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         ISFA Announces Partnership with Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) to Codify Solid Surface Fabrication Standards Standards will cover solid surface countertops and other applications
subject expert reviewers,” said AWI Technical Director Ashley Goodin. “We believe that these collaborative efforts will help us to develop a product that will in- crease ease of use of the standards and increase uniformity within different facets of the architec- tural woodwork industry. It is our hope that these efforts will benefit the industry for years to come.”
The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) is a not-for-profit trade asso- ciation dedicated to helping its members become more profit- able through education, fostering professionalism and promot- ing the countertop industry. For more information contact Executive Director Amy Miller at 888-599-ISFA or amym@
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NTCA Executive Director Bart Bettiga agreed the event is a good opportunity to expose students to the tile industry. “Helping to recruit the next gen- eration of tile setters is a part of the NTCA mission,” Bettiga ex- plained. “High school students may not know yet what career path they want to take. If they haven’t been exposed to the tile industry, they may not know what a lucrative career it can be and how many options it holds. At events like this, we can show students how they can become our future industry leaders.”
The CEFGA CareerExpo also features the SkillsUSA state championships, a competition in which students showcase their skills in a number of con- struction-related disciplines. This CareerExpo continues to grow each year and, in 2019, drew a record 8,615 attendees.
 T he International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) is proud to announce it will be working with the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) to generate the upcoming AWI/ISFA 0661 – Cast Polymer Fabrications Standard. The AWI Standards Development Team will be working alongside members of ISFA to develop these universal standards.
For more than 20 years, ISFA has been the leading associa- tion for the surfacing indus- try, and is currently the only trade association with published standards for solid surface fabrication. AWI is the wide- ly-accepted global leader in ar- chitectural woodwork standards.
AWI is enlisting the help of Subject Expert Review Teams (SERT) to ensure the standards
will best meet the needs of the architectural woodwork commu- nity as a whole. Members of ISFA will be also giving direct input on the AWI 1236 – Countertops Standard with regards to the im- plementation of solid surface. Furthermore, ISFA will be assist- ing AWI with the development of requirements for solid surface within other standards for appli- cations other than countertops.
The AWI team will begin recruit- ing members for the SERT seg- ments to assist in the development of these upcoming standards, be- ginning in January 2020.
Volunteer participants in the SERT from ISFA are as follows: Russ Berry, of ASST; Gary Bohr, of Innovative Surface Works; Rico Conde, of Wilsonart; ISFA Solid Surface Trainer Chris Pappenfort; Keith Haight, of Durasein; and Chuck Sawyer,
retired ISFA Executive Director and industry veteran.
The SERTs will be responsible for vetting the standards’ content to ensure accuracy and consis- tency within the documents, as they relate to each team’s area of expertise. Once the solid surface standards are finalized, ISFA and AWI will begin work on quartz surfacing fabrication standards via a similar process.
“We are both glad to assist in developing more universal stan- dards and proud to be working with such a reputable organization as AWI,” said ISFA Executive Director Amy Miller. “We are confident the efforts of our mem- bers involved in this process will be a great contribution to the fu- ture of solid surface fabrication.”
“We’re excited about the new partnership with ISFA, as well as the participation of the
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