Integra Adhesives, maker of Altima Adhesives, is eliminating the brand, and Altima products will no longer be available at GranQuartz USA. However, all of the former Altima products are available under the Integra Adhesives brand for seaming and assembly of quartz, natural stone, sintered materials, solid surface and more. Learn more Demand for countertops in the United States is expected to rise 2.8% per year to 932 million ft² and a $42 billion value in 2024, according to a new research report from the Freedonia Group. The Countertops study also picks quartz surfaces as the fastest-growing surface material in the next four years, and notes that consumers will be taking a close look at porcelain slab and butcher block. Learn more


LG Hausys recently expanded its North American Viatera® quartz-surface operations with a new manufacturing line in Georgia, along with a new warehouse and showroom in Southern California. The new Viatera line in Adairsville, Ga. spans more than 111,000 ft² and increases production capacity by 50%. Supporting the manufacturing expansion is a new 48,000 ft² warehouse and showroom in Placentia, Calif. Learn more Creditors of Clio Holdings LLC can file claims against the company, but first-in-line is likely to be a consortium of bankers and equity firms seeking repayment of more than $31 million in loans and credit. Filing deadline is in early May in Wilmington, Del. The fabrication-company consolidator filed for Chapter 7 liquidation on Jan. 15. Learn more