GK Naquin of Stone Interiors led an engaging morning presentation at the Tampa Stone Summit on October 10, 2019. The day-long event was one of 10 Stone Industry Education sessions organized by Stone World and the Natural Stone Institute across the U.S. This particular one was sponsored by MSI and drew 64 registered attendees.
It seems in a blink of an eye we have gone from trips to the beach and lake during the sunny days of summer to waking up to chilly mornings and seeing the beautiful autumn foliage – and suddenly it is almost time to carve the turkey and buy holiday presents. Where does the time go?
For its 2019 Study Tour, the Natural Stone Institute headed to Knoxville, TN, to visit several local stone companies and equipment manufacturers, as well as time to mingle and enjoy the southern culture
Home to the University of Tennessee and host to the 1982 World’s Fair, Knoxville, TN, was the destination for the 2019 Natural Stone Institute Study Tour, which drew a total of 66 participants. The four-day event provided an arena for attendees to mingle and network through many sessions and activities.
Park Industries recently held a Lunch Connection in Nashua, NH – allowing fabricators in the region to share their stories with each other and become educated on the ways technology is critical to running a successful business
After launching a successful Lunch Connection program this past April at Ricciardi Marble & Granite in Hyannis, MA, Park Industries’ New England sales team planned another one for September 12, 2019, which was hosted by Ripano Stoneworks in Nashua, NH, who also happens to be Stone World’s 2006 Fabricator of the Year. The three-hour event drew attendees from as far as six hours away, and provided several short educational sessions, as well as live machinery demonstrations and an opportunity for friendly competitors to network.
At the heart of Quality Stone Concepts’ business is an appreciation for a team environment and sense of community. Owned by M. Ryan Culicerto, Terry J. McClaskey and Tony Pirrone, the Virginia Beach, VA-based fabrication company has widely transitioned since it was founded in 2007.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross on the campus of Jesuit High School in Tampa, FL, is now housed in a beautiful new building that is adorned with a host of natural stone varieties, including Indiana limestone, Pennsylvania Bluestone and Italian marble.
I feel I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up the issue of shop safety after recently hearing about another tragic accident where falling slabs took the lives of two shop workers. It was just another day for these workers until the unimaginable happened.
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!