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2011 February

Case Study: Fabricator continues pattern of investment

After working as stone fabricators and artisans in the Washington/Baltimore area for several years, Rodney Bair and Travis Collins decided to break away and begin their own company in 1993. The resulting company, BC Stone, is now a full-production fabricator with its main operation in Everett, PA, and a second shop in Wilmington, NC.
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Fabricating Technology

line of standard, modular lifter-tilters that are offered with either electric or compressed-air power for handling heavy sheet weighing up to 2,000 pounds is available from Anver Corp. of Hudson, MA.
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10 years of Ibere Crema Bordeaux

For 10 years, Mineração Pemagran has been extracting Iberê Crema Bordeaux from its quarry in Afonso Claudio, Espírito Santo, Brazil. During this time, the material has gained international appeal for its aesthetic value and its ability to be used in a variety of design styles.
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A pioneer in the Brazilian stone industry

Founded in 1968 by Camilo Cola, Marbrasa Marmores e Granitos do Brasil Ltda. of Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, Espírito Santo, Brazil, was one of the first Brazilian companies to produce stone on an international level. 
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Coverings 2011 set for Las Vegas

Scheduled for March 14 to 17, 2011 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, Coverings 2011 will draw thousands of visitors from around the world to view the latest lines of stone and tile offerings, along with a full range of machinery, tools, accessories and installation and maintenance products.
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Fabricator Forum: Delivering stone to difficult jobsites

In this online forum, members of the Stone Fabricators Alliance discuss  the challenges they face when delivering finished stone pieces to difficult jobsites
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Rock of Ages invests in future of Bethel White Quarry

Dating back to the 1800s, the Bethel White Quarry in Bethel, VT, is a staple among the sites owned and operated by Rock of Ages Corp. Currently, the quarry is undergoing an extensive development effort to maintain its long-standing history of high-quality production well into the future.
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Vitoria Stone Fair to host the world stone industry

Considered to be the largest stone trade fair in Latin America and one of the most important of the world, the next edition of the Vitória Stone Fair - taking place from February 15 to 18, 2011 in Vitória, Brazil - will serve as a showcase for the Brazilian stone sector and beyond. 
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South Carolina fabricator stresses craftsmanship

Since its foundation 23 years ago, StoneWorks of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, SC, has placed a special emphasis on quality, organization and craftsmanship. Earlier this year, the family-owned company received acknowledgment of its commitment to the trade with its designation as a Marble Institute of America (MIA) Accredited Natural Stone Fabricator. 
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Time to get out and learn something

Now that we’re in the middle of “Trade Show Season” - with StonExpo and Coverings taking place within a span of two months - I find myself continually writing about the various seminar programs for the stone industry. 
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Stone of the Month: February 2011

This Stone of the Month supplied by Antolini Luigi & C., Sega di Cavaion, Verona, Italy. 
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Machine of the Month: February 2011

The new Litox from GMM is a full CNC bridge saw aimed at both the fabrication market for high-speed precision slab processing and the architectural workshops with their requirements for ease and speed of programming for complicated shaping and profiling work. 
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Todd Luster is Added to SFA Board of Directors

Todd Luster of Tile Marble and Stone, LLC in Shawnee, OK, has been named as a Director of the Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA). 
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Mapei Adds Leigh Hightower as Technical Services Manager

Mapei has strengthened its Technical Services Department with the addition of Leigh Hightower as the Technical Services Manager for the U.S.
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Levantina Strengthens Commitment to U.S. Green Building Council

Levantina has received accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) wherein its products may be able to be used in U.S. buildings that fulfill the requirements on sustainability and environmental protection.
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Caesarstone Exclusive Supplier for Vessel Sink Collection

CaesarStone, a leading quartz manufacturer, has been selected by Sonobath, LLC as the exclusive stone supplier for its new collection of high-end vessel sinks. 
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Artisan Group Names two Members onto Board of Directors

Artisan Group, a national organization of independent granite fabricators that have joined together to offer the Artisan Stone™ Collection, has inducted two new members onto its Board of Directors: Layton Day, Owner of Bangor Wholesale Laminates in Bangor, ME, and Brad Pearce, Co-owner of Front Range Stone in Denver, CO. 
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A Vast Exotic Natural Stone Collection

Mackson Marble & Granite has developed into one of the largest importers and distributor of premium-quality granite, marble and onyx slabs and tiles in the New York Metropolitan/Long Island area.
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2010 MIA Survey Reinforces Differences Between Typical and High-Profit Fabricators

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) recently completed its third Performance Analysis Report for U.S. and Canadian natural stone fabricators. The survey was conducted in 2010 and contains an evaluation and interpretation of financial data solicited from fabricators. 
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20th Artisan Group Member Achieves Coveted Marble Institution of America Accreditation

Artisan Group companies now have earned 20 of the 48 Marble Institute of America (MIA) Accreditations. Accredited Natural Stone Fabricators represent the premier companies that work on residential and commercial stone projects. 
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Vermont Quarries Awarded Green Product Certification

Vermont Quarries has been awarded the Green Product Certification for Regionally Produced Materials and Healthy Air Quality. 
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One Liners

The National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the largest tile contractors association in the world, in alliance with the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA), collectively have announced the 2011 Goals for the Certified Tile Installer Program. 
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