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Fabricator Profile: Cutting Edge Stoneworks

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Fabricator Profile: Cutting Edge Stoneworks

Posted on 05 April 2016 by cradmin

BrittanicaKitchenEven though Cutting Edge Stoneworks is hidden in the back of a standard business park in Mooresville, N.C., with virtually no signage, the company remains a local success. What’s even more intriguing is the fact that owner Mike Giordano believes the company’s success is directly attributable to flying under the radar and not following the crowd.

Cutting Edge Stoneworks has done what many other fabricators are now shying away from, which is building a successful and profitable business by specializing in only one market segment: wholesale. Most of the company’s clients are commercial builders and remodelers, but a smaller portion are residential kitchen-and-bath dealers, remodelers and general contractors.

Giordano has 22 years of experience fabricating and installing countertops, and he founded Cutting Edge Stoneworks in 2007, right before the economy started its downward spiral. Giordano and his wife say they were able to grow a strong business at this time despite the recession because of their passion, attention to detail and emphasis on quality work and the success of their customers.

At the business park, Giordano operates a 15,000-sq.-ft. fabrication facility decked out with state-of-the-art technology, including a five-axis CNC saw, advanced router, waterjet cutter and an inline detail machine. At the same time, he employs skilled crafters who perform detailed work by hand on a full range of countertop materials.

Read more of this Fabricator Profile here: Cutting Edge Stoneworks

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StoneTalk Episode 17: Marty Gould

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StoneTalk Episode 17: Marty Gould

Posted on 28 December 2015 by cradmin

In episode 17 of Moraware’s StoneTalk podcast, host Patrick Foley interviews Marty Gould, marketing consultant for The Customer Store.

Listen to the full podcast to learn all of the following:

  • How marketing differs from selling
  • How to collect valuable information about current customers
  • How to discover new customers just like your best customers
  • Why marketing is an investment in relationship building
  • How to jump-start your marketing plans

A full transcript of this episode of StoneTalk can be read at the Moraware website.

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StoneTalk Episode 16: Jordany Nunes

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StoneTalk Episode 16: Jordany Nunes

Posted on 10 November 2015 by cradmin

In this episode of StoneTalk, produced by Moraware, host Patrick Foley speaks with Jordany Nunes of NF Granite, a countertop fabrication shop that has two locations and works primarily with big box stores and contractors.

Listen to this episode to learn

  • How to use Big Box stores to grow your business
  • How to grow your word-of-mouth business and depend less on Big Box stores
  • How to hire the best people – especially installers
  • Why to give your people the best tools
  • What it will take to do more in-home sales

A full transcript of this podcast can be found here on the Moraware website.

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Fabricator Profile: United Stoneworks Distinguishes Itself from the Competition

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Fabricator Profile: United Stoneworks Distinguishes Itself from the Competition

Posted on 30 June 2015 by cradmin

IMG_16651Before meeting Mary McGarrity, co-founder of United Stoneworks, Curt Richter was a general contractor who learned early on that he had to differentiate himself from the competition. At that time, he gave his clients tickets to local cooking classes, and it was such a hit that the waiting list grew to six months long.

When Richter and McGarrity formed United Stoneworks in 2009, the cooking class concept continued, but they took it one step further by hosting them in the working kitchen in their showroom. They hold the classes twice each month, and professional cooks are invited to teach and promote their restaurants in the process.

McGarrity and Richter bring years of experience to the company. Before beginning this endeavor, she was an architect working for the largest countertop fabricator in New Mexico, and she was head of the installation department of Home Depot for several years. Before Richter became a general contractor, he worked in the office equipment industry.

United Stoneworks, located in Albuquerque, N.M., receives about half its business from the commercial sector with the other half coming from retail residential customers. Nearly all of the work they do involves granite and quartz countertops paired with tile backsplashes.

Soon after opening, the company became recognized for its high level of customer satisfaction. It hired only qualified professionals, kept the showroom attractive and well organized and became active in the local community in several ways, one of which has been holding parties open to the public at every opportunity.

Richter and McGarrity recognize that their financial model is not popular in the countertop industry, but they say they have been able to keep costs down and production high by encouraging employees to take ownership of the business and take pride in their work.

Read more of this Fabricator Profile here: United Stoneworks

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MIA Fabricator Benchmarking Survey Deadline Extended

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MIA Fabricator Benchmarking Survey Deadline Extended

Posted on 18 November 2014 by cradmin

The Marble Institute of America (MIA) has extended the deadline for participating in its annual Fabricator Benchmarking Survey. The new deadline to participate is December 15, and those interested may get more information or participate in the survey HERE. Participants will receive financial benchmarks and metrics for their business in comparison with other fabricators, and all information will remain anonymous. Fabricators completing the survey will also be entered into a drawing for the following prizes: a Moxie® Showerhead+Wireless Speaker by Kohler; a hand grinder and set of pads from Granite City Tool; $250 in MIA bookstore credit; a TENAX variety pack;  a WEHA variety pack; and a. $100 Visa gift card. The organization encourages all fabricators of granite, natural stone and quartz surfacing to participate. The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA) has also endorsed participation in the survey.

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Fabricator Profile: Schneider Stone

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Fabricator Profile: Schneider Stone

Posted on 25 August 2014 by cradmin

Swing-1Schneider Stone, located in Asheboro, N.C., is a fabricator of custom natural stone and quartz. The company had been operating for six years when Paul Boger and his brother Brian, both employees, purchased the business. About 85 percent of Schneider Stone’s business comes from the residential sector, and the other 15 percent is commercial.

When Brian Boger started working for Schneider Stone, the company had only six to eight employees, but today, Paul Boger says there are more than 40. In addition, Schneider Stone now has four additional locations, all of which are in North Carolina: Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Wilmington and Winston-Salem.

When the Boger brothers first bought the company, they were using an out-of-date software system that was made for glasscutters, and it couldn’t keep up with the amount of business they were bringing in.

When it was apparent that new software was needed, the Bogers looked for a developer that put the same emphasis on customer support that they do. Now, Schneider Stone is able to service all of its customers in a timely manner with a minimal risk for mistakes and misinterpreting design plans.

Schneider Stone supports its local communities and strives to share its success by sponsoring benefits, food drives and more.

Read more of this Fabricator Profile here: Schneider Stone

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Fabricator Profile: Trindco

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Fabricator Profile: Trindco

Posted on 06 June 2014 by cradmin

trindco 1Hunter Adams, owner of Trindco, understands that success can be more easily achieved when the employer and the employees are all working towards identical goals. Adams has put a system into place for his installers whereby they are evaluated through the use of metrics in order to increase efficiency and reduce mistakes, which increases company profits and the wages earned by each installer.

Adams said that by using metrics in the areas of efficiency and accuracy, he can get the greatest returns from his installers. He breaks the information down by employee and evaluates the performance of each according to customer feedback and callbacks. If an installer has to visit a client several times on a single callback, he knows that the job is not being done in the most efficient manner possible. Once the monthly statistics are analyzed, the installation manager then sits down with the installer to review his or her performance.

The efficiency of each installer then determines the amount of compensation they receive for their work. This allows talented installers to rise quickly through the ranks based on performance rather than years of experience.

Founded in 1987, Trindco is a surfacing fabricator of numerous products such as granite, quartz surfacing, soapstone, solid surface, recycled materials, wood and more. Based in Suffolk, Va., it focuses on residential customers in Southern Virginia and North Carolina. The company fabricates around 400 sq. ft. to 500 sq. ft. of surfacing materials per day and has showrooms in two cities: Suffolk and Virginia Beach.

Read more of this Fabricator Profile here:
Trindco Uses Metrics to Boost Accuracy and Productivity

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Fabricator Profile: Incounters

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Fabricator Profile: Incounters

Posted on 27 May 2014 by cradmin

incountersIncounters is a family-owned countertop fabricator that also “played a key role” in the development of PhotoTop, the popular digital measurement and templating system. The company is headquartered in Abilene, Texas, and is a founding member of the Artisan Group. However, another interesting innovation of Incounters is its system for compensating installers.

According to Ed Wright, president of Incounters, “We pay our installers on a sliding scale based on feedback from the customer and from the Incounters management team. It’s in the installers’ hands to determine whether they are paid at the highest level or something less than that, depending on their performance.”

This sliding-scale compensation plan is reset every two weeks, so each installer has a chance to start fresh and work his or her way to the top from a level playing field, but at no time are installers competing with each other. Each installer has the potential to earn the highest pay rate every period.

The compensation system used by Incounters has helped the company raise the level of service they provide to customers, and it has provided installers with incentive to do the best work they can.

Read more of this Fabricator Profile here: Incounters

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Fabricator Profile: Counter Production

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Fabricator Profile: Counter Production

Posted on 25 April 2014 by cradmin

cp6-300x225Patrick McGrath began working with solid surface in 1984 as an employee of Bingley Son & Follet, one of the world’s largest Corian fabricators at the time. However, he soon recognized that the business was not operating very efficiently, so he formed a partnership with David Axworthy, another employee of Bingley.

McGrath and Axworthy founded Counter Production together in 1986 in a bid to bring a higher level of professionalism to the solid-surface fabrication and installation industry. They started by offering clients a strict installation schedule, and they began templating all of their projects to minimize on-site time.

Counter Production, based in the U.K., continued to grow, and in 2003, after Axworthy’s retirement, McGrath invested further capital into the company to upgrade equipment with the latest technology, including a CNC machine, thermoforming equipment and digital templating equipment.

Today, Counter Production employs 50 people and experiences annual revenue of approximately $5 million strictly from wholesale clients.

Read more of this Moraware Fabricator Profile here: Counter Production

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Fabricator Profile: Innovative Surfaces

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Fabricator Profile: Innovative Surfaces

Posted on 08 April 2014 by cradmin

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Innovative Surfaces, headquartered in Hastings, Minn., has been serving commercial and residential clients as a granite, solid surface and quartz fabricator in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area for more than 30 years and is now a multimillion-dollar business. The company was founded by Bruce Akins, who is still president, while his son Todd Akins is now the production manager and has been with the company for 22 years.

Both father and son proclaim that much of their success can be contributed to the practice of constraint management. They believe that streamlining production hinges on identifying bottlenecks: the points in the fabrication process where works begins to back up. Todd explains that the bottleneck for natural stone is the CNC machinery, and the bottleneck for solid surface is sanding.

Constraint management is used by Innovative Surfaces for multiple purposes. Bruce and Todd believe that it is the most useful tool they have for creating installation schedules, but they also use it to fine-tune the pricing for each job.

 

Read more of this fabricator profile here: Innovative Surfaces

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