TRACK 5: Flooring
Bonstone Materials Corp.
Born and raised in St. Louis, MO, Mike graduated from the University of Missouri—Rolla in December, 1982 with a BS in Chemistry. He worked for Reichhold Chemicals in Pensacola Florida from 1983—1987 as National Epoxy Technical Service Representative, then moved to Milwaukee, WI to work for PPG Industries. He used his epoxy knowledge to develop coatings for metal office furniture, and also gained experience in wood coatings and radiation cure technologies (ultraviolet and electron beam curing of polyesters and acrylics). In 1992, he arranged to purchase Bonstone, Inc. from then-owner (and stone adhesive pioneer) King Harte. The resultant company, now named Bonstone Materials Corporation, has since grown more than 8-fold in sales and number of employees. Mike continues to work full-time as President and Chief Chemist at Bonstone.
Participants will be exposed to the large variety of products used for fabrication, installation, and restoration applications within the natural stone industry. The various chemistries will be discussed, with a focus on the advantages and limitations of each. The process whereby one chooses a particular product for a specific application and substrate will be reviewed.