So I'm sitting at my desk a couple of weeks ago, and it's about an hour past quitting time (when I can actually get some work done). The phone rings, and it is someone named Stefane Fitch, who explains to me that he is the Chicago Bureau Chief for Forbes, and he is doing a story on granite countertops. Basically, he is asking me about the size of the granite countertop industry, a question that I get a lot, but one that I always find tough to answer.
Going by the revenue figures cited by the few thousand stone fabricators who have participated in the Stone World Fabricator Market Survey (conducted annually by BNP Media over the past decade or so), I said that the granite countertop sector peaked around $1.6 billion back in the glory that was 2006. I also heard a similar number cited at the Building Stone Institute Convention that year, so I felt confident in this figure -- as confident as one can in an industry such as this.