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Is it Time for a Price Increase?
Mary-Carel Verden
6/6/2014 4:00:00 PM

It’s one of the chores that no business owner looks forward to. Deciding whether to raise your prices is nerve wracking. It comes down to two qu...

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I’ve Been Waiting a Long, Long Time for This!!
Pat Windmeier
6/6/2014 4:00:00 PM

I can't tell you how many years I have been waiting for something like this to happen; it may have been as long as 10 to 12 years. I imagined it happ...

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Putsch Vertical Saws
Google My Business
Russ Lee
6/27/2014 4:00:00 PM

A New, Free Marketing Tool From Google Geared to Newbies Always eager for the slightest opportunity to insinuate itself into your life at every level...

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Coating or Impregnator: How to Choose
Fred Hueston
6/6/2014 12:00:00 AM

Last time I discussed "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sealing Your Natural Stone." Everything that is, except how to make the determ...

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Business Practices
Positive Changes in Education
Dave Grubb
7/11/2014 4:00:00 PM

I began this morning by reading an article in the Wall Street Journal , ostensibly about Yahoo’s decision to end their policy of “work at home....

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The Mixed Bag of 2013 and 2014
The overall outlook for the United States economy remains moderately positive. Most projections call for Real GDP growth of 1.7 to 2.0 percent in 2013 and 2.6 to 2.7 percent in 2014... Read More

Educate the Customer
Establishing a level of understanding with your customer is essential to your profitability and your customer’s satisfaction ... Read More
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Experiences in Waterborne Finishing
I want to share some oexperiences I've had in adoptiong the use of waterborne finishes. Hopefully, some of my encounters ... Read More
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Testing Viscosity Part 2
Testing viscosity can be easy as noted in the prior blog. However, there are a few things to watch for that can...  Read More
KBIS 2013 Cabinetry Highlights
Visions of beignets still dance in my head following the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in New Orleans a few weeks ago ... Read More
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iTunes, Dad's Credit Card, and Sustainability
When my young sons got their dazzling new PCs a couple years ago, they also somehow obtained my iTunes password... Read More
Troubleshoot the signs
Identifying some of the problems resulting from dirty or damaged equipment can be a challenge at times... Read More
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Integra Adhesives to be at IWF

Recognized for their high quality, pre-colored cartridge-based adhesives that offer a perfect color match when laminating, mitering and seaming solid surface, quartz, natural stone, ceramic and more, Integra Adhesives will be exhibiting at the IWF show in Atlanta, GA, August 20-23 2014.


MIA Hosts First Ever Accreditation Immersion Course at Coverings

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) hosted its first Accreditation Program Immersion Course during Coverings 2014, held in Las Vegas, NV April 29 – May 2. This one day course was designed to give companies interested in accreditation the opportunity to learn about the application, participate in a review of the exam material and to take the accreditation exam. The program background information and exam material review were conducted in the morning, while the 5 hour, open book exam was administered in the afternoon.


Lars Koller Named Sales Engineering Manager—Systems & Products at Vecoplan, LLC

Vecoplan LLC, a leader in size reduction technologies, recently appointed Lars Koller to the position of Sales Engineering Manager—Systems & Products. Mr. Koller joined Vecoplan in 2011 as a Project Engineer. Koller earned a 5 year advanced Mechanical Engineering degree from Fachhochschule Hannover, Germany in 2001. After finishing his formal education, Koller joined Focke & Co., working first in Research & Development at Focke's Verden, Germany headquarters and then as Manager of the Design Department at Focke’s Whitsett, NC facility.


ISFA Announces New Educational Forum, Knowledge is Power 2014

ISFA is happy to announce the introduction of a new educational opportunity, Knowledge is Power 2014. The concept for Knowledge is Power emanated from ISFA’s constantly evolving role as the leading provider of educational opportunities for the entire decorative surfacing industry. In the search to find an effective way to help today’s industry leaders manage their way through the maze of opportunities and obstacles facing them, ISFA looked to the successful offerings of the past, especially the CEO Roundtables, the Million Dollar Mentor Program and the Business Boot Camp, took the best components of each of these and crafted them into this powerful 2-day offering. Knowledge is Power 2014 is a forum designed to share the wisdom from some of the brightest in the business!


NEW PalmScope is World's Smallest Full-Featured Video Inspection Sysytem

The new PalmScope™ from General Tools & Instruments is more than the world’s first full-featured pocket-sized video inspection system. It’s also a rugged device that’s built to survive harsh environments and rigorous tasks. The instrument’s clamshell design allows the camera-tipped probe to be coiled safely and conveniently inside the device for storage. Plus, it can be operated with one hand, leaving the other hand free to use tools and making it ideal for busy craftsmen, contractors and DIYers. Retailing for less than $150, the PalmScope sets a new affordability standard while boosting utility, efficiency and convenience. more..

ABET Laminati launches four new laminate patterns

ABET Laminati introduces Kaleidos, four distinct patterns with real sparkle and holograph-like shine. The designs reflect the light and by doing so pick up a kaleidoscope of colors. The total effect is created by a special film – a proprietary overlay. The four designs available are:


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LEED—Where is it heading?
Rob Ziegelmeier
7/11/2014 4:00:00 PM

The changes in direction for the LEED programs from version 3 to version 4 are staggering. First, you need to recognize that LEED is available i...

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Is the DCOF for Stone, or Only Ceramic Products?
Marble Institute of America
6/6/2014 4:00:00 PM

Q: We have specified several varieties of stone tile for a flooring application. We asked the supplier to submit coefficient of friction data fo...

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What’s Hot Outdoors: Tips For Creating the Ideal Outdoor Kitchen
Holly Berecz
6/6/2014 4:00:00 PM

It looks like the outdoor living movement is here to stay. Now more a movement than a “trend,” the outdoor living and landscaping sector has gro...

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Remodelers Can Learn From Charter Boat Captains
Joseph Corlett
6/20/2014 4:00:00 PM

I’ll see my brother for the first time in 2 years soon, and since we like to fish I began searching for a deep-sea charter. The Captain’s wife c...

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Craft Furniture Design
John Howell
6/20/2014 4:00:00 PM

Furniture design has taken two distinctly different paths in the last century or so. The approach that has served the furniture industry at large is ...

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