Fabricator Case Study: Maximizing a tight workspace
When JT Interiors, LLC, of Henderson, NV, began fabricating stone for itself - in a division called American Countertops & Floors - it inherited a relatively small 3,000-square-foot space that houses the fabrication shop as well as 300 square feet of office space. And to ensure that production would flow well in this environment, the company invested in a range of material handling and storage equipment.
The amount of fabrication work needed for commercial projects can vary, according to JT Interiors/American Countertops & Floors. In some projects, the countertops are prefabricated in China, and the company executes the final finishing work as required. For example, Thaxton said some prefabricated countertops have sink cut-outs, but some do not. Additionally, the company maintains an inventory of slabs for projects that they fabricate from start to finish.
Equipment in the shop includes a JMM bridge saw, which is used to cut workpieces to size as needed, and it can be operated by two different employees. Edges are finished by hand, and since the work is done dry as well as wet (particularly in the colder winter months), the company has implemented the Veri-Dry™ dust collection system, a self-contained unit purchased from VIC International of Knoxville, TN.
In the residential sector, Thaxton said the style of stonework they fabricate has a â€œCalifornia influence.â€ â€œOur customers know what they want, and they are willing to spend to get it,â€ she said. Thaxton added that design tastes are also driven by the designs found in the casinos.
JT Interiors/American Countertops & FloorsType of work: multi-unit condominium and apartment projects, high-end residences, hospitality projects
Machinery: JMM bridge saw; Veri-Dry™ dust collection system from VIC International; A-frames, bundle rack storage systems, truck racks and fabrication tables from Groves, Inc.
Number of Employees: 33 (seven in the shop)
Work breakdown: 70% commercial; 30% residential