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MIA Announces New Board of Directors

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MIA Announces New Board of Directors

Posted on 31 December 2013 by cradmin

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has announced the results of its Board of Directors election. David Carnevale, president of Carnevale & Lohr, of Bell Gardens, Calif., Brenda Edwards, owner/general manager of TexaStone Quarries of Garden City, Texas, and Robert Zavagno, Jr., president of Cleveland Marble Mosaic Co. of Cleveland, Ohio, have been elected by the MIA membership to serve five-year terms. Carnevale will represent Zone 7, which represents Alaska, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Edwards will represent Zone 5, which represents Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. Zavagno will be filling at At-Large position on the Board. A record number of voters participated in this open member election which included a record 10 candidates. Each of the 3 new Board of Directors’ terms will commence during the MIA Annual Business Meeting held during StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas in Las Vegas in January.

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ISFA Announces 2013 Award Winners, Halabi: ‘Fabricator of the Year’

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ISFA Announces 2013 Award Winners, Halabi: ‘Fabricator of the Year’

Posted on 30 December 2013 by cradmin

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

Fadi Halabi of Duracite named 2013 ISFA Fabricator of the Year

Fadi Halabi of Duracite named 2013 ISFA Fabricator of the Year

Taking top honors, the Fabricator of the Year Award was given to Fadi Halabi of Duracite in Fairfield, Calif. The Fabricator of the Year is awarded to an individual of 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. Halabi, fabricator of solid surface, granite and other natural stone, quartz surfacing and recycled materials, operates his business with 10 locations in California and Nevada. He earned the award for being a model leader of a large fabrication company and specifically for perfecting for his business a color-coding process for the hearing impaired, first introduced in the automotive industry. The process allows anyone at any time to walk into any of the company’s shop locations and know exactly where in the process a job is.

The other honored winners are:

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 who has best supported ISFA in all activities. This year’s winner is R.S. Hughes for its program of offering ISFA members with product discounts and for overall customer satisfaction. Additionally, the company readily participates in ISFA functions and supports the association’s goals.

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 winner for 2013 was Russ Berry of A.S.S.T. in Hannover, Pa., for applying ingenuity to the field of solid surface fabrication that leads to the building of out-of-the-box items and amazing projects that others might shy away from. Berry is a past Board Member and President of ISFA, who has given tireless of his time for the betterment of the industry.

The Envision Award is given to the ISFA member firm or individual that excels in creating something imaginative and special for the surfacing industry. The winner for 2013 was Cosentino for the creation of a whole new category in the surfacing industry with the development of its new Dekton product. A new proprietary process, called Particle Sintering Technology (PST), was created in the invention of the product, which is likened to an accelerated process for creating metamorphic rock. Additionally Cosentino has been a long-time supporter of ISFA and its goals in the industry.

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Fabricator Profile: Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces

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Fabricator Profile: Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces

Posted on 27 December 2013 by CRadmin2

ckf1-sam-marcheseConsolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces has established itself as a regional leader in countertop fabrication and installation by placing an emphasis on brand integrity. In order to give the brand a good name, the company has hired a full-time brand manager whose primary job is to communicate and interact with customers.

In addition to working with customers, both internally and remotely, the brand manager helps to establish a positive and productive work environment so that the sales force is ready, willing and able to help customers to the best of their ability.

Consolidated Kitchens & Fireplaces currently employs 200 people who work at the headquarters in Omaha, Neb., and two satellite locations in Lincoln, Neb., and Des Moines, Iowa. The company currently fabricates up to 6,000 sq. ft. of natural and engineered stone each week.

Read more of this Fabricator Profile here.

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UV Stone Repair Adhesive Demonstration

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UV Stone Repair Adhesive Demonstration

Posted on 26 December 2013 by cradmin

This video, shared by Domain Industries, shows a demonstration of ITW Sealants Polymers North America’s (formerly Plexus) UV Stone Repair Adhesive process. While we do not endorse any particular products and know there are other brands and systems available, this one shows the basic process from beginning to end and explains each step with a minimal amount of promotional material. It seems to be pretty insightful.

We would be interested in hearing about your experiences repairing chips and deep scratches in granite and other hard surfaces, and of alternative methods.

Also, if you have a video or know of a video that the industry would be interested in, please email us at info@countertopresource.com and let us know, so we can share it.

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Zillow Presents Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2014

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Zillow Presents Top Kitchen Design Trends for 2014

Posted on 24 December 2013 by CRadmin2

We recently ran across an interesting bit of information that we thought we would share with you. Zillow, one of the most popular Web-based marketplaces for real estate and homes, recently announced the top kitchen design trends for the coming year. According to Zillow’s press release, kitchen remodeling is projected to be one of the top priorities for homeowners in 2014, and many of these jobs will include the installation of new countertops.

Based on a survey of the Zillow Digs Board of Designers and the most popular kitchen photos on the Zillow Digs website, black countertops are projected to be among the top kitchen trends. Homeowners are said to believe that black countertops add an air of sophistication to kitchens. However, many homeowners will be pairing black countertops with light-colored, gray or marble designs in order to create a level of contrast.

In addition to black countertops, the Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Report states that open shelves, glass cabinets and dark paint tones, such as copper, brown and red, will be very prominent in kitchen remodeling in 2014.

Homeowners are said to be looking at granite and quartz for their black countertops, and one member of the Zillow Digs Board of Designers went on record stating that honed, black granite or granite with a leather finish provides a tasteful, dramatic aesthetic.

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Applied Diamond Tools Has New Diamond Router Bits

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Applied Diamond Tools Has New Diamond Router Bits

Posted on 23 December 2013 by cradmin

Applied Diamond Tools EdgeArt Router BitsApplied Diamond Tools offers a new set of EdgeArt V20 Diamond Router bits. The set include 5 router bits: a metal bond segmented diamond router bit for profiling, an electroplated diamond router bit for smoothing and shape correction and three polishing bits. Both M10 and M8 bolts are included for the profiling and smoothing bits to work on portable stone routers such as Hercules, Master, Ghines Sector, Stinger, Dia-Pro X-Treme, Diarex Magnum, etc. And, an adapter is available for the Flex router with 1/2-in. gas female connection. The bits are suitable for creating of full bullnose edge profile of 1-1/4-in. thick granite, and can be ordered in various bit combinations.

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Are You Screening Out Great Sales Candidates?

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Are You Screening Out Great Sales Candidates?

Posted on 20 December 2013 by CRadmin2

Recently, it has been found that many employers are screening out great sales candidates, and this phenomenon has been attributed to two common sales-recruiting myths. The first is that candidates are must have some sort of college degree, and the second is that a number of years of sales experience is required. In most cases, it makes much more sense to hire a prospective salesperson who has a natural talent for the job or one who has already established relationships with prospective clients. However, you may not be attracting those people or giving them a chance to prove themselves because of these two knockout questions in your hiring process.

Studies show that half or more of sales people should probably not hold a sales position, and almost a quarter of them are simply selling the wrong product or service. Therefore, hiring experienced salespeople simply recycles mediocrity and gives you a good chance of employing someone who will not prove to be of benefit to your business.

Lack of experience should never be the sole reason to pass over a candidate because this trait can almost always be overcome with the proper training. What cannot be overcome is a lack of sales talent. Hiring an experienced sales representative who performed poorly for someone else is not a winning recruiting strategy.

The sales profession requires qualities that not everyone possesses. The high turnover rate of salespeople in so many organizations simply reveals ineffective sales hiring and selection processes.

The solution to the problem of high turnover is to stop screening out good candidates by implementing a process for assessing sales candidates who may have the potential to match your top performers. Imagine how your sales would skyrocket if you only had more people like your top performers!

An effective sales assessment strategy takes the guesswork out of hiring people for your valuable sales positions. Such a strategy should include the evaluation of key behaviors, including competitiveness, persistence, sales drive, energy and self-reliance. It should also seek to discover critical sales behaviors, such as prospecting, closing sales, teamwork, building new relationships and maintaining existing relationships.

The use of this approach will lower employee turnover in your sales department and improve sales productivity. Implementing an effective sales-assessment strategy will be an adjustment to your current hiring practices, but it could dramatically increase overall sales and reduce the costs associated with high turnover. It does not make sense to simply accept as a fact that high turnover in your salesforce is normal or standard for the industry. It is only normal if one fails to see through these two common yet flawed elements in the hiring process. The competition may have already discovered what it takes to develop a winning sales staff, and you can’t afford to continue hiring salespeople who simply cannot perform even though they are college educated and experienced.

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Wilsonart Now Exclusive Antimicrobial Eos Distributor in 38 States

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Wilsonart Now Exclusive Antimicrobial Eos Distributor in 38 States

Posted on 19 December 2013 by cradmin

Wilsonart and EOS Surfaces announced that Wilsonart is now the exclusive distributor of Antimicrobial Cupron Enhanced EOS Surfaces in 38 states throughout the U.S., according to a release on Business Wire on Dec. 18. The copper-enhanced material kills greater than 99.9 percent of Gram negative and Gram positive bacteria within two hours of exposure and is registered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Public Health Claims.

“Cupron Enhanced EOS Surfaces is the first synthetic hard surface proven to kill specific disease-causing bacteria, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA),” stated Joseph Elia, Wilsonart Solid Surface Sales Manager. “With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimating that health care-acquired infections (HAIs) affect 2 million individuals and result in about 100,000 deaths annually, killing bacteria on frequently touched surfaces can play an important role in managing risks associated with microbial control. With Cupron Enhanced EOS Surfaces, our sales force will be able to provide expanded options and substantial healthcare solutions to health care organizations, architects and health care consultants among others.”

“Joining forces with Wilsonart gives us expanded distribution channels for a product we anticipate will make a real difference in reducing bioburden in healthcare facilities and could become a standard of care for the industry,” noted Ken Trinder, CEO and President at EOS Surfaces, LLC. “With our state-of-the-art facility in Norfolk, Va., producing the product and Wilsonart’s warehousing system, fleet of delivery trucks and the largest sales representative force in the country, it is win/win for both companies.”

Antimicrobial Cupron Enhanced EOS Surfaces, which are akin to solid surface, can be used in a wide range of applications, including countertops, nurses’ stations and tables.

Read more about Cupron Enhanced EOS here.

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MR Direct Offers TruGranite Sinks

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MR Direct Offers TruGranite Sinks

Posted on 18 December 2013 by cradmin

trugranitekitchenMR Direct offers TruGranite kitchen sinks made from an 80 percent quartzite and 20 percent acrylic composite material. Quartzite is known for its wearability, and acrylic acts as a natural sound dampener, so no sound reducing pads are needed, according to the company. Aside from being scratch-resistant, the sinks are not weakened by household acids or harsh cleaning products, such as lemon juice, vinegar and bleach. The sinks are also resistant to temperatures up to 550 degrees F. They are made with pigments that penetrate the entire sink, not just the surface, and are available in five colors: Beige, Black, Mocha, Silver, and White. A variety of bowl shapes and sizes are available, and there are also undermount styles that include hardware. During production, silver ions are added to the sinks to help kill bacterial growth.

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Sink and Glue Warehouse Launches New Website

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Sink and Glue Warehouse Launches New Website

Posted on 17 December 2013 by cradmin

sink and glue warehouse websiteSink and Glue Warehouse launched a new website at www.sinkandgluewarehouse.com, which features an improved navigation and ordering process and also has information on its expanded sink line-up that now includes small radius and farmhouse style sinks, as well as an American made series of stainless steel sinks. The site also now allows users to download a high quality showroom brochure in digital format or order free printed copies.

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