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ISFA Promotes Bryan Stannard to Executive Director

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ISFA Promotes Bryan Stannard to Executive Director

Posted on 23 January 2017 by CRadmin3

Bryan Stannard ISFA Executive Director

Bryan Stannard New ISFA Executive Director

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) promoted Bryan Stannard to the position of ISFA Executive Director, after having previously served as Membership Director. Stannard was named Acting Executive Director in early November 2016, replacing Mike Langenderfer, who served as the Interim Executive Director since November of 2015. In January, the position was made permanent.

“Bryan is a knowledgeable professional with nearly two decades of experience in the surfacing industry,” said ISFA President Ryan Miller. “He has a lot of great ideas for advancing the association. The ISFA Board of Directors is confident he will do a great job in the role.”

Before taking on his previous role as ISFA Membership Director, Stannard held a variety of positions in the surfacing industry including surfacing manager for ITW Polymers Sealants North America, commercial manager for DuPont, and strategic account manager for IPS. He has also served three years as an Associate Board Member with ISFA and has been a member of ISFA since its inception.

“My goal is to grow not only the membership of ISFA, but also the number and depth of member benefits the association offers,” said Stannard. “I am excited to take on this responsibility and getting out to meet with our members to find out how we can better serve them going forward.”

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ISFA Industry Outlook Predicts Growth in 2016

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ISFA Industry Outlook Predicts Growth in 2016

Posted on 26 April 2016 by cradmin

ISFA Outlook article grabThe International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) published its annual Countertop Industry Outlook for 2016 in its magazine Countertops & Architectural Surfaces. The ISFA forecast is the only one of its kind in a print publication (although it can also be read online), taking into consideration that it is not specific to a single type of countertop material. The forecast is researched and written each year by the editor of the magazine, ISFA Communications Director Kevin Cole, who predicts fabricators and others involved in the countertop industry are “poised for another year of growth.”

This is expected to be the fourth consecutive year of growth in the countertop industry since the economy recovered from the recession that began to hit hard in 2008. According to the 2013 industry forecast, the economy was still a bit sluggish but was beginning to look up, and since that time, most industries and the economy in general has improved.

Because there are very few sources available that specifically focus on countertops, the ISFA Industry Outlook is based on data that supports countertop demand, which begins with the general economy and then looks more closely at allied areas, such as U.S. housing starts data, nonresidential building construction, home improvement product sales, remodeling predictions, cabinet sales and others. If you are not a member of ISFA or are not otherwise receiving their quarterly publication, we strongly suggest you subscribe online. Subscriptions are free to qualified individuals and organizations in the United States, at least at the current time.

ISFA’s industry forecast has been anchored for the last four years by the Countertops study conducted by The Freedonia Group. The latest report is 389 pages in length and forecasts the state of the countertop market through 2024. According to this report, demand for countertops is expected to increase by 4.2 percent annually through 2019, which values the industry at about $29.3 billion.

The Freedonia Group also expects the share of laminate countertops will fall in terms of square footage in comparison to other materials, yet continue to account for more than one-third of the market through 2019, and demand will rise by 3.4 percent per year through 2019.

Natural stone is predicted to make the largest gains as low-cost imports enter the market and prices continue to drop. However, the forecast for total annual sales by square footage has dropped from 5.9 percent to 5.3 percent for the next few years.

Also according to the report, solid surface will hold steady as the third most-popular countertop material in terms of square feet after natural stone with demand predicted to rise by 1.2 percent, and engineered stone holds the fourth spot and is expected to grow by 5.8 percent. The fifth spot is occupied by the generic cast polymers category, and it is expected to increase by 1.3 percent.

Tile follows cast polymers in expected popularity, and the segment is expected to increase each year over the next several years. Finally, the forecast shows the Other Materials category, which includes concrete, metal recycled materials and pretty much everything else will increase by 10.1 percent through 2019.

This year, the 238-page “2015 Natural and Manufactured Stone Product Industry Report” published by Catalina Research in December 2015 complements the Freedonia report. According to Catalina Research, natural stone ruled the countertop market in terms of dollars (versus square feet, which is what Freedonia uses as a gauge, with 43 percent of the share in 2015 while laminate was at 18 percent and engineered stone at about 16 percent.

When it comes to residential construction, housing starts have increased by 10 percent at an estimated 1.1 million after breaking the million-unit mark in 2014, and starts for multifamily dwellings have increased by 15 percent since 2006. However, starts for single-family homes are less than half they were at the peak of the housing boom.

Another resource used for the ISFA forecast is the latest Construction Outlook from FMI, a leading investment banking and consultancy firm for the construction industry. Highlights of this edition, which focuses on non-residential construction, are as follows:

  • Four out of five non-residential construction categories have grown for five years straight.
  • Growth in lodging is centered on upscale properties, and green construction is becoming more common.
  • Office construction has increased by 19 percent from 2014 to 2015.
  • Food service and beverage establishments are the fastest growing segment in commercial construction.
  • Construction of healthcare facilities continues to remain in flux with most work going toward renovations and additions.
  • Increased attention to green building technologies will be apparent in the academic sector.

All in all, the 2016 ISFA Countertop Forecast provides a pretty in-depth and solid reasoning with substantial evidence for its positive outlook for the industry.

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International Surface Fabricators Association Installs 2015 Board of Directors

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International Surface Fabricators Association Installs 2015 Board of Directors

Posted on 02 January 2015 by cradmin

Mellisa Hill 2015 ISFA President

Mellisa “Mell” Hill of Old Castle Surfaces – 2015 ISFA President

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced the changes to the association’s Board of Directors for 2015. Fabricator Member Directors are chosen by association members, for a term of three years, with the option to renew for a second consecutive three-year term. The results of the association election were revealed at its recent annual meeting in Atlanta.

Mellisa “Mell” Hill, vice president of sales and marketing for Old Castle Surfaces in Atlanta, assumed the role of President of the ISFA Board of Directors on Jan. 1, 2015. Hill replaces David Paxton, of Paxton Countertops and Showers, in Grand Ledge, Mich., who now takes on the role of Immediate Past President. The former Immediate Past President, Mike Langenderfer, of The Countertop Shop in Holland, Ohio, will remain on the board in a director role for an additional year. Stepping down from the board after fulfilling his term is Associate Member Representatives Jeffrey Smith, of Gemstone in Elkhart, Ind.

Rounding out the Executive Committee of the Board are Adam Albee, of Lincoln Lamination in Lincoln, Neb., as Vice President; Ryan Miller, of VT Industries in Holstein, Iowa, as Secretary; and Erica Hussey, of JCW Countertops in Woburn, Mass., as Treasurer.

Retaining Director positions on the board are Kate Dillenburg of Bisley Fabrication in Gresham, Wis., and Mike Woods of Creative Countertop Solutions in Nashville, Tenn..

One new board member was also voted in to fill the vacant Associate Member Representative seat: Jessica McNaughton, president of CaraGreen, a distribution company that focuses on providing sustainable products and educating professionals on the subject of sustainable resources. The other retained Associate Member Representative was John Hansen of Kohler Co. in Kohler, Wis.

“The line-up of next year’s board of directors is a dynamic group of individuals that possesses sharp business acumen and passion for this industry,” said Keith Haight, ISFA’s executive director. “The collective personalities are focused and will surely prove themselves in making ISFA more valuable for its members and the entire decorative surfaces industry.”

“We would like to recognize Dave Paxton for his leadership as president over 2014, and for his drive to keep the association striving to always do its best not matter how small or large the task. We look forward to his continued support on the board,” added Haight. “The association would also like to express its appreciation to outgoing Associate Member Representative Jeff Smith of Gemstone. Jeff has shared his abundant energy, great ideas and willingness to advance ISFA to the next level throughout his time on the board. ISFA looks forward to more interaction with him in the future, as he has truly proven himself to be a valuable asset to the association and the industry.”

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ISFA Names Chris Pappenfort as Project Manager

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ISFA Names Chris Pappenfort as Project Manager

Posted on 23 September 2014 by cradmin

chris pappenfortThe International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced that Chris Pappenfort has volunteered to step in and assume the role of project manager for the association. Pappenfort is a 27-year veteran of the decorative surfacing industry and is currently president of Surface Menders, a company that focuses on the repair and maintenance of decorative surfacing. Pappenfort previously worked as a fabrication manager for a Midwest distributor for more than 24 years. He was accredited as a Certified Instructor for Soterra Natural Granite Systems as well as DuPont Corian and Zodiaq surfaces. He participated on many project teams for DuPont, launching numerous initiatives that helped fabricators’ businesses flourish. “I am very excited to have Chris on our team,” said Keith Haight, executive director of ISFA. “I have worked with him many times in the past and have always admired his knowledge, skill level, passion and willingness to step up and take initiatives head-on.”

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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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ISFA Announces Stone/Quartz Fabrication Training Date

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ISFA Announces Stone/Quartz Fabrication Training Date

Posted on 21 May 2013 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced that it will be holding a hands-on Stone/Quartz Total Fabrication Training class for those who wish to learn how to fabricate quartz surfacing, granite and other natural stone. The class, taught by Dr. Fred Hueston, a well known stone industry expert, will be held June 17 to 19 at the Alpha Tools training facility in Oakland, N.J.

Elements of the course include: Safety, product knowledge, basic productivity concepts, templating, seaming, cutouts, bowl-mounting processes, basic repairs, finishing, installation and support systems. More information is available here.

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ISFA Announces Regional Meetings in Atlanta, New York

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ISFA Announces Regional Meetings in Atlanta, New York

Posted on 22 April 2013 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced its third “Grass Roots” regional meeting to be held May 9 at Oldcastle Surfaces in Atlanta. This gathering is designed to bring fabricators together to share experiences and make connections. The gathering will feature guest speakers, networking, lunch, vendor exhibits, a tour of the Oldcastle facility, door prizes and discussion on ISFA initiatives.

The gathering is free to all fabricators, cabinetmakers, millwork professionals and technicians in the surfacing industry.

A fourth meeting will be held at the Cosentino facility in Westchester, N.Y., May 30.

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ISFA Announces Regional Meeting in Anaheim

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ISFA Announces Regional Meeting in Anaheim

Posted on 23 March 2013 by cradmin

The Int’l Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) announced that it will be holding a regional “Grass Roots” fabricator meeting at the Cosentino Design Center in Anaheim,Calif., on April 11. The event will feature networking, lunch, vendor exhibits, a tour of the Cosentino facility, door prizes and a discussion of ISFA intitiatives.

The event is free to all fabricators, cabinetmakers, millwork professionals and technicians in the surfacing industry. RSVP to gatherings@isfanow.org is requested.

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ISFA, IWF Announce Expanded Countertops Partnership

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ISFA, IWF Announce Expanded Countertops Partnership

Posted on 21 January 2013 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) and the International Woodworking Fair (IWF) announced the formation of a partnership geared toward increasing the focus on the countertop industry for the 2014 IWF show. The partnership includes an agreement in which ISFA will work with IWF to develop a full countertop educational track for the show and a “Countertop Pavilion” which will be co-sponsored by ISFA.

The educational track will include six educational sessions geared toward the countertop industry, as well as continuing the full day Countertop Symposium that ISFA has put on for the past two IWF expos.

“With so many laminate and solid surface fabricators already attending the International Woodworking Fair it makes sense to expand upon that and open the show up to fabricators of all countertop materials,” said Rick Hannigan IWF 2014 Chairman. “The new educational track will include sessions geared toward laminate, solid surface, quartz surfacing, natural stone, concrete and other countertop materials.”

The new Countertop Pavilion is designed to bring new suppliers of materials, tooling, machinery, equipment and other products and services together in one area of the show for the convenience of those in the countertop industry. As part of the new focus, ISFA Associate Members who have not previously exhibited at the show will be afforded an exhibitor discount if they exhibit in the pavilion and all ISFA members will get discount admission to the show.

Additionally, ISFA will have its 2014 Annual Member Meeting at IWF and will also host a networking event for those in the surfacing industry.

“We have worked closely with IWF for the past two shows and expanding upon our established relationship will provide additional benefits for our membership and for the entire surfacing industry,” said Mike Langenderfer, ISFA President. “Educational and networking events are a big part of what ISFA offers, and solidifying IWF as an outlet for increasing those programs is another opportunity to bring together the industry and improve the quality of the products fabricators offer.”

IWF 2014 will be held August 20 to 23, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

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ISFA Announces New Solid Surface Countertop Fabrication Training Date

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ISFA Announces New Solid Surface Countertop Fabrication Training Date

Posted on 04 January 2013 by cradmin

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA), has announced a new training date for its hands-on Solid Surface Total Fabrication Training Level I. The four-day class will be held from Feb. 18 to 21 at the associations training facility in Orem, Utah.

The training course, taught by Mike Nolan, longtime trainer and owner of Windbound Co. countertop fabrication company in North Carolina, teaches the basics of fabricating solid surface and includes both classroom and hands-on learning.

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