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STONE COLUMN: The “Typical” Stone Fabricator

March 13, 2006
When I was growing up, I remember reading a survey that definitively stated: “The typical American family has two-and-a-half children.” Despite never having met a half-child, that number stuck in my mind. Recently, the market research department at BNP Media (Stone World's parent company) conducted a groundbreaking survey of stone fabricators to determine the most prevalent industry trends.
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Stone Column: Brazil's Exploding Granite Industry

February 15, 2006
It is no secret that the Brazilian granite industry has grown tremendously over the course of the last decade. In the early 1990s, Brazilian granite suppliers began seriously marketing material to the American market, and exports of granite from Brazil to the U.S. reached a total of $19.5 million in 1994. Five years later, that total reached $42.9 million, and by 2004, a total of $267.9 million worth of Brazilian granite was exported to the U.S., placing Brazil a close second behind Italy in terms of granite exports to America.
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Putting their money where their mouth is

January 25, 2006
For several years now, the American stone industry has been on an incredible upswing -- particularly stone fabricators. In general, business has increased, and most shops seem to be busier than ever.
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Italy's expanding horizons

November 1, 2005
No matter how many times I travel to Italy, it never gets old -- and not just because of the excellent food and wine I enjoy while I am there. As editor of Stone World Magazine, I am fortunate enough to travel to Italy at least two or three times each year, and every time I go, something new seems to be taking place in the stone industry.
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My Kingdom for a Tarp

October 1, 2005
The American Red Cross estimates that 275,000 homes have been destroyed by Katrina and the flooding that followed in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. More than 1 million people have been displaced, their homes unlivable and likely to be demolished. Rebuilding these homes and helping these families represents a staggering challenge, especially when you attach names and faces to the evacuees.
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Another prime example

September 1, 2005
As soon as I approached the entrance to this month's “Re-Emerging U.S. Stone Industry” subject - Vangura Surfacing Products of North Huntingdon, PA - I knew this was not going to be a typical fabrication shop article. To begin with, the facilities of the company were quite imposing, with multiple large-scale buildings and its own private roadway leading from the highway. Driving past several loading bays and warehouse/manufacturing facilities, I ultimately reached the main lobby - an inviting, two-story space that showcases a broad range of finished stonework.
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Stone Column: Embracing Technology

August 1, 2005
Over the years, companies in the stone industry have developed a reputation as a bunch of “good old boys.” This has been particularly true of stone fabricators. Given this assessment, one might get the impression that the typical stone fabricator in North America sets about his daily business with a hammer and chisel - and perhaps a hat made of folded newspaper.
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Stone Column: Architects and education

July 1, 2005
Over the past decade, suppliers of stone, installation materials and maintenance products have placed a great deal of emphasis on educating architects on the technical aspects of natural stone.
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Stone Column: You Get What You Pay For

June 1, 2005
Back when I was in college, I saw one of those too-good-to-be-true advertisements for home electronics in the newspaper.
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Re-Emerging: Colorado Quarry Relies On Traditional Equipment

June 1, 2005
With two quarries and a retail location in the Colorado area, Stone Wholesale Corp. produces Brownstone, Cherokee stone and moss rock for large masonry companies, contractors and architects
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As usual, stone suppliers from Italy and around the world relied on the Marmomacc fair to showcase some of the latest stone materials to the international marketplace. The following is a look at just some of the stone materials on display in Verona.

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