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Behind The Scenes: Corian® Design

What are Corian® countertops? That’s a question that our team gets asked a lot. Corian® Design is the surfacing material of DuPont. There are actually two surfacing materials to choose from: Corian® Quartz and Corian® Solid Surface.

Corian® Quartz (formerly known as Zodiaq®) is engineered with pure quartz crystals, which is found in the earth. Due to the hard stone-like characteristics, Corian® Quartz is naturally hard and can keep up with daily wear and tear while still maintaining its good looks. 

On the other hand, Corian® Solid Surface (formerly known as Corian®) is a man-made material comprised of binding resins, various minerals, dyes, and other fillers that help to give it both color and texture. This surfacing material was actually the only solid countertop material on the market before Formica, Staron, and Wilsonart.

Our team was lucky enough to go behind the scenes to tour a Corian® Design plant with one of our customers to learn even more about this versatile surfacing material. 

Steelcase with DuPont

Revealed: What are Corian Countertops?

During the plant tour, it was discovered just how Corian® Solid Surface can be the right solution to creative and innovative situations. This surfacing material can be cut, routed, drilled, sculpted, and bent. With 116 colors, this vast color palette allows anyone to create their dream space. 

In fact, Corian® Solid Surface is so much more than a countertop material. Paired with M.R. Walls, artist Mario Romano uses this material to carve a breathtaking piece of art that can be used in a vertical space. This work is extremely eye catching and has a lot of designers and architects talking about it.

Here at the H.J. Oldenkamp Company, we’ve even had customers use this surfacing material for trophy display cases. The possibilities are truly endless with Corian® Design. 

To complete the DuPont plant tour, our group was lucky enough to be able to learn and talk with Tim Lacey, the Global Vice President & General Manager of Performance Building Solutions and Corian® Design. Both seeing and hearing about Corian® Design gave our team greater insight into why it’s such a great surfacing material. 

Tour 1 - DuPont

Choose Corian® Design for Your Next Surfacing Project

Whether you select Corian® Quartz or Corian® Solid Surface for your next residential or commercial project, we know that you won’t be disappointed with the results.

H.J. Oldenkamp has been a proud distributor of Corian® Design for over 45 years. Our sales territory includes all or portions of Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

Please feel free to call our Customer Service team at 800-462-6047 so they can answer any additional questions you may have about Corian® Design.


Successful Detroit Cristo Rey Gift Gathering Party

On Thursday, March 28, 2019, the H.J. Oldenkamp Company was honored to host the Detroit Cristo Rey “Gift Gathering” Party. This event acts as the fundraiser to solicit gifts and donations that will be auctioned off at Detroit Cristo Rey’s annual GEMS of Detroit signature event.

From 6 pm to 9 pm, over 50 individuals gathered in our showroom for this great cause. Event goers were able to walk around our 18 different displays, sample delicious food from Two Unique Caterers and Event Planners, enjoy sweets from Sweet Talk, and mingle with Detroit Cristo Rey students. This event was even able to almost double the donations of past gift gathering events.

From the team at H.J. Oldenkamp Co., we’d like to thank everyone who helped to make this event possible and such a great success!

Detroit Cristo Ray GEMS of Detroit is an annual gala that raises funds for the students of Detroit Cristo Rey High School. This year the theme is VIVA Gems of Detroit (inspired by Cinco De Mayo) and will be held at Eastern Market (Shed 3) in Detroit on Friday, May 17 from 7 pm to 10 pm. For more information about this event or to become a sponsor, please click here.

Detroit Cristo Rey High School is a Catholic, co-ed, college-preparatory high school located in Southwest Detroit. They offer a private school education to those who couldn’t otherwise afford it. The Cristo Rey model is centered around faith, morals, and service given back to the community. Detroit Cristo Rey High School is distinctive in the fact that all students spend four days in the classroom learning and studying and the other day is spent in their Corporate Work Study Program, which allows students to work at an actual company gaining skills and attitudes needed to be successful in college and beyond. To learn more about this school, please visit their website at

If you have a small industry-related event or charity gathering that needs a unique host spot, please email as we’d be happy to talk about hosting your next event.


Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan’s “After Hours Mixer”

The H.J. Oldenkamp Company was happy to host the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan’s “After Hours Mixer” in April.  Over 70 builders, remodelers and associates attended the social networking event – enjoying a fun evening of good food and great people.

Thanks to all who made the event possible and a great success!

For more information regarding the Southeastern Michigan Home Builders Association, visit


H.J. Oldenkamp Co. hosts “Lunch-N-Learn” for commercial design firm

The sales team at H.J. Oldenkamp was pleased to host 18 team members from the Kraemer Design Group for a product presentation session in January. Attendees toured the Oldenkamp showroom and learned about the many commercially oriented products offered by H.J. Oldenkamp – with specific attention toward cabinetry; designing with cabinetry, product attributes, pricing / budgeting, etc…

kramer-designKraemer Design Group is an award winning, high-end architecture and interior design firm with nearly 20 years of experience in historic renovation and comprehensive architectural consulting. Aside from their cutting-edge design and services offered, Kraemer Design Group has been named as one of the “Cool Places to Work” in Michigan as well as one of the “Great Places to Work” according to a survey conducted by a national industry trade publication.

For over 70 years, the H.J. Oldenkamp Co. has been supplying nationally branded interior building products for trade professionals. Some of those products include:

  • DuPont Corian® / DuPont Zodiaq® surfacing
  • Merillat, Quality and Mid-Continent Cabinetry
  • Arborite Laminates
  • Kirei Echo-Panel Acoustical systems and decorative surfaces

H.J. Oldenkamp hosts the NKBA – Michigan State Chapter

woodman1NKBA members and affiliated students enjoyed strolling hors d’oeuvres and refreshments prior to a spirited presentation by accomplished international speaker Mark Woodman of mark woodman design+color llc.  The “Defining colorful design 2017+”  presentation was an inspiring view of predicted trends in human behavior and how they are affecting color direction and design.  Attendees enjoyed a preview of the future for color and decoration and how it will emerge in residential and commercial spaces. In addition, get a behind the scenes talk about the latest introductions of Corian® and Zodiaq®.

Mr. Woodman frequently lectures on color and design for prominent organizations such as DuPont, Sherwin Williams, ASID and Color Marketing Group.