The International Surface Event (TISE), including StonExpo, Surfaces and TilExpo, wrapped up last Friday, January 26, 2024, with positive vibes. Education sessions began on Tuesday, January 23rd, with the exhibition floor opening on Wednesday, January 24th at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV. Each day was permeated with live demonstrations, education on and off the show floor, interactive networking events, receptions and awards.

As part of the educational program that began on Tuesday, January 23rd, the Natural Stone Institute’s (NSI) held a live training session on its new Silica & Slab Safety Certification. The live session provided an opportunity for attendees to learn the key components of a stone fabrication safety program and gain insights into safe slab handling and reducing exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS). Fabricators received necessary tools to improve workplace safety, maintain OSHA compliance and train employees to ensure a safe and secure work environment for their entire team.

The Stone Fabricator’s Alliance (SFA) also had a large presence at this year’s StonExpo. The Cage drew a crowd several times a day throughout the exhibition with live demonstrations on various products and techniques. The association also held a roundtable discussion, which allowed fabricators to share experiences on common issues felt across the industry.

Here are some show highlights. Be on the lookout for a more extensive report soon.