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Special Focus on the Industry

Fulfilling Dreams Together, One Customer at a Time, by Peter J. Marcucci

Jackie Hoffman is the Unicorn of Stone Tool Sales, by Gina Gardner Covell

2021 Pinnacle Awards of Excellence, Part 2

Hands On Stone, by Mark Saxe

Training, Safety and Education           

How Much Work Can My Shop Handle?  by Ed Young

Industry Calendar of Events & Training for May 2022

How Much Should I Spend with Online Ads to Get More Retail Customers?  by Stephen Alberts

Is Overtime Always Bad? by Ed Hill

A Tale of Two Fabricators, by Peter DuBrule

Industry Topics, Tips and Featured Columns

The Stone Detective – The Case of the Singing Countertop, by Frederick M. Hueston

Stone Restoration and Maintenance Corner, by Bob Murrell

Climate and the Environment, by Sharon Koehler

Industry News

Tile Industry Launches an Industry-Wide Fundraiser to Provide Humanitarian Relief for Ukrainian Children

Natural Stone Institute Completes 41st Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

K&B Improvement Sales Are Again Vulnerable to Rising Prices

Laser Products Industries Founder and CEO Dan Louis Announces Retirement

Proposed Standard Will Aid in Restance Testing of Natural Stone

BACA Systems Strengthens Leadership Team

U.S. Commerce Department Self-Initiates Scope Inquiry on Quartz Surface Products from Maylasia

Coldspring Receives Stone Industry Honors

Natural Stone Institute Announces 2022 Awards Call for Entries

NTCA Celebrates 75th Anniversary at Coverings 2022 with Special Awards, Contractor Tours, Live Demos

The Lighter Side

Notable Quotes

A Gifted, Conniving Creep Parents Loved to Hate,  by Sam Venable

The Funny Pages, Featuring Cartoons by Mark Anderson

History Worth Preserving

Furry Obsession

Pocket Pets

Not My School Mascot

Contributors & Staff

  Rick Stimac 


  Larry M. Hood

Editor and Design Director  

  G. William Brown

Graphic Designer  

  Gina Covell

Advertising Sales and Social Media Maven  

  Stephen Alberts 

Countertop Marketing Co.  

  Mark Anderson

Department of Humor  

  Peter DuBrule

Synchronous Solutions  

  Ed Hill

Synchronous Solutions  

  Frederick M. Hueston

Stone Forensics Investigations  

  Sharon Koehler 

Stone Industry Consultant  

  Rufus B. Leakin 

Guru of Urban Folklore  

  Peter J. Marcucci 

Special Contributor  

  Bob Murrell

Restoration Consultant  

  Mark Saxe

Southwestern Stoneworks  

  Ed Young 

Fabricator’s Business Coach  

  Sam Venable

Department of Irony  

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