In this issue, you will see that we address the subject of shop safety, which I think everyone agrees is an important topic. In a matter of seconds, one wrong move or misjudgment can lead to an accident, or even more tragic to think about – a fatality.
As we often do at the end of the year, myself and our staff took some time to look back on 2018 to reflect on what we have done and come up with some fresh ideas for our readers. And in particular, 2019 is an important year to put some special plans into place, as we will be celebrating Stone World’s 35th anniversary.
The polls closed earlier this week for the 2018 Stone World Fabricator of the Year Award. As I checked the vote count from time to time, it was exciting to see the race between the well-qualified candidates. Unfortunately, we can only honor one person in the end, but all those who were nominated were deserving of the title and we appreciate all of you who took the time to vote!
As many of you already know, the polls are currently open for the 2018 Stone World Fabricator of the Year Award. This is a long-time tradition which began when we presented Jim Stengel of Dakota Granite Co. with the award in 1988. Forward 30 years later, and we have a lineup of outstanding industry members who have demonstrated leadership, dedication and innovation.
While the year might be winding down, we still have a lot to report here at Stone World. You will notice that this issue is rather diverse, with features varying from the Fabricator Case Study to a roundup on natural stone care and maintenance products.
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.”
We have quite a stunning piece of stone architecture on the cover of this issue. Not only are the complex angles and shape of the building unique, but the hues and striations of the stone itself are pretty incredible. The structure is the James Museum in St. Petersburg, FL.
2018 has definitely been busy so far. I've traveled everywhere from Vegas to Xiamen to Atlanta to our headquarters in MI. In the last few weeks, I have visited the Natural Stone Institute’s office in Oberlin, OH, and one of our workshops in Milwaukee, WI.
As you flip through this issue of Stone World, you will notice a subtle difference in its aesthetic, as well as its feature offerings. While our staff and I didn’t want to make any drastic changes, we thought it was time for a bit of a makeover.