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Grow Your Business, Train New Hires with ISFA's Fabrication Training Programs

Sponsored by Aristech Surfaces, the ISFA solid surface fabrication training program is a hands-on, two-day session that provides attendees with the skills and knowledge in all facets of the fabrication process, including layout, templating, seaming, support, sanding, edges, cutouts, backsplashes, thermoforming, finishing and installation. Participants will complete a vanity application that includes an integral bowl sink, built-up edge profile, edge inlay, and examples of coved and set-on style backsplashes.

“Partnering with ISFA to provide core knowledge and expert fabrication training is essential to foster the expertise necessary in every region, driving the surfaces industry forward,” said Jana Bartlett, global marketing manager for Aristech Surfaces. “Our fabrication expert, Aaron Davis, has more than 20 years of experience working with solid surface. He leads the training sessions and demonstrates the traditional and innovative techniques needed to thrive in our industry. Together with ISFA, we are elated to provide the tools and resources necessary for future generations of fabricators.”

Registration for the following sessions is now open:

  • March 28-29, 2023, in San Antonio, Texas
  • June 6-7, 2023, in Lakewood, Wash.
  • August 8-9, 2023, in San Antonio, Texas

“The ISFA solid surface fabrication class was very beneficial to our business,” said Greg Howard, Adobe Walls Stoneworks. “We are fabricators of quartz, granite and quartzite, and we wanted to expand to solid surface, and the class got us up to speed quickly.”

Active participants who complete the training course’s project with a satisfactory result will receive a certificate recognizing that they are an ISFA Certified Professional.

“Solid surface fabricators founded our association to provide educational and growth opportunities for professionals within the decorative surfaces industry,” said Nancy Busch, executive director of ISFA. “ISFA is dedicated to delivering the tools and resources fabricators need to find success. In this challenging labor market and economy, the solid surface training program is a great way to train new hires who lack experience or diversify an existing business into new lines of work.”

LEARN MORE ABOUT SOLID SURFACE FABRICATION TRAINING

In addition to solid surface fabrication training, ISFA has developed fabrication training for mineral surfaces, which includes sintered, ultra-compact and porcelain materials. Sponsored by BB Industries and Crossville, the next training session for mineral surfaces is February 21-23, 2023, in Knoxville, Tenn.

C.H. Briggs Company Winds Down Operations

C.H. Briggs Company, an independently owned wholesale distributor of interior specialty building materials for more than 55 years, announced that it will be winding down operations and closing the business. 

The company’s decision to close was made after exhaustive efforts to restructure its relationship with its primary supplier were unsuccessful. 

The closure impacts 130 C.H. Briggs employees across its five locations. All employees will receive a severance and benefits package and a small team of employees will remain in place through March 31, 2023, to finalize the operational details of the closure.

“To say we are sad and disappointed would be an understatement," said Julia Klein, chairwoman for C.H. Briggs Company. "Changes in the supply chains we depended on mean we can no longer provide the quality of products and customer service that was the hallmark of our business. We made every attempt to avoid this outcome. Our efforts were exhaustive, but we were left with no other option but to wind down our operations."

"We recognize how painful this decision is for our coworkers and customers," she continued."Which is why we worked so hard to avoid it. We have a talented team, and we are doing all we can to help them be successful in the next phase of their careers. We have built a strong culture over three generations, and we are deeply grateful to our coworkers, customers and suppliers for more than a half-century of empowering, elevating and enriching the lives of the communities we serve. C.H. Briggs is more than just a distributor of specialty building materials. Our work has always been about people and community — creating exceptional spaces where we can all live, work, learn, play and heal. Our hope is that those spaces, and the people who design and build them, will be our legacy.” 

C.H. Briggs was founded in 1967 by Harry and Georgeanna Briggs. In addition to its corporate office in Reading, Pa., the company has offices in Lansdale, Pa.; Richmond, Va.; Charlotte, N.C.; and Norcross, Ga. In addition to distributing Corian solid surface, quartz and Endura products, Briggs has most recently represented Kohler, Rev-A-Shelf and other companies. 

Customers with product and order inquiries are asked to call C.H. Briggs customer service at 1-800-355-1000.