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It’s Thanksgiving for Businesses, Too
Mary-Carel Verden
11/24/2014 12:34:08 AM

This is the time of year when we all think about the things for which we are thankful: our family, friends, health, and much more. As 2014 comes t...

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Greenbuild 2014
Rob Ziegelmeier
11/24/2014 1:01:05 AM

This year’s Greenbuild did not seem to have the normal buzz that one has come to expect at this event. The attendance was down from 30,000 in 20...

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Skills Development and Assessment
Dave Grubb
11/24/2014 11:04:45 AM

Can you answer the following questions with a resounding yes? 1. Do you have a defined objective method of evaluating employee skills levels? 2. Do y...

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Adding Value
John Howell
9/26/2014 4:00:00 PM

I just returned from vacation in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I’d visited there many times in my youth and had always found the area ench...

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CNC Primer
Fred Hueston
9/12/2014 4:00:00 PM

Many stone fabrication newbies will be walking through a trade show or attending a seminar and will hear the term CNC. This term is used fr...

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Vortex Tool Partners with McGill Baja Racing Team

Vortex Tool Company recently donated tooling to the McGill Baja Racing Team of McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The McGill Baja Racing Team is comprised of fifty students whose mission is to design, build and race a single seat, prototype off-road race car. Each year the team competes against more than 100 universities from around the world in several competitions across Canada and the United States sponsored by the SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers). Everything on the car is designed and built by engineering students.


Stiles Feature on National Television Show "TANKED" Airs November 21st

Stiles Machinery and Mercy Health Lacks Cancer Center are gearing up to see some familiar faces on Animal Planet’s hit reality television show TANKED this week. Representatives from Stiles and Mercy Health star alongside show hosts Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing in an episode set to air Friday at 10PM EST on the Animal Planet network.


Integra Adhesives Launches SmartPhone App

Integra Adhesives is now launching a unique Smartphone App for iOS and Android. The App is a great reference tool to select appropriate adhesive colors from Integra. First, it allows fabricators to pull Integra’s entire collection of color reference charts, whether on or off-line, for quick reference anytime, anywhere. It also shows images of over 200 natural stone colors, matched with Integra Natural stone collection. Finally, it brings up a visual guide to Integra’s 300 Surface Bonder Xi colors, allowing fabricators to not only clearly see what each color looks like, but also what are its closest similar colors.


Artcam Insignia – Free Online Woodworking Demonstration

Please join Delcam for a free online woodworking demonstration on the 17th October 2014, where Leighton Ashcroft will be exploring some of the great design and manufacturing features of ArtCAM Insignia, their introductory 3D modeling and production machining software package.


TigerSaw Ferrous Introduced at FABTECH

TigerStop has just announced that it will unveil TigerSaw Ferrous, a fully automated, heavy-duty, precision ferrous metal cut off saw and push feed system at the upcoming FABTECH show. TigerSaw Ferrous features a robust column saw with mitering capabilities from 60° left to 45° right and TigerStop’s highly regarded in-feed pusher system along with fully integrated and automated material handling options. The system is designed to cut tube, pipe and bar stock up to 42 FT in length all while incorporating Dynamic OptimizationTM. TigerSaw Ferrous sets a new standard in performance to value as machinery with similar features and specifications generally cost-out at over two times as much.


Integra Adhesives launches Stone Swatch Deck Match Guide

for high quality, pre-colored cartridge based adhesives that offer a perfect color match when laminating, mitering and seaming quartz, natural stone and solid surface, Integra Adhesives is now launching a unique companion tool for color matching Natural Stone.


EnKon Improves Ergonomics with Scissor Lift and Rotate System for Carts

EnKon Systems, Herkules Equipment Corporation’s brand name of lift systems, designed, engineered, and manufactured a pneumatic Scissor Lift and Rotate System to specifically fit a customer’s cart for improving ergonomics and productivity in their facility.


Bora Tools Introduces Newest Product: Bora 50-Inch Modular Clamp Edge

BORA is announcing the launch of their newest product, the Wide Track Clamp Edge Saw Guide (WTX Clamp Edge), representing a significant advancement in today’s precision cutting market.


New Jig System Streamlines Production of Professional-Quality Cabinet Face Frames and Doors

One-of-a-Kind System Allows Clamping, Drilling & Fastening in One Simple Setup: The new Professional Face Frame Jig System from General Tools & Instruments (General®) enables woodworkers and cabinet makers to create a production setup in just minutes for the fast and precise fabrication and assembly of cabinet face frames and doors. Wood frame and door components can be aligned, securely clamped, bored for pocket holes and screwed together in one operation. This patented, one-of-a-kind system saves time and increases productivity by eliminating the need for separate drilling and assembly operations and delivering repeatable, professional results.


Top Knobs launches the Europa Series

Top Knobs launches the Europa series with stylized Tab Pulls and Cut Out Tab Pulls within the contemporary new Mercer Collection


ITW Building Components Group Announces Release of VisionREZ for Revit 2015 Architectural Plug-In

ITW Building Components Group announced today the release of the VisionREZ® for Revit® 2015 Architectural Plug-In. This is the second release of a VisionREZ product designed specifically for the Revit platform and is based on the award-winning VisionREZ products for AutoCAD® Architecture (ACA).


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Pay Per Click – Is It For You?
Russ Lee
10/31/2014 4:00:00 PM

Chances are you have heard of Google AdWords or Microsoft adCenter and wondered if Pay Per Click (PPC) advertising is the right way to go for your bus...

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The Refinishing Commandments
Mac Simmons
8/1/2014 4:00:00 PM

I. Thou shall protect yourself at all times. "Safety First" should be a motto for every finisher, refinisher and restorer. NO exceptions! Always wear...

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Let There Be Light: What’s new in cabinet lighting?
Holly Berecz
10/31/2014 4:00:00 PM

A good lighting scheme goes a long way in boosting the “luxe” factor of any cabinet configuration. Whether in the kitchen or bath, decorative or func...

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To Combo or Not to Combo—That Is the Question…
Pat Windmeier
9/12/2014 4:00:00 PM

A good friend of mine called me up earlier this spring and asked if I would like to do the counters for the new kitchen he and his wife are doing....

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Stains—Part II
Bob Bein
9/19/2014 4:00:00 PM

Hello again, and welcome back. I would like to continue my discussion of stains from last time. In Stains—Part I, we spoke about the different leve...

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