The natural stone industry is filled with companies of all sizes, but we know that most are small-to-medium size companies. When it comes to marketing and training, I often hear about limited budgets and staff resources.
There is no doubt that our industry is going through monumental changes. During our last Rockhead Group meeting last April, our members had an opportunity to listen to industry leaders about key indicators that are shaping the future of our business.
While working for another company primarily doing tilework, Kurt Bartzsch was given the challenge to start the company’s fabrication shop. Bartzsch primarily learned on a trial-and-error basis before going out on his own.
Whether it is a new hire or a current employee, proper training, including cross-training, is important. Employees that are properly trained and cross-trained result in maintaining a high-quality efficient fabrication shop. Below are a few tips to help develop a valuable training program.
Visits to a stone shop or slab yard should not be a life threatening experience. But the truth is, stone can be dangerous and accidents happen all the time. They happen to stone workers, contractors, truckers and to the public.
As an online forum, the SFA provides day-to-day information crucial to the nuts and bolts of the fabrication business, on demand and nearly in real time. When this power’s leveraged, you find a variety of answers to almost any concern you may have, often by others who have already encountered the same issue and can offer a solution, or at least some candid insight.
While still fairly new to the market, alternative stone products such as compact sintered stone and porcelain slabs are becoming design options, causing fabricators to learn the best ways to fabricate them and educate their customers
As with almost anything, over time things and people evolve and change. What was popular at one time, might soon be a thought in the past. Often technology contributes to these transitions. This definitely holds true in the fabrication world.
With various sizes, shapes and thicknesses of stone veneer panels, there are several important points to consider before starting an installation
October 12, 2018
There’s nothing quite like the beauty of natural stone. From marble to slate, stone has been used in and around homes as a functional and decorative surface for centuries. With changing tastes, styles and manufacturing processes, also comes changes in the type of stone being used and its installation.
In this issue of Stone World Magazine, read about the latest innovations in adhesives and chip & stain repair technology, hear about the upcoming StonExpo/Marmomac at the International Surface Event, see October's Stone of the Month and Technology Update, and much more!