Increased demands inspire new company
Due to a continuous increase in demand, the owners recently opened a second facility adjacent to its original building, allowing for a total of 6,500 square feet of fabrication space. The shops are equipped with two Zonato bridge saws from International Machine Corp. (IMC) of Holbrook, NY, which are highly commended by Cancro. â€œWe bought one when we first opened,â€ said the shop owner. â€œA few years down the line, we purchased a second Zonato. I wouldn't buy anything else right now. I'd recommend them to anyone. They are easy to operate and easy to learn.â€
Additionally, the shop houses a bed polisher from IMC, two hand routers from GranQuartz of Tucker, GA, two Magnum hand routers from Stone Boss of Woodside, NY, and two forklifts to help move slabs around the facility.
The company's production is comprised of 90% residential work, which includes about 20 kitchen countertops a week, in addition to fireplaces and vanity tops. â€œWe do anything a customer wants done basically,â€ said Cancro. â€œIf we can't do it, I'll find somebody who can.â€
As far as CNC machinery is concerned, the owners do not feel the investment is necessary at this time. â€œI personally think they are good if you're doing repetitious work, like for a condominium, but for custom work, it benefits me to do it my way,â€ said Cancro. â€œMy guys do entire cut outs, from start to finish, in 45 minutes. When the CNC machines first came out I wanted one, but my partner didn't. Now I am glad we didn't get it.â€
Stone Resources' original shop employs 13 workers, including four people inside, two â€œfloatingâ€ outside, six installers and one full-time templater. The second shop, which the owners added in the early summer of this year, has four employees. â€œWe try to find people that are skilled, which is very hard,â€ said the owner. â€œSo, we do train them. I handle the installers and the office, and my partner handles the guys in the shop.â€
Outside the company's facility is a slab storage area, so customers don't have to travel to different distributors to view materials prior to fabrication, according to Cancro.
Credit BoxStone Resources
Type of work: residential kitchen countertops, vanities, fireplaces
Machinery: two Zonato bridge saws from International Machine Corp., a bed polisher from International Machine Corp.; two hand routers from GranQuartz; two Magnum hand routers from Stone Boss; two forklifts
Number of Employees: 17
Production Rate: 20 kitchens per week