The Concrete Countertop Institute Expands to the Midwest

January 17, 2012

The Concrete Countertop Institute (CCI) is moving its primary training location to the Chicago area. All hands-on classes will be held at the Concrete Countertop Supply by Fishstone facility at 1760 Brittania Drive, #6, Elgin, IL.

“I’m thrilled with this arrangement with Fishstone because they have a perfect facility and are great to work with,” said Lane Mangum, VP of business services for the institute. “It is a more central location, especially for our Canadian and western students, and has a major international airport. Students will have better access to new tools and materials and the opportunity to work personally with one of our recommended vendors. Instead of paying expensive shipping costs after the return home from NC [North Carolina], many of our students will now be able to bring the essential supplies home with them from Illinois, right from the class.”

There will be no change in curriculum or instructors. Jeff Girard, president of CCI, will continue to instruct the classes, held every two to three months. Girard plans to continue his research and article writing from Raleigh, NC, and fly to Chicago to hold classes.

Upcoming 2012 classes in Chicago include:
March 5-9: The Ultimate Concrete Countertop Training (Precast and GFRC)
April 16: Free Sealer Workshop
April 17: GFRC Crash Course
April 18 - 20: Water, Light & Fire: Advanced 3-Dimensional Concrete

Additional details about the classes and location are available at or by contacting or 888-386-7711.
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