Making its mark on the West Coast
Bill Kammerer and his father, Bob, had more than 20 years of experience in the stone and tile industry when they left their homes in Long Island, NY, in 1986 and traveled across country to start a new company, American Marble and Tile. The father-and-son team brought a strong work ethic with them and devoted their energy to establishing themselves as a reputable tile-setting business in San Diego, CA. Today, more than two decades later, the company - now known as American Marble - is comprised of over 110 employees and occupies a 40,000-square-foot stone fabrication facility and showroom that sits on 2 1/2 acres in Vista, CA.
“We are proud of what we have accomplished over the years,” said Company President Bill Kammerer, explaining that his father has since retired. “Each of our employees takes pride in the product we create, and we are pleased that many on our team have been around for the entire ride.”
The fabrication facilityAmerican Marble operates an efficient stoneworking facility with an impressive lineup of machinery. Leading this part of the operation is 18-year veteran and Production Manager, Karl Miethke. Equipment in the shop includes an Integrated Flying Bridge 6012 waterjet machine from Flow International Corp. of Kent, WA, three Jaguar bridge saws from Park Industries of St. Cloud, MN, a Comandulli Omega 100 slab polisher from Italy, a Marmo Meccanica LCV 711M edge polisher from Italy and an EnviroSystem water treatment system from Water Treatment Technologies of Hampton, NH. The newest machine to be added to the shop is an Intermac Master Stone 43 CNC stoneworking center from Intermac America of Charlotte, NC.
Slabs are maneuvered around the shop with Dal Forno vacuum lifters attached to Elephant boom cranes. Additionally, hand tools and accessories are purchased from companies such as Granite City Tool Co. of Waite Park, MN; Hard Rock Tool of Anaheim, CA; Keystone Tools Co. of Commerce, CA; and Tool Depot of San Diego, CA.
A total of 65 workers are in the fabrication shop, and the company runs two separate shifts - with the capacity to operate three. Moreover, American Marble’s installation department consists of 36 employees who form between 14 to 18 crews.
A diversified marketIn order to achieve continuous success in its fabrication business, Kammerer believes that it is important for American Marble to be diverse. “American Marble has always served the residential home sector, however, Bill had it in his sights that preparing his company’s future would include establishing American Marble’s adaptability to being able to serve many different market sectors,” said Sneller. “This would assist in stabilizing American Marble’s future no matter what the state of the economy. Markets such as casinos, education buildings, hospitals, hotels and high-rise commercial towers were always in his sights.”
Among some of the large-scale projects that the company has recently completed are: Marque at Park Place in Irvine, CA; The Grand Del Mar Resort in Del Mar, CA; Radiance, a residential high-rise in San Francisco, CA; Pachanga, Valley View & Viejas casinos in San Diego, CA and Riverside Counties, CA; Red Hawk Casino in Placerville, CA; a retail project for Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, NV; Alta, Aria, Bayside, Electra, The Grande and Grand North at Santa Fe Place, The Legend, Park Place and Sapphire Tower, which are all residential high-rises that have been added to San Diego’s skyline.
Kammerer and his team at American Marble also believe that it is important to give back to their local community with projects such as Habitat for Humanity and other charitable organizations. “We want to continue to do business smart and efficiently, while maintaining our trademark of ‘Quality, Service and Integrity,’ “ said Sneller.
Sidebar: American MarbleVista, CA
Type of work: single-family and residential high-rises; commercial work, including casinos and hotels
Machinery: an Integrated Flying Bridge 6012 waterjet machine from Flow International Corp. of Kent, WA; three Jaguar bridge saws from Park Industries of St. Cloud, MN; a Comandulli Omega 100 slab polisher from Italy; a Marmo Meccanica LCV 711M edge polisher from Italy; an EnviroSystem water treatment system from Water Treatment Technologies of Hampton, NH; an Intermac Master Stone 43 CNC stoneworking center from Intermac America of Charlotte, NC; Dal Forno vacuum lifters; Elephant boom cranes; hand tools and accessories from Granite City Tool Co. of Waite Park, MN; Hard Rock Tool of Anaheim, CA; Keystone Tools Co. of Commerce, CA and Tool Depot of San Diego, CA; two Prodim Proliners purchased from Blick Industries of Laguna Beach, CA
Number of Employees: more than 110 employees, including 65 in the fabrication shop and 36 in the installation department
Production Rate: approximately 250 jobs on a monthly basis as well as additional miscellaneous commercial, institutional and healthcare projects