Bedrock Quartz is a three-generation countertop business catering to the Utah market. Owned by David Jorgensen and his three sons, Alan, Eric and Steve, the company has evolved from a laminate countertop shop to a natural stone and quartz surfacing operation, with an emphasis on quality and customer service. As a benefit to its customers, the company stocks a full line of sinks — providing a convenience to purchase everything in one location, as well as adding to Bedrock Quartz’s margins.
The company’s origin dates back to 1976, when David Jorgensen, president of Bedrock Quartz, founded Topcraft to supply laminate countertops to builders. He attributes his success to two factors: quality and timely service. Over the next 25 years, Jorgensen taught his sons the business by having them assist with the fabrication and installation of countertops. Alan, Eric and Steve eventually joined him full-time in the business and took Bedrock Quartz in a new direction in 2002.
“In 2002, we changed our focus completely to granite and quartz products and stopped doing laminate and solid surface,” explained Alan Jorgensen. “From 2002 to 2005, we rented a 7,200-square-foot facility. In 2006, we moved into a 25,000-square-foot facility that we built.”
While the company’s fabrication shop is in West Jordan, UT, it also has two sales facilities, a 5,000-square-foot one in Layton and a 6,000-square-foot one in Pleasant Grove. The name change to Bedrock Quartz came at the time the business phased out of laminate and solid surface countertops.
Offering high-quality sinks
With the objective of keeping things fresh and growing the business, Bedrock Quartz made the decision to carry sinks. “We didn’t always sell them,” said Alan Jorgensen. “We started because of the difficulty the customers had in getting us their sink and then also realizing that most didn’t have one picked out, so we had an opportunity to add margin by stocking them.
“The free sink promo has become so generic that it has little value,” Jorgensen went on to say. “Also, it becomes expected, and then ultimately devalues the product we are selling if we are always giving something for free. We felt it was valuable to discuss the quality and design of the products we carry and how they contribute to the overall quality and finish of the project. As we got away from doing them for free, not only are we not ‘paying’ for the sink now, we also have some margin that is added to each job. The greater number of jobs we do, the greater the payoff of each margin dollar.”
According to Jorgensen, Bedrock Quartz offers a selection of stainless sinks, as well as various options with the Blanco Silgranit® sink collection of sinks. “With such a broad variety, I don’t think people think it’s free,” said Jorgensen. “They know there are varying costs.
“The different colors and shapes of the Blanco Silgranit line are very popular, but we also sell many stainless options,” Jorgensen went on to explain. “We find that many customers are very happy they can buy a sink, faucet, accessories, disposals, etc. all in one trip. They don’t want to visit three or four different vendors to buy things. If we have good selections, they will be happy to fill their cart, so to speak, with our offerings instead of driving all around town. We like having one brand that has excellent sinks, faucets and accessories.
Bedrock Quartz believes it raises its company image to add additional options to the customer. “We can’t give away every sink, so we may as well offer a broader variety,” said Jorgensen. “Also, we need to have margin on everything possible we sell.”
Included in the lineup of machinery in the shop are three Titan 2800 CNC stoneworking centers, a Fusion 4245 and a Fusion 4045 saw/waterjet, a Yukon bridge saw and a Fastback edge polisher — all from Park Industries of St. Cloud, MN. The shop is also equipped with Kaeser compressors, a filter press from Water Treatment Solutions of Hampton, NH, and a settling tank from Park Industries. The company uses Manzelli and Wood’s Powr-Grip vacuum lifters to move material during the production process, and ADI tooling and Terminator blades from Continental D.I.A. Diamond Products Inc. of San Carlos, CA. It purchases tools and accessories through Basic Diamond in Salt Lake City, UT; GranQuartz of Tucker, GA; Regent Stone Products of Virginia Beach, VA; and Salem Stone of Winston-Salem, NC.
West Jordan, UT
Type of Work: primarily residential
Machinery: Three Titan 2800 CNC stoneworking center, a Fusion 4245 and a Fusion 4045 saw/waterjet, a Yukon bridge saw and a Fastback edge polisher and a settling tank -- all from Park Industries of St. Cloud, MN; Kaeser compressors, a filter press from Water Treatment Solutions of Hampton, NH, vacuum lifters from Manzelli and Wood's Powr-Grip of Laurel, MT; ADI tooling; Terminator blades from Continental D.I.A. Diamond Products Inc. of San Carlos, CA; tools and accessories from Basic Diamond in Salt Lake City, UT; GranQuartz of Tucker, GA; Regent Stone Products of Virginia Beach, VA; and Salem Stone of Winston-Salem, NC; two LT2D3D laser template devices from Laser Products Industries of Romeoville, IL, a Proliner from Prodim USA of Fort Pierce, FL; Slabsmith software -- developed by Northwood Designs, Inc. of Antwerp, NY
Number of Employees: 68, including eight two-person installation crews
Production Rate: approximately 60 kitchens per week, on average measuring 65 square feet