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Behind the Surface: A Podcast Brought to You by the International Surface Fabricators Association

Introducing Behind the Surface, the ultimate podcast for surface fabricators! Dive into a world where craftsmanship meets innovation as we explore cutting-edge techniques, industry trends, and insider tips to elevate your fabrication game. From mastering the latest tools and materials to navigating business challenges and enhancing your creative process, our podcast covers it all.

Podcast hosts Behind the SurfaceJoin us for insightful interviews with industry leaders, expert roundtable discussions and actionable insights designed to empower surface fabricators at every level. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting out, our podcast provides the inspiration, knowledge and community support you need to thrive in the competitive world of surface fabrication.

Topics we cover include:

Business Strategies: From marketing and pricing to client management and workflow optimization, learn how to build and grow a successful fabrication business.

Problems, Solved: Explore real-world challenges faced by fabricators and practical solutions to overcome them. 

Industry Insights: Get insider perspectives on the evolving landscape of surface fabrication, including market trends, regulations and future predictions.

Sustainability: Explore sustainable business practices, eco-friendly materials and ways to reduce environmental impact in fabrication processes while positioning your business to stand the test of time.

Advanced Techniques: Discover the latest fabrication methods and innovations in tools and technologies that shape the future of our industry. 

Material Spotlights: Deep dives into various materials, from stone to quartz to porcelain and everything in between. Explore their characteristics, applications and best practices for fabrication.

Design Trends: Stay ahead of the curve with insights into emerging design trends, aesthetic preferences and consumer demands.

Whether you're seeking inspiration, education or networking opportunities, Behind the Surface is your go-to podcast for all things surface fabrication.

Tune in and join the conversation today!

Find Behind the Surface right here on or on your favorite streaming service. 

Episode 31: The Problem with Silica: What You Need to Know to Maintain a Safe Shop

Release date: April 25, 2024

In this episode of the Behind the Surface podcast, ISFA Executive Director Marissa Bankert is joined by Nate Kolinski, president of Block Tops in California, and Jeff “Corky” Cartwright from Planet Granite in Colorado to discuss what’s been deemed a silicosis crisis in our industry. They will delve into: 

  • All eyes on engineered stone: bans, regulations and the dangers of respirable crystalline silica. 
  • A brief history of silica safety standards in the United States. 
  • How fabricators comply with federal and state guidelines. 
  • California’s Emergency Temporary Standard: challenges fabricators are facing. 
  • Common misconceptions within the industry.  

Tune in to hear firsthand accounts of how fabrication shops are navigating silica safety regulations and OSHA compliance at a time when government agencies are elevating concerns around the dangers of respirable crystalline silica. 


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 Behind the Surface: The Installing Profitability® Series

Have you heard about the Installing Profitability® series? This monthly podcast + workshop event touches on regular themes that matter to fabricators. From human resources to incentive plans, sales programs, showroom design and more, each podcast is the precursor to a valuable workshop where you can ask questions and get actionable answers. Listen in and gain valuable insights on how you can improve your bottom line.  

The workshops are FREE to ISFA members and friends of BACA Systems. 


Check out more of ISFA's exclusive programming:

Facility Tour Library

Webinar Library

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