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On the Surface
Reporting Green Progress
Mary-Carel Verden
12/1/2014 2:29:51 PM

It's always interesting to see what people are doing regarding the green movement. For example, Crossville, Inc., a domestic manufacturer of por...

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Holly’s Right—Grandma’s Laminate is Long Gone
Pat Windmeier
11/7/2014 4:00:00 PM

My co-blogger Holly just penned a blog on laminate. If you have never read any of her stuff I would highly recommend it. I am going to try and push y...

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Why Google+? Don’t I Have Enough To Do Already?
Russ Lee
10/5/2014 7:15:58 PM

A friend of mine cleans carpets for a living. It’s an industry with a low barrier to entry and, hence, a very competitive environment. His is a small,...

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Epoxy vs. Polyester. Are You Using The Right Adhesive?
Fred Hueston
11/7/2014 4:00:00 PM

I was sitting in my office when I received a call from a hotel manager about a swimming pool coping that was falling apart. I asked him what w...

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Look Back, Looking Ahead
Alan Severance
12/8/2014 1:27:47 AM

I can’t believe that another year is drawing to a close! I have greatly enjoyed writing this year’s series of articles on Organizational Alignm...

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Alphacam at International Surface Event 2015

The Alphacam computer-aided-manufacturing (CAM) solution by Vero Software will be exhibited Jan. 20-23 at The International Surface Event 2015, slated to take place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The International Surface Event features a trio of exhibitions beneath one roof, including SURFACES, TileExpo, and StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas. This major industry show attracts thousands of participants with new products, interactive demos, inspiring trends, education, networking, and much more.


Stiles Executive Briefing Conference Presents What’s Now, What’s New and What’s Next

Stiles Machinery announced Jack Uldrich and Alan Beaulieu as key note speakers for their upcoming Executive Briefing Conference April 12-14, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference, which is in its 13th year, provides an intensive two and a half day experience for decision makers in the wood working industry looking to position their manufacturing businesses for continued success.


Vortex Tool Partners with McGill Baja Racing Team

Vortex Tool Company recently donated tooling to the McGill Baja Racing Team of McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The McGill Baja Racing Team is comprised of fifty students whose mission is to design, build and race a single seat, prototype off-road race car. Each year the team competes against more than 100 universities from around the world in several competitions across Canada and the United States sponsored by the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). Everything on the car is designed and built by engineering students.


Integra Adhesives Launches SmartPhone App

Integra Adhesives is now launching a unique Smartphone App for iOS and Android. The App is a great reference tool to select appropriate adhesive colors from Integra. First, it allows fabricators to pull Integra’s entire collection of color reference charts, whether on or off-line, for quick reference anytime, anywhere. It also shows images of over 200 natural stone colors, matched with Integra Natural stone collection. Finally, it brings up a visual guide to Integra’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.


Stiles Feature on National Television Show "TANKED" Airs November 21st

Stiles Machinery and Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center are gearing up to see some familiar faces on Animal Planet’s hit reality television show TANKED this week. Representatives from Stiles and Mercy Health star alongside show hosts Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing in an episode set to air Friday at 10PM EST on the Animal Planet network.


MIA Releases Stone Industry Health and Safety Handbook

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) is proud to announce the release of a new Stone Industry Health and Safety Handbook. The 173 page handbook takes a comprehensive look at OSHA’s relationship with the stone industry and describes how businesses can remain in OSHA compliance.


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How to Market Green Cabinets
John D. Wagner
10/31/2014 4:00:00 PM

Cabinets have a number of parts, pieces, and construction materials that you choose, and any time you make a choice, you have a chance to market...

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Using Wire Tie Anchorage
Marble Institute of America
11/7/2014 4:00:00 PM

Q : I’ve been asked to review a shop drawing submission for interior stone cladding. The shop drawings call for wire tie anchors, of which I am ...

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Not Your Grandma’s Laminate
Holly Berecz
11/7/2014 4:00:00 PM

When it comes to revisiting vintage trends, there are definitely those statement-makers we hope we’ll never see again. Think leisure suits and a...

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Two Granite Corner Repairs
Joseph Corlett
11/24/2014 9:28:15 AM

I took a different approach with each of these cantilevered corners. The first repair was done more traditionally with epoxy and straightedges, ...

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Adding Value
John Howell
10/24/2014 4:00:00 PM

I just returned from vacation in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I’d visited there many times in my youth and had always found the area en...

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