STONE COLUMN: The â€œTypicalâ€ Stone Fabricator
Here's what we found about the â€œtypicalâ€ stone fabrication shop:
- Most of the materials fabricated are yellow/gold, green, brown, black and beige.
- Pretty much everyone offers bullnose, eased, ogee and beveled edges. (I know, you already knew this. Better stuff is on the way.)
- The average kitchen job is right around 60 square feet.
- The average price charged per square foot is $60.
- The average number of kitchens fabricated per week is about eight. (Yeah, that's less than I expected, too. But you will see that the â€œtypicalâ€ fabricator is a lot newer - and smaller - than it used to be.)
- The â€œtypicalâ€ fabricator has been in business seven years or less.
- The average fabricator staff today has less than 10 people. (When you think of all the new three-man to five-man shops starting out there, this number actually makes more sense than it does at first glance.)
- A relatively low annual sales total of $1 million defines the â€œtypicalâ€ U.S. fabricator. (Again, you have to remember that there are a lot of new, small companies out there.)
- The typical fabricator still uses plywood for templating, but thinks about going digital.
- CNC technology is at least a future consideration for the typical shop.
In a VERY condensed nutshell, the â€œtypicalâ€ fabricator is young and small, but is also looking to invest and grow. For a much more in-depth analysis of the stone fabrication sector, take a look at the complete survey results on page 54.