Contents

Features

Crisis in Europe?

The Russia-Ukraine war intensifies problems for Italian and Spanish tile manufacturers already hit with sky-high natural-gas prices..

Shop Management: Control the Current

Electric rates are riding the wave of inflation, but an energy audit could smooth out the volt jolts.

The Energy Hog in Your Shop?

Your old compressor may be leaking more than PSI when it comes to the electric bill.

Fabricator Focus

JB Barnhouse took a summer job in college that led to a life career with natural stone.

Vol. 5, No. 5

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Stone Update Magazine is published six times annually and is available through the Internet at www.stonemag.com

The opinions expressed by writers within the magazine, along with the materials and statements of advertisers, are theirs and do not express the views and operations of Stone Update Magazine. (This is classic lawyerspeak for making people and companies take responsibility for what they say in case something bad happens, so forewarned is forearmed.)

The management of Stone Update Magazine reserves the right to refuse any advertising or editorial submissions. (The lawyers sleep better if we say that, too.)

Departments

Spall

Multi-year countertop warranties are overkill. Here's why.

Capsule

U.S. hard-surface imports continue to grow in 2022. So does something else..

News Highlights

Coverings draws 18,000 in Las Vegas; Polycor gets ownership change; massive global investment firm buys into Neolith.

Hard-Surface Cinema

Radio Stone Update's new vodcast and a featurette on Cosentino's C-NEXT 2022 winter meet for fabricators.

A Tiled Path to Wellness

Arpi Nalbandian seeks out the trendsetters in a tour through Coverings 2022.

10 Questions: Valentin Tijeres

Cosentino's global director of product and R&D details the company's current and future plans for sustainable production of surfaces.

The Safe Shop

When bad things happen, people's lives depend on getting out fast. Plan ahead.

SFA: What's the Answer?

The Stone Fabricators Alliance ponders the stand-off of PVC pipe v. an obstinate building inspector.

Product Talk

Our regular guide to goods and services for the hard-surfaces industry.

Workshelf

Stone Update Magazine offers audio versions of selected articles on one easy-to-access page.

The Directory

Find the solution you need for your business.

Agenda

The when and where of events and education for the industry.

Advertising Index

Contact Us

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On the cover: Blue Roma quartzite countertop from 2022 National Kitchen and Bath Association 2022 Design Competition. (Photo courtesy NKBA) (Award winners will be featured in the next issue of Stone Update Magazine.)