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Countertops 101

Countertops 101 exists to help countertop companies reach new heights.  We work hard to keep you informed on the latest marketing, sales and operations strategies available through our Blog, video posts, podcasts, live presentations and individual consultations.

Since first creating Countertops 101 back in 2005, it certainly has evolved over the years.  I am hoping that 2017 will be one of the best years to date! It It is hard to believe that in June 2017 Countertops 101 will be 12 years old!!

As in previous years, my goal for this site in 2017 is to help countertop fabricators take their business to the next level.

Sales/Marketing 90%
Operations 70%
Tooling 50%

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Find ideas on sales and marketing, operations, or even tooling and strategies from other fabricators to help make your company more successful and profitable.

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Now there is no excuse not to raise your game. We have podcasts available so you can learn no matter where you are – gym, office, car or even out of the country!

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Get hands-on with our YouTube channel. We are working at adding a regular assortment of videos to help you achieve total success in your business.

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Clark Thornton

Clark Thornton

Co-Founder & Technical Director
Clark Thorton is a designer who works remotely from Birmingham, AL. A graduate of Ole Miss, where he played quidditch.
Kathleen Fox

Kathleen Fox

Creative Director
Kathleen Fox is a designer who works remotely from Birmingham, AL. A graduate of Ole Miss, where she played quidditch.
Robert Murphy

Robert Murphy

Visual Designer
Robert Murphy is a designer who works remotely from Birmingham, AL. A graduate of Ole Miss, where he played quidditch.
Kristina Collins

Kristina Collins

Interactive Designer
Kristina Collins is a designer who works remotely from Birmingham, AL. A graduate of Ole Miss, where she played quidditch.

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Always Focus on the Bottleneck

Always Focus on the Bottleneck

Welcome to Part I of Countertops 101’s Best Practices Series In most shops, the perception is you are making money if the bridge saw, panel saw, or CNC are cutting up a new project. Consequently, we like to see as many jobs being cut as possible.  However, the real place money is made or lost…

Shop Signage

Shop Signage

Everywhere I go I am asked if there is any advice I have to increase business.  Here is one easy, simple and affordable tip that can help increase your revenue – A SIGN! You cannot imagine how many fabricators I used to visit each and every week. The most time consuming and frustrating thing I…

Acrylic vs. Polyester

Acrylic vs. Polyester

So which is the better solid surface material?  Acrylic or Polyester? This has been the subject of much debate for as long as I can remember.  It seems every fabricator has their own opinion on which material is best.  The reality is there is no right or wrong…. just what is best given the specific…

Countertop Surfaces – Strengths and Weaknesses

Countertop Surfaces – Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths and Weaknesses Solid Surface/Quartz/Natural Stone Solid Surface Strengths: Non porous – extremely sanitary and resistant to bacteria NSF 51 approved for use in food service areas Damage can be repaired and in most cases repair will not be noticeable Inconspicuous seams Surface can be refinished if it becomes scratched Thermoformable – 100% acrylic surfaces…

Vanity Positioning for ADA Compliance

Vanity Positioning for ADA Compliance

Over the last few days I have been getting lots of inquiries in regards to the positioning of bathroom vanities in regards to ADA compliance specifications. Here is a diagram showing the measurements to be in compliance. The Staron 3181 bowl will be in compliance when the front of the bowl is positioned 4″ back…

Make a Real Difference

In America, everyone wants to be a leader. I think, and would argue, everyone is already a leader by definition. In every interaction you are guiding or influencing in one way or another. This interaction will lead the mind of your peer to form an opinion or belief of some sort. It may be good,…

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