Tooling: Dress for Success

Don't bury your diamonds in crud. Make sure tools can make the cut before starting the job.

First-Half 2019 U.S. Hard-Surface Imports

With China (almost) out of the quartz-surfaces mix, will granite reclaim the top spot on the value charts? Tune in to find out.

Fabricator Focus

Mario Sardo says he worries a lot. That furrowed brow translates into plenty of success.

Putting Up a Solid Front

A hybrid Marriott property in Dallas turns to Neolith® for a contemporary look in a changing urban environment.

Polycor Acquires Elliott Stone

The world's largest quarrier enhances its ability to supply limestone year-round with an underground source.

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News Highlights

Hard surfaces dodge initial EU Airbus tariffs, Wilsonart buys Technistone, and initial U.S. quartz-surface tariffs for India and Turkey.

The Safe Shop

Being bitten by the wild cobra of a loose air line is bad form, but there are worse outcomes.

SFA: What's The Answer?

Buying the first piece of big iron for fabrication, a cross-hatch pattern on marble, and etching on Blue Bahai.

10 Questions With ...

Damiano Caon of Breton S.p.A. on the current and future state of quartz-surface production.


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