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Samsung Radianz Launches New Coastal Collection Quartz

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Samsung Radianz Launches New Coastal Collection Quartz

Posted on 26 April 2013 by cradmin

The line of Radianz natural quartz surfaces by Samsung now includes a new collection of nature-inspired colors. The Coastal Collection features a subtle, random pattern reminiscent of sea foam washed against  a beach.

Available by early summer of 2013, the Coastal Collection brings Samsung’s offerings more than 36 colors of Radianz Quartz surfaces for the North American market.

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Fabricator Profile: Old World Stone – Combining Tenacity and Quality Served this Business Well

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Fabricator Profile: Old World Stone – Combining Tenacity and Quality Served this Business Well

Posted on 25 April 2013 by cradmin

Mario & Son Countertop Fabrication Shop

Old World Stone, in Huntley, Ill., does a good bit of business in Chicagoland. Much of this has to do with the tenacity and want to do things right posessed by owner, JimVaccaro. Where being entrenched in the builder business in 2008 (to the tune of 95 percent) might have done other businesses in, Vaccarro dug in and did what it took to forge ahead – and that didn’t mean cutting corners or playing the low price game… Read more about Old World Stone at Moreaware’s blog



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MIA Award Nominations Open

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MIA Award Nominations Open

Posted on 24 April 2013 by cradmin

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has issued its 2013 Awards Program Call for Entries. The Call for Entries signifies that the MIA is now accepting entries for its various awards. These awards honor and recognize natural stone companies, professionals and architects from around the world.

The 2013 MIA Awards consists of:

    • The Pinnacle Awards are presented to companies whose projects’ beauty, creativity, ingenuity and craftsmanship exemplify professional mastery in the use of natural stone in commercial and residential environments.  Again this year, with the support of Hanley Wood Exhibitions, all Pinnacle Award of Excellence and Merit winners have the opportunity to invite an architect from the firm involved in their winning project to StonExpo 2014. The Pinnacle Awards consist of four categories and also seeks to identify and award a project in one of the categories that demonstrates environmental responsiveness and successful resolution of sustainability goals. The categories are:
      • Commercial Interior – sponsored by Custom Building Products and Aqua Mix.
      • Commercial Exterior – sponsored by Custom Building Products and Aqua Mix.
      • Residential Interior/Exterior – sponsored by BLANCO.
      • Renovation/Restoration – sponsored by Cold Spring Granite Company.
    • The Grande Pinnacle Award, sponsored by Marmomacc, is presented to the best project across all categories.  This award includes a trophy and  a trip to Marmomacc 2014 inVerona, Italy.  Again this year, Marmomacc will present a Grande Pinnacle Award to an architect from the firm involved in the winning project.  In addition, the architect will win a trip to Marmomacc to attend Veronafiere’s week-long continuing education program on designing with natural stone.
    • The MIA Natural Stone Craftsman of the Year Award, sponsored by Polycor, Inc. & TexaStone Quarries, singles out one craftsman who has performed outstanding stone fabrication and/or installation over a period of many years. The individual candidate must have served as an apprentice stone mason and risen through the ranks as journeyman stone mason, foreman and superintendent. In addition, the person honored must have a solid track record of leadership and mentorship.
    • The Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement was established to recognize an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the natural stone industry and the MIA. The award is named for MIA’s long-time technical director, the late Vincent R. Migliore, who was its first recipient.
    • The MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Award, sponsored by Cold Spring Granite Company, provides educational opportunities for aspiring fabricators, installers or administrative apprentices interested in furthering their careers within the natural stone industry. The scholarship covers travel and registration costs for one or more recipients to StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas and MIA’s Annual Meeting.

For more information contact Helen Distelhorst at hdistelhorst@marble-institute.com or go to www.marble-institute.com/awards. Deadlines begin in August.

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Rockler to Help Fund Planting of More Than 16,000 Trees for Earth Day

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Rockler to Help Fund Planting of More Than 16,000 Trees for Earth Day

Posted on 23 April 2013 by cradmin

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware is continuing its Earth Day partnership with the Hardwood Forestry Fund (HFF) by contributing proceeds to help fund the planting of 16,600 seedlings in two separate tree planting projects for 2013. The first is the Riverdale School Forest located in southwestern Wisconsin and the second is the Raystown Army Corp of Engineers Project in the Raystown Lake region of Pennsylvania. The ongoing partnership between the two organizations helps sustain and renew hardwood forests throughout the United States.

“Our partnership with the Hardwood Forestry Fund helps secure the future of our hardwood forests,” said Scott Ekman, VP of marketing at Rockler. “We’re excited that our efforts will help new generations enjoy the natural beauty as well as the many practical uses that hardwood trees provide throughout their life cycle.”

The Riverdale School Forest is located in southwest Wisconsin. It is one of numerous school forests recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a demonstration forest. Demonstration forests are used to demonstrate good forest management to school children and the general public. The Hardwood Forestry Fund with the help of Rockler will plant 10,000 seedlings in the area.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers with the help of the Hardwood Forestry Fund and Rockler will be re-planting forest stands in the Raystown Lake region of Pennsylvania. A total of 6,600 seedlings will be planted. Raystown Lake is a high use recreation area which receives more than 25,000 visitors per year. The primary benefits of this project will be assisting natural regeneration of the forest, creating wildlife food and cover, and providing an educational tool for recreation users and educational tour groups.

A not-for-profit, educational organization, the Hardwood Forestry Fund targets planting and management of commercially valuable hardwoods, including black cherry, black walnut, red oak, hard maple, hickory, ash and others. All trees planted by the Hardwood Forestry Fund are included in a management plan, harvest and regeneration schedule.

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ISFA Announces Regional Meetings in Atlanta, New York

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ISFA Announces Regional Meetings in Atlanta, New York

Posted on 22 April 2013 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced its third “Grass Roots” regional meeting to be held May 9 at Oldcastle Surfaces in Atlanta. This gathering is designed to bring fabricators together to share experiences and make connections. The gathering will feature guest speakers, networking, lunch, vendor exhibits, a tour of the Oldcastle facility, door prizes and discussion on ISFA initiatives.

The gathering is free to all fabricators, cabinetmakers, millwork professionals and technicians in the surfacing industry.

A fourth meeting will be held at the Cosentino facility in Westchester, N.Y., May 30.

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Eos Surfaces Adds 2 New GEOS Colors

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Eos Surfaces Adds 2 New GEOS Colors

Posted on 19 April 2013 by cradmin

Eos Surfaces added  two new colors to its GEOS Recycled Glass Surface line. Juneau is a bright, jewel-toned turquoise and Rincon is a mosaic of olive, rust and light blue in a sand-hued base. Equally friendly to the fabricator as it is to the environment, GEOS is NSF, Green Circle and Elite Green certified, and may qualify for up to four LEED credit points. After being available in Home Depot in limited areas, GEOS will be rolling out to all Home Depot stores over the next 12 to 16 months.

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New EcoTec Solid Surface Uses Soy Urethane Base

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New EcoTec Solid Surface Uses Soy Urethane Base

Posted on 18 April 2013 by cradmin

EcoTec Solid Surfaces are a unique new surfacing option developed by Tim Cox. The material combines color with the durability of urethane to make a decorative and durable surface material. The material is made of a soy-based urethane and developed with a grant by the United Soy Board. The material is suitable for any solid surface type applications.  It is 20 percent lighter than typical solid surface and thermoformable.

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Laser Products Launches New Saw Laser

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Laser Products Launches New Saw Laser

Posted on 17 April 2013 by cradmin

The new GS-40 Saw Laser from Laser Products Industries provides a visible laser line for precise cuts. This product eliminates the guess-work by giving the exact location of cuts every time. Primarily designed for bridge saws and CNC equipment, the GS-40 can also be used for band saws and permanently mounted table or panel saws. The unit provides a green laser beam, is supplied with 110-240 VAC input and is vibration and water resistant – IP 65 rated (NEMA 4). It will project a fine green line at a 75 degree fan angle which will enable users to position the work piece, slabs or wood and know exactly where the blade is going to cut. The entire laser is hardcoat anodized to make it rugged enough for any application. It also includes a mounting bracket that allows it to be clamped on any pipe that has an outside diameter of 0.75- to – 1.75-in.

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Hanwha Launches 6 New Colors of Hanstone Quartz Surfacing

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Hanwha Launches 6 New Colors of Hanstone Quartz Surfacing

Posted on 16 April 2013 by cradmin

Hanwha Surfaces launched six new colors of  HanStone quartz surfacing – the Momentum Collection. The collection highlights  the contrast between light and dark tones. Auburn Abyss is flecked with copper and has caramel and chocolate undertones. Meteorite is a dark toned with black, taupe and tan veining. Ivory Wave is a light cream tone.  Dulcet and Doric are two neutral toned quartz colors.  Steel Patina has a solid black background and a trace of gold veining for pattern impact. HanStone materials are SCS, Greenguard, and NSF certified.

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Solid Surface Repair

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Solid Surface Repair

Posted on 15 April 2013 by cradmin

While solid surface material is not as hard as some of its counterparts (granite, quartz surfacing), one of its selling points  has always been its renewability. Anyone familiar with the material knows that if it is damaged, it can be repaired, usually to where the damaged area cannot be detected when done. All that is required is the right set of tools, the know-how and a color-matched piece of material.

We ran across this useful video showing “wikedfamousmikeal” demonstrating the process for repairing a solid surface countertop that had been damaged, along with the integral sink attached to it.

Obviously, this guy knows his stuff, and from the comments at the end, the customer thought so too:

 

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