The SFA MegaWorkshop exhibit floor featured a full range of stoneworking machinery, including bridge saws, CNC stoneworking centers, edgers, surface polishers and more, and the equipment was actively processing stone throughout the event. Suppliers of accessories such as tooling, sealers, adhesives, sinks and templating equipment were also present in Nashville, along with a number of stone suppliers.
In addition, the SFA MegaWorkshop also featured “The Cage,” a unique concept where tooling, pads, etc. were used for stone processing.
Attendees were able to test various tools and accessories, and “The Cage” also had an extensive hands-on education schedule, where topics included:
The 2012 SFA MegaWorkshop also had a “Restoration Cage,” that featured the following demonstrations:
This year’s MegaWorkshop also featured a new initiative for attendees. The industry’s leading supplier and processor of natural stone, Antolini Luigi of Verona, Italy, presented a three-hour program entitled “Antolini: The Ultimate Stone Romance,” and it covered all aspects of processing and marketing natural stone.
The session focused on the role of the stone fabricator as the connection between finished stone products and consumers — whether they be architects, designers or homeowners. It covered stone processing, polishing and selection — with an emphasis on marketing higher-margin natural stone products to the high-end consumer community. After the session, attendees were invited to a dinner hosted by OHM International, where the Antolini Signature Collection was on display.
Celebrating the craftsmanship of stone fabricators, the SFA MegaWorkshop once again hosted the “Fabricator Olympics” on the final day of the event. Competitions were held in three different categories, and the winners were as follows:
Flat Polish Champion
Hector Soriano, Counter Solutions, Jackson, TN
Dan Thompson, Morris Granite, Morris, IL
Top Polish Champion
Arturo Hernandez, Cadenza
Marble & Granite, Concord, NC