FABRICATOR CASE STUDIES: Focusing on Quality and Efficiency
Originally trained as a commercial pilot, Victor DeOliveira was introduced to the stone industry by his brother-in-law five years ago. After attending the seminars at StonExpo 2001, he was encouraged to open his own operation, and he founded Discover Marble & Granite with his wife Cristina, sister Laury, and brother-in-law Joao Contao in Millbury, MA. Today, the company now operates a second shop in Ft. Meyers, FL, and the two locations fabricate an average of 100 kitchens per week. And to ensure high-quality fabrication, Discover Marble & Granite not only operates advanced stoneworking machinery, but it has also carefully planned each expansion for optimum material flow and overall efficiency.
Tooling is purchased from GranQuartz and Braxton-Bragg. To maximize water efficiency, the shop uses the EnviroSystem water recycling system from Water Treatment Technologies.
Millbury, MA, and Ft. Meyers, FL
Type of work: kitchen countertops in natural stone and quartz surfacing
Machinery: Four bridge saws from Matrix Stone Products of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; Levi Tunisi programmable bridge saw from International Machine Corp. of Holbrook, NY; Wizard radial arm polisher from Park Industries of St. Cloud, MN; EnviroSystem from Water Treatment Technologies of Hampton, NH; tooling and shop carts from Braxton-Bragg of Knoxville, TN; tooling from GranQuartz of Tucker, GA; two Intermac Master Stone 43 CNC stoneworking centers and one Intermac Master Stone 33 CNC stoneworking center, all from AGM of Pineville, NC; Sasso Flying Flat automated edge polishers from U.S. Granite Machinery of Barrington, IL; job tracking software from Moraware of San Mateo, CA
Number of Employees: 85 (62 in Millbury and 23 in Ft. Meyers)
Production Rate: 100 (70 in Millbury and 30 in Florida)