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.
Stone World Magazine Technology Update: Never complacent, Laser Products Industries (LPI) is continuously improving its LT-2D3D Laser Templator to ensure its customers are able to collect highly accurate measurements with an intuitive and easy-to-learn system. The latest feature to be added is an integrated high-resolution camera that acts as a digital viewfinder, showing the user exactly where the laser is pointed. The video feed from the camera is displayed on the included tablet’s screen with crosshairs overlaid on the laser beam’s location. This will be helpful in situations requiring points to be measured on the long end of the LT-2D3D’s 200-foot range and the digital zoom function allows the user to see those points even closer with the tap of a button. LPI has also seen many fabricators begin to grow their outdoor work as an extension of their core business and the camera will help in these situations, as well as where bright sunlight might otherwise make the beam difficult to see. Now the user can simply aim the laser using the crosshairs, knowing that the beam is centered directly beneath it, even if it cannot be seen with the naked eye.
Growing Through Diversification, Marjan Stoen of Spring Valley, CA, continually researches, strategizes and invests in new technology, people and market trends.
While living in Bagdad, Iraq, Hikmet Pauls owned a factory that specialized in manufacturing terrazzo tile. When he moved to California, he used his experience and knowledge to start a career in the stone industry. After several years of working for a stone fabricator, Pauls opened his own fabrication shop, Marjan Stone, in San Diego, CA.
When I came to the U.S. in 1998, my family, my wife’s family and a lot of my community were already in San Diego,” said Pauls. “It made sense to be close to them. I applied for work at a stone fabrication company in San Diego, and they hired me the same day because of my previous experience. I worked there as an estimator, sales person and quality controller for about three to four years, and then I started my own business.”
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 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.”