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Operating solely as a wholesale stone fabrication business, Classic Rock Fabrication of Harrisburg, PA, was established by several fabricators who realized a need for this specialty service.

 

First opening its doors in 2006, Classic Rock Fabrication is owned by Alex Bazdar, Chris Mellott and Brad Wevodau. “We have always maintained the same business model,” explained Bazdar, CEO, who joined the company almost six years ago and serves as its managing partner. “We have always been a wholesale company, even prior to my start here. Brad and Chris had a great vision and stuck with it, even when the markets went south. Classic Rock never wavered to opening its doors to the public. We continue to remain strictly a true and through wholesaler. Some fabricators say they are, but they take walk-ins and sell retail which directly competes against the dealers and builders.

 

We deal with solely kitchen and bath dealers and home builders. Wetemplate, produce and install for them. We have no contact with the consumer, other than once a job has been sold; they make stone selections in house.” According to Bazdar, Classic Rock Fabrication’s business plan was well thought out and has proven successful.

 

LaserTemplatorUpdatev290Laser Templator Software Update: We have released a new version of our software. Version 2.0.290.0, or v290 as we generally call it, is a roll out language updates for our customers overseas, bug fixes and some small additions to allow the program to be more consistent throughout different menus. For most users, there will not be much of a change noticed.

 

Like all other updates to our software, this is completely free of charge. Just open the Laser Templator software while connected to the internet and when asked if you wish to update, click Yes.

Classic Granite & Marble, of Midlothian, VA, specializes in jobs from custom residential to a multitude of small- and medium-sized commercial projects. In the production area, the company utilizes a variety of equipment, including a Robot CAD from Baca Systems of Macomb, MI.

 

Classic Granite & Marble (CGM), of Midlothian, VA, specializes in jobs from custom residential to a multitude of small- and medium-sized commercial projects. Tony Kilic, President of CGM, became involved in the stone fabrication business in Maryland before moving to the Richmond, VA, area. “What drew me to the business was seeing an increasing number of my friends beginning to navigate towards stone fabrication, and I saw the success and growth opportunity in the industry,” said Kilic. “The Richmond market peaked my interest for many reasons. The area presented ample potential for future growth, and even though there was strong, dominating competition, I still saw room to expand. That is what inspired me to move to Richmond, where Classic Granite & Marble came to be.”

 

Classic Granite & Marble, an eight-year-old Virginia-based fabrication shop, aims to please its diverse group of clientele.

Classic Granite & Marble (CGM), of Midlothian, VA, specializes in jobs from custom residential to a multitude of small- and medium-sized commercial projects. Tony Kilic, President of CGM, became involved in the stone fabrication business in Maryland before moving to the Richmond, VA, area. “What drew me to the business was seeing an increasing number of my friends beginning to navigate towards stone fabrication, and I saw the success and growth opportunity in the industry,” said Kilic. “The Richmond market peaked my interest for many reasons. The area presented ample potential for future growth, and even though there was strong, dominating competition, I still saw room to expand. That is what inspired me to move to Richmond, where Classic Granite & Marble came to be.”

Initially recognized for its laminate and wood products, Holstein, IA-based VT Industries is now a leading producer of quartz and natural stone countertops in the southern California market

Founded in 1956 by Roger Clausen, VT Industries remains a family-owned business — now under the leadership of its third generation. While the Holstein, IA-based company holds true to the same core values originally instilled by its founder, it also has grown and diversified since its origin. In addition to being a leading manufacturer of laminate countertops and wood doors, VT Industries also is a large producer of natural stone and quartz countertops. The company opened its facility in La Mirada, CA, five years ago, which houses its stone production and operates under a lean manufacturing system.

The financial crisis of 2008 was seven years ago, but for many companies, it still affects them today. Mario & Son in Liberty Lake, WA, has experienced good times as well as tough times, but in the end, the company has weathered the storm.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, Mario & Son reached double-digit growth, and after several expansions, the company decided to build its own facility in 2005. In late 2008, the company moved into its now complete building, with revenues of nearly seven million dollars that year and for 2008 as well. In January of 2009 — after being in its new space for only a few weeks — the company’s business dropped over 65%. At the time, it had 45 employees, and it did its best to hold onto them — hoping that a speedy recovery was just around the corner.

Walking into Atlas Marble & Granite’s shop in Springfield, NJ, feels like entering a design studio. The 2,000-square-foot chic showroom is an open and inviting space with plenty of large tables — topped with the latest trending stone and quartz products — for architects, designers and homeowners to sit and discuss their projects. It is also stocked with an extensive palette of the latest stone and quartz materials as well as a selection of concrete, wood and recycled material. Owner Marco Duran explained his goal is to provide the ultimate professional stone experience to his customers — striving to introduce them to a range of new and unique products that will lead to inspiring designs.

 

Duran initially set up shop in 2001 in a 7,500-square-foot building in Newark, NJ. When Stone World visited the stone operation two and a half years ago, the space had doubled in size, and it housed a full line-up of state-of-the-art equipment.  With the move to the Springfield location in April 2013, Duran increased the company’s work space again. The new facility encompasses 23,000 square feet with an additional 15,000 square feet of outdoor space.