Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Pumpkin Martini a new tradition



The Pumpkin Martini has long been a favorite cocktail for fall. Although it has recently become difficult, well impossible, to find pumpkin schnapps or any pumpkin liqueur. Until another pumpkin liqueur comes on the market again you can substitute pumpkin spice syrup or pumpkin puree. You might also want to check out the Pumpkin Spice Martini, the Pumpkin Divine or the Calabatini.
Ingredients:
1/2 oz Sylk Cream Liqueur
2 oz vanilla vodka
1/2 oz pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup
1 tsp whipped cream
cinnamon stick for garnish
Preparation:
Pour the Sylk Liqueur and vodka into a shaker filled with ice.
Shake well.
Add the pumpkin liqueur or syrup.
Shake again.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Top with a teaspoon of whipped cream.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Happy Thanksgiving from Instone

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

September is Fireplace Month


September is Fireplace Month
Wouldn't you love a fireplace? Fall is in the air and the aroma of burning wood mixed in with cool night air makes you want to curl up in front of your very own fireplace. That's why we've proclaimed September Fireplace month. Fireplaces are one home improvement that can increase the value and enjoyment of your home now and when you sell. View our website for design ideas and to design your own fireplace with our design software. Please contact us to find a mason or dealer near you. http://www.instoneco.com/

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Select Installer program- Good for everyone











Select Installer program benefits all

In a continuing effort to increase participation in the Owens Corning Select Installers program, Instone has created an informative brochure that provides all the benefits, details and information needed to become a Select Installer.

Why should Dealers sign up masons? When you sponsor a mason you create a loyal customer, and now have qualified masons to refer to home owners and General Contractors.

Why use a Select Installer?Each mason is checked out by Owens Corning Cultures Stone for credit worthiness, quality of work going back 3 years, is instructed by Owens Corning on installation guidelines and is certified to install. You create

Whats in it for the mason? You have the backing of Owens Corning. You will receive a certificate that lets home owners know that you have meet the high standards set by an industry leader.You are now eligible for job referrals and free marketing support and co-op dollars.

To received a supply of the new Select Installer brochure please contact Instone and we will mail them on your request. Please be sure to give these out and keep them easily available to your customers. We hope that you will encourage participation and support the Select Installer program.

Thank you.

Sincerely Cathy Williams

Marketing Manager

888-467-8250

mailto:c.williams@instoneco.com


Masonry Veneer Manufactures Association releases new guidelines





Masonry Veneer Manufactures Association newly released Installation Guidelines for Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer.

Please see visit MVMA for the installation guide released by the MVMA.
This is the industry guidelines only. For Installation instruction of Owens Corning Cultured Stone, please refer to the Ownes Corning website or video.
More MVMA News / Publications
MVMA Technical Bulletin: Water Management Testing
Construction Specifier Feature on Masonry Veneer Flashing
MVMA Installation Guidelines
MVMA Educational Session at IBS 2009


Instone is a Master Distributor of Owens Corning Cultured Stone®, ProStone™, Semco Thin Cut Natural Stone Veneer, Arccast Architectural Pre-cast Concrete, FireRock fireplace systems and Napa Valley Select Cast Series wall and pier cap stones.



Thursday, May 14, 2009

Calling all Remodelers








Attention All Remodelers!



Now more than ever you need to “include it all”!

Increase your service offering. Say “yes” to more home remodeling opportunities.


  • Outdoor fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, backyard improvements, interior fireplaces, accent walls, entrance ways…. Offer them all.

  • Now with an Installed Sale Solution you can.
    Instone will assist you in creating a relationship with an Owens Corning "Select Installer".
    Each installer has been certified and screened to meet strict standards which include installation quality and background check.

  • Instone will provide your sales team with sell books, basic instructions on how to sell and quote.

  • Partner with an industry leader. Increase your market share with increased services. Contact Instone today to learn more about Installed Sale Solutions. 888-467-8250 or via email info@instoneco.com.

Pink is the new Green





Pink is the new green!
Owens Corning, strives to meet today’s building needs without compromising the world we leave to the future. Click here to read more about how Pink is the new green.




Masonry Veneer Manufacturer to receive 'Green Approved' product sealfrom NAHB Research Center click here to read more.

Instone can assist you with a Cultured Stone dealer in your area. Call today, 888-467-8250. Contact us for a dealer near you.



Outdoor fireplaces have exploded in popularity because they bring so much enjoyment to the backyard and can extend your use from early spring to late fall.The popularity can also be contributed to the beauty a fireplace can add to a home.


With all of the color, textures and styles of manufactured and natural stone veneer to choose from, you can create a one of a kind showpiece.



Fires mesmerize, give warmth and create ambiance with sounds and smells of crackling wood. There is nothing like sitting around a fire when entertaining family and friends.



Your backyard will become an extension of your living and entertainment space, giving your home a laidback feeling of comfort.



If you are thinking of taking advantage of the low interest rates by taking out a home improvement loan, think about an outdoor fireplace. It's one home improvement that will add value that you can enjoy right now for this summer. Just add the Smores! Allow one of our "Select Installer" masons provide a quote on an outdoor fireplace for your home. Contact Instone today.
Tip:
Outdoor fireplaces come in a variety of sizes, styles and price points. There is an outdoor fireplace of one type or another for every person. The first thing to check is your local codes and laws as some municipalities have real concerns about outdoor air quality. Traditional wood-burning fires can create air pollution problems when certain weather conditions create an inversion which traps smoke particles in the air. If local laws prohibit wood-burning fireplaces, look for approved models that may be fueled with natural gas or propane.



For the do-it-yourselfer, Instone can assist you with a Cultured Stone dealer in your area. Call today, 888-467-8250. Our dealers can supply you with a complete outdoor fireplace package. Contact us for a dealer near you.
Attention All Remodelers!


Master Distributor of exceptional manufactured and natural stone veneer products
Contact us Phone: (888) 467-8250 Email: info@instoneco.com .

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Home & Garden Shows Great Place to meet & greet














Home & Garden Shows are a great venue for both consumers and service providers to meet & greet.Almost any home product or service that you can imagine will be represented at a show. You'll meet contractors landscapers, architects and interior designers. You'll also have a chance to see sampling of products such as the newest in flooring and walkways to transform your home and add to its appeal. View displays of kitchens, baths, windows, doors, appliances, furnishings, spas, pools, fireplaces, sunrooms and so much more. Come with ideas and an open mind. You'll leave with inspiration.

• You can meet hundreds of exhibitors under one roof.
• Discover new, interesting products and services.
• Find the best resources in remodeling, landscaping and design services.
• Compare and save.
• Speak with experts.


Special offers and show pricing will be some of the best you can get on desired products and services. Vendors invest a lot when they participate in shows and they want to recoup costs by offer pricing that you may not get elsewhere.

Tips: If you are going with a specific project in mind, do a bit of research before. Establish if the information and offer you get from show vendors are truly good. Be ready to act fast. In the current economical environment vendors are very motivated to make a deal at close to cost.
Enjoy yourself! Going to a Home show is fun and low cost entertainment. Kids are normally free and discount coupons can be found on the show websites. Shows have something for the entire family with meeting a celebrity personality to seeing unusual exhibits. If you aren't in the market for home improvements services now, as a homeowner, it's inevitable that you will. Being informed of various services and products will come in handy!




Home Shows bring you closer to consumers: Home Remodeling is flourishing and is expected to see continual growth in the coming years. Money will be spent on kitchens, bathrooms, home offices, expanded living spaces, exteriors and landscaping.


Capture your fair share!

The Home Show consistently attracts a large, quality audience, ready to buy and eager to learn about the latest products and services for their homes.

• Build relationships.
• Create and build brand awareness.
• Demonstrate the latest products and services to a motivated, targeted audience who can see, touch and buy your product.
Get a return on your investment. Attending shows are an investment and you will want to get a return. By setting goals and creating a plan, you can easily determine the outcome of your participation.

Here are a few suggestions to get the most out of a show.
Collect contact information: Consumers who may only want information now may be a sale in the coming months. By collecting contact information and sending emails periodically about your services, you will stay in their minds when they are ready to buy.
Strike while the iron is hot! If you promise to send more information, a sample or to call to set an appointment, don't put it off.
You have a small window of opportunity while the show is fresh in your prospects' minds.
Don't lose a potential sale with bad follow up.
Share the cost - Consider inviting another service provider that complements your product or service to join you and help defer some of the expense of participation. This can be very productive as you may attract consumers that otherwise may not have considered you.



Come by and see us: Instone will be present at the:Maryland Garden and Home Show(March 13-15, 2009)Home Builders Association of Maryland Builder Mart Show (March 25, 2009)Atlantic Builders Convention(April 22-24, 2009)

We will be available to show you product samples, provide catalogs and to give out general information about the Instone product lines. Please visit our website to view the design gallery and to request information on home improvement, product distribution and to find dealers and masons. See you at the show!

__________________________________________________________________
Instone is the largest distributor of Owens Corning Cultured Stone®, Prostone® in the country. Instone product line includes Nappa Valley Cast Stone, Semco Thin Cut Natural Stone, Arcast – Architectural Pre-Cast Products and FireRock. Instone has been in business over 25 years serving Maine to Virginia, with distribution centers in Connecticut, New Jersey and Virginia. Contact Instone today for product information, dealerships, and to become a Select Installer.
Sincerely


The Instone Team

Phone: (888) 467-8250Email: C.Williams@instoneco.com

Monday, February 23, 2009


Home & Garden Shows are a great venue for both consumer and service providers to meet & greet.

Almost any home product or service that you can imagine will be represented at the show. You'll meet contractors, landscapers, architects and interior designers. You'll also have a chance to see samples of products such as the newest in flooring and walkways to transform your home and add to its appeal. View displays of kitchens, baths, windows, doors, appliances, furnishings, spas, pools, fireplaces, sunrooms, and so much more. Come with ideas, and an open mind. You'll leave with inspiration.
You can meet hundreds of exhibitors under one roof
Discover new, interesting products and services
Find the best resources in remodeling, landscaping, and design services
Compare and save
Speak with experts
Special offers and show pricing will be some of the best you can get on desired products and services. Don’t hesitate to secure these deep discount pricing. Vendors invest a lot when they participate in shows and they want to recoup costs by offer pricing that you may not get elsewhere.

My husband and I were able to get a $10,000 Hot Tub spa for 4,600 with the cover, steps, accessories and delivery. Deals like these exist for buyers who a prepared to act fast.

Tips: If you are going with a specific project in mind do a bit of research prior to establish if the information and offer you get form show vendors are truly a good one. Be ready to act fast. In the current economical environment vendors are very motivated to make a deal at close to their cost.
Enjoy yourself! Going to a Home show is fun and low cost entertainment, kids are normally free and discount coupons can be found on the show websites. Shows have something for the entire family with meeting a celebrity personality to seeing unusually exhibits. If you aren’t in the marketing for home improvements services now, as home owners it’s inevitable that you will, being informed of various services and products will come in handy!
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Home Shows brings you closer to consumers:
Home Remodeling is flourishing and is expected to see continual growth in the coming years as baby-boomers become nesters. Money will be spent on kitchens, bathrooms, home offices, expanded living spaces, exteriors and landscaping. Capture your fair share!
The Home Show consistently attracts a large, quality audience, ready to buy and eager to learn about the latest products and services for their homes. Our extensive experience with consumer shows enables us to deliver a highly targeted audience directly to your booth.
Get a return on your investment. Attending shows are an investment that you will want to get a return. By setting goals and creating a plan you can easily determine the outcome of your participation. Here are a few suggestions to get the most out of a show.
Collect contact information: Consumers who may only want information now may be a sale in the coming months. By collecting contact information and sending emails periodically about your services you will stay in their minds when they are ready to buy. Get email addresses: containing the cost of after show follow up can be done by emails. Emails can be tracked to see who opened them, who clicked through to your website and who is not interested at basically not cost. Strike while the iron is hot! If you promise to send more information, a sample or to call to set an appointment, do not hesitate, you have a small window of opportunity while the show is fresh in your prospects minds. Don’t lose a potential sale with bad follow up.



· Build relationships
Create and build brand awareness.
Demonstrate the latest products and services to a motivated, targeted audience who can see, touch and buy your product.

Cathy Williams - Marketing Manager
Direct: 888.467.8250
email: c.williams@instoneco.com
website: http://www.instoneco.com/

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Building Products Leader Owens Corning Masonry Products, LLC Introduces ProStone™ Manufactured Stone Veneer: Designed to Help Builders Succeed in a Sl


Building Products Leader Owens Corning Masonry Products, LLC Introduces ProStone™ Manufactured Stone Veneer: Designed to Help Builders Succeed in a Slowing Market.

New product line delivers quality, affordability and compliance with stringent AC-51 codes
ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) Masonry Products, LLC, introduces ProStone™, a new line of value engineered manufactured stone veneer products ideally suited to meet the pressures of today's challenging market. ProStone™ provides a quality stone veneer option for use where affordability is a major consideration.
"More than ever, builders need solutions that help them add beauty, substance and affordable differentiating features -- without compromising quality," said Chuck Stein, president of the Owens Corning Masonry Products Business. "ProStone™ is the newest product line to join the company's expanding family of manufactured stone products nationally and internationally for both trade professionals and do-it-yourselfers."
Manufactured to comply with all major building codes including AC-51, ProStone™ products are available in more than a dozen different color and texture combinations to complement a wide variety of design options and architectural styles. The products are backed with a 25-year warranty from Owens Corning Masonry Products, LLC.
"With the cost of land and labor increasing, finding ways to keep projects affordable is more of a challenge," said Joe Landolfi, president of Vegas Valley Construction. "We priced three brands of manufactured stone for The Village shopping center, a high-end, 73,000 square foot project. By selecting ProStone™ manufactured stone we were able to incorporate the rich, refined look of stone at a significant savings while ensuring the quality I look for in manufactured stone."
The ProStone™ brand of manufactured stone is available through an established nationwide network of dealers and distributors for Owens Corning Masonry Products. To learn more, visit http://www.instoneco.com/.
About Owens Corning
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is a world leader in building materials systems and composite solutions. A Fortune 500 company for 53 consecutive years, Owens Corning people redefine what is possible each day to deliver high-quality products and services ranging from insulation, roofing and masonry products, to glass composite materials used in transportation, electronics, telecommunications and other high-performance applications. Founded in 1938, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass fiber technology with sales of $6.5 billion in 2006 and 20,000 employees in 30 countries. Additional information is available at http://www.owenscorning.com/.
SOURCE: Owens Corning Masonry Products, LLC
1-888-467-8250

Friday, January 16, 2009

Bringing you up to date on the world of Masonry











Owens Corning ProStone® ;
Shows new colors in current textures and a new texture, Easy Fit Savannah Ledgestone.
ProStone gets rave reviews; Mr. Sal Picone, Picone Stone and Firepalces and Ron Zisko, East Coast Fireplaces, with each over thirty years experience with Cultured Stone®, have both sold and installed ProStone® and agree that the finished look of ProStone® is virtually identical to Cultured Stone® and the ease of installation only enhances the value of ProStone®. Mr. Picone states that the masons, “quite frankly, are thrilled with ProStone®”.
If you are not already marketing ProStone®, it is the solution that you have been waiting for, the true look and feel of stone at affordable prices.

ArcCast – Architectural PreCast Products;
In response to ever growing demand for design solutions that incorporates the classic look of natural stone, ArcCast has created pre-cast accessories to meet your needs. If the standard line does not meet all your needs, chances are ArcCast can custom design a product to meet your requirements.

Fire Rock Pre-Engineered Fireplace Kits;
Fire Rock is a simple way to build a high-end all-masonry fireplace and chimney. This smartly designed system installs in a matter of hours for less than half the cost of a traditional brick & mortar fireplace.

Napa Valley Cast Stone – Select Cast Wall & Pier Cap systems;
This is the newest line we have added to our growing list of products we currently inventory.Napa Valley Cast Wall & Pier Caps offer on-time, on-budget solutions for all your wall and pier cap needs. Select Cast Wall & Pier Caps systems have been architect approved and mason tested for size and weight. Our colors have been matched to the most specified stucco, Cultured Stone®, and block colors to insure cap materials that are perfect for today’s wall cap needs.

In the up coming months Instone will be introducing additional new products, our goal is to be your one stop supplier for all your thin veneer requirements, be it manufactured or natural.

Thank you for your business and continued support. If you have any questions, please contact us.


Cathy Williams - Marketing Manager
Direct: 888.467.8250
email: c.williams@instoneco.com
website: http://www.instoneco.com/