As a way to give back to his high school, as well as promote the stone fabrication profession, Buddy Ontra of Ontra Stone Concepts taught a week-long class on how to work with stone to students of the Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA
The Berkshire School is a co-ed boarding and day college preparatory school for students in grades nine to 12 and post-graduates. The 400-acre campus is tucked away at the heart of the Berkshire Hills —stationed at the base of Mount Everett in Sheffield, MA.
At this year’s The International Surface Event (TISE), scheduled for January 23 to 25, 2019 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, the Marmomac International Pavilion will host leading stone and machinery suppliers from India, Italy, Portugal and Turkey.
If the crowds in the aisles at Marmomac 2018 are an indicator of the state of the stone industry, it appears things are on the upswing. Throughout the four-day event, the halls on the fairgrounds of VeronaFiere in Verona, Italy, were filled with 68,000 stone industry professionals.
Groves Incorporated has introduce its new Stacking Box. Designed to safely store cutoffs and remnants, the Stacking Box is constructed of heavy gauge square tubular steel with a hot dip galvanized finish for years of service. Up to three units can be stacked to store more items in a small footprint.
At the end of August, I traveled up to Portland, ME, to attend a Digital Expo, which was hosted by Park Industries. As with all industry events I cover, I walked away learning something new and meeting new people.
As September rolls around, it’s time for many of us to get back to a routine. School is back in full swing. And in the stone industry, our schedules usually fill up a little more in the fall with what we often like to refer to as “trade show season.”
Slabworks of Montana will host a two-day learning workshop for fabricators at its facility in Bozeman, MT. According to Dave Scott, owner of Slabworks of Montana and Stone World’s 2017 Fabricator of the Year, they will be having fabricator learning modules discussing different topics presented by SFA members.
Universal Granite & Marble (UGM) graciously opened their doors to 30 fabricators, in addition to other members of the stone industry, for the Wisconsin Stone Summit, which is organized by the Natural Stone Institute (NSI).