Formica 2018 Living Impressions™ Collection

Formica Corporation, the inventor of laminate, launched its 2018 Living Impressions™ Collection, featuring 11 beautiful, durable and affordable Formica® Brand designs for today’s homes at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). The collection includes four new 180fx® patterns, six new Formica® Laminate designs, plus one new design in the Formica® Writable Surfaces collection.

Tactile stone and wood join aggregate and man-made materials in highly usable patterns. From the trendy, gray-stained Umbra Oak to the crisp, modern feel of White Shalestone, there is something for everyone.

The result of 12 months of extensive research and development, the 2018 Living Impressions™ Collection is inspired by three global macro-trends that Formica Corporation has identified as influential for 2018:

  • Neo Chalet, bringing the presence of nature indoors: Reconnecting with our surroundings in a more authentic way with wood and stone materials inspired by nature, and providing an unfinished or raw aesthetic in a sophisticated manner.
  • Millennial Maker, celebrating craft and artisanal work: Utilizing man-made materials with a connection to true craftsmanship. This theme hovers between traditional and contemporary, with handcrafted elements to give spaces their charm.
  • Modern Gentleman, embracing moody, sophisticated tones: Creating a dark, rich space for retreat. Experimenting with tonal colors, classic stones, exotic woods, warm metals and matte finishes that absorb light.

Based on these three macro trends, Formica Corporation introduces 11 new Formica® Brand designs:

New 180fx® Laminate designs

 

Four new designs join the 180fx® collection, highlighting true-scale stones in granite, marble and quartzite, along with Formica Corporation’s first man-made composite pattern for the category:

    • Quartz Composite – inspired by quartz, Formica Corporation’s first man-made 180fx® pattern emulates the Millennial Maker trend and is a composite created using concrete and recycled glass
    • Sea Pearl – a blend of warm and cool grays with a dramatic vein in rust, evoking the Neo Chalet trend
    • Quartzite Bianco – a soft white and gray quartzite-inspired look interspersed with charcoal veins, fitting with the Modern Gentleman trend
    • Stormy Night Granite – a deep, multi-tonal granite look, designed for the Modern Gentleman trend, showcasing dramatic movement

 

Quartzite Bianco

 

Stormy Night Granite

 

Quartz Composite

 

Sea Pearl

 

 

New Formica® Laminate designs

 

Six new and highly usable Formica® Laminate designs evoke tactile stone and wood joined with aggregate and man-made materials:

    • Umbra Oak – a rustic yet sophisticated dark gray stain over humble knotted oak that beautifully embodies all three macro trends
    • Silver Galaxy Slate – a contemporary look with elegant swirls and variations evoking the Neo Chalet trend
    • White Shalestone – a versatile pattern that also fits well in the Neo Chalet trend, featuring clean and crisp white with cool, speckled grey breccia detail
    • Black Shalestone – an elegant deep charcoal color with black layering, evoking a Modern Gentleman vibe
    • Sea Salt – created with recycled glass and concrete, this pattern features a simplistic white crystal-inspired base with warm and cool gray particles
    • Smoked Sea Salt – a warm gray base with white and charcoal particles from recycled glass and concrete,  inspired by the Millennial Maker trend

 

Umbra Oak, White Shalestone

 

White Shalestone

 

Black Shalestone

 

Smoked Sea Salt

 

Silver Galaxy Slate

 

New Formica® Writable Surface design

 

A new, durable high-gloss markerboard surface joins the Formica® Writable Surfaces collection as homeowners continue to seek creative ways to communicate and express themselves:

    • HappyWords – a companion to 2017’s LoveWords, the new HappyWords design features terms for happiness, joy and contentment written in English, Spanish and French in festive colors. It provides a cheery writing surface for message centers, menu boards, grocery lists and calendar notes and can be applied vertically or horizontally, from desktops to walls.

 

 

Wide Lumber!

We are stocking a “wide” selection of lumber in 8″ and wider widths and 8′, 10′, and 12′ lengths.

Species in stock:

Cherry
Red Oak
Walnut
Poplar
Maple
Hickory
Pine
White Oak

wide lumber

wide red oak

 

wide lumber

 

wide lumber

 

wide lumber

 

High Quality
All of our domestic lumber is sourced directly from sawmills.

Kiln Dried
All of our lumber is kiln dried to 6-8% moisture content.

Net Tally
We sell on a NET TALLY. The lumber is measured after kiln drying with NO addition of footage for kiln drying shrinkage. This means you get what you are paying for.

100’ Bundles
Our lumber minimums are as low as 100 board feet.

CLICK HERE to learn more about our Lumber offerings.

 

Our Lumber Specialists are available to source whatever size, species, and thickness you need.

 

Roger Feltner (Rochester, Albany, Carlstadt, Bethpage- Brooklyn/Manhattan/Long Island)
rfeltner@atlanticplywood.com
c: 585-353-0146

Joe Yvon (Woburn, MA, South Windsor, CT, Westbrook, ME, Providence, RI, South Royalton, VT)
jyvon@atlanticplywood.com
c: 339-223-2025

Annual Sales Meeting

We switched things up this year and moved our Annual Sales Meeting from January to December so we can start off the new year without any disruptions.

 

After 2 busy days of sales training, our week concluded as it always does with our Award ceremony and dinner, where we get the chance to recognize some of our exceptional employees.

 

Each year we take a moment to recognize those employees who reached milestone anniversaries during the previous year (anniversaries measured from date of most recent hire), and those who retired.

 

Retirements:

Dick Brown

Glen Seifert

Dennis Zdun

Buddy Lafayette

5 Years:

Arsenio Alvarez

Artie Wagner

Rory Kennedy

Joel Wilson

Fred Lombard

Lynn Troisi

10 Years:

Andrea Hallett

Tom Palie

Tim Woodger

15 Years:

Steve Dezio

Larry Carboni

Scott Keller

Irwin Weinfeld

Dominick Wright

Ralph Badia

Letitia Aldahonda

20 Years:

Tom Cyr

Bob Haskins

Ann Marie Forrester

25 Years:

Eric Brooks

Brian Davis

John Doherty

Jim Mackey

30 Years:

Jim Hawkes

Chris Ripley

35 Years:

Bruce Chapin

40 Years:

Bill Mootrey

 

The first award of the night was the Pride Award. This award is given each year to individuals who make an extra effort to make a difference in their branch and at Atlantic Plywood as a whole. The people that receive this award have not only consistently accomplished the task and goals that have been asked of them, but have also shown a strong commitment to Atlantic’s missions and values. They take great Pride in not only getting the job done, but also going beyond what is expected of them in contributing their time, energy, and talents to further the growth and development of our Company.

Pride is a personal commitment! It is an attitude which separates! Because to them “It is a Matter of Pride”

This year’s winners were: Daira Morales- CT; Alexa Carpenter- Corporate; Mike Ascoli- Albany; Chris Sousa- Woburn; Lee Doyle- Westbrook; Nick Bennett- Providence; Bill Littell- Westbrook; Pat Dziomba- Bethpage.

From Kevin Chouinard:  Daira Morales has been a member of the CT Call Center since August of 2013. With the addition of new personnel, Daira has stepped up in a leadership role and personally taken on the challenge of assisting in the effort to train our new employees. Daira continues to educate herself on new additions to the ever growing APC product mix and has proven to be a resource to the other members of our call center. Daira’s value to the Call Center is proven daily in her interaction’s with a customer base of diverse dialects. Her strength in this area has been an added bonus in bringing new business to Atlantic Plywood. Daira arrives early each day to write up orders received by email or voicemail overnight.  Above all else, Daira is a professional. Her willingness to drive home the Atlantic Plywood message and her commitment to Atlantic Plywood’s missions and values makes her an easy choice for the Pride Award.

From Ken Zarrella: This recipient makes an enormous difference in every single branch as well as Atlantic as a whole. Her dedication, product knowledge, Nxtrend expertise, and ability to work with virtually every department within in APC and with our key vendors, has made her a very important part of our success this past year. Whether she’s working with OSR’s, ISR’s, Spec Reps, Purchasing, Operations or Management she plays a vital role behind the scenes. Her ability to understand, communicate, coordinate and apply all of the information necessary to grow our business is truly amazing. From the initial quote, to pricing set up, to sale, to invoicing and all the way through the complex rebate system, she has helped us to seamlessly reach an unparalleled level of service to our customers, internal efficiency, and continuous growth throughout the year. To her, it’s a matter of pride. Please give a very well deserved hand to Alexa Carpenter. 

 

From Jeff Engelbrecht: Mike Ascoli joined Atlantic in 2015, at a time when Formica exploded and the HUB had never been so crucial to Atlantic’s success. From Day One, Mike has exerted his influence, implementing policies and procedures in addition to bringing the HUB and Albany teams together. Mike has worked closely with Fedex, UPS, XPO and other vendors to ensure Atlantic is getting the best service and rates for our customers and will fight for every last penny that Atlantic has coming to them. Most importantly, Mike’s attitude and respect for the company and employees is contagious. He has instituted a daily start up meeting with all Albany personnel teaching, guiding and listening to his team, making it not only a Matter of Pride for Mike, but for his whole team.

From Sean McDonald: Nick Bennett started in the East Providence tint room. Nick cleaned up the room, organized the storage facility and formulas, and turned the room into a professional tinting facility. He quickly earned the respect and trust of the customer base that we have not seen in the past years. When I approached Nick to become a Lacquer Specialist, he was hesitant as he had no sales experience and had worked tirelessly to get the tint room to where it was. After much discussion, Nick decided to take the risk and go on the road. Nick’s instinctive pride in what he does and what needs to be done to make Atlantic Plywood a better company comes across not only to the customer base, but to the OSRs, his tint tech, and his inside sales team.  Nick’s pride has gained everyone’s trust and he is no longer a rookie on the road, but an intricate part of the East Providence team.

From Jeff Engelbrecht: Chris Sousa has been with Atlantic for less than a year but has already made a significant impact upon the Woburn branch. Chris was presented with many challenges right from the beginning but was able to quickly and efficiently adapt to Atlantic, learn our systems and evolve the Woburn operation. He has built a solid team around him which he holds to the highest standard. Chris’ ability to maintain the warehouse, work with the sales force and ensure delivery to our customers every day truly shows that for Chris it is a Matter of Pride.

From Jeff Engelbrecht: Lee Doyle has been a driver for Atlantic Plywood in Westbrook for the last 11 years and has logged over 600,000 miles for this company. It is very difficult to find a good reliable driver but Lee has been a steady fixture of the Westbrook team. He may be the only driver at Atlantic that has all the answers before they are asked, keeping impeccable logs and paperwork. He is always willing to take a run, help train a new driver or even get his haz-mat endorsement so we can better service our biggest M.L. Campbell customer in Maine. This year Lee even helped Bruce with a company-wide initiative to get e-logs tested and operational. Lee’s commitment to the success of Atlantic Plywood is a true display of Pride.

From Eric Brooks: Bill Littell is a person who takes a lot of pride in his work and in making the Westbrook branch successful.  I receive numerous emails and comments about Bill and how he is helpful, professional and a pleasure to do business with.  Bill’s demeanor and behavior keep customers coming back.  Bill has worked hard with his key customers to work through quality issues and demonstrate our commitment to doing everything possible to keep them happy.  Bill takes pride in his work and his company….and it shows through to his customers.

From Mike Natale:  Pat Dziomba has been with APC for over 3 years and has been a remarkable asset for the Bethpage branch and Atlantic Plywood. Her commitment to her job and the company is most admirable in every sense of the word. She has forged great customer relationships that have allowed her to take more market share in a highly competitive market. Despite the huge number of customer phone calls she takes, she still carves out time to follow-up on quotes by calling back customers or the OSR’s. Pat take great pride in her job and her company and is well deserving of this  prestigious award.

The next award was the Above & Beyond Award.  This award is a way to recognize the outstanding commitment demonstrated by employees who consistently exceed expectations in the performance of their duties. These employees continually go beyond what is expected of them and do whatever is necessary to accomplish the task assigned.  He or she is continually willing to go above and beyond their regular job responsibilities and show the ability and willingness to work cooperatively with fellow employees and management.  Often, these unsung acts of service go unrecognized.

From Eric Brooks: Peter Correia has written almost 9.5 million in sales orders YTD while maintaining a healthy margin.  His volume is far beyond that of his peers while maintaining his compliance. He works hard for every promotion, contest, sales spiff, Shed Sale and everyday sale.  He takes every lost sale personally and scratches at every angle to ensure APC gets the order.  He is a coach to the other ISRs and a resource to his customers and sales associates.  He takes his job seriously but also manages to have he most fun and maintain the best sense of humor.  Peter is well respected by his customers and co-workers and is the best of the best.

From David Beaudry: The name of this award, “Above and Beyond” sums up this individual perfectly. If you asked this person to start their day at 11:00 pm, or midnight or 1:00 am, he would say, “Ok I, do that now.” The word “No” is not in his vocabulary.  He is always willing to do more and then some. His hard work and dedication have been a key part to our growth in the NY/NJ Metro Market. I am very pleased to give one of the 2017 Above and Beyond awards to the one and only one Joe Roxo.

From Jeff Engelbrecht: Chris Jacobs has been with Atlantic for 16 years. He started in Leroy and then moved with us to our current Rochester location. Many of you may not know Chris but he oversees our press operations in Rochester and has made it his mission to know the ins and outs of every piece of equipment, all while producing the highest quality panels for our customers. Through countless brands of laminate and panel pushers, Chris has never been presented with the challenges he has this year. With the addition of the Formica line, the press has never been busier. Chris has gone Above and Beyond, had numerous 60+ hour weeks, worked weekends, helped train a second shift and still strives everyday to make the operation run as smooth and efficient as possible.  He has made it his personal mission to ensure we fill every order, inspect every panel, keep our customers happy and make RPP a huge asset to Atlantic Plywood.

From Sean McDonald: Matt Griffin has been with Atlantic for more than 15 years. He has proven time after time that he will do what it takes to work as a partner with his customers and make sure they are successful in their finishing process. Matt will start early and work late to make sure his customers have everything they need to accomplish their jobs. Matt has a very large geographical territory and will drive hours to get to the shops he needs to be at. He will come into the tint room and work side by side with his tint tech to make sure matches are done correctly and on time. Matt will do whatever it takes to get the job done. Matt’s commitment to Atlantic Plywood makes Atlantic a better company. He is one of the best lacquer Specialists on the team. Congratulations, Matt.

 

We do not do this every year, but this year we had two nominees for Most Improved Outside Sales Rep- Andrea Hallett- South Windsor and Brian Davis- Woburn/Westbrook.

From Eric Brooks: Brian Davis is wrapping up his second full year as a full line OSR and has grown nicely into his territory.  Brian has worked tirelessly to learn more about Blum, KV, MLC, and other lines to round out his knowledge of all things at Atlantic Plywood.  He has focused on key accounts to build his base of business and is beginning to find new opportunities to grow sales and market share each day.  Brian is currently at 102% of his budget and is truly finding his stride.  Brian does not shy away from any opportunity- no matter how complex, and always see the opportunity through to completion.  We expect that Brian will soon be among our Sales leaders if his  improvement continues. Congratulations to Brian Davis!

 

The next award was for Product Specialist of the Year. This person should best represent and have accomplished the goals set forth by his/her product manager.  He or she should not only be a great sales representative of Atlantic Plywood, but also a great teacher of his or her product line.  He or she must show quantitative results in selling their product line and also be perceived as the best by their peers.

From Sean McDonald: Paul Hunter has been an excellent addition to the South Windsor team. Paul’s knowledge of woodworking and finishing has proven to be a great asset to his customer base and to the branch. He has an excellent work ethic and works great with his OSR’s and tint tech. Paul works as a team player and this has greatly improved this department. Paul does what it takes to get his customer base what it needs to get the job done and be successful at it. His commitment to professionalism and quality has made him a vital partner in his customer’s business. Paul has had substantial growth since he started in the position and YTD, has increased his sales 11.20% over 2016. Paul has proven himself to be a great Lacquer Specialist and what he does makes Atlantic Plywood a better company. Congratulations to this year’s winner- Paul Hunter.

Our top Sales award is named for an individual who has excelled in his or her particular field over many years and whose name has become synonymous with being the absolute best in that field. In 2014, we had the honor of recognizing Bob McKenna and his accomplishments in his time at Atlantic Plywood. In 2015, the award for Outside Sales Rep of the year was renamed the Bob McKenna Award for Excellence. Nominees for this award best represent and have accomplished the goals that each manager has set forth for that individual.  He/She is a good representative of Atlantic Plywood on the street and shows quantitative results in selling the whole product line. He/She is perceived by their peers as the best of the best! This year’s nominees were Doug Erlagen- Bethpage and Arsenio Alvarez- Carlstadt.

This year’s winner increased his 2016 sales by more than 7% and his individual sales exceed that of some of our entire branches for the year. And certainly one of the most impressive numbers – he sells 87% of his overall customers some type of product.

From his manager, Steve Ciecura, “David Beaudry always describes the two attributes that he feels all successful salesman must have – Greed and Pride, but Arsenio has much more that sets him apart. He is always looking for ways to increase business and he demands the best out of himself,  the best of out me, and the best of his co-workers.  Arsenio, myself and the branch are all better for it. So it is with great pleasure that for the second year in a row, I present the 2017 Bob McKenna Outside Rep of the Year to Arsenio Alvarez.”

Our final individual awards of the night were for our Gold Circle of Excellence. The Gold Circle recognizes those individuals who not only accept difficult assignments, but complete them with results beyond expectations. These individuals recognize challenges on their own and take it upon themselves to find a solution or come up with an idea that will make Atlantic Plywood a better company.

To all of us, these individuals are worth their weight in gold.

Past winners include: Gail O’Keefe, David Beaudry, Jeff Engelbrecht, Wayne Moriarty, Tom Palie, Lew Paine, Earl Nelson, Charlie WoodgerBob McKenna, Pete Correia, Ken Gill, Sean McDonaldDavid Prifti, Eric Brooks, and Ann Marie Forrester. 

From Eric Brooks: Jason Pacheco is excellent…. He is an excellent ISR, but he is much, much more.  He is the local Blum expert, KV expert, Luxe expert, Element Design expert, Rehau expert, beadboard expert and more. Many ISRs and managers turn to Jay when they need help with sales and order issues.  He is also able to assist with IT issues and is efficient in handling all these issue simultaneously.  Jay is fast-thinking and always willing to tackle difficult projects.  Jay makes all those around him perform better.  He’s an all-star and a pleasure to have on our team.  Jay exemplifies what it should mean to be in the Gold Circle of Excellence.

From Jeff Engelbrecht: Atlantic Plywood is successful year after year because of the contributions and efforts of every single person in this organization. Certain individuals set themselves apart displaying extraordinary Pride or going Above and Beyond, but sometimes we have the honor of working with individuals that go even further and display a true level of excellence.

This year I would like to recognize a person who started with the company 12 years ago as a Tint Tech. He knew he could do more for himself and for the company and worked hard for every opportunity presented to him. His ability and drive presented him an opportunity to lead a struggling warehouse operation and turn them into a shining example of success.

With such success, and a thirst for even more, this individual grabbed yet another opportunity and instituted the same formula for success in other branches in his region. With a sharp eye for details, policies, procedures, doing things the right way and a desire for excellence, this individual has been crucial to the success of our Operations Company-wide. He has traveled to all our locations for weeks at a time, trained new Warehouse Managers and helped our more established branches tighten and standardize their performance. He is often the first call when someone needs help; he understands the importance of the Customer, our sales team, communication and most importantly, accountability, holding everyone he works with to a higher standard.

While this individual lives on Power Bars and wears likely the smallest t-shirts in the company, he has also shown a drive, desire and commitment to the company that we should all aspire to. It is my honor to welcome Mark Fisher to the Gold Circle of Excellence.

 

Our final award of the evening was for Branch of the Year.

From Marty Wojick: Each year we all strive to perform better than last year and be the best, for ourselves and for the company. This year we had a group of individuals that made it their mission to establish themselves as a powerhouse for Atlantic Plywood.

This team has evolved over the years and is now clicking on all cylinders. Through the first eleven months of the year they have written 2100 more orders than last year, all while maintaining 97% inventory accuracy.

The hard work of the whole team has certainly produced results. As we stand, they are ahead of last year in both net sales and gross profit. In one of the toughest markets in our footprint, they are even beating their sales budget by 3% and their gross profit budget by over a whole point. Their impressive performance has them ahead of last year in operating income and ahead of budget.

With consistent growth in sales and maintaining margin year after year, this teamed showed they are here to defend their throne this year and for years to come.

The efforts of the outstanding leadership, talented sales team and hard working warehouse and delivery staff have produced quality results that really left no question. It is my honor and privilege to once again award New Jersey as our 2017 Branch of the Year.

 

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners! We are looking forward to another exceptional year in 2018!

All About Lumber

Atlantic Plywood has been selling lumber for more than 10 years and has developed long standing relationships with the best sawmills in North America. We have expanded our stocking program significantly over the last two years and are now thrilled to be stocking lumber in all 9 of our branches. Our stock offerings range from the basics- Poplar, Cherry, Oak, Soft Maple, Hard Maple, Walnut, Ash, Birch, and Sapele to specialty items like Beech, Basswood, Cypress, and Jatoba.

 

 

We stock multiple thickness in both rough and dressed lumber and also offer S2S, S2S SLR1E and S4S.

S2S –  Surfaced two sides. The board has been run through a planer producing two flat faces, but the edges are left rough.
S2S SLR1E or S3S- Surfaced three sides. The board has been surfaced S2S first, then one edge is ripped straight.
S4S- Surfaced four sides. The board has been surfaced on both faces (S2S) and received a rip on both edges, resulting in a board with two flat and parallel faces and two flat and parallel edges

 

 

 

The majority of our lumber comes into our Albany warehouse on full trucks and is broken down into approximately 100 board foot packs which is our minimum lumber order.  As a distribution company these 100 board foot packs ensure us the ability to deliver material quickly, as all of our material is pre-tallied and ready to go. Another benefit to breaking the packs down to 100 feet is that we have eyes on every board before it is put it into stock, enabling us to perform a quality check before it even goes into inventory.

 

Lumber bundles

 

After our lumber is tallied, we ship both stock and specialty items to our other 8 branches multiple times per week, ensuring that each branch is always stocked with the right mix of items and new stock is only 1 or 2 days away.

 

 

In addition to 100 board foot pack, we also service larger quantity orders of 500 feet, 1000 feet, 5000 feet and larger. For larger orders, we do not break down the bundles and instead ship the bundle as it was packed by the sawmill.

 

95% of the lumber that we buy is FAS grade- or First and Seconds. FAS and Prime grades are typically used in applications like moldings, joinery products like door frames, architectural interiors, and furniture requiring a high percentage of long wide cuttings. We often buy material that has even higher standards than FAS like our Superior Walnut or Super Prime Cherry. Our two Lumber Specialists are available to source any grade, species, size or thickness you need.

Roger Feltner (Rochester, Albany, Carlstadt, Bethpage- Brooklyn/Manhattan/Long Island)
rfeltner@atlanticplywood.com
c: 585-353-0146

Joe Yvon (Woburn, MA, South Windsor, CT, Westbrook, ME, Providence, RI, South Royalton, VT)
jyvon@atlanticplywood.com
c: 339-223-2025

Our goal as a lumber supplier is to source the highest quality lumber at a fair price and offer you the highest yield. We hope that you will try out one of our 100 foot packs and see for yourself!

 

 

Formica Corporation Introduces New Additions to its Specialty Collection and Solid Surfacing Lines

Formica® Corporation has launched new options for commercial architects and designers. From sleek ColorCore®2 color-through laminate patterns to beautiful and durable specialty markerboards and highly usable solid surfacing, the new products will help you create stylish interiors, while staying within budget.

formica specialty markerboard

M2253-58 Black Magnetic Chalkboard: As chalkboard usage continues to trend for commercial applications, this product offers an easy-to-clean and low maintenance surface. This product is ideal for industries ranging from education to office, and retail to restaurants.

M8202-90 Grid Points Magnetic Markerboard: Featuring a small gray dot grid pattern on a white surface, this magnetic dry-erase markerboard is perfect for conference and meeting rooms, classrooms, corporate laboratories, or any space that requires a low-maintenance writable surface.

M8207-58 Projection Magnetic Markerboard: Ideal for conference and meeting rooms, this easy-to-clean dry-erase surface features a soft white color, with a non-reflective finish to reduce glare, making it perfect for use as a projection screen.

M4702 Non-Décor Magnetic Board: A thin magnetic foil, sandwiched between layers of kraft paper, this versatile product magnetizes surfaces, simply by adhering it to the back of any standard laminate, dry-erase markerboard or chalkboard sheet.

 

colorcore2

New to the ColorCore®2 line of color-through laminates are two patterns: White Twill and White Ash. Both patterns are among the most popular laminate designs offered by Formica Corporation. ColorCore®2 Patterns bring a luxurious, upscale look to laminates, with a clean white edge, ideal for the retail, office, education, hospitality, and healthcare industries.

8841C White Ash: A fresh and clean white wood with warm, soft gray ticking. The core of this product is white.

9285C White Twill: A grass-cloth inspired visual based on real twill fabric. White Twill gives a subtle stripe effect in basic warm toned white. The core of this product is white.

 

solid surface colors

New to the Formica® Solid Surfacing Line:
In addition to the new Formica® Specialty Collection products, Formica Corporation is also adding two new colors to the Formica® Solid Surfacing collection:

109 Brite White: A clean and crisp pure white. This color coordinates with 459 Brite White from the Formica® Laminate collection, enabling architects and designers to use a unified white palette in installations.

737 Gray Galaxy: A balanced mix of black dust-like particles and medium-scale clear particulates in a milky-gray cloud background. Gray Galaxy is a highly usable color for most any market.

Contact us for additional information or samples. 

The Advantages of Formica® Writable Surfaces Over Paint

The Advantages of Formica®Writable Surfaces Over Paint

 

Formica’s recent Writable Surface launch included four markerboard and two chalkable designs that are durable, easy to clean, worry-free surfaces that you can use to personalize and style your home.

This collection provides an ever-changing surface for doodles, notes, and more, with the added benefit of being simple, sturdy, and easier to maintain than other writable surfaces.

Why choose a Formica® surface over options like paint? Read on…..

  1. Smooth Writable Surface: Paint, whether chalkboard or dry erase, is typically applied to a drywall or wood surface.  Drywall, even at a premium finish, will have small pits which become places for marker and chalk to become embedded over time.  Older homes will have added issues of patching and wear, creating a surface that will never be perfectly flat. Formica® Writable Surfaces offer a consistently smooth finish not easily achieved through other writable products.
  2. Inherently Scratch & Impact Resistant: All Writable Surfaces from Formica Group are also inherently scratch resistant and impact resistant. This is a major plus when considering a writable surface for any high traffic areas of the home such as the kitchen or an entry.
  3. Easy to Clean: Formica® Writeable Surfaces can be easily cleaned with a cloth or an eraser. Writable paint should be washed weekly to avoid permanent ghosting. The continuous washing also wears down the paint overtime and it will need repainted with constant use and cleaning.
  4. Horizontal & Vertical Application: The versatility of Formica® Writeable Surfaces collection is truly endless. Its unique ability to be installed on most vertical and horizontal surfaces cannot be achieved with paint. Adhere your writable surface across an entire wall, any piece of furniture, cabinet fronts, desks, counters and more.Personalize your home and allow your entire family to do the same with one piece of chalk or a marker.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Formica® Writeable Surfaces

In addition to the recently added Writable Surfaces, Formica has announced that ALL 90 (Gloss) finish laminates can be used as markerboard without ghosting. That’s right, you’re not just limited to white markerboard! Add a pop of color-

all formica gloss surface colors can now be used as markerboard

 

And now for some installation inspiration…

 

 

Grey Chalkable Cabinet Door Front

Grey Chalkable Cabinet Door Front

 

ColorBook used as a mudroom wall panel

ColorBook used as a mudroom wall panel

 

LoveWords used as closet end panel

LoveWords used as closet end panel

 

Black Chalkable cabinet door fronts

Black Chalkable cabinet door fronts

 

Grey Chalkable to spice up your workout

Grey Chalkable to spice up your workout

 

 

How to Adjust Your Solvents as the Temperatures Rise

As the seasons change, it is very important to understand how temperature and humidity affect the viscosity and dry times of lacquer. Choosing the right solvent can help improve flow/leveling, dry time, and final appearance of your project.

In the colder months, lacquer tends to dry very slow and the viscosity will be thicker as the temperature of the product drops. In the colder months you can offset the slower dry times by reducing the product with a fast-evaporating solvent like Standard Lacquer Thinner. The additional of Lacquer Thinner will also help with the thicker viscosity.

Once spring comes and the temperatures average 65 – 75 degrees, lacquer dry times will speed up and the use of a fast solvent like Lacquer Thinner is no longer needed. At this point, it is time to change to a straight reducer like ML Campbell’s Care Reducer. This will thin the lacquer’s viscosity but will not alter the dry time.

As we enter the hotter summer months and the temperatures exceed 75 degrees, your dry times will speed up and you should consider an additive that will slow down the dry time to allow the lacquer to lay out and stay open long enough to allow all of the solvents to evaporate off. If you see bubbles in your coating, the evaporating solvents are getting caught in the topcoat and the lacquer is drying too quickly. At this point it is time to change your solvent to a retarder like ML Campbell’s Care Retarder, Flow Enhancer 1, or Flow Enhancer 2 – the strongest of the retarders. This will slow down the dry to touch times and allow the solvents to evaporate out of the coating and give the coating time to level out.

It is important to understand how solvents work and have a variety of solvents in your shop so you can adjust the dry times and viscosity of your coatings as needed.

Here is a quick overview of the M.L. Campbell Solvents we have available:

VOC Exempt Reducer-Acetone VC16936 

Very fast drying. Recommended for use in primers and sealers. No VOCs.

Fast Lacquer Thinner C18936
Fast drying. Can be used in primers and sealers, or for cleaning.

Standard Lacquer Thinner C16036
Use for reducing viscosity.

Care Reducer C1621   
Moderate evaporation solvent used for reducing viscosity in topcoats. Must use with Stealth.

Care Retarder C161
Slows dry time in topcoats.

Flow Enhancer #1 C162
Slower solvent package for hot and humid weather.

Flow Enhancer #2 C163  
Slower solvent package for extreme hot and humid weather (summer time).

Butyl Cellusolve C16336
Extremely slow solvent. Consult your Lacquer Sales Specialist before using.

 

mlc, ml campbell solvents

2017 Formica® Residential Collection

Formica Corporation, the inventor of laminate, recently launched the 2017 Residential Collection, featuring new Formica® Writable Surfaces, 180fx® designs of exuberant stones with bold movement, and Formica® Laminate patterned stones and woods.

Formica® Writable Surfaces feature six colors and designs- LoveWords, ColorBook, ImagiGrid and White Markerboard, and Black and Gray ChalkAble. Each design offers you the chance to write a personal creative expression directly on it, and to simply wipe it away when finished. As practical as they are inspirational, the surfaces provide a new platform for you to stay connected, manage schedules, play a game or just create. Like all Formica® Brand products, they are also budget friendly and durable.

Formica® Writable Surfaces give you the ability to create expressions of love, life, friendship and personality. The collection is offered in a variety of fresh designs suitable for horizontal or vertical surfaces in any room, from bedroom and kitchen walls, to tabletops, desktops, cabinet fronts and more.

 

Formica ColorBook Writable Surface

ChalkAble in Black and Gray

ImagiGrid

LoveWords Markerboard Laminate

 

In addition to Formica® Writable Surfaces, Formica Corporation is also introducing four exuberant 180fx® large-scale laminate stone designs in 2017, including:

  • Fantasy Marble, inspired by Fantasy Brown marble imported from India, a flowing stream of pewter, sand and earth tones.
  • Azul Aran, a complex stone with variations of blue-gray veins and deposits on white bedrock, giving an appearance of movement.
  • Blue Flower Granite and Silver Flower Granite, a swirling pattern of quartz crystals with earth-toned lines for clarity and depth.

 

Rounding out the 2017 Formica® Residential Collection are seven trend-forward Formica® Laminate designs inspired by blending popular neutral tones, patterned stones and natural vs. man-made materials, including:

  • White Bardiglio, a timeless, Italian-inspired neutral gray stone with white highlights for dimension.
  • Silver Shalestone, a blended breccia style design fusing a cool and warm gray monochromatic palette.
  • Geriba Gray, a dark charcoal breaks through this mid-tone gray crystalline granite design.
  • Star Dune, a galaxy of frothy latte tones brought together by tiny particles of complex browns and grays.
  • White Marble Herringbone, a world-loved Carrara marble meets a classic pattern for an elegant aesthetic.
  • Silver Oak Herringbone, a popular gray paired with a natural oak wood creates an innovative pattern with endless possibilities.
  • Lastly, Planked Urban Oak, a woodsy weathered design for contemporary warmth in interiors.

Contact us for samples and additional information.

Formica Specialty Launch

Formica has launched their 2017 Specialty Collection which includes Formica Infiniti™, the next generation in surfacing, and dECOLeather™, a recycled leather veneer.

Formica Infiniti™

Formica Infiniti™ is created by combining ultrafine embossing with a patent pending manufacturing process
that produces a pleasing soft-to- touch, fingerprint resistant, and antibacterial surface. We are not exaggerating when we say it’s the softest surface ever and unlike anything you’ve seen before. And, you have the added benefit of a matte surface with NO fingerprints and antibacterial & chemical resistance.

The best part? Minor scratches and abrasions can be thermally repaired! All you need is an iron, a paper towel, and a little water. See for yourself….

 

Formica Infiniti™ will initially be offered in 16 stocked colors- 12 solids and 4 patterns/woodgrains.

 

infiniti stock options

 

All other stocked laminate colors are available in Infiniti™ by order. There is an 8 sheet minimum and approximate lead time of 14 days. Because of the matte surface, Formica Infiniti™ colors may differ slightly from their standard laminate counterparts. Please request samples if you are looking to use both in the same application.

Formica Infiniti™ is available in 4′ x 8′, Grade A7 (postforming) sheets and is ideal for high traffic areas such as cafes, casual diners and quick-service restaurants, hotels and retail, healthcare, commercial offices or any setting that calls for countertops, tables, doors, partitions, cabinets and furniture.

FAQs:

Can you describe in layman’s terms how the anti-bacterial works?
Formica Infiniti surfaces inhibit the growth of bacteria, including E. coli and MRSA, by stopping them from reproducing; therefore they die.

What type of chemical or composition is used to create this unique surface?
Silver based system – it has been used for years in different industries and it is one of the safest metals. Copper based system was evaluated but it changes color. Formica Infiniti DOES NOT contain Triclosan.

Is anti-bacterial the same thing as antimicrobial?
No. Antimicrobial includes microbes and fungi. Beyond the antibacterial testing, we have also tested Formica Infiniti for fungi resistance and it passed experiencing less than 10% fungi growth.

For how long is it effective?
The anti-bacterial is not a topical application. The durability and wear resistance of Formica Infiniti exceeds NEMA standards.

What are the approved statements or claims for Formica Infiniti?

3rd party test results:

Resist fingerprints: Formica passed ASTM D 4256-98 test protocol that uses artificial Sebum to mimic fingerprint.

Antibacterial: Formica Infiniti passed two standards tests, one for Bacteria (Ecoli, MRSA, etc. JISZ 2801) and one for Fungi (ASTM G21)

SEFA approved (Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association). This is a harsh chemical resistance test.

NSF approved (National Sanitation Foundation). Infiniti is approved for food contact surface.

Greenguard Gold Passed

 

Learn more about Formica Infiniti

 

Formica dECOLeather™

dECOLeather™ is an eco-friendly recycled leather veneer. It is comprised of 70% recycled leather fibers (leather remnants from the shoe and car seat industry) and 30% binding materials. dECOLeather™  offers the pleasing qualities of leather (look, feel, aroma) but with added durability and easier fabrication.  dECOLeather™ is available in 4′ x 8′ sheets in Grade 1L. dECOLeather™ is available in 3 finishes- Walrus, Buffalo, and Crocodile. There are 12 stocked colors and 6 made-to-order colors. MTO colors require a minimum order quantity of 30 sheets and will take 6-8 to produce. Custom colors are also available. Minimums and longer lead times apply. Please contact your local Surfacing Specialist for details.

 

 

What are the advantages of dECOLeather™ over real leather?
dECOLeather™ is easier to fabricate than 100% leather and offers consistent sheet sizes and thicknesses. dECOLeather™ features multiple layers of water-based protective coatings making it water and stain resistant. Natural latex rubber makes it resilient and easy to clean with a damp cloth or pH neutral cleaners.

Where can dECOLeather™ be used?
dECOLeather™ is ideal for light duty horizontal or vertical surfaces like tables, reception desks (though we recommend putting glass over dECOLeather™ in higher-wear areas), desks, cabinet doors, partitions, wall panels, columns, casework, headboards, and furniture.

How is dECOLeather™ fabricated?
It can be easily bonded to any substrate (MDF, particleboard, plywood or gypsum board) like HPL with cold press lamination using PVA white glue. dECOLeather™ cuts easily like wood and can be wrapped to ¼” radius with 2” underwrap. It is recommended that you protect edges with metal, wood, or plastic framing or edgebanding. dECOLeather™ should be used on flat surfaces without padding. It is not a suitable replacement for upholstery-grade leathers.

 

Learn more about fabricating dECOLeather™-

 

What are the approved statements or claims for dECOLeather™ ?

  • ASTM D5053 Crocking – Negligible
  • ASTM D4157 Double Rub – No wear at 100K cycles
  • ASTM E84 Class C with FRPB

 

Learn more about dECOLeather™

 

 

2016 Band Against Cancer

On April 30, Atlantic Plywood gathered with friends, family, and vendors to support our President, Paul Vella, and his band Old Dogs New Tricks at the Fourth Annual Band Against Cancer. Joining the band again this year on the drums was South Windsor’s Kevin Chouinard.  A new venue and many new songs from the band made it a memorable night for all!

Each year, all profits from the event are donated to The Jimmy Fund. The Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world.

Thanks to our very generous Corporate Sponsors, donations, ticket sales, and raffle sales, we raised $75,000 for The Jimmy Fund. A special thank you to David Beaudry for his fundraising and MC-ing efforts. The band recently visited the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to present this year’s check, which brings our 4-year total to more than $200,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK HERE to view all the photos from our amazing photographer, Alanna Scully.

 

A huge thank you to this year’s sponsors:

Platinum

Columbia Forest Products

Gold

Atlantic Plywood

Formica Corporation

Silver

Arauco

Citizens Bank

Bronze

Choice Brands

Darlington Veneer

Fred C. Church

Garnica

Hutton Plywood

IKE Trading

Mirka

M.L. Campbell

NITCO

Pembroke

Roseburg

Tafisa

Copper

American Surplus

BHK

Blum

C.A. Technologies

Diesel Direct

Enterprise

Far East American

Flexible Materials

Georgia Pacific

Grupo Alvic

Hi Tech Veneer

Interior Products

Jeld-Wen

Leroy Holdings

M&M Sales

Merrill Lynch

Nassau Steel

Northland Forest Materials

Plum Creek

Richwood

Veneer Tech

Warwick Painting Supply