CountertopResource.com Hires Countertop Industry Veteran Chad Thomas as Sales Director

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CountertopResource.com Hires Countertop Industry Veteran Chad Thomas as Sales Director

Posted on 30 January 2017 by cradmin

Chad Thomas, well known in the countertop/surfacing fabrication industry is CountertopResource's new Sales Directo

Chad Thomas, well known in the countertop/surfacing fabrication industry is CountertopResource.com’s new Sales Director

CountertopResource.com, the leader in information portals for the countertop industry and its subsidiaries, is pleased to announce that it has hired Chad Thomas as its Sales Director.

Thomas has more than 15 years of experience in the countertop and surfacing industry, having started at Integra Adhesives in 2001, where he was an integral part of its sales and product development. In 2010, he left Integra to found Gluewarehouse.com, a very successful e-commerce start-up, dedicated to the sale of adhesives and accessories for the surfacing industry.

Throughout his tenure in the industry, Thomas has developed friendships and a host of contacts with countertop and surfacing fabricators, as well as other product suppliers and the media. In his new role, he will be assisting suppliers and manufacturers of countertop and surfacing-related products to develop their audience through marketing with CountertopResource.com. Thomas will also handle sales of the marketing products related to CountertopResource.com’s companion website GreenSurfaceResource.com.

“CountertopResource.com and GreensurfaceResource.com are the industry’s best sites for countertop content,” commented Thomas on the new position. “I am excited about being part of the team. I’m really looking forward to reconnecting the relationships I’ve made over the years and making new ones as well.”

“With Chad’s in-depth knowledge of countertop fabrication, high level of respect for and from the industry and extensive contact base, we know he will be a great addition to the team of expert writers and researchers at both CountertopResource.com and GreenSurfaceResource.com,” said Brian Jones, Editor & Content Manager of the sites. “We expect Chad’s expertise to allow us to continue to grow the websites in new directions to better serve our audience with expanded content and new offerings.”

Thomas officially began the role on January 16 and can be reached for comment at cthomas@countertopresource.com or by phone at (360) 922-9191.

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StoneTalk Episode 30: Blake Christensen

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StoneTalk Episode 30: Blake Christensen

Posted on 26 January 2017 by cradmin

In the 30th episode of Moraware’s StoneTalk Podcast, host Patrick Foley interviews Blake Christensen, owner of Valley View Granite in Utah. The two discuss a variety of topics, including all of the following:

  • How to provide customers with a great end-to-end experience
  • Get good people from other industries and retrain them for yours
  • Reasons to avoid being the low-price provider in your market
  • Challenges of opening a new location

Read the transcript of this episode here: StoneTalk Episode 30 – Blake Christensen

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Performance of Laminam Ceramic Compact Surface

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Performance of Laminam Ceramic Compact Surface

Posted on 17 January 2017 by cradmin

While this video, produced by Laminam, starts off looking like a commercial for a restaurant with a chef making pasta and such, it soon becomes apparent it is a demonstration of how the company’s ceramic compact material performs under heavy use conditions. The material is subject to cutting and chopping, oil and acidic materials poured directly on it, liquids that are commonly known to stain, etc. After this, it is simply wiped clean and appears to have no damage.

Laminam is along the lines of Dekton or Neolith compact materials, but it has been said it is “tension free” meaning no relief cuts need be made in it when fabricating.

We’d love to hear your experiences using this product. Post a response to this video below or drop us a line.

You may also be interested in this video showing Dekton’s performance tests.

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Groves Releases 2017 Stone Handling Catalog

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Groves Releases 2017 Stone Handling Catalog

Posted on 06 January 2017 by cradmin

groves catalogGroves Incorporated has released the new 2017 edition of its “Stone Storage, Fabrication and Transportation Systems” catalog. The catalog features several new products, such as its Heavy-Duty Bundle Rack-Long; Heavy-Duty Backsplash Cart; and Heavy-Duty Drywall Cart, as well as a variety of fabrication tables and storage/material handling products for granite, quartz and numerous other slab and countertop related materials. It can be downloaded at Groves website or the company will send a printed copy to those requesting one.

You may also be interested in this article on Wood Powr Grip Vacuum LIfters.

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A Video Look at Fabricating Compact Surfaces

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A Video Look at Fabricating Compact Surfaces

Posted on 23 December 2016 by cradmin

This video, produced and offered by Neolith by TheSize, takes a relatively deep look at fabricating ultra-compact/compact surfaces. It discusses the types of equipment that can be used, as well as the blades and tooling required. This information includes CNC machining, waterjet cutting and even the use of hand tools, addressing both wet and dry cutting. It also touches on adhesive qualities needed for installation (including interior versus exterior applications).

It also explains the cutting speeds (both feed speeds and RPM for blades) allowed for different types of cuts and equipment. It discusses making relief cuts when necessary. Support systems for use when cutting or performing other tasks are also touched upon, as well as material handling methods.

Other areas examined are finishing, polishing, edging, sink cut-outs and mounting, among other things.

Of course, the video is specifically referencing the Neolith compact surface product, but the information should be in the ball park for other materials, although manufacturer recommendations should certainly be followed in all cases.

You may also be interested in this video on performance testing for Dekton Compact Surfacing.

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OHM International Introduces AUREA STONE New Innovative Surfacing Product

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OHM International Introduces AUREA STONE New Innovative Surfacing Product

Posted on 22 December 2016 by cradmin

aurea stoneOHM International, historically an importer and wholesaler of quality natural stone products, has introduced AUREA STONE, a second-generation quartz surfacing.

Aurea Stone is being billed as Quartz 2.0 because of its realistic match to natural marble. The high-definition look of this quartz surfacing provide for its sharp, clean, tight lines of movement. It also has a translucent quality that allows for depth in soft subtle undertones of color that allow for its realistic marble look. It offers very bright whites and a grainless surface that result in solid light reflection and shine.

The material is nonporous, making it highly stain-resistant, easy to clean and exceedingly hygienic for food preparation. This durable surface is also etch-, scratch- and heat-resistant.

Slabs are jumbo sized at 3cm thick and 126 by 63 in. The material comes in seven marble-like colors/patterns: Paragon, Venatino Sfumato, Phidias, Calacatta Dinergy, Lincoln, Etched and Epitome. AUREA STONE comes with a 15-year warranty. For more information, visit www.ohmintl.com/aureastone/.

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Chemcore Acquires C-Tech-I Sinks

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Chemcore Acquires C-Tech-I Sinks

Posted on 01 December 2016 by cradmin

chemcore C-Tech-I sinksChemcore Industries acquired the C-Tech-I sink line and, as owner of the brand, will be the exclusive distributor of C-Tech-I sinks through its five U.S. warehouses located in: Austin; Atlanta; Hampton, N.H. (Boston area); Brea, Calif. (Los Angeles/Orange County); and Chicago. C-Tech-I has built a reputation as an premium quality sink line, featuring rare euro 3-piece construction and heavy 16-gauge materials. Most models come as a complete sink package including grids, sink strainer/drain and a pasta strainer. Chemcore will stock more than 30 models in the C-Tech-I Imperial line of stainless sinks, available from all locations.

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Centipede Tool Offers Industrial Strength Portable Work System

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Centipede Tool Offers Industrial Strength Portable Work System

Posted on 28 November 2016 by cradmin

centipedeThe Centipede® Portable Work System is an industrial strength platform capable of supporting thousands of pounds wherever needed, stowing away into the smallest corner when it isn’t. Featuring a patented steel frame design, the system is constructed of multiple steel struts that rest directly between the load and ground to support an incredible amount of weight while keeping even the thinnest materials from sagging. Struts are moved in tandem with flat steel cross bars flexible enough to absorb impacts and durable enough to ensure long-lasting smooth operation. Available in two models, the Centipede® Sawhorse supports surfaces with six struts over a 2 by 4-ft. area. Rated for 1,500 lbs., it weighs only 11 lbs. and collapses to 6 by 9 in. The Centipede® SupportXL has 15 struts over a 4 by 8-ft. area, is rated for 3,000 lbs., weighs 29 lbs. and collapses to 9 by 14 in.

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Outwater Provides Numerous Countertop Supports

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Outwater Provides Numerous Countertop Supports

Posted on 21 November 2016 by cradmin

outwater industries countertop bracketsOutwater Industries offers metal support brackets for countertops in many styles and in many prices. Available in 1008 cold rolled steel, cast iron, cast aluminum and in solid carbon steel, some of the company’s various designs of brackets have load ratings of more than 1,000 lbs. per pair. The company also offers ornate support for their shelves and countertops via its line of corbels. With hundreds of styles to choose from the corbels are available in American hard maple, cherry, red oak and alder, as well as resin and polyurethane.

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Akrilika Launches AQ Stone Quartz Surfacing Series

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Akrilika Launches AQ Stone Quartz Surfacing Series

Posted on 18 November 2016 by cradmin

akrilikaRussian-based supplier Akrilika introduced AQ Stone – а new line of quartz surfacing material that features marblelike aesthetic and vast veining, flowing through each design. The new products are distinguished by a dynamic combination of natural beauty and performance as demanded by the discerning customers.

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