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.
There are numerous bonding mortars available on the market today. Although each has its own characteristics, their main purpose is to bond stone to an acceptable substrate. There have been so many advances in bonding mortars, it has become confusing trying to decide which mortar is right for a specific job.
A year after Planet Granite of Colorado Springs, CO, started to strategize ways to reduce its impact on the environment, it successfully teamed up with a local asphalt company to have its stone waste products removed - ultimately saving money and avoiding the landfill. This is just one step the company has taken towards being green as well as reducing its budget to remain on a successful business path.
Despite all of the information out there on shop safety, we are still hearing about way too many accidents - often fatal accidents. My question is this: How are your businesses addressing the issue of safety in the workplace? How formalized is your safety program? Do you hold regular safety meetings? Have you changed or expanded your approach to workplace safety in the past few years?
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.
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.
For this issue of Stone World magazine we talk to some of the leading suppliers of Stone from India, as they discuss what is new. Also, we feature articles from top water filtration companies in the industry to talk about how to run a safe, clean and efficient shop!
For this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design we focus on the current quartz trends and the use of quartz in a modern farmhouse. Also, learn about how natural stone is used to blend nature and exterior architecture!