Since Ruben Arreola launched New West Tile in 1994, the company has rapidly grown and expanded from its location in the High Desert of Southern California to cover an area from the Los Angeles county line to the Cajon Pass and Barstow. New West Tile's main focus is kitchen countertop fabrication, along with other various types of countertops. In addition to two kitchen remodels per week, the company averages a project basis of six houses, which typically includes the fabrication and installation of a full kitchen and two bathroom vanity tops.
As New West Tile began to flourish, it got involved with custom home installations. In 1999, as the demand for granite increased, Arreola hired outside fabricators to help keep up with production. During this time, he purchased a prototype bridge saw and Edgemarc Stinger portable routers to handle in-house fabrication.
The company's production is comprised mainly of slab fabrication with a small percentage being tile or cut to size. In addition to countertop fabrication, New West Tile also produces a variety of memorial markers and plaques. â€œOur largest market is our custom home division, but we are currently getting heavier in remodel countertops,â€ explained Rogers, adding that the company produces work for both the residential and commercial sectors.
Additionally, various employees are trained to assist homeowners in designing their new residences - including stone for kitchens, bathrooms with full custom showers, Jacuzzi tubs, fireplaces, flooring and tile or granite countertops.
New West Tile purchases its slabs from local distributors, including Intertile, Import Stone and Dal-Tile. â€œWe are also in the process of setting up a slab yard here in Hesperia, in which we will be importing direct containers,â€ said Rogers.
New West Tile learns about new materials by maintaining good relationships with vendors, who keep them up-to-date with the newest materials, as well as by reading materials from the Marble Institute of America and other stone sources, according to Rogers.