Laminate has been utilized for countertop application since the early 1900s. Invented by Daniel J. O'Connor and Herbert Faber, while working for Westinghouse in 1913, it is made from layers of plastic that are bonded to a particleboard core to create a solid countertop surface. Laminate is available in a wide variety of colors and textures. Finishes from gloss to matte, ranging from granite and marblelike, wood and metal in appearance. Although there are many brands of laminate, those featured at Shell Fab are Wilsonart® and Formica® Brand.