UPDATE: Quartz Countertops are Now Officially a Commodity.

On April 17, 2018, Cambria Quartz filed a Countervailing and Antidumping lawsuit, claiming the Chinese quartz industry displaced 1.2B dollars of US Quartz in 2017. This is already having major consequences for the quartz industry on a global scale. Here's what you need to know: 

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IWF Recap: Our Booth, Experience & Takeaways

The International Woodworking Fair in Atlanta kicked off on August 26 with two halls filled with equipment vendors, wood product vendors, accessories vendors and wild-eyed attendees trying to weave their way through the aisles.

Our Modern Surfaces booth displayed a creative, yet practical take on the "man cave," using PaperStone, Lapitec and reSAWN products in a number of applications. 

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A Checklist for Choosing a Building Materials Distributor

You have a great product and you are ready to get it to market. Choosing your path to market can be difficult. Do you go at it alone or rely on a distributor to help you get there?  Let’s say you have already opted to partner with a distributor. What are you looking for in a partner? 

If you find yourself at a crossroad and are struggling to figure out what the next step is for your business, our guide can help.  Read more to get access to a checklist we made that makes this process simple. 

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Acoustics 101 - A Succinct Primer on Sound Control

Sound control can be daunting.  There are so many acronyms and types of sound.  It is hard to know what sound issues you are even having.  So how do you figure out how to fix them if we don’t even know what the different terms mean?

We'll break it down for you and show you how it relates to the design world. 

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Trading in the Tradeshow - Networking Just Got A LOT Smaller

The days of the tradeshow are waning, or largely dead if you listen to some, including me.  Tradeshows are no longer a place to reach your customers and show them what is new. They are no longer a venue for courting new customers and teaching them the valuable aspects of your business and what you can do for them. Rather, tradeshows are places where you network with colleagues, size up the competition and forget which booth they had which product at, relegating you to the internet to go look up what you didn’t know you didn’t know but would have figured out anyway.

Read more to see our bulleted list on how to set up a roundtable discussion, a truly valuable way of networking.

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What’s In Your Wall?

If you don't want to touch it, why would you want to breathe it? 

Read about our latest product - Havelock Wool Insulation!

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What the WELL

Oh great, another building standard.  Oh great, another acronym.

Not so fast, my pessimistic friend.

WELL is a new building standard.  But it is about you. Yes, even you.  Unlike its structure focused predecessors - LEED and Green Globes, WELL is about people and health. 

Read more to learn about the new building standard- WELL.

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Sound Control Gets SEXY

You can take your ACT and shove it up your ceiling.  Roll up your carpets, folks, the old school acoustics are sounding off.

Sound control just got really appealing.  Gone are the days of a perforated cube or rectangle suspended in a metal grid hanging 3 feet over your head with water stains from who-knows-what and who-knows-when.  The new generation of sound control is not just colorful, it's three dimensional and incredibly functional.  It is sustainable.

Read more about Kirei and the beautiful benefits of this new acoustical product. 

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Forget Fiberglass, Denim is the New Insulation

Does the idea of living with prickly pink fiberglass above your head and in your walls make you cringe?  Does that nasty attic stuffer make your skin crawl thinking about having to go store your old photos in that itchy pink blanket of awfulness?  There are other options out there, and when Rod Francis met with his contractor to figure out what his options were, he was delighted to find UltraTouch Cotton Insulation.

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