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Fabricator Profile: Oldcastle Surfaces – One of the Largest Fabricators in North America Explains its Growth Strategy

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Fabricator Profile: Oldcastle Surfaces – One of the Largest Fabricators in North America Explains its Growth Strategy

Posted on 26 June 2013 by cradmin

Oldcastle-countertop shopOldcastle Surfaces, headquartered in Atlanta, is one of the largest countertop fabricators in North America, with six regional locations in the Southeast. Now part of a large family of businesses under the CRH umbrella (which employs 76,000 people in 35 countries), it was originally founded by one man fabricating solid surface out of the back of his pick-up truck. With a drive to make connections and get involved in kitchen and bath industry, founder Rick Smith did just that. And today, after being purchased by CRH, it still relies on its connections and has a definite strategy for growth and staying on top of the industry. Mell Hill, the company’s vice president of residential sales and marketing, provides insight into that strategy…Read More of this Fabricator Profile Here

 

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How Granite is Extracted and Processed into Countertop Slabs

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How Granite is Extracted and Processed into Countertop Slabs

Posted on 25 June 2013 by cradmin

Here is an interesting video produced by the Discovery Channel and posted by Quality Tile and Marble, a fabricator located in Grimes, Iowa. The video, titled “Granite – How it’s Made” shows the process of extracting granite blocks from a quarry. I then shows how the granite blocks are cut down into slabs for use in countertops and other projects, and how they are polished.

If you have never seen the process, the sheer scale of it will amaze. It is definitely worth a watch.

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GranQuartz Carries E-Z Sink Brackets

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GranQuartz Carries E-Z Sink Brackets

Posted on 24 June 2013 by cradmin

Granquartz ez sink bracketGranQuartz is now carrying E-Z sink brackets, suitable for any sink installation. Designed to fit standard 24-in. cabinet depth with no modification, the wood support rails can be easily trimmed for smaller vanity cabinets. This bracket simply mounts to the front and back edge of the cabinet. The adjustable support rails are then placed in the brackets and adjusted to tighten the sink to the stone. This product can be installed before or after the countertops are installed, reducing the time needed for installation. Included in the bracket kit is a support strap used for multi-bowl sink installations. It is attached to the predrilled holes on the underside of the support rail. There are several holes on the rail to accommodate any style of sink. This strap provides support at the center of the sink to keep the sink from flexing under load.

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Groves Offers New Secure A-Frame

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Groves Offers New Secure A-Frame

Posted on 21 June 2013 by cradmin

groveswbThe new Secure A-frame is available from Groves Incorporated. Designed to reduce personal injuries from falling slabs, this safetydevice features a lockable post-and-arm system made of heavy duty tubular steel. It replaces nylon straps, wood clamps and other methods of securing slabs to A-Frame units. Users load the A-frame as normal, place an upright post into the steel foot, and slide the arm and pad down until it touches the slab and lock it in place. The upright arms are held in place with hardened steel pins, while the feet are inserted into the base of the existing A-Frame and are secured with safety chains. A tamper resistant key prevents unauthorized removal of the safety arms. It is sold in packages of two uprights with locking arms with two bases and safety chains, it secures one side of an existing A-Frame.

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Penny Countertop

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Penny Countertop

Posted on 20 June 2013 by cradmin

While more of a novelty than a serious countertop option, we ran across this video showing off a  bar top covered with pennies and were intrigued by it. So, we decided to share it with our audience in hopes you might get a kick out of it (or be inspired by the creativity). The video, which doesn’t actually show the process, just the finished result, was posted by “HarborElf” and is pretty intricate.

According to the person that created the countertop, it took 35 hours (after the design had been plotted out) to actually attach all of the pennies to the top using silicone. This bar top is not sealed, which seems odd, and each of the pennies on the edges were painstakingly bent one at a time using a vice and rubber mallet, so that they wrapped around the sides. We’d love to hear about the odd materials you’ve seen countertops made from…

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Vicostone Introduces 4 New Colors

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Vicostone Introduces 4 New Colors

Posted on 19 June 2013 by cradmin

vicostone new colorsVicostone is introducing four new colors to the U.S market  that complement its Romance Series. The new colors are Tiger, described as warm, earthy solemn tones, Alaska Black, with bold black and white veins and Ivory quartz crystals; Dark Emparador, a warm chocolate color with a touch of gold; and Cosmic Black, a black color with swirling gold and white veins.The new colors are made using the patented Breton process and utilize special molds and color techniques unique to the company.

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GlassRecycled Offers Galaxy Collection

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GlassRecycled Offers Galaxy Collection

Posted on 18 June 2013 by cradmin

glassrecycledmdGlass Recycled offers its Galaxy Collection line of surfacing material, designed to cater to multi-use development properties. The company’s boutique quality recycled glass surface is available for large scale multi-unit properties at near granite prices. The material features 100 percent recycled clear glass and porcelain particulate.

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Heated Stone Products Offers New FeelsWarm Stone Countertop Heating System

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Heated Stone Products Offers New FeelsWarm Stone Countertop Heating System

Posted on 14 June 2013 by cradmin

Minnesota-based Heated Stone Products offers the FeelsWarm Technology, a natural FeelsWarm Granite Countertop Heating Systemstone countertop heating system that uses ultra­‐thin heating elements that take the chill out of natural stone. Designed specifically for countertops, the system gently raises the temperature of the stone 20 to 25 degrees F, just enough to remove the initial cold shock when a person  touches the surface. The system’s low-voltage heating elements can be integrated into stone slabs, and are also available in custom or standard-sized stick-on versions. While authorized dealers determine the  exact pricing, the approximate installed price is comparable to to other stone upgrades, such as edging or color. Typically only a portion of the countertop is heated – where a person’s arms rest – which minimizes the cost. Either an optional temperature controller or easy-to-use programmer operates the heating element, allowing users to schedule on and off times automatically depending on their needs.

Heated Stone Products is in the process of building a network of authorized dealers and fabricators across North America. The product is available in three options. The first is integrated heaters. Suitable for construction or remodeling projects that involve new stone countertops. The integrated version are embedded into the stone and are flush on the under-surface, with the electrical wiring completely hidden. An authorized dealer determines the exact size of heater needed, based on the countertop specifications, and Heated Stone Products then designs and fabricates each custom heater within one week so that it fits within a normal delivery window for the countertop project. The second option is customized stick-on heaters. This option is also customized, but to an existing countertop’s shape and design, and are attached with specialized, permanent, pressure-sentsitive adhesive. The electrical cord location is customized to match the location of exisiting power. An authorized dealer works with the consumer to coordinate measurment and installation. The third version is pre-sized stick-on heaters. This is also for customers who want heated countertops and already have stone countertops installed. This under-the-counter stick-on heater system comes in standard sizes including 11- by 24-in, 11- by 36-in., 11- by 48-in., 11- by 60-in. and 17- by 30 in. These heaters don’t require a professional installer and are suitable for desks and rectangular counters with overhangs.

One of the key features of the sytem is that they provide uniform heating across a surface, which is critical because granite and other stone products are poor thermal conductors, so heat doesn’t dissipate well within the stone. To heat the stone surface evenly, a heating element needs to cover as much of the surface area as possible. This main system involves a 0.025-­in.-thick profile and enables the heater to be embedded in the stone without impacting its structural integrity. Stick­‐on models can be added onto the bottom of a countertop and won’t protrude down into the open space, particularly with overhangs and unsupported areas. Stick­‐on heaters also have a high impact resistance overlay to protect against abrasion and protrusion. They operate on low voltage that do not put out stray EMI emissions. They are offered with a five­‐year warranty.

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Fabricator Profile: National Stone, Marble & Granite – Growth During the Recession

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Fabricator Profile: National Stone, Marble & Granite – Growth During the Recession

Posted on 11 June 2013 by cradmin

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The backbone for National Stone Marble & Granite, based in Shrewsbury, Mass., was created during the recent recession and not only did the business not go under, it thrived. According to John Howard, he was able to do so by basing his business on making sure he had quality staff as well as quality contacts. Read more about how this was accomplished on Moraware’s blog.

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ISFA Headquarters Relocates to Pennsylvania

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ISFA Headquarters Relocates to Pennsylvania

Posted on 10 June 2013 by cradmin

The headquarters of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) is moving to a new location outside of Pittsburgh. The office, located in Gibsonia, Pa., will be fully operational by June 15, 2013. The new headquarters location is situated in a building that has been certified as a Gold level LEED building by the US Green Building Council. In parallel with the office move, ISFA is streamlining the Total Fabrication Training program by developing a new process that incorporates the development of Regional ISFA Accredited Training Professionals capable of bringing ISFA hands-on training to the field.

“We anticipate that our relocation to Pittsburgh will help us to be positioned to continue providing programs and initiatives that are focused on helping our members to be efficient, effective, profitable and high-quality providers of surfacing products,” said Chuck Sawyer, executive director of ISFA.

The new office will be at 2400 Wildwood Road, Gibsonia, PA 15044. The toll free number for ISFA remains the same, but the main office number is now (412) 487-3207 and the fax number is (412) 487-3269.

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