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Oceanfront dining area enhanced with Chinese quartzite

Set directly on the beach, The Cheesecake Factory location in Marina Del Ray, CA, recently underwent a renovation of its outdoor patio, which included a soft color palette of natural stone.
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Massachusetts fabricator seizes an opportunity

Already a leading solid surface fabricator in its region, TWD Surfaces of Bridgewater, MA, took advantage of market conditions to expand — and thrive — in the fabrication of quartz surfacing and natural stone.
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Embracing change to sustain a viable business

Since 1949, Artisan Group member Hoffman Fixtures Co. of Tulsa, OK, has consistently evolved and branched out into different arenas to remain a profitable fabrication operation despite difficult economic times.
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Stone marketing techniques are shared in Denver

Marketing was a key take-away at the MIA/Stone World’s Rocky Mountain Stone Summit, in Denver, CO, and sessions will continue across North America throughout 2011.
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Fabricator Forum: Countertop installation issues

As the lingering recession finally eases, attendees at the various industry “Fabricator Forums” are once again focusing on technical issues they face in the shop as well as the field.
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Fabricators learn the “Made in Italy” way

With visits to technology manufacturers, large-scale stone producers and fabrication shops throughout Northern Italy, a group of North American fabricators were indoctrinated in the Italian stone industry.
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Assessing the North American stone market

In this exclusive Stone World interview, Artisan Group Executive Director Chad Seiders shares some insight on stone industry market conditions — now and in the future.
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Stone palette achieves residential luxury

An assortment of marble, travertine and sandstone combine to create a chic Old World-style design for Terra Bella luxury condominiums in Pasadena, CA.
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Quartz surfacing reflects the spirit of the NBA

The recently renovated luxury suites at American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL, feature Silestone countertops — creating a hip and chic environment for watching the Miami Heat play.
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American stone adds character at Marist College

The Ellen M. Hancock Technology Center at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, is utilizing a blend of granite from the Adirondacks Mountains of Upstate New York.
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Monitoring the pulse of the stone industry

A few weeks ago, I attended a session of the Marble Institute of America/Stone World education series in Boston, MA, where I also moderated a Fabricator Forum.
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SOTM: Pepper Engineered Quartz Stone

This Stone of the Month supplied by Stone Italiana S.p.A., Verona, Italy. Technical details provide a frame of reference only. Because stone is a product of nature, testing to determine specific physical qualities should be repeated for each project.
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Machine of the Month: July 2011

Diamond tools from Zenesis Technology feature the diamonds arranged in a specific pattern to maximize tool performance.
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I-Brace

Braxton-Bragg now offers an animated video of the I-Brace, a new invention by InnoTops. It is a simple device for strengthening cantilevered stone countertops and is installed into the base cabinet while replacing costly and bulky corbels, reports the manufacturer.
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Applied Diamond Tools

Metal bond flexible diamond grinding discs/pads from Applied Diamond Tools are used for heavy to medium grinding of granite, concrete and other types of stones.
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Automatic Stealth Seamer

With the Automatic Stealth Seamer™ by Omni Cubed, the working area is open and accessible with the units in place. This feature is a time-saver for installers and enables total clean-up of the seam before the epoxy cures completely, reports the manufacturer.
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Galaxy B220GV-20

Pedrini has installed its Galaxy B220GV-20 slab polishing machine at Pedra do Frade in Brazil. The machine has a new look, with more flexible guards.
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Crema Marfil Marble

Crema Marfil marble from Spanish stone producer Levantina is a yellowish material with a compact fine grain and minimal presence of short, thin and light-tone veins.
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Brandy Crag Silver

Cumbria-based stone engineers, Burlington, has extended its palette of rich and welcoming stone colors with the addition of Brandy Crag Silver.
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AG&M expands to seven locations

Architectural Granite & Marble, headquartered in Austin, TX, with branches in Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Oklahoma City, OK; Raleigh, NC and San Antonio, TX, has recently opened a new branch in Puyallup, WA, which will offer consumers Factory Direct pricing.
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Silestone selected for exclusive Sotheby’s events

Silestone, a world leader in quartz surfacing, was recently selected by Sotheby’s New York to create bars and tables to be used during a series of exclusive events leading up to its prestigious Contemporary, Modern and Impressionist art sales held during the month of June.
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Laser Products Industries adds two employees

Laser Products Industries has announced the addition of two more members to its sales staff — Jeff Larson and Scott Kirkland.
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Texas Fabricator is Cited by Osha

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Venetian Marble & Granite of Helotes, TX, with 10 serious safety and health violations after an inspection found that workers were exposed to unsafe levels of crystalline silica particles. Proposed penalties total $41,300.
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Sandvik Hosts Event in Latin America

Following success of the 2010 Customer Days in Malaysia, China, North America and South Africa, Sandvik Mining and Construction recently hosted its first exclusive customer event of 2011.
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Laticrete Develops Eco-Friendly Sales Aid

Laticrete, a leader in the manufacturing of innovative systems for the installation of tile and stone, continues to seek out and implement sustainable initiatives to protect the environment most recently with the launch of its Laticrete Grout Channel Refurbishment Kit.
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Hanwha Surfaces Convenes Distributors to Address Market Needs

Hanwha L&C Surfaces, a leading global manufacturer of quartz and solid surfaces, met with select distributors this past week for its bi-annual meeting to review current marketplace initiatives, share ideas and discuss opportunities for continuing to build brand awareness for Hanwha Surfaces and its products: HanStone Quartz and Hanex Solid Surfaces.
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Laticrete MVIS System donated for “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

Laticrete, a global leader in the manufacturing of innovative systems for the installation of tile and stone, donated the Laticrete ® MVIS™ system of products to help out a family from Wellman, TX, for a special episode of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”
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Abrasive Technology Celebrates 40 Years

Abrasive Technology of Lewis Center, OH, has announced that 2011 marks its 40th year of business as a privately-owned manufacturer of superabrasive grinding wheels and tooling products.
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