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Fabricator Profile: United Stoneworks Distinguishes Itself from the Competition

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Fabricator Profile: United Stoneworks Distinguishes Itself from the Competition

Posted on 30 June 2015 by cradmin

IMG_16651Before meeting Mary McGarrity, co-founder of United Stoneworks, Curt Richter was a general contractor who learned early on that he had to differentiate himself from the competition. At that time, he gave his clients tickets to local cooking classes, and it was such a hit that the waiting list grew to six months long.

When Richter and McGarrity formed United Stoneworks in 2009, the cooking class concept continued, but they took it one step further by hosting them in the working kitchen in their showroom. They hold the classes twice each month, and professional cooks are invited to teach and promote their restaurants in the process.

McGarrity and Richter bring years of experience to the company. Before beginning this endeavor, she was an architect working for the largest countertop fabricator in New Mexico, and she was head of the installation department of Home Depot for several years. Before Richter became a general contractor, he worked in the office equipment industry.

United Stoneworks, located in Albuquerque, N.M., receives about half its business from the commercial sector with the other half coming from retail residential customers. Nearly all of the work they do involves granite and quartz countertops paired with tile backsplashes.

Soon after opening, the company became recognized for its high level of customer satisfaction. It hired only qualified professionals, kept the showroom attractive and well organized and became active in the local community in several ways, one of which has been holding parties open to the public at every opportunity.

Richter and McGarrity recognize that their financial model is not popular in the countertop industry, but they say they have been able to keep costs down and production high by encouraging employees to take ownership of the business and take pride in their work.

Read more of this Fabricator Profile here: United Stoneworks

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TCL Asset Group to Auction Stone, Quartz, Solid Surface Fabrication Facility Assets

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TCL Asset Group to Auction Stone, Quartz, Solid Surface Fabrication Facility Assets

Posted on 26 June 2015 by CRadmin2

P1050027 - CopyTCL Asset Group Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, invites fabricators and other countertop professionals to the live onsite and webcast public auction sale of more than 2,000 full and partial slabs of Cambria quartz and a variety of stone, quartz, solid surface and laminate fabrication equipment all formerly owned by Stratech.

The auction will take place on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. EDT. Items and equipment may be inspected on August 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or by appointment.  All assets are being held at the following address:

824 Rue Principale, Saint-Dominique, Quebec, Canada
(56 miles from the Montreal International Airport)

Slab Inventory and equipment for sale includes all of the following:

State of the Art Production Equipment includes:

  • 430 full slabs & 1,630 partial slabs of assorted CAMBRIA quartz, marble, & granite, etc.
  • (1) 2014 COMANDULLI automatic multi-spindle conveyor belt stone polishing machine, model Omega-100 8+4 DX
  • (1) 2010 BRETON CNC combination diamond saw & waterjet stone cutting center, model Combicut DJ/NC-500, c/w automatic worktop exchange system, KMT Streamline waterjet intensifier, model SL-V-E50, SIEMENS Sinumerik control, & camera system
  • (1) 2011 BRETON CNC stone router contouring machining center, model Robocup ContourBreton NC260-K37, c/w SIEMENS Sinumerik control
  • (1) 2007 BRETON CNC stone router contouring machining center, model ContourBreton NC260-K23, c/w SIEMENS Sinumerik control
  • (1) 2004 BOTTERO BIMATECH CNC stone router contouring machining center, model TechnoStone, 4000 mm. x 2300 mm. table
  • (1) 2005 AXYZ AUTOMATION CNC dual-spindle stone router, model 7012
  • (1) 2004 TERZAGO stone bridge saw, model Rapida
  • (1) 2014 ITALMECC water treatment, clarification, & recycling system, c/w 15,000 liter cap. s/s clarifier, model C15, 8,000 liter cap. water tank, pumps, dosing stations, etc.
  • (1) 2011 ENVIROSYSTEM water filtration & recycling system, c/w filter press, tanks, & pumps, etc.
  • (1) 2011 OMEGADIAMOND portable hydraulic stone chiseler, model BigDog
  • (1) 2012 PRODIM Proliner measurement system, model 7-2D3D
  • (1) LASER PRODUCTS laser templator, model LT-55XL
  • MANZELLIAARDWOLF assorted stone lifting equipment
  • assorted laminate countertop & woodworking equipment, including: (1) WIL-BE countertop saw, (1) HOLZ-HER panel saw, model SuperCut 1265, assorted table & band saws, power tools, dust collectors, etc.
  • assorted paint blending, distributing, & spraying equipment
  • (2) 5-ton cap. overhead bridge cranes, 40′ span x 100′ runways, & 40′ span x 150′ runways, c/w elec. hoists
  • (3) pedestal jib cranes c/w elec. hoists
  • (1) 2005 KOMATSU indoor-outdoor propane forklift truck, 6,000 lbs. cap., model FG30HT-14
  • (1) 2011 SULLIVAN-PALATEK 50 h.p. air compressor, model 5000
  • (1) 2012 SULLIVAN-PALATEK air dryer, model SPRF-235A-216
  • (2) DEVAIR 15 h.p. air compressors
  • (1) DEVAIR5 h.p. air compressor
  • (2) DEVILBISS & AIRTEK air dryers
  • (1) 2011 MS electric pressure washer, model AS5540-PRO
  • (1) 2013 1,500 sq. ft. canvas garage
  • office furniture & equipment, photocopiers, computers, telephone system, etc.

Large Amount of Quartz, Marble and Granite Inventory

  • 430 full stabs: 90 percent Quartz (Cambria)/10 percent Marble & Granite
  • 1600 off-cuts: 90 percent Quartz/10 percent Marble & Granite (these numbers are approximate only)

Online bidding is available for this auction through BidSpotter, or visit www.ManagingYourAssets.com for details, photos and videos. This auction is being conducted by TCL Asset Group Inc. and Crescent Commercial Corporation. For further information call toll-free (877) 825-2435.

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ETemplate Offers More Portable 2-D/3-D Version of Laser Measuring System

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ETemplate Offers More Portable 2-D/3-D Version of Laser Measuring System

Posted on 25 June 2015 by cradmin

ETemplate E-Laser XpressThe new ELaser™ Xpress from ETemplate Systems is designed to be a more portable and affordable laser digital templating system. It uses new X Range technology designed for superior measuring performance and includes digital leveling, built in wi-fi connectivity and live video cross hair on the laser, reports the company. The system also uses the Measure Manager™ Software used by the company’s “Pro” system. The 2-D version of the system can measure any 2-D plane in space, including tub surrounds, shower walls, full height splashes and wall surfaces. The 3-D version can measure and model complete 3-D rooms for more complex needs, and includes file compatibility with Cabinet Vision, Cabinetware, 20/20 Design and KCD, as well as DXF and DWG for Microvellum and other CAD and CAM tools.

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Cosentino Adds 8 Additional Colors to Dekton Product Line

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Cosentino Adds 8 Additional Colors to Dekton Product Line

Posted on 24 June 2015 by cradmin

Cosentino Dekton BoreaDekton by Cosentino, an ultra-compact sintered surface made from glass, porcelain and quartz, added eight new color option to its line up, bringing the total number of colors available to 23. These new colors come include two marble-like color (Enzo, which is white with dark veining, and Kelya, which is dark with light veining ) in the Natural Looks collection. It also includes three colors in the Solids Collection:  Ventus, a lighter gray, Korus, a darker gray, and Galema, which is sort of a grayish/olive color. The remaining three colors are Keon, a gray color with subtle swirls in the Tech Collection, and two colors in the Wild Collection, both of which have stripe-like veining – Borea (pictured here) and Makai (a very light gray color with darker stripe-like veins. These new introductions are in addition to a launch of five additional colors (Aura, Edora, Irok, Kairos and Vegha) earlier this year.

The material is suitable for both interior and exterior uses, including countertops, vanities, wet walls/showers, flooring and cladding. The material is made using a proprietary process called “particle sintering technology” or PST that uses heat and pressure to provide the material with UV resistance for color stability, high strength, and resistance to impacts, scratching and abrasion, as well as low water absorption and thermal shock resistance. All of these colors will be available in large format slabs of 56 by 126 in. and in three thicknesses: 0.8cm, 1.2cm and 2cm.

You may also be interested in this article on the most recent colors of Neolith compact surface.

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U.S. Surface Warehouse Relaunches Livingstone Website

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U.S. Surface Warehouse Relaunches Livingstone Website

Posted on 23 June 2015 by cradmin

U.S. Surface Warehouse, provider of Livingstone solid surface and a variety of sinks, relaunched its website at www.livingstonesurfaces.com. The new site focuses on navigability, providing color swatches and competitive comparisons, as well as useful information (including technical data) and images regarding the company’s solid surface, sink and other products, for fabricators, the architectural & design community and consumers.

You may also be interested in this article on a new edge visualizer tool from MSI.

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EOS Surfaces Expands GEOS Distribution with E.B. Bradley

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EOS Surfaces Expands GEOS Distribution with E.B. Bradley

Posted on 22 June 2015 by cradmin

E.B. Bradley Co. now exclusively distributes EOS Surfaces’ GEOS Recycled Glass Surfaces in California. E.B. Bradley will also support GEOS sales for more than 250 Home Depot stores in the region. With 20 colors of recycled glass distributed throughout the product’s resin-based sheets, GEOS is suitable for countertops and other surfaces, and is eligible for up to 4 LEED points. As a designated distributor for Wilsonart products, E.B. Bradley also sells EOScu, EOS Surfaces’ Preventive/Biocidal Surfaces™.

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Forklifts Top Cause of Machinery Fatalities in United States

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Forklifts Top Cause of Machinery Fatalities in United States

Posted on 19 June 2015 by cradmin

417-031-000 June is National Safety Month, an annual observance led by the National Safety Council, and even though National Forklift Safety Day was held on June 10, it is worthy as the subject of our first regular Health and Safety Watch here at CountertopResource.com. Forklift safety training is a serious issue, and one that should be addressed in every warehouse.

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), forklifts are the leading cause of machinery fatalities in the United States, and federal and state regulations on forklift operation are aimed at preventing workplace accidents and deaths, more than 70 percent of which could have been avoided with proper training and precautionary measures. In addition, if your business does not comply with these regulations, it could be levied with fines of up to $10,000 per operator.

Forklift Accident Statistics

Hanley Wood Media has produced an excellent infographic concerning the hazards of powered industrial trucks, more commonly known as forklifts, on its informational website Tools of the Trade. This pictorial statistical analysis was created using several key resources, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Institute of Standards and Technology. Key findings on the safety of forklifts include all of the following:

  • Forklifts are the number one cause of machinery fatalities in the United States.
  • One out of six workplace deaths involve forklifts.
  • About 110,000 forklift accidents occur each year, costing businesses more than $135 million in damages.
  • More than 100 people die each year from forklift-related accidents.
  • Eleven percent of all forklifts in operation will be involved in an accident each year, and 90 percent will be involved in an accident in their operational lifespans.
  • Eighty percent of all forklift accidents involve people other than the driver.

Common Forklift Accidents

Forklifts may be directly involved in a number of different accidents that result in serious injuries or death. The most common accidents caused by forklifts and the percentage of total forklift accidents are as follows:

  • Crushed by forklift tipping over – 42 percent
  • Crushed between forklift and another surface – 25 percent
  • Crushed between forklift and another vehicle – 11 percent
  • Run over or struck by a moving forklift – 10 percent
  • Struck by objects falling or knocked over by forklift – 8 percent
  • Fall from forks or platform on the forks – 4 percent

In 2001, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued a safety alert concerning forklifts titled Preventing Injuries and Deaths of Workers Who Operate or Work Near Forklifts after analyzing several accidents involving powered industrial trucks. From 1980 to 1994, a total of 1,021 workers died in forklift-related incidents, and since then, several case studies have been conducted:

Most Forklift Accidents Are Preventable

shib093003_fig3OSHA, NIOSH and industry associations repeatedly stress the dangers of forklifts, but accidents have not significantly declined in decades. However, these statistics could be expected to drop dramatically if employers followed all of the safety precautions and tips that have recently been published.

Oregon OSHA offers a helpful fact sheet on operating powered industrial trucks, and the Forklift Safety Guide published by the State of Washington is a comprehensive resource for both employers and workers. Federal OSHA also offers a detailed guide on Powered Industrial Trucks that includes sections on fundamentals, forklift operation, workplace conditions and training assistance.

Forklift Safety Tips for Employers

Following are only a few of the most important tips for operating forklifts safely. All of these tips have been summarized from the sources above:

  • All forklift operators must be trained and licensed according to federal and state regulations.
  • It is a violation of federal law for anyone under the age of 18 to operate a forklift.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive safety program for forklift operators, and ensure that it complies with federal and state training requirements.
  • Inspect and maintain all powered industrial vehicles on a regular basis.
  • Insist that operators use accepted restraint systems.
  • Separate foot traffic from vehicle traffic by limiting where forklifts and workers on foot may travel.
  • Restrict forklifts from high-traffic zones, such as break rooms, offices and time clock areas.
  • Install barriers to isolate foot traffic from forklift traffic.
  • Perform workplace safety inspections at least once per year.
  • Do not perform modifications on forklifts unless specifically approved by the manufacturer.

Forklift Training Saves Lives

The federal branch of OSHA has implemented several standards pertaining to the safe operation of powered industrial trucks and forklifts. These are detailed in Occupational Safety and Health Standard 29 CFR 1910.178, which covers training, maintenance and operation.

In March 1999, the Final Rule for Powered Industrial Truck Operator Training [29 CFR 1910.178(l)] went into effect. This rule requires that all forklift operators complete forklift training and obtain licenses for forklift operation.

Forklift training must include both classroom instruction and hands-on training conducted by qualified trainers. Trainers may be provided in-house by the employer, a government agency, a trade organization or a third-party safety company. Once employees have been licensed, they may legally operate forklifts for a period of three years before re-evaluation and recertification is mandated. In addition, operators must complete refresher training if observed operating forklifts unsafely, after forklift accidents or near-miss incidents, before operating a different type of forklift or when a change in the workplace affects forklift safety.

For further information, contact your state OSHA office, a trade organization such as the Marble Institute of America (MIA) or International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA), a third-party safety-compliance company or send us a message here at CountertopResource.com and we will point you in the right direction.

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Deadline for 2015 MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Approaches

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Deadline for 2015 MIA Natural Stone Scholarship Approaches

Posted on 18 June 2015 by cradmin

For those interested in applying for the 2015 Marble Institute of America’s (MIA) Natural Stone Scholarship, the deadline is quickly approaching. Applications must be received no later than July 17. This scholarship is open to aspiring fabricators, installers and administrative apprentices who have less than five years’ experience in the natural stone industry and work for an MIA member company. Applicants should submit a completed application form, along with a 250-500 word essay describing their commitment to the natural stone industry and a letter of recommendation from their employer. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide new stone professionals the chance to gain technical and practical knowledge, network and explore their future leadership potential. It also covers travel and registration expenses for StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2016, held Jan. 19 to 22, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Winners will also attend MIA’s annual meeting. This year’s scholarship is sponsored by Coldspring and will be awarded in January 2016.

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A Look at the New U.S. Caesarstone Manufacturing Plant

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A Look at the New U.S. Caesarstone Manufacturing Plant

Posted on 17 June 2015 by cradmin

In a new video released by Caesarstone various leaders of the company talk about the opening of its first U.S.-based quartz surfacing manufacturing facility just outside of Savannah, Ga. It also gives a basic inside look at the workings of the plant. The facility has been in the works for quite awhile and its opening represents the ability for the company to produce “made in the USA” material, and be closer to, and therefore more nimble towards, the U.S. market.

The facility also has a showroom where industry professionals can view the color selections and even gather for various meetings and events in a “community center” portion of the building.

You may also be interested in this video on the Breton quartz manufacturing process.

 

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Antolini Introduces Multicolored ‘Fusion WOW’ Quartzite

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Antolini Introduces Multicolored ‘Fusion WOW’ Quartzite

Posted on 16 June 2015 by cradmin

Antolini Fusion Wow_Dark Antolini now offers a select line of its new Fusion WOW slabs, which are rare multicolored quartzite. The company has the exclusive rights to this Brazilian stone, which it classifies three ways: Light, Dark and Multicolor. Each variety of this unique stone offers a palette of maroons, blues, coppers, whites, greys and greens among Earth tones, all shifted in gorgeous blurred patterns that nearly defy description.

You may also be interested in article on MSI’s 7 new quartz colors.

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