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Special Focus on the Industry

The Long, Winding Road to Crowley’s Granite, by Peter J. Marcucci

Water, Water, Everywhere… by Sharon Koehler

The Poseidon Ferrari, by Jon Kaplan


Training, Safety and Education           

Industry Calendar of Events and Training: June – July 2022

Want to Increase Retail Leads? Five Tips to Improve Your Countertop Website, by Stephen Alberts

Whose Job Is It, Anyway? by Ed Young

Find the Core Cause, by Ed Hill

Hearing Loss Prevention: What Should You Consider? by Rick Pedley

Sustainability Standard Guidance Course From NSI

International Surface Fabricators Association to Host Mineral Surfaces Training for Porcelain, Sintered and Ultra-Compact Surfaces


Industry Topics, Tips and Featured Columns

The Stone Detective – A Lesson in Deflection, by Frederick M. Hueston

U.S. Ceramic Tile Market Update

Stone Restoration and Maintenance Corner, by Bob Murrell

Dining Al Desko, by Sharon Koehler


Industry News

Natural Stone Institute Completes 42nd Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

Arizona Tile Launches New Website

Antolini Introduces New Member of Exclusive Collection: Atlantic White

Lapitec Adds to Range of XXL Slabs

BB Industries Expands Sales Team with New Sales Team Members Bautista and Godsey

Louisville Tile’s New Senior Management Team is a Study in Pro-Activity

NTCA Announces Dirk Sullivan Awarded Tile Person of the Year

TCNA’s Martha Salazar Is a 2022 Rock Star

Park Industries Announces New CEO and Welcomes New VP of Customer Experience

SESA to Sponsor Manufactured Surfaces Pavilion at TISE 2023


The Lighter Side

Notable Quotes

‘I Scream’ About the Hottest Frozen Treat, by Sam Venable

The Funny Page, Featuring Cartoons by Mark Anderson

Roll On, Bro

Goin’ Muddin’

Jumping the Shark

Calling AAA


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  

  Ed Hill

Synchronous Solutions  

  Frederick M. Hueston

Stone Forensics Investigations  

  Jon Kaplan

President, Poseidon Machinery  

  Sharon Koehler 

Stone Industry Consultant  

  Rufus B. Leakin 

Guru of Urban Folklore  

  Peter J. Marcucci 

Special Contributor  

  Bob Murrell

Restoration Consultant  

  Rick Pedley

CEO, PK Safety  

  Ed Young 

Fabricator’s Business Coach  

  Sam Venable

Department of Irony  

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