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Fifth Gear Technologies Launches SPEEDfolder, a Free Solution for Fabricators 

Fifth Gear Technologies, a leading provider of software solutions for the Countertop Industry, proudly introduces SPEEDfolder, an innovative application designed to transform how countertop businesses manage photos, organize job details, and seamlessly integrate with Google Calendar. Best of all, SPEEDfolder is offered completely free of charge, with an unlimited number of users.

SPEEDfolder offers the following key features for countertop fabricators:

  • Photo Capture and Storage: SPEEDfolder revolutionizes photo management by providing a convenient platform for capturing and storing job site photos. From on-site progress images to specific project details, all photos can be securely organized within SPEEDfolder, ensuring easy access and efficient documentation for every job.
  • Centralized Job Details in the cloud: With SPEEDfolder, countertop businesses can consolidate all job-related information in one place. From customer details to hand or digital drawings, every critical aspect of the job can be stored and accessed within the application. This eliminates the need for multiple tools or manual processes, saving time and reducing errors.
  • Google Calendar Integration: SPEEDfolder seamlessly integrates with Google Calendar, enhancing job scheduling and coordination. Job events in Google Calendar, such as Measure and Install, are automatically populated with all relevant job information from SPEEDfolder. This integration eliminates re-typing and minimizes mistakes, ensuring accurate and comprehensive job management.

By combining photo capture and storage, centralized job details, and seamless integration with Google Calendar, SPEEDfolder empowers businesses to streamline their processes, enhance collaboration, and optimize their operations.

With this comprehensive solution, businesses can capture every aspect of the job, keep all job details in one organized place, and efficiently schedule and manage events through Google Calendar. Best of all its simple and free!


Catch ISFA in Illinois for Solid Surface Fabrication Training, Happening October 24-25

ISFA's Certified Professional Solid Surface Fabrication Training program is the gold standard course for fabricating solid surface. The program is recognized by all major manufacturers and their network of certified fabricator partners.

Sponsored by Aristech Surfaces, these hands-on, two-day sessions provide 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, 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.” 

Aaron Davis has more than 20 years of experience in the solid surface industry specializing in fabrication and installation. During this time, he has worked with fabricators, architects and designers to create unique applications using solid surface. He takes great pride in sharing the skills he has acquired during his career and continues to expand his knowledge by picking up new and improved methods from others. 

Space is limited and spots fill up fast, so those interested are encouraged to reserve their spot as soon as possible!



ISFA Fabricator Profile: Rosskopf + Partner

In 1984, Helmut Rosskopf founded Helmut Rosskopf Construction and Furniture Joinery. Located near Frankfurt, Germany, he worked with borrowed machines in an old barn. Since the company’s expansion to the German states of Thuringia and Saxony, it has changed considerably, not only in its location but also in terms of scope. What started as a millwork company has become well-known for fabricating all kinds of materials, including solid surface, quartz, sintered stone and natural stone for high-end kitchen countertops, custom commercial casework and architectural installations for a variety of applications.

(Photo credit: Darius Ramazani) 

Today, Rosskopf + Partner is well past its early days in the barn working with borrowed machines. Offering a complete range of services, including engineering, product development, fabrication and installation, the company’s customer base extends from Germany throughout Europe to Africa and North America.


Read the Latest Issue of ISFA's Magazine, Countertops & Architectural Surfaces

The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) releases a quarterly magazine in support of the decorative surfacing industry. Find out all the latest news, educational opportunities, material trends and business developments that elevate and perpetuate the industry.

In this issue, we're exploring powerful transformations. From tech-savvy strategies that improve productivity and profitability (page 20) to creating efficiencies among teams (page 22) to the latest and greatest software solutions that support today's fabricators (page 26), this issue is packed with market insights and helpful information that can inspire you to strengthen your business.


Park Industries Celebrates 70th Anniversary with ParkFest 2023

Park Industries, the leading manufacturer of stone fabrication machinery, is thrilled to announce its 70th anniversary in the stone industry. To commemorate this remarkable achievement, Park Industries is excited to introduce ParkFest, a first-of-its-kind event scheduled for October 3-4, 2023. Stone fabricators from across North America are invited to Park's Minnesota headquarters to join them in this historic celebration. 

ParkFest promises to be an unforgettable experience, offering the opportunity to explore educational and networking activities. The event will showcase groundbreaking product launches, providing a glimpse into the future of stone fabrication technology. Live machine demonstrations will offer valuable insights, and participants will gain knowledge and skills through interactive sessions.

"As we commemorate our 70th anniversary, Park Industries is dedicated to providing an engaging platform that celebrates education, machinery, and camaraderie," said Joan Schatz, chief executive officer at Park Industries. "ParkFest 2023 is designed to be an immersive and enriching experience for all stone fabricators, and we are eager to share our passion for innovation and excellence."

One of the highlights of ParkFest will be the Sponsor Pavilion, featuring more than 15 industry-leading partners, including representatives from software and tooling vendors to slab manufacturers and fabricator associations, including ISFA. The culmination of ParkFest 2023 will be a cookout at Park’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, where guests can come together to celebrate the company's legacy while enjoying good food, cold drinks, and great company. The event will foster connections among industry professionals, encouraging collaboration and networking among attendees. 

Park Industries extends an open invitation to all fabricators to join in this historic celebration.


For those interested in exploring the rich history of Park Industries, the company's milestone achievements over the past 70 years can be traced through its History and Milestones page.