percent reduction on almost 1/3 of the product line is the result of the changes. Surfaces in its Color group “D” surfaces that are being consolidated into “C” pricing are: Calm Springs, Wintergreen, Coriander, Warm Taupe, Flax, Savory, Licorice, Moroccan Morning, Nutmeg, and Mossy Green. Other colors introduced last year to be consolidated to “B” pricing are: Sage, Caraway, Poppy Seed, Chicory and Coarse Pepper.

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Woodworking Associations Reach Agreement to Own International Woodworking Fair

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Woodworking Associations Reach Agreement to Own International Woodworking Fair

Posted on 05 August 2012 by cradmin

The Woodworking Machinery Industry Association (WMIA), the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) and the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) jointly entered into an agreement for the purchase of AHFA’s ownership interest in the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) by WMIA and WMMA. The transaction is expected to close late this year following IWF2012. Inaddition, WMIA and WMMA entered into a new partnership for the management and ownership of IWF.

 

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Karran Launches Quartz Sink Line

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Karran Launches Quartz Sink Line

Posted on 04 August 2012 by cradmin

Karran offers the new Q2 line of quartz sinks. Designed to be tough, they are available in an array of colors. The line, which will complement the company’s original line of Q1 quartz sinks, are made from the same materials using the same production processes, but are made in a different manufacturing facility. The Q2 line comes in three models – a split-bowl undermount model, a split-bowl top-mount model and a single-bowl undermount model. They are currently available in two colors: Black and Brown.

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Wilsonart Offers New Laminate Collection

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Wilsonart Offers New Laminate Collection

Posted on 03 August 2012 by cradmin

Wilsonart International offers several new patterns, including abstracts, solids, woodgrains, stones and new pure metals as part of its 2012 Contract Collection of laminates. The collection also includes a “Soft Grain” finish that provides an abstracted matte wood tick to a variety of designs. The collection includes nine colors in the Woodgrains series available in the new Soft Grain, Linearity and Textured Gloss finishes: Cafelle, Skyline Walnut, Walnut Heights, 5th Ave. Elm, Park Elm, Loft Oak, Warehouse Oak, High Line and Uptown Walnut. It also includes 17 colors in the Abstracts and Solid Colors series available in the new Glaze, Matte, Fine Velvet and Linearity finishes: Coffee Bean, Salentina Argento, Cream Fizz, Aqua Fizz, Berry Fizz, Midway, Pinball, Arcade, Vapor Strandz, Astro Strandz, Cosmic Strandz, Crisp Linen, Classic Linen, Casual Linen, Organic Cotton, Natural Cotton and Raw Cotton. Additionally, it includes 19 colors in the Stones series available in the new Glaze textured finish: Carrara Santorini, Bengal Slate, African Slate, GoldenTravertine, SilverTravertine, Tuscan Limestone, Roman Limestone, Corinthian Limestone, Bainbrook Grey, Salentina Grigio, Salentina Rosso, Salentina Nero, Perla Piazza, Aged Piazza, White Carrara, Calcutta Marble, Black Alicante, Venetian Ivory and Venetian Ale. There are also 16 designs available by special order with a two-week lead ime: Regimental Red, North Sea, Persian Blue, Slate Grey, Fashion Grey, Designer White, White Sand, High-Gloss Black, Coffee Bean, Linearity Black, River Cherry, Amber Cherry, Colombian Walnut, Brazilwood, Zanzibar and Hampton Walnut. Lastly are three anodized aluminum additions in the Metro Collection Metals series: Matte Pewter, Matte Gunmetal Grey and Matte Grey Bronze.

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