In 2004, Stuart Young left the residential construction field to start his own stoneworking company - “The Granite Shop” - in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. And during the four-plus years that the company has been in business, it has established itself as a pioneer in the use of technologically advanced stoneworking equipment.
Finishing work is done using Alpha or Diarex hand tools.
In total, The Granite Shop is able to produce four kitchens per day - or approximately 220 square feet - using its current equipment. The company has a total of 14 employees, and they have varying degrees of expertise. “We definitely have specialized positions when it comes to CNC operation or programming,” Young explained. “In these areas, I have at least three employees that can do any part of our automated process. In regards to our finishing and hand processing, we have a training process in place that allows every fabricator to learn all aspects of the trade.”
Sidebar: The Granite ShopCalgary, Alberta, Canada
Type of work: residential construction - including new single-family homes, remodeling work and multi-unit commercial
Machinery: Yukon bridge saw, Fusion 4000 CNC combination bridge saw/waterjet, Titan 1016 CNC stoneworking center and Pathfinder Laser Template Station, all from Park Industries of St. Cloud, MN; LT-55 laser templating system from Laser Products Industries of Romeoville, IL; Tenkay dust collector from Farr APC of Jonesboro, AR; screw compressor from Kaeser Compressors, Inc. of Fredericksburg, VA; ADI UHS (Ultra High Speed) CNC tooling from GranQuartz as well as high-speed CNC tooling from Tyrolit Vincent
Number of Employees: 14
Production Rate: four kitchens per day - or approximately 220 square feet