October 2009


United Builders Supply Co. Inc., Westerly, R.I. announces the availability of  Westerly Pink, Westerly Blue and Westerly Gray granites for full-depth veneer and thin veneer. The supply is from cut pieces of the varieties, which were once a popular carving stone for statuary (including pieces at the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield), memorials and buildings such as the Travelers Tower in Hartford, Conn. and The American Tract Society Building in Manhattan, to name but a few.

United Materials Inc., Naples, Fla., launches Pompeii Quartz, a proprietary line of quartz surfacing for countertop fabrication for distribution throughout south, southwest, central and northeastern Florida . The material is stain-, heat-, chemical- and scratch-resistant; the 21 colors of Pompeii’s Earth Tone Collection include pure whites, sandy beiges, sunny golds, rich browns and deep blacks. All colors are available in full slab size (55” x 118”) or the company’s half-slab (27.5” x 118) program; the material carries a 15-year limited warranty. The company also offers a full selection of marketing and sales materials, including brochures, sample boxes, portable sample binder, labeled loose samples and promotional items.


Hilti Inc., Tulsa, Okla., introduces the Hilti TE 30 Rotary Hammer family, all with outstanding balance, ergonomic design and a power-to-weight ratio of 850 watts at nine lbs. Units include the TE 30-C-AVR with hammering, drilling and chiseling abilities with an active vibration-reduction system that cuts vibrations up to two-thirds when compared to conventional tools.’

Granite City Tool Co., Waite Park, Minn., offers SA Ogee backer pads for use with 4” diamond pads to polish ogee edges. The 3.25”-diameter backer has a rubber-coated edge for extra flexibility and four-way water separator to distribute the water flow; the Velcro® bottom holds the diamond pad.

Marmo Meccanica SpA, Monsano Italy, offers the LTT horizontal edge-polisher for round and flat edges on 1cm-6cm slabs with a single cup-shaped diamond wheel for all radiuses and equipped with micro-oscillation for flat edges. Extra features include the automatic positioning of the first auto-shaping mandrel and/or the chamfers, and the electronic starting of pneumatic mandrels. The company sells through its own North American representatives, with service and parts through Marmo Parts & Service LLC.