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.
Because of its structural integrity and its diversity of color and texture, natural stone has been popular as a building material for centuries. To understand the natural attributes of stone, it is important to have some understanding of stone’s geological background.
A large turnout of stone industry professionals came together for education and networking opportunities at the Stone Fabricators Alliance’s most recent workshop – sponsored by Slabworks of Montana in Bozeman, MT
September 13, 2018
A total of 130 registered attendees and 18 vendors gathered at Slabworks of Montana’s facility in Bozeman, MT, on August 9 and 10, 2018 to take part in one of several workshops held by the Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) throughout the U.S. each year.
Slabworks of Montana will host a two-day learning workshop for fabricators at its facility in Bozeman, MT. According to Dave Scott, owner of Slabworks of Montana and Stone World’s 2017 Fabricator of the Year, they will be having fabricator learning modules discussing different topics presented by SFA members.
In recent years, sintered stone products such as Dekton by Cosentino are presenting themselves as alternatives to natural stone, and fabricators are having to learn how to cut these materials and make them profitable
July 9, 2018
Tim Culot is among the leading stone fabricators in Belgium and has experienced success with cutting Dekton, although he admits there was a learning curve. During a presentation at Cosentino’s C100 conference, he shared that 40% of all the material he cuts is now the sintered stone material.
Universal Granite & Marble (UGM) graciously opened their doors to 30 fabricators, in addition to other members of the stone industry, for the Wisconsin Stone Summit, which is organized by the Natural Stone Institute (NSI).
Established a little over five years ago, the Rockheads Group USA has emerged as a group of stone fabricators who hold high standards for their business practices to raise the bar for the overall good of the stone industry.
Material handling and keeping track of slab locations can be an afterthought for fabricators at times. When it does take center stage, fabricators may use an excel file or pencil and paper to keep track. There are options, such as Slabsmith software, to do it online through a cloud-based system.
In this issue of Stone World Magazine, read about the The Natural Stone Institute's 2019 Study tour, hear about the Stone Industry Education event, see November's Stone of the Month, Machine of the Month, Technology Update, and much more!