The Concrete Countertop Institute announces the move of its primary training location to the Chicago area. All hands-on classes will be held at the Concrete Countertop Supply by Fishstone facility at 1760 Brittania Dr #6, Elgin, IL 60124.       
Lane Mangum, VP Business Services for The Concrete Countertop Institute, states, “I’m thrilled with this arrangement with Fishstone because they have a perfect facility and are great to work with. It is a more central location, especially for our Canadian and western students, and has a major international airport.

“Students will have better access to new tools and materials, and the opportunity to work personally with one of our recommended vendors.

“Instead of paying expensive shipping costs after the return home from NC, many of our students will now be able to bring the essential supplies home with them from Illinois, right from the class.”

There will be no change in curriculum or instructors. Jeff Girard, President of The Concrete Countertop Institute, will continue to personally instruct the classes, held every two to three months. “I’m not moving to Chicago. It’s too cold!” Girard jokes. “I will continue my research and article writing from my new shop in Raleigh, and fly to Chicago to do classes.”

Upcoming classes in Chicago are:

  • March 5-9: The Ultimate Concrete Countertop Training (Precast and GFRC)
  • Apr 16: Free Sealer Workshop
  • Apr 17: GFRC Crash Course
  • Apr 18 - 20: Water, Light & Fire: Advanced 3-Dimensional Concrete.

The mailing and billing address for The Concrete Countertop Institute has changed to:
PO Box 25898
Raleigh, NC  27611-5898
For shipping, please call to confirm the appropriate address.

Further details about the classes and location are available via the internet by logging on at, by calling 888-386-7711, or by sending an email to .
About The Concrete Countertop Institute

The Concrete Countertop Institute’s mission is to help concrete countertop professionals succeed. The Institute provides contractors with intensive training via hands-on and self-study classes, and information and networking opportunities via its membership programs.

For more information, contact Lane Mangum by calling 888-386-7711 or visit them online at

About Concrete Countertop Supply by Fishstone

Concrete Countertop Supply by Fishstone was started in 2006 by Tom and Carrie Fischer to help the concrete countertop contractor locate and purchase products from one source. Their philosophy is to deliver quality products geared to the concrete industry at affordable prices, with unbeatable customer service.

For more information, contact Carrie Fischer by calling 877-434-7451 or visit them online at