Fabricator Case Study: Expanding capabilities with quality machinery
When family-owned-and-operated Qualey Granite & Stone Fabrication, LLC of Maine was initially established in 2003, it solely concentrated on exterior work. Today, production has grown to include interior designs such as countertops and fireplace and shower surrounds. The company operates out of two locations - a 4,000-square-foot fabrication facility in Brewer, ME, and a 2,000-square-foot space that houses its offices, a showroom and inventory in Bangor, ME.
One of the company’s most recent purchases included a CMS North America/Brembana Maxima CNC stoneworking center. According to Qualey, it took about a week to learn the basics and then another three months to “work all of the bugs out.” “The biggest obstacle to learning to operate the CNC was learning to position parts on the machine, so that it thinks the parts are in the same place that we think they are,” he explained. “To resolve this issue, we have standardized the way parts are cut on the bridge saws.”
Furthermore, Qualey Granite & Stone Fabrication employs a staff of eight. “Employees are specialized, but we cross-train so that all employees can complete most tasks,” said Qualey, adding that most employees are hired through advertising and word of mouth.
Qualey Granite & Stone Fabrication has its own installation crew, and it strives for prompt and professional delivery and installation of all the products they sell. “We pride ourselves on our short turn-around time, typically between two to three weeks from template to install,” the company stated.
Qualey Granite & Stone Fabrication, LLCType of work: interior and exterior work, including countertops, fireplaces and shower surrounds, walls, patios, steps, etc.
Machinery: a CMS/Brembana Maxima CNC stoneworking center from CMS North America/Brembana of Caledonia, MI; a Yukon Deluxe bridge saw from Park Industries of St. Cloud, MN; a Regent/Marmoelettromeccanica Master 3500 router; an Atlas Copco 20 horsepower screw compressor; two Aardwolf slab lifters; two overhead cranes (one 5 ton and one 3 ton); a Caterpillar excavator/loader, a crane truck and two dump trucks; Festool routers and sanders and Jost sanding discs from Specialty Tools; polishing pads and an air polisher from Alpha Professional Tools of Oakland, NJ; Stonetech sealers; Tenax adhesives; Diarex blades, Terminator core bits and blades and ADI CNC tooling from GranQuartz of Tucker, GA; Diamut CNC tooling from Salem Stone of Winston-Salem, NC
Number of Employees: 8
Production Rate: 250 to 350 square feet per week