Fabricator Case Studies

Thinking “outside the box” to grow a fabrication business

By Jennifer Adams
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In addition to emphasizing customer service and high-quality products, diversification has been the key to success for La Pietra in Brookfield, CT,— especially during difficult economic times


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Focused on the high-end market

By Michael Reis
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Operating a fabrication shop and upscale showroom in Watertown, MA, United Marble Fabricators has set itself apart as a supplier of high-end residential work


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Fabricating with an eye for design

By Jennifer Adams
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Luis Carlos Machicao, originally of Peru, utilizes his expertise as a fashion designer to run a successful custom stone shop — Metropolitan Marble & Granite LLC — in Rock Hill, SC


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Marketing to the California building sector

By Jennifer Adams
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Through the ups and downs of the economy, Marble Palace, Inc. of Stockton, CA, has remained a prime source of natural stone, quartz surfacing and Piedrafina recycled marble products on the West Coast


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Expanding to meet market demand

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Growing to include six locations in the Southeastern U.S., Oldcastle Surfaces has stayed diversified in its offerings and continues to expand by evaluating which market segments are not being met


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Massachusetts fabricator seizes an opportunity

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Already a leading solid surface fabricator in its region, TWD Surfaces of Bridgewater, MA, took advantage of market conditions to expand — and thrive — in the fabrication of quartz surfacing and natural stone.
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Embracing change to sustain a viable business

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Since 1949, Artisan Group member Hoffman Fixtures Co. of Tulsa, OK, has consistently evolved and branched out into different arenas to remain a profitable fabrication operation despite difficult economic times.
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Equipped to Offer a Full Product Range

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In addition to bringing in stone and tile products from around the world, Artistic Tile has developed a modern stoneworking facility in Secaucus, NJ, where it produces waterjet-cut designs, mosaics and other innovations.
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Staying Ahead with New Technology

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With the majority of its work in the commercial sector, D & J Tile Co., Inc. of San Carlos, CA, has continually invested in new machinery and software to maintain its competitive edge.
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Building a turn-key operation

By Jennifer Adams
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Started more than 30 years ago, Barbosa Cabinets, Inc. is a family-run business that prides itself on efficiency and outstanding customer service. From its humble beginnings as a cabinet shop working out of a 2,500-square-foot facility, the company has grown to include a full-scale countertop division, which operates out of a 66,000-square-foot plant in Lathrop, CA.
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The Stone Fashion Show at Marmomacc in Verona

As usual, stone suppliers from Italy and around the world relied on the Marmomacc fair to showcase some of the latest stone materials to the international marketplace. The following is a look at just some of the stone materials on display in Verona.

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2014 September

In this issue of Stone World, we have a Report from Europe, which includes a series of articles about the quarries and stone processing operations that SW editor Jennifer Adams visited as part of the Marmomacc Stone Academy.

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CSTD Fall 2014 cover

2014 Fall

In this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, we take a look at the latest developments in TPT, with a feature article and you can read more comments from Waldrep on this subject as well as other industry professionals.

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