The Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) is over 10 years old. It started with a few fabricators meeting at a trade show in Atlanta and they started sharing information and knowledge. Over the years, the SFA has grown into the largest fabricator organization in the world, with members from across the globe. The home base for the SFA is www.stonefabricatorsalliance.com.
The mission statement of the SFA is: “To raise the bar in the industry, one fabricator at a time.” This is achieved through sharing of knowledge and information. This is the bed rock of the SFA.
The information and knowledge shared is unprecedented, especially when one thinks that we are all in the same industry and potentially competitors. The SFA hosts workshops throughout the country that are free to attend for everyone (not just members). Our sponsors are among the leaders in their respective sectors. Our sponsors are very active, participating in the workshops, the SFA Facebook page, trade shows and our now famous Italy tour. The SFA has been fortunate to partner with The International Surface Event (TISE) and Coverings to promote our organization and put a positive face forward for the industry. The SFA also displays at the world-renowned Marmomac Fair in Verona, Italy.
The information is great. The activities are topnotch. The learning is unbelievable. By far, the most valuable thing to me has been the people. To work shoulder to shoulder with people from all over the world, sharing the same passion for our industry is the most rewarding part to me. Having been very active in the SFA has led me to making great friends and sharing great experiences in amazing places. From the start, the SFA has always maintained that you get out of it what you put into it. So, when someone tells you about a great SFA experience with a twinkle in their eye and a smile on their face, listen to them. Their words will tell what happened. Their eyes and smile will let you know what it meant to them. The website and Facebook page are great, but they pale in comparison to meeting the great people in our industry face to face. Get to a workshop or a trade show or the Italy trip, they all are very rewarding. I urge every fabricator to go the extra step and become involved, you will not be disappointed.