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Special Focus on the Industry

Colonial Marble and Granite: A Case Study, Part II,  by Larry Hood and Peter J. Marcucci

Bottleworks Art Deco Hotel Past Revived as a One-of-a-Kind Hotel, by Ken Scott

National Desert Storm Memorial Association, by Sharon Koehler

Three Waterfront Projects Featuring Natural Stone, by Lisa Miller

Training, Safety and Education           

Industry Calendar of Events and Training: September – November 2022

How Does SEO Work for a Countertop Shop? by Stephen Alberts

Roger and His Fabrication Shop, Chapter III: The Hiring Process, by Rick Phelps

MB Stone Professional Presents Intro to Stone Restoration Class

What is the Best Solution? by Ed Young

Industry Topics, Tips and Featured Columns

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

Texting: What a Pain, by Sharon Koehler

Stone Restoration and Maintenance Corner, by Bob Murrell

Industry News

BB Industries Honored with Top Workplaces Award

Natural Stone Institute Announces 2022 Tucker Design Award Recipients

MSI Announces Its Latest Showroom and Distribution Center in Richmond, VA

SESA Reaches Membership Milestone

Registration Open for Symposium on Dimesion Stone Use in the Built Environment

National Desert Storm Memorial Association, by Sharon Koehler

Survey Indicates Positive Outlook for Homebuilder Market Despite Recession

Beth Gaughan Celebrates 35 Years at Arizona Tile

ISFA to Host Industry Roundtable Event in Knoxville, TN

Construction Resources (Atlanta Kitchens) Acquired by Mill Point Capitol

Natural Stone Institute Completes 43rd Home with Gary Sinise Foundation

The Lighter Side

Notable Quotes for September

Never Give a Sucker (Or a Grandfather) an Even Break, by Sam Venable

The Funny Pages, Featuring Cartoons by Mark Anderson

Them’s MY Dusty Bugs!

Study Finds 100% of Work Meetings Ever Held in Human History Have Been Entirely Unnecessary

Unhappy Meal

Man Buns Outlawed in FL?

Condition Used: One Owner Dino

Getaway Mower


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   

  Ken Scott

Special Contributor   

  Ed Young 

Fabricator’s Business Coach   

  Sam Venable

Department of Irony   

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