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Clio Holdings closed all its operations on Jan. 3, including operations of Premier Surfaces and US Marble fabrication facilities in the Midwest and South. The 1,000+ workers didn’t receive final paychecks or health-care options. Clio then declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Jan. 15. Two ex-employees are seeking a class action against the company.

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Cosentino Group will invest $150 million into its Silestone® quartz-surfaces production lines in Cantoria, Spain, by the end of next year. The surfacing company will add up to three more production lines, as well as dealing with environmental and workplace-safety issues.

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Production at the famed Yule quarry near Marble, Colo., shut down for two months following a diesel-fuel spill. Workers contained the leak before any contamination of nearby Yule Creek.

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Patrick Industries, a company mainly operating in the RV and manufactured-home markets, buys surface fabricator Topline Counters LLC of Spokane, Wash., in December. Patrick, with $2.3 billion in annual sales, will operate the three fabrication facilities of Topline, a company with an estimated $34 million in annual revenue.

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Silicosis cases among engineered-stone fabricators continue to grow in Australia; the latest estimate in December is 350 cases, up 100 from September. Australia’s health ministry is reviewing an interim report on the problem.

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Suba Manufacturing Inc., makers of laminate countertops for big-box stores and catalog stores for 53 years, closes in December. Owner of the Benecia, Calif.-based company cited use of marble and granite as lessening demand for its product.

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