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Special Focus on the Industry

Colonial Marble and Granite: Using Quote Countertops Digital Technology to Drive Sales and Efficiency, by Larry Hood and Peter J. Marcucci

Granite Portals Transition Chaos to Serenity, by Megy Karydes

Natural Thinstone Veneer Patterns Explained, by Lisa Miller

Training, Safety and Education           

Natural Stone Vs. Manmade Materials CEU Courses Now Available from NSI

Industry Calendar of Events and Training: August – October 2022

Three Tips to Get More Retail Jobs from Google Maps, by Stephen Alberts

Roger and His Fabrication Shop, Part II, by Rick Phelps

Introducing the Bostik Academy

NTCA Launches Thick-Bed Regional Training in Columbus, Ohio

Industry Topics, Tips and Featured Columns

Is That All This Data Is Good For? by Ed Young

The Stone Detective – The Case of the Marble Impostor, by Frederick M. Hueston

BNPL : Is it Right for You or Your Business? by Sharon Koehler

Why Homeowners Remodel or Move

Stone Restoration and Maintenance Corner, by Bob Murrell

Industry News

Go to the Masters with BBI and Integra

International Surface Fabricators Association to Host Industry Roundtable in Seattle

NSI Becomes Endorsing Partner of Hardscape North America Show

MSI Announces Its Latest Showroom and Distribution Center Opening in Columbus, Ohio

Birch Hill and Investissement Québec Partner with Polycor

MSI Introduces Traktion Indoor/Outdoor Porcelain Tile Featuring ZeroSlip™

The Lighter Side

Notable Quotes for August

August is the Ideal Month for Procrastinators, by Sam Venable

The Funny Pages, Featuring Cartoons by Mark Anderson

Chill, Dude, Reptile Roundup is On!, Bonus!, Keep Smilin’

I’m Outta Here,  Not My Levis, Not My Circus,  Jugg in tha Jug,  News that Sounds Like a Joke


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  

  Sharon Koehler 

Stone Industry Consultant  

  Rufus B. Leakin 

Guru of Urban Folklore  

  Peter J. Marcucci 

Special Contributor  

  Lisa Miller

Delgado Stone  

  Bob Murrell

Restoration Consultant  

  Rick Phelps

CEO, PK Safety   

  Ed Young 

Fabricator’s Business Coach   

  Sam Venable

Department of Irony   

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