Scott McGourley is Owner/Operator of Kasco Stone in
Tampa, FL. This small shop, while typical in size to the average shop found
across our country, has over the past four years transformed itself from a dry
cutting manual operation to a fully digital microshop. McGourley is an active
member of the Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) embracing the group’s mission,
and working to raise the bar for quality in his region.
When properly equipped with today’s technology, small fabrication shops can produce the same amount with less manpower, and it is possible to profitably operate a “microshop” with just an owner and a helper.
The concept for this article began with a sales call to a well-qualified client. We had done the granite in his neighbor’s house and came highly recommended. I had made two trips to the client’s house and had everything ironed out. He also wanted to replace his cabinets, and I recommended several of the cabinet shops that we work closely with. He assured me that after he had nailed down his cabinet situation the next week, he would go forward with the granite order. I considered it a done deal.