Technology Yields Success for Alabama Shop
With a background in commercial real estate, Michael and Suzanne Flanagan started Select Granite, Inc. in 2002 with a 5,000-square-foot facility in Pelham, AL. Today, the company is also marketing itself as Design Center South, and company growth has led the owners to acquire 6 acres of land with a stoneworking facility now measuring nearly 20,000 square feet. Among the machinery investments, the addition of a dual-table Northwood SawJet from Northwood Machine Manufacturing Co. of Louisville, KY, has specifically changed the face of its business, according to Scott Spector, General Manager of Select Granite, Inc.
Select Granite plans to add a second Northwood CNC stoneworking center. “The gains realized with two CNCs allow for even more throughput,” said Spector.
At its peak, the shop will have 15 workers, while 12 to 15 is the standard. The company also has two to three of its own installation crews.
The company relies on clientele from what Spector calls a relationship market. “It’s all about who you know, who you fish with, who you go to the symphony with and so on,” he said.
Sidebar: Select Granite, Inc.Pelham, AL
Type of work: residential production, commercial, hospitality and residential remodel
Machinery: a GMM Eura 35 bridge saw, which is manufactured in Italy and supplied through Salem Stone of Winston-Salem, NC; a CNC stoneworking center and SawJet from Northwood Machine Manufacturing Co. of Louisville, KY, equipped with a pump and nozzle from KMT Waterjet Systems of Baxter Springs, KS; and a Montresor Lola 400 edger, which is made in Italy and supplied through Salem Stone
Number of Employees: 10 to 12 in shop
Production Rate: capacity for 2,000 square feet a day