Investments Pay off in the Pacific Northwest
For Josh and Anne Lavine, the owners of Johnson Stone Countertop in Tacoma, WA, the experience of their employees - coupled with a collection of advanced machinery - has allowed the company to become an elite fabricator, especially in the quartz surfacing arena. And since their purchase of the company in September of 2007, the Lavines have witnessed continued growth in the shop as well as an expansion in product offerings and client types.
According to Josh Lavine, the company was started by Mark Johnson in 1985, a time when a bulk of the business was geared toward tile installation. “It moved into slabs in the mid-90s,” said Lavine.
Lavine has especially made an effort to create relations with quartz surfacing from CaesarStone U.S. “They opened a warehouse in Kent, which is about 15 minutes away,” he said. “CaesarStone is pretty stringent on who they sell their material to.”
In terms of air and water treatment, the shop is also equipped with a Denver Ydrator Sludge Dehydrator and a VIC VeriDRY Automatic self-cleaning dust collector - both from VIC International.
Johnson Stone Countertop runs one shift and employs eight people in the shop, four in the field and five in its office. It has two installation crews with two members in each. Principal markets are in a 20-mile radius of the facility’s location, including North Tacoma, Gig Harbor and the entire “South Sound” area of the Puget Sound. The company relies on much of its marketing efforts through its Web site: http://www.johnsonstone.com
Sidebar: Johnson Stone CountertopTacoma, WA
Type of Work: commercial and residential projects
Machinery: a Denver Quota CNC stoneworking center and a Denver Quasar C-Line polisher - both supplied by VIC International of Knoxville, TN; a vacuum pod system from Blick Industries of Laguna Beach, CA; a B300 bridge saw from Johnson Marble Machinery of North Hollywood, CA; a Denver Ydrator Sludge Dehydrator and a VIC VeriDRY Automatic self-cleaning dust collector - both from VIC International; a DigiCoder 612 digitizer from NEMI of Zimmerman, MN
Number of Employees: 17, including eight people in the shop, four in the field and five in its office
Production Breakdown: 70% natural stone, 30% quartz surfacing