OBERLIN, OH and CHESTERTOWN, NY — Tom Schlough, owner of Park Industries in St. Cloud, MN, is the recipient of the 2015 Migliore Award for lifetime achievement. The award was presented to Schlough at The International Surface Event (TISE) West 2016 in Las Vegas, NV.
Under Schlough’s leadership, Park Industries became a leading pioneer in the development of stone processing solutions. Schlough’s creativity led the company to many achievements, including introducing the first diamond-tipped disc saw for cutting granite slabs (1979), developing a CNC router for dimensioning, shaping and cutting marble and granite (1998), and introducing a system to process full dimension stone into thinstone veneer (2003). Schlough’s entrepreneurial spirit and driving desire to further expand the stone processing industry has also resulted in numerous patents. Although Schlough retired from day-to-day operations at Park Industries in December 2013, he and his wife remain involved in the company as principal owners.
In a letter nominating Schlough for this award, Joan Schatz, COO at Park Industries said, “For over 48 years, Tom Schlough has demonstrated a strong commitment to quality, ethical business practices, growth, and professional excellence for the stone industry.”
Brenda Edwards, owner and general manager at TexaStone Quarries, who has worked with Schlough through several stone associations added, “Tom has benefited the stone industry in so many ways. He is well-respected, not only in the industry, but in his community. He gives of himself to everyone around him. I am very proud to have been a business associate, board member and friend with Tom during his reign at the helm of Park Industries.”
When accepting the award, Schlough thanked his family, coworkers and customers.
“Customers first — you are the reason we are here,” he said. “Everybody has good and bad days and together, we can get through. In retrospect, it wasn’t always easy, but if I had known then what I know now, I would have done the same thing. It has been a great ride.”