Patton & Patton Marble & Granite, Inc.
operates out of a 8,000-square-foot fabrication facility in Las Vegas, NV.
It is often said that “when one door closes, another
opens.” And for Billy Patton of Patton & Patton Marble & Granite, Inc.
of Las Vegas, NV, this old saying has proven true. Due to
a knee injury, Patton had to abandon his dream of representing the U.S. in the
1992 Olympic Games. As a result, he decided to focus his attention on a stone
fabrication shop, which he opened in 1989. More than 20 years later, the
company - which he now runs with his wife Sheree - is known in the Las Vegas
area for its high-end custom waterjet work, including many casino projects.
Billy Patton, who owns the company with his wife
Sheree, purchased a SL1 waterjet pump from KMT Waterjet Systems of Baxter
Springs, KS, and an ESAB CM 250 waterjet in 1991 and a second in 1996. Two
years ago, the company added new Streamline SL-V50 Plus pumps.
“In the summer of 1986, I needed a part-time job while
training as a distance runner,” said Billy Patton. “I started working in the
fabrication shop of Catello Marble & Tile Las Vegas. While there, I would
learn as much as possible about the stone business.
“One day, my life would change when a serious injury to my knee occurred while
working, and consequently, I would miss my window of opportunity to represent America in the
‘92 Olympics,” Patton went on to explain. “I was always one to set goals for
myself, so working with stone would be my new one. Patton & Patton was
formed in 1989. I first started fabricating overflow work from other marble
shops in town until I saved enough to purchase a used ESAB [waterjet] and a new
I/R KMT pump in 1991. This would be the start of my waterjet-cutting
Currently, Patton & Patton Marble & Granite operates out of a
8,000-square-foot facility with an additional 2,200 square feet of
office/showroom space. There is also a 1,600-square-foot yard on the premises
for slab storage.
“Basically, our business started as a waterjet-cutting
service to other marble shops and businesses in town, and over the years, we
expanded to a full-service marble and granite production facility,” said
Patton. “Waterjet cutting has always been our main core of business even to
Specializing in waterjet services
“Basically, our business started as a waterjet-cutting service to other marble
shops and businesses in town, and over the years, we expanded to a full-service
marble and granite production facility,” said Patton. “Waterjet cutting has
always been our main core of business even to this day.”
“KMT manufactures the best waterjet pumps, and it
continues to provide excellent ongoing services to its customers,” said Patton.
According to Patton, he was the first person in Las Vegas to own and
operate a KMT SL1 waterjet pump and an ESAB CM 250 waterjet. “KMT manufactures
the best waterjet pumps, and it continues to provide excellent ongoing services
to its customers,” he said. “I purchased my first waterjet system back in 1991
and acquired a second in 1996. The past two years, I have been running the new
Streamline SL-V50 Plus pumps.”
In addition to the waterjets, the fabrication facility houses a GMM Tecna 36
bridge saw, which can accommodate 36-inch blades and is serviced by Salem Stone
of Winston-Salem, NC, two Ghines Sectors that were purchased from The Cutting Edge
of Las Vegas, NV, and a Foma radial arm polisher. “Currently, we run one shift
- a 40-hour work week,” said Patton. “When we are busy on a major project, we
will run a night shift also. We have eight workers right now, but our staff
varies depending on the workload.”
Patton & Patton Marble & Granite also maintains four installers on
staff. Hard templates are digitized using a Neolt Digit MX 2000.
In addition to the waterjets, the fabrication facility
houses a GMM Tecna 36 bridge saw that is serviced by Salem Stone of
Offering high-quality products
The company offers a variety of services to both the commercial and high-end
residential markets in Las Vegas. “Primarily, most of our work has been
directed towards casinos,” said Patton. “We offer everything from expert CAD
design to waterjet-cut stone flooring, bar tops, countertops and inlay services
to custom crown moldings, which are engineered and uniquely designed by
Currently, Patton & Patton Marble & Granite
employs eight shop workers. Hand tools are used to finish edges on stone
products such as this vanity top.
Patton went on to say that the KMT waterjet system is
not limited to just cutting natural stone products. “We also cut various metals
for the sign industry and glass for both the glass industry and local artists
such as Tony Milici of Milici Studios,” he said.
Similar to many other fabricators across the U.S., business has decreased over
the past year due to the difficult economic times. “Our production has been down
50% this year due to the economic down turn here in Vegas,” said Patton. But
despite the circumstances, Patton & Patton has still recently completed
several high-profile projects, including the Palazzo Venetian Hotel &
Casino and ARIA at CityCenter, both in Las
Vegas. Additionally, it carved the letters of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) into the UNLV
tower that is part of the school’s new Greenspun Hall, which is made of
sandstone. “[Also], we are currently working towards some projects in Asia,” said Patton.
The company produces customized crown molding, which
are specially designed by Patton.
Patton & Patton Marble & Granite, Inc.
Las Vegas, NV
Type of work: high-end customized work for both residential and commercial
applications, with a focus on casino projects
Machinery: an ESAB CM 250 waterjet, two KMT SL1 waterjet pumps and two
Streamline SL-V50 Plus pumps - all from KMT Waterjet Systems of Baxter Springs,
KS, a GMM Tecna 36 bridge saw serviced by Salem Stone of Winston-Salem, NC, two
Ghines Sectors that were purchased from The Cutting Edge of Las Vegas, NV, a
Foma radial arm polisher and a Neolt Digit MX 2000 digitizing board
Number of employees: 8
Production rate: averaging 1,500 square feet per week
Patton & Patton Granite & Marble has the
capability to offer expert CAD design to its customers.
The waterjets allow Patton & Patton Marble &
Granite to produce very detailed designs such as this roulette table made of
Recently, the company installed stone fountains for
the Palazzo Venetian Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The ARIA at CityCenter project also involved creating
various-sized circular hanging disks out of Honey onyx with starfire glass
laminated to the onyx for a retail store within the casino.
Another recent project for Patton & Patton Marble
& Granite was ARIA at CityCenter. The company made columns out of New St.
Laurent marble from China for a lounge area.