Stone fabricators constantly have to balance the demands of their shop and finding business. There may be issues with trying to search for new employees that produce work up to the standards of your company, dealing with machines breaking down, or with the shop getting backed up and not able to produce as much as it wants. Rob and Julie Foley have been able to find a nice balance for their shop, but it’s a delicate one that has taken years to cultivate.
The Foley’s started as tile contractors and through that opened a retail store where they sold natural stone and tiles. It eventually evolved into selling slabs and wanting to go into fabrication. That was 20 years ago, and the company has continued to grow to the point where they fabricate roughly 25 slabs a week, becoming what is now known as Sierra Stone Fabrication, Inc. in Sparks, NV. “We do so much custom work that has intricate details,” said Julie Foley. “We will manufacture everything and anything. We work with natural stone, quartz, sintered material — anything the customer wants.”