Bedrock Quartz – Maintaining high standards

Bedrock Quartz is a three-generation countertop business catering to the Utah market. Owned by David Jorgensen and his three sons, Alan, Eric and Steve, the company has evolved from a laminate countertop shop to a natural stone and quartz surfacing operation, with an emphasis on quality and customer service. As a benefit to its customers, the company stocks a full line of sinks — providing a convenience to purchase everything in one location, as well as adding to Bedrock Quartz’s margins.

The company’s origin dates back to 1976, when David Jorgensen, president of Bedrock Quartz, founded Topcraft to supply laminate countertops to builders. He attributes his success to two factors: quality and timely service. Over the next 25 years, Jorgensen taught his sons the business by having them assist with the fabrication and installation of countertops. Alan, Eric and Steve eventually joined him full-time in the business and took Bedrock Quartz in a new direction in 2002.

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Sims-Lohman – A multi-faceted stoneworking operation

Cincinnati, OH-based fabricator Sims-Lohman has been in business since the company was locally founded in 1971 under a different name. Years later, in 1998 and in an effort toward expansion, the Steinman family, who remains the owner today, bought Moellering Industries. They also purchased Sims-Lohman, a design-oriented cabinet company, and adopted the name. Following this acquisition, two granite fabrication companies located in Cincinnati, OH, and Columbus, OH, were acquired in 2006 and 2007, thereby entering the company into the granite sector. Sims-Lohman, which distributes kitchen cabinets and fabricates granite, quartz surfacing, laminate, cultured marble and solid surface countertops, currently has eight locations in Ohio, three in Indiana, three in Kentucky, one in Pennsylvania, and its latest acquisitions in Huntsville, AL, Nashville and Knoxville, TN.

The business is geared toward selling to professionals, custom and production residential builders, remodelers, designers and architects. Its principal markets are Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama, and the company also serves home center retail stores, such as The Home Depot and Lowes, in some areas.

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Tropical J’s installs cable-tensioned tensile structure at Sea Life Park in Hawaii

In late 2015, Tropical J’s had the pleasure of designing, manufacturing, and installing a custom cable-tensioned Tensile Structure and shade solution for the new Touch Pool at Sea Life Park, Hawaii, which is  a marine mammal park, bird sanctuary and aquarium near Makapuʻu Point on the island of O’ahu. The challenge was to create a unique structure with a minimal footprint that followed the sloping and meandering walkway of the touch pool area and provide shade for the trainers and sea life (as well as their visitors) below. The decision was made to artistically split the shade sail fabric in a manner which incorporated two colors consistent throughout the park, burgundy and yellow, colors that pay homage to the native Hawaiian palette or Earth and Sun.  Design elements dictated that all measuring had to be done outdoors and on site after the rafter columns had been installed.

Tropical J’s is heavily invested in technology and innovation and considers its design department to be one of the company’s cornerstones. Having recently purchased the 3D Disto Laser Templator, designer Jordan Barnes was able to take all of the on-site field measurements in half a day, by himself. Gone are the tedious and time-consuming days of templating and abstract triangulation of copious field measurements that consume a whole working day of an entire install crew! The laser was relocated multiple times with ease throughout the measuring process and all measurements were taken from ground level. The laser took its measurements by tracing an imagined line running along the underside of each rafter, to be later offset in the design process to account for the diameter of the 4” rafter pipes. Incorporating data from the laser along with Rhino 5.0 and Mpanel, a 3D model allowed meshes to be created between the digital polylines and then relaxed to appropriate desired cable tensions. From there, the meshes were artistically bisected, trimmed, reformed, panelized and compensated to create the unique bi-colored fluid pattern. At this point renderings were also created for production illustration and customer approval. Finally, the cut plots were sent to the Eastman Cutter and placed into production and off to a successful installation.

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