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Special Focus on the Industry

And… They’re Off!  by Sharon Koehler

Jigsaw Puzzle Masters Work Their Magic, by Ken Scott

Common Materials, Uncommon Building, by Stacey Freed

Training, Safety and Education

Industry Calendar of Events and Training: July-August 2022

How Do We Feed This Beast? by Ed Young

Roger and His Fabrication Shop, by Rick Phelps

How Do Google Ads and Facebook Ads Work for Countertop Shops? 
by Stephen Alberts

Industry Topics, Tips and Featured Columns

The Stone Detective – The Crapper Case, by Frederick M. Hueston

Public Service Announcement, by Sharon Koehler

Updated Dimension Stone Manual Now Available

Stone Restoration and Maintenance Corner, by Bob Murrell

Industry News

SESA to Sponsor Manufactured Surfaces Pavilion at TISE 2023

Total Solutions Plus Announces Highlights for Returning November 2022 Show

ASTM Committee on Dimension Stone Meets in TN

Veronafiere / 31st Edition of SaMoTer Now Scheduled for May 2023

BACA Systems Hires Account Execs for Regional Positions

ISFA Hosts 2022 Annual Conference in Clearwater, Florida

MSI Surfaces Celebrates the Opening of Its New Wisconsin Location

Sun European Partners Acquires Majority Stake in Tenax

Marble Restoration Group Purchases Custom Metal Restoration

MSI Awarded Top Company for Sustainable Growth by Association for Corporate Growth

The Lighter Side

Notable Quotes for July

Shake, Rattle and Roll Might Give Ticks the Ol’ Heave-Ho, by Sam Venable

The Funny Pages, Featuring Cartoons by Mark Anderson

Goodwill Gold

Lost and Found

Really Going Postal

The Bark of Zorro

The Fast & the Stoopid

Crash Course


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  

  Stacey Freed

Building Stone Magazine  

  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  

  Rick Phelps

Synchronous Solutions   

  Ed Young 

Fabricator’s Business Coach  

  Sam Venable

Department of Irony  



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