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2011 March

Coverings Exhibitor Preview

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Coverings exhibitor preview featuring Andean Stone Company, Braxton-Bragg, Carmel Stone Imports, Chemcore Industries, Dimpomar, Laser Products, Levantina, Marbrasa and more.
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Artisan Group members contribute to Habitat ReStore

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Artisan Group premium countertop fabricators have donated several hundred tons of granite and solid surface countertop remnants to Habitat for Humanity ReStore over the past year. With the help of companies such as the fabricator members of the Artisan Group, ReStore accepts donations of new and used building materials, making them available to the public at deeply discounted prices.
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Thin stone veneer brings Old World charm to Sonoma Valley

By Jennifer Adams
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Nestled in the heart of California wine country is Ramekins Culinary School, Events & Inn, which opened its doors in June of 1998. Established as Sonoma Valley’s only learning facility dedicated to the education of the home cook, the 12,000-square-foot, two-story building is characterized by European style and Old World charm.
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Stone flooring adds distinction to U.K. mall

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In designing the Cribbs Causeway shopping mall in Bristol, England, Tait Design sought to use materials that would convey a high-quality image, but would also withstand the demanding conditions of a busy retail center. Ultimately, both needs were satisfied with a thoughtful blend of domestic slate and German limestone.
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Stone palette creates a new look at Bloomingdale Properties

By Kelly Martin
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Located on the oldest north-south main road in New York City, Bloomingdale Properties’ 1385 Broadway has undergone lobby and common area renovations as part of a substantial capital improvement and modernization program. Corporate space planning and interior design firm MKDA contributed to the redesign by modernizing the building’s entrance, lobby, elevator cabs, corridors and restrooms with a selection of natural stone.
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Roman travertine exemplifies Rocky Mountain environment

By Jennifer Adams
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With the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains and an equally impressive landscape, Sun Valley, ID, is a majestic place that is steeped in history. Often referred to as the “American Shangri-La,” the area has become a thriving resort community - offering visitors a wealth of hotels and restaurants, outdoor activities and entertainment.
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Natural stones meld modernism with Texas regionalism

By Kelly Martin
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Located in the Bluffview area of Dallas, TX, a private residence reflects the owner’s commitment to the quality of the built commercial environment, and serves as an example of good design for the owners’ many clients, business contacts and visitors.
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Modern technology maintains a legacy of stoneworking

By Michael Reis
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Frank’s Marble & Granite, LLC, of Red Lion, PA, was founded in 1972 by Frank Pantano, who learned the stoneworking trade in his native Italy. In its early stages, the company was primarily an installer of ceramic and stone tiles, and it moved into slab processing in the early 1980s.
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Building a stone shop one step at a time

By Jennifer Adams
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Developing Galaxy Granite Inc. into a success was a labor of love for owner Meng Peng. Starting out as a carpet business in 1985, the San Francisco, CA-based company evolved to include a stone fabrication division in 1999. What initially began as a one-man shop has grown to include 23 employees, including its own installation crew.
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Fabricator Forum: Sales and marketing in a difficult economy

By Michael Reis
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In general, the education program at stone trade shows such as Coverings will include a “Fabricator Forum,” where attendees discuss current issues with a panel of industry experts. Historically, these sessions have focused on practical concerns, such as fabrication methods and installation challenges.
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A different concept in architectural stoneworking

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Founded 12 years ago by a master stonemason, Rhodes Architectural Stone of Seattle, WA, specializes in the supply of three-dimensional architectural stonework for residential commercial and public institutions. The goal for each project is to tailor the stone selection to the specific needs of the individual client.
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Stone Column: The "New Normal" of the stone industry

By Michael Reis
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Whenever I attend a major U.S. stone industry event, one of the first things I circle on my calendar is the “Fabricator Forum,” where industry members gather and present their issues to a panel of industry experts. These forums generally do not have a rigid agenda, and they sort of follow a “Town Hall” format, where people share their problems (and hopefully solutions) with their peers.
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Machine of the Month: March 2011

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The new MK-212 series saw from MK Diamond is constructed with powder-coated, heavy-gauge sheet metal and cast aluminum components. The saw features plunge cut capability for scoring or cutting large tile, and the tilting head allows easy and precise 45-degree miter cuts. It also features a ¼-inch-thick rubber cutting surface.
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Stone of the Month: March 2011

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This Stone of the Month supplied by Levantina, Novelda, Alicante, Spain.
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Automatic Stealth Seamer

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The new Automatic Stealth SeamerTM by Omni Cubed is a heavy-duty automatic seam setter for joining and leveling seams. The product features 8-inch vacuum cups and eight leveling points, which provide total control along the entire seam to eliminate the unevenness caused by crowned countertops.
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Laticrete SpectraLOCK PRO Premium Grout

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Laticrete, a manufacturer of systems for the installation of tile and stone, has announced the launch of new Laticrete® SpectraLOCK® PRO Premium Grout with enhanced StainProof protection and non-sag performance.
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Mach 4r

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Flow International Corporation recently announced the launch of the new Mach 4r, a combination robotic waterjet and saw cutting system. It maximizes a shop’s productivity by optimizing countertop cutting and significantly improving operator efficiency.
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Stone Shield 100% Silicone RTV Sealant and Caulk-EZ

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Braxton-Bragg is offering two new products: its signature brand of caulk, Stone Shield 100% Silicone RTV Sealant and Caulk-EZ, a spray-on lubricant to make caulk bead finishing simple.
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Technology Update: March 2011

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Pearl’s new look, improved products and new products combine traditional quality, consistency and unique products, with a better-than-ever cost-performance value. Pearl’s strong brand is getting a refreshing new look - from product art design to uniform packaging to a new product hierarchy blade grade system.
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ArchiExpo Has a Fresh New Look

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The redesigned Web site at www.ArchiExpo.com features expanded content, more product images and new search facilities for a richer visitor experience.
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Artisan Group Announces Photo Contest Winner

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AUSTIN, TX - Rocky Mountain Stone won first prize in the Artisan Group photo contest for its image of the “Levenson Kitchen.”
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Installation Design Showcase Returns to Coverings 2011

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LAS VEGAS, NV - The Installation Design Showcase will continue at Coverings 2011, which takes place from March 14 to 17 at The Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.
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Italian Stone Pavilion at Coverings 2011

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The Italian Stone Pavilion has been set for Coverings, which will take place at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, from March 14 to 17, 2011. It will be located in Hall A - Aisles 600/700/800/900.
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Matt Lansing is Named Stone World Fabricator of the Year

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The 2010 Nominating Committee for Stone World magazine has named Matt Lansing of Stone Innovations, Inc. in Plover, WI, as Fabricator of the Year Award.
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Natural Stone Council Elects New Offices, Announces Initiatives

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The Natural Stone Council (NSC) recently announced its 2011 slate of officers, voted upon during the organization’s annual board meeting, held January 24 at StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas.
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RemnantSwap Developed as a Means to Buy and Sell Stone Remnants

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RemnantSwap was been developed as a place to buy and sell granite remnants with fabricators in their area. The online service can be found at www.RemnantSwap.com, and it was developed by Moraware, the stone industry’s leading provider of job tracking inventory and management software.
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U of CTS Updates Online Sales Training Course

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SAN DIEGO, CA - The University of Ceramic Tile and Stone has released a new updated version of its popular online course, “Understanding the Basics of Ceramic Tile.”
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Valley Gold Vein: Offered Exclusively by Polycor

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Valley Gold Vein is a stunning, highly durable marble exclusively offered by Polycor in America - despite the latest changes in ownership. Recently, the Colorado Yule quarry has been sold to the Italian group, Carrara, which will bring quarrying expertise to the quarry.
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