In general, the education program at stone trade shows such as Coverings will include a “Fabricator Forum,” where attendees discuss current issues with a panel of industry experts. Historically, these sessions have focused on practical concerns, such as fabrication methods and installation challenges.
Developing Galaxy Granite Inc. into a success was a labor of love for owner Meng Peng. Starting out as a carpet business in 1985, the San Francisco, CA-based company evolved to include a stone fabrication division in 1999. What initially began as a one-man shop has grown to include 23 employees, including its own installation crew.
Frank’s Marble & Granite, LLC, of Red Lion, PA, was founded in 1972 by Frank Pantano, who learned the stoneworking trade in his native Italy. In its early stages, the company was primarily an installer of ceramic and stone tiles, and it moved into slab processing in the early 1980s.
Located in the Bluffview area of Dallas, TX, a private residence reflects the owner’s commitment to the quality of the built commercial environment, and serves as an example of good design for the owners’ many clients, business contacts and visitors.
With the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains and an equally impressive landscape, Sun Valley, ID, is a majestic place that is steeped in history. Often referred to as the “American Shangri-La,” the area has become a thriving resort community - offering visitors a wealth of hotels and restaurants, outdoor activities and entertainment.
Located on the oldest north-south main road in New York City, Bloomingdale Properties’ 1385 Broadway has undergone lobby and common area renovations as part of a substantial capital improvement and modernization program. Corporate space planning and interior design firm MKDA contributed to the redesign by modernizing the building’s entrance, lobby, elevator cabs, corridors and restrooms with a selection of natural stone.
In designing the Cribbs Causeway shopping mall in Bristol, England, Tait Design sought to use materials that would convey a high-quality image, but would also withstand the demanding conditions of a busy retail center. Ultimately, both needs were satisfied with a thoughtful blend of domestic slate and German limestone.
Nestled in the heart of California wine country is Ramekins Culinary School, Events & Inn, which opened its doors in June of 1998. Established as Sonoma Valley’s only learning facility dedicated to the education of the home cook, the 12,000-square-foot, two-story building is characterized by European style and Old World charm.
Artisan Group premium countertop fabricators have donated several hundred tons of granite and solid surface countertop remnants to Habitat for Humanity ReStore over the past year. With the help of companies such as the fabricator members of the Artisan Group, ReStore accepts donations of new and used building materials, making them available to the public at deeply discounted prices.
Founded 12 years ago by a master stonemason, Rhodes Architectural Stone of Seattle, WA, specializes in the supply of three-dimensional architectural stonework for residential commercial and public institutions. The goal for each project is to tailor the stone selection to the specific needs of the individual client.
Whenever I attend a major U.S. stone industry event, one of the first things I circle on my calendar is the “Fabricator Forum,” where industry members gather and present their issues to a panel of industry experts. These forums generally do not have a rigid agenda, and they sort of follow a “Town Hall” format, where people share their problems (and hopefully solutions) with their peers.
The new MK-212 series saw from MK Diamond is constructed with powder-coated, heavy-gauge sheet metal and cast aluminum components. The saw features plunge cut capability for scoring or cutting large tile, and the tilting head allows easy and precise 45-degree miter cuts. It also features a ¼-inch-thick rubber cutting surface.
The new Automatic Stealth SeamerTM by Omni Cubed is a heavy-duty automatic seam setter for joining and leveling seams. The product features 8-inch vacuum cups and eight leveling points, which provide total control along the entire seam to eliminate the unevenness caused by crowned countertops.
Laticrete, a manufacturer of systems for the installation of tile and stone, has announced the launch of new Laticrete® SpectraLOCK® PRO Premium Grout with enhanced StainProof protection and non-sag performance.
Flow International Corporation recently announced the launch of the new Mach 4r, a combination robotic waterjet and saw cutting system. It maximizes a shop’s productivity by optimizing countertop cutting and significantly improving operator efficiency.
Pearl’s new look, improved products and new products combine traditional quality, consistency and unique products, with a better-than-ever cost-performance value. Pearl’s strong brand is getting a refreshing new look - from product art design to uniform packaging to a new product hierarchy blade grade system.
The Italian Stone Pavilion has been set for Coverings, which will take place at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, from March 14 to 17, 2011. It will be located in Hall A - Aisles 600/700/800/900.
RemnantSwap was been developed as a place to buy and sell granite remnants with fabricators in their area. The online service can be found at www.RemnantSwap.com, and it was developed by Moraware, the stone industry’s leading provider of job tracking inventory and management software.
Valley Gold Vein is a stunning, highly durable marble exclusively offered by Polycor in America - despite the latest changes in ownership. Recently, the Colorado Yule quarry has been sold to the Italian group, Carrara, which will bring quarrying expertise to the quarry.
In this issue of Stone World, check out content about an office tower in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, which straddles the city’s business and fashion districts. Also read about Tab India, which is another recognized stone producer from India. Through the years, the company has invested heavily in its quarrying and fabrication operations.