ISSFAInternational Solid Surface Fabricators Association (solid surface and quartz fabricators)
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"This is a major step forward for ISSFA," said Robert Oxley, ISSFA's executive director.
The ISSFA's solid surface fabrication program includes training on product knowledge, shop safety, basic productivity concepts, material handling, templating, high-strength seams, adhesive systems, stress risers, thermoforming, inlays, backsplash fabrication, installation and inspection.
"ISSFA let us exchange business ideas and best practices in a non-competing environment.
"I think ISSFA meant more to changing this industry than any of the new tools that have been introduced."
ISSFA will continue to sponsor the show it created when it moves to the Las Vegas Convention Center March 4-6, 2004.
Imagination and creativity marked all the entries in the sixth annual ISSFA Design Contest.
"We are extremely excited to once again partner the ISSFA on the live solid surface fabrication demonstrations," said Rich Christianson, editorial director of Wood & Wood Products and Custom Woodworking Business, cosponsors of the ISW Expo.
In between, the ISSFA's Board of Directors dealt with the controversy of whether or not to allow suppliers of engineered stone products to exhibit at the 2003 show.
While the aftermath of September 11 caused attendance to drop by about 10% compared to the 2001 event, ISSFA President Michael Wilson-South said the association was pleased with the overall participation.
ISSFA aggressively promotes solid surface over other surfacing option, and the ISSFA member companies as sources of quality and professionalism.
Wright is one of the founding board members of the ISSFA.
Mike Duggan, executive vice president of the 600-plus-member ISSFA, says the solid surface market reached $1.2 billion in 1998 and "continues to grow at a rate of 24% annually."