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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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SCIGRIP Acquires Integra Adhesives, Consolidation Effect on Future Unsure

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SCIGRIP Acquires Integra Adhesives, Consolidation Effect on Future Unsure

Posted on 08 April 2016 by cradmin

3 glue logosAccording to a recent press release, Integra Adhesvies, one of the largest adhesives companies serving the countertop/surfacing market, was bought out this month by SCIGRIP Smarter Adhesives Solutions, a global manufacturer of structural and engineered adhesive products and a wholly owned subsidiary of IPS Corporation. Known already for acquiring top talent in this segment of the surfacing market, such as its acquisition of GlueWarehouse.com, which included industry icons Chad Thomas and Ray Aleksic, as well as hiring well known surfacing adhesives expert Bryan Stannard, formerly of ITW Polymers Sealants North America (previously known as Plexus), SCIGRIP is definitely making a move to dominate the market. Integra Adhesives has a solid reputation and years of experience serving the countertop/surfacing market providing adhesive for solid surface, quartz and natural stone. It remains to be seen if SCIGRIP can now maintain its hold on all of the top talent it has on board. In this reporter’s estimation, doing any less would open doors for its diminishing number of competitors to point to the size, but lack of specific long-term industry expertise.

According to the release, Integra Adhesives will maintain its headquarters in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, and manufacturing will take place both there and in Durham, N.C., but it is fair to wonder how long that can take place before a shift to a single facility and the cost reduction of economies of scale will come into play.

Also fair to wonder is how GlueWarehouse.com will be affected in the face of this buyout of its largest North American competitor. Some speculate SCIGRIP will fold the two entities together creating a powerhouse of knowledge, experience, salesmanship and industry respect. However, others say this will mean cutting some of the most industry-trusted staff in one or both companies – Integra and/or GlueWarehouse.com, which would likely weaken its position, especially considering it also has a European arm requiring expertise.

This move, while going against what we’ve been seeing in the market with more and more adhesive companies coming into play in the past half a dozen years, is not really all that surprising. That is once you take into account the team-up recently announced between TENAX and GlueBoss, as well as the fact that Colt Industries dropped Corian and Zodiaq in 17 states, dropping SCIGRIP (private-labeled) along with the DuPont materials and replacing it with GlueBoss.

One move that may be expected is a price drop in the SCIGRIP products to undercut GlueBoss and force it out of the market, giving the former a near-monopoly in the marketplace. However, 0ne may also wonder if other foreign players, such as Confiad, which seems to be making a move to increase its awareness in the marketplace, might now have an opportunity. Also, although ITW PSNA (formerly Plexus) is appearing to be withdrawing from the surfacing industry as of late, this may prove to be an opportunity for it to get back in the game. Of course, only time will tell how this all plays out, but fabricators we have spoken with appear to be nervous that they will have less choice along with less expertise. Of course Jean Poisson of Integra seems to have done well during his tenure in the industry and with the likes of Thomas, Stannard and Aleksic can certainly take on all comers.

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Integra Adhesives Launches New Versatile Surface Bonder ULTRA

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Integra Adhesives Launches New Versatile Surface Bonder ULTRA

Posted on 04 November 2015 by cradmin

integra surface bonder adhesiveIntegra Adhesives launched Surface Bonder ULTRA, a new adhesive made for an wide range of surfaces and applications. The adhesive works in extreme weather conditions, indoor and outdoor and has a high UV resistance, so colors will not fade in the sun. Surface Bonder ULTRA can be fabricated to provide a honed, gloss or textured finish during cure helping to create invisible seams on any surface. With more than 4,000PSI bond strength, it will bond to multiple surfaces, including quartz natural stone, ceramic, ultra-compact materials and glass. And it won’t stain or yellow and so is ideal for white material.

Offered pre-colored in a 215ml 2:1 cartridges or as a tintable clear adhesive in a quart can, Surface Bonder Ultra is the newest addition to Integra’s line of adhesives and accessories. Color charts can be downloaded from the company’s website or app.

Visit Integra Adhesives at www.integra-adhesives.com/products/surface-bonder-ultra/ for more details.

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Integra Adhesives Launches Color Matching SmartPhone App

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Integra Adhesives Launches Color Matching SmartPhone App

Posted on 20 November 2014 by cradmin

integraapp Integra Adhesives launched a Smartphone App for iOS and Android that is a reference tool to select appropriate adhesive colors from Integra. It allows fabricators to pull the company’s entire collection of color reference charts, whether online or off-line, for quick reference anytime, anywhere. It also shows images of more than 200 natural stone colors, matched with Integra Natural stone collection. Additionally, itbrings up a visual guide to the company’s 300 Surface Bonder Xi colors, allowing fabricators to not only clearly see what each color looks like, but also what are its closest similar colors.

The new app also features an Adhesive Calculator that allows fabricators to determine the required amount of adhesive for a specific job, based on linear feet of lamination, miter or deck seam, for various material thicknesses. It offers videos, product specifications and technical references. The app can be downloaded for free in the Apple App Store or in Google Play by searching for “Integra Adhesives.” A link to the app is also available on the company’s website.

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Integra Adhesives Launches Stone Swatch Deck Match Guide

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Integra Adhesives Launches Stone Swatch Deck Match Guide

Posted on 12 September 2014 by cradmin

Integra Stone Swatch Deck wbIntegra Adhesives, makers of pre-colored cartridge-based adhesives for laminating, mitering and seaming quartz, natural stone and solid surface, launched a unique companion tool for color matching natural stone. The Integra Stone Swatch Deck allows fabricators to visually reference 58 slabs of the most popular natural stones, matched with one of the 15 adhesive colors that are part of Integra Natural Stone collection. Even if the exact stone the fabricator is working with isn’t in the deck, he or she will be able to compare it with similar stone colors to make the right choice when seaming.

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Integra Adhesives Introduces Pre-tinted Bulk Adhesive

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Integra Adhesives Introduces Pre-tinted Bulk Adhesive

Posted on 28 May 2014 by cradmin

integra gallon-cansRecognized for its high-quality, pre-colored cartridge-based adhesives, Integra Adhesives now offers a line of pre-tinted adhesive sold in 1.25 gallon containers. Available in 11 colors specific to natural stone with color match cross-references, Integra Bulk eliminates hand mixing tints and allows for consistent color matches. With a working time of 10 to 12 minutes and a full cure in less than 30 minutes, it offers a strength of 3,000 to 4,000 psi on natural stone. It is also suitable for white marbles, as it includes true whites that won’t stain. The bulk adhesive is sold in packs of one, two or four and ships from the company’s multiple warehouses in the United States.

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Integra Adhesives now Distributes Axiom 25 Silicone in North America

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Integra Adhesives now Distributes Axiom 25 Silicone in North America

Posted on 01 May 2014 by cradmin

Axiom Silicone sqIntegra Adhesives announced that it is now distributing Axiom 25 Silicone in North America. Axiom 25 is a highly flexible, fast-curing silicone sealant that was formulated for use with all solid surface products, quartz surfacing, engineered stone, cultured marble and other non-porous surfaces. Shipping from Integra’s multiple warehouses in North America, Axiom translucent silicone comes in a rainbow of colors – White, Beige, Gray, Rose, Green, Blue, Charcoal, Earth and Clear. “The Axiom Silicone line is a great fit with our existing offering.” stated a release from Integra. “Not only is Axiom also recognized as a premium product, being a 100 percent high performance silicone, it complements Integra’s adhesive line to allow fabricators a beautiful, high quality finished product”.

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Integra Adhesives Invests in Manufacturing Facility, Lowers Pricing

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Integra Adhesives Invests in Manufacturing Facility, Lowers Pricing

Posted on 13 March 2014 by cradmin

Integra Adhesives USA Inc. announced a major investment at its manufacturing facility, adding 40 percent production space and drastically increasing its production capacity. Additionally, the investment has allowed the company to lower its fabricator pricing for its most popular colors sold in 250ml cartridges. According to a release by the company, the investment was prompted by growth in the U.S. economy and increased low-cost competition. Integra had already invested in vertical market integration, with its own packaging, mixing and dispensing system in addition to the stone, quartz and solid surface adhesives themselves. This new investment includes increased automation that allows the company to remain competitive by keeping down its labor costs.

“As we are now producing these colors in larger batches, we are in a position to pass on the savings to fabricators” stated the release. “This new pricing affects over 30 different colors that match the majority of commonly used surfaces.”

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Integra Adhesives Appoints New Manager

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Integra Adhesives Appoints New Manager

Posted on 14 October 2013 by cradmin

Integra Adhesives USA Inc. appointed Monika Gasior as Midwest territory manager. With more than 10 years’ experience in the countertop, architecture and design industry, she is based in Chicago and will provide sales and technical assistance to fabricators in the U.S. Midwest. “The hiring of Monika demonstrates Integra’s ongoing commitment in supporting countertop fabricators throughout the U.S.” stated a release by the company. “Our local sales and technical support team adds to the benefit of ordering adhesives from a recognized, North American manufacturer: fresh made products, unlimited color options and constant quality at competitive pricing.”

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Integra Adhesives Launches Online Interactive Color Charts

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Integra Adhesives Launches Online Interactive Color Charts

Posted on 10 December 2012 by cradmin

Integra Adhesives launched a unique interactive color chart webpage. It allows fabricators to build a custom color chart based on what material (from quartz, natural stone, solid surface, glass, marble, ceramic and concrete) and brands they fabricate.  They can then sort the chart by sheet color or adhesive color and even select specific sheet colors they are working with.

‘’This is a great new tool for our customers’’ said Integra.  ‘’Fabricators now have access to tailor-made color charts, based on the specific sheet brands and colors they fabricate.’’

Moreover, the new interactive color charts includes cartridge size availabilities for each colors, between the 100ml, fitting in a regular caulking gun and a made for in the field seem, standard 250ml and cost effective 500ml, ideal for large projects.

The new tool can be found at the company’s website at www.integra-adhesives.com/colour-charts.

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