As a way to give back to his high school, as well as promote the stone fabrication profession, Buddy Ontra of Ontra Stone Concepts taught a week-long class on how to work with stone to students of the Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA
The Berkshire School is a co-ed boarding and day college preparatory school for students in grades nine to 12 and post-graduates. The 400-acre campus is tucked away at the heart of the Berkshire Hills —stationed at the base of Mount Everett in Sheffield, MA.
Located on Tremont Street in the historic city of Boston, MA, the Highball Lounge at the Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel transitioned to the Better Sorts Social Club. The renovation is credited to Punch Architecture, Las Vegas-based design and architecture firm.
In this issue, you will see that we address the subject of shop safety, which I think everyone agrees is an important topic. In a matter of seconds, one wrong move or misjudgment can lead to an accident, or even more tragic to think about – a fatality.
Since starting his fabrication business, Marjan Stone, in the early 2000s, Hikmet Pauls has strategically grown the company. Based in Spring Valley, CA Marjan Stone operates an impressive 18,000-square-foot shop that currently serves the residential and commercial sector.
Encompassing two main islands and a region on the mainland, Xiamen is a port city on China’s southeast coast, across a strait from Taiwan. With its location near the sea and more than 12,000 stone-related companies in the surrounding region, Xiamen has become an important player in the stone industry.
Located in Chilton, WI, Francis and Alyce Buechel literally bet the farm to start their stone business, Buechel Stone Corp. According to Mike Buechel, the COO of Buechel Stone, his grandfather first started cutting stone with a dry saw, eventually affecting his health. “
Founded in 1998, Majestic Stone had a solid reputation – shipping products everywhere from southern California to New York – but on a small scale. But after struggling through the recession, the owners sought to sell it to someone that could invest in its potential and turn it around.
Despite its conception during the financial crisis, Premier Granite & Stone (PGS) was built on a solid foundation that grew it into the successful business it is more than a decade later. The Grandville, MI-based company officially started its granite, quartz and solid surface business as of March 2008.
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.
A few times a year, we feature quarry articles from various areas of North America – and often Europe and Latin America too. Like most companies I write about, what I always find most interesting is the story behind the ownership or people who work there. When I have the opportunity to visit the site, it’s even better.