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INDEX: September 2014

Our stories of special interest this month include the team players at Real Value, Inc. . This two-location stone fabrication business provides top-notch commercial and residential fabrication, cabinetry and installation to the Columbia, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C. markets. We also celebrate the exemplary masonry work of Michael Jamieson of Jamieson Stoneworks, based in New York, with 3 decades of building stone fireplaces, walls, floors and more, often using locally-sourced stone. New products are arriving in the marketplace, namely the innovative Radiant Fires creations of Jeff Hanning and company, and the labor and headache-saving inventions of Kevin Pridemore: Sinkits, LC Brackets, and more. Our Pillars of the Industry returns this month featuring a special interview with Brenda Edwards of TexaStone Quarries. Our monthly columnists present thought-provoking perspective on the stone industry issues with their insight and opinions. In closing, I apologize for inaccuracies in our report last month of WerkMaster training being offered to select inmates at Hopkins County Jail, located near Madisonville, Kentucky. Refer to our August online archive for a revised version of this inspirational story.

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Larry Hood - Editor

September 2014 Issue Articles

Real Value, Inc., by Peter J. Marcucci 

From the Publisher’s Pen, by Rich Hassert

Arizona Tile Adds Italian-Made Quartz to its Varied Slab Offering 

MIA Moves Headquarters to Oberlin, Ohio 

Coldspring Receives 2014 Tucker Design Awards

Customer Care Versus Customer Service, by Jodi Wallace

Attendee Registration Opens for The International Surface Event East 

Viles Arboretum Unveils Plans for Upcoming Sculpture Symposium 

Sports Quote of the Month 

Are You Playing to Win, or Trying Not to Lose?  by Richard Pierce Thomas 

Kevin Pridemore, President of Sinkits LLC, is Dedicated to Doing It Better, by Joel Davis

Pillars of the Industry: An Interview with Brenda Edwards, by Peter J. Marcucci

Chris McKenzie Joins the Sales Team at Braxton-Bragg 

The Bottom Fell Out 

Hey, That Looks Familiar 

Square Feet (and Other Misleading Measurements), by Aaron J. Crowley

Restoration & Maintenance Corner: Preparation and Restoration, by Bob Murrell 

Jury Duty Can Be “Ruff” 

The Price of Impatience 

Ten Important Dating Tips Anglers Can Understand 

Stuffing Lobster Tails 

Staying Calm Under Pressure 

Deliciously Delayed 

Battle in the Barnyard, by Sam Venable 

The Call of the Wild 

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Precinct…

Have You Been Gagging Lately?  by Sharon Koehler

Radiant Fires Offers Fire Table Components to Granite Fabricators, by Joel Davis 

Best Tile, Neuse Tile and USG Donate Materials to Tile Eight Homes in North Carolina 

The Stone Detective, by Frederick M. Hueston, PhD  

A Slingshot Sharpshooter

Somehow She Managed It

The Slippery Rock Classifieds

Braxton-Bragg Announces Fresh, New Website Re-Design

The Varmint County Chronicles, by Boomer Winfrey

Jamieson Stoneworks, LLC, by Peter J. Marcucci


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