Laser Products Announces Canadian Expansion

Laser Products Announces Canadian Expansion

Romeoville, IL – April 17, 2016 – Laser Products (LPI) today announced expansion of its sales force into Canada. The move is in direct response to the continuing growth of the countertop industry and is intended to position LPI to better meet the needs of its Canadian customers.

“We have been watching the steady growth of our industry in Canada and believe it is time for us to be there, on the ground, and in person with our customers” said Rich Katzmann, president. “This strategic change will allow us to help revolutionize the countertop industry in Canada like we have in the United States. Fabricators are considering the benefits of going digital and we want to be the company that shows them how they can boost their productivity and sales.”

Eric Harrison, Northwest Sales Manager with 20+ years of experience in solid surface applications will be responsible for Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and the Northwest and Yukon Territories.

JT Hoffman, North Central Sales Manager, a ten-year LPI employee, will bring his hands-on experience into Ontario, Manitoba, and Nunavut.

Matt Thomson, Northeast Sales Manager, a solid industry veteran with over 25 years of experience, will help customers in Quebec, Newfoundland, and Labrador.

The new team will be present at the inaugural STONEX Canada convention in Toronto on May 16 – 18, Booth #517.

Laser Products Expands Sales Force

Laser Products Expands Sales Force

Romeoville, IL – March 30, 2017 – Laser Products (LPI) today announced that it is expanding its sales force for the second time in the past year and is reorganizing its U.S. sales territories. This is an effort to optimize the team’s ability to quickly respond to, and accommodate the rapidly growing number of customers and their needs. These changes will ensure LPI’s continued ability to provide business solutions that offer customers more efficient measuring and fabrication workflows.

Drew Thornton has taken on the role of Director of Business Development where he will manage LPI’s national accounts, grow the LPI Partner Network, and launch products into new markets over the coming years. He will also continue working closely with all CNC manufacturers as part of an enhanced software integration initiative that will streamline job processing from measuring through fabrication.

Doug Jackson has been hired as the South Central Sales Manager with the responsibility for the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Jackson holds a degree in electronics engineering and boosts 15 years of sales and technical experience in a wide variety of industries. He most recently served as the sales engineer at Salem Distributing, a machinery sales company in the stone and glass industry.

Eric Harrison has been hired as the Northwest Sales Manager with the responsibility for the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. Harrison brings over 20 years of experience in many aspects of solid surface applications including countertops, tile, and flooring. He worked recently for HK Custom Contracting, a stone and tile company based in Spokane, WA.

“This sales force expansion is very exciting for Laser Products,” said Rich Katzmann, president. “Our rapid and continual growth is a strong indication of our dominant position in the industry, the quality of our products and our ability to meet the needs of fabricators, both manual and automated. We anticipate that as a result of this expansion, LPI will be bringing exciting product innovation and new strategic partnerships to the market very soon.”

For a full list of updated sales territories or more information, please visit http://laserproductsus.com/contact or contact Laser Products at 630-679-1300.

Construction veterans opened Granite City in Eagle, AK, to meet the demand for stone fabrication in the area

Construction veterans opened Granite City in Eagle, AK, to meet the demand for stone fabrication in the area

Granite City of Eagle River, AK, was founded 11 years ago by current president, Matt Hickey, and vice president/general manager, Barry Anderson. They remain the owners today, along with treasurer, Melissa Hickey. Matt Hickey and Anderson had been working in the construction field for 40 years. They partnered to start the business because they saw a need for a granite fabrication and installation shop in the area.
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Laser Products Announces Environmental Milestone

Laser Products Announces Environmental Milestone

Romeoville, IL, January 12, 2017 – Laser Products Industries (LPI) today announced a new milestone for their customers and the environment. LT-2D3D and LT-55 XL Laser Templator users, are now saving over 55,000 trees per year.

“Our system allows fabricators to eliminate the need for written estimates, contracts, and other paper printouts,” said Rich Katzmann, LPI President. “When fully utilized, it is a totally paperless process from start-to-finish. Even more savings come from the elimination of luan (wood) strips that are used as templating material. With the LT-2D3Ds we sold last year alone, we are saving over 7,600 trees per year. We are proud to be doing our part for the environment.”

For more information on how digital templating can result in paperless fabrication, more efficient job management and the elimination of templating material costs, contact Laser Products at 630-679-1300.

Software Today and Where Its Going

Software that helps run our technology is all around us. It improves our lives in a variety of ways — from the cell phones we carry in our pocket to the navigation systems in our cars. Technology makes our lives easier and more efficient. And relating to stone fabrication, as technology continues to evolve, the software in CNC machines continues to get better and assist fabricators. The stone industry may have started behind the technological curve, but it’s quickly catching up. The days of fabricators having to move every slab in their yard to show customers what that specific slab looks like, may be a thing of the past.

Digital slabs are becoming increasingly popular and the future for them looks promising. Digital slabs shouldn’t be thought of as a simple photo of a slab. It’s an accurate copy of real life. According to Bill Elliott of Northwood Designs, Inc. in Antwerp, NY, developer of Slabsmith, digital slabs allow the entire properties of a slab to be shown to a fabricator. “With the digital version of the slab, I know the exact dimensions; the color is accurate, and the parts that will fit in the slab or remnant are known making it more than just a photo of the slab,” said Elliott. “Then everything flows downhill from that. We can then manage inventories, manage remnants in a new way, do layouts in new ways. We know not only how many square feet are in a slab, but what the largest area we can use in it and what the largest rectangle we can make in that slab is. That also means we know exactly what is in stock if we need to meet certain needs. The possibilities are endless when you have an accurate digital version of a slab.”
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