Rebuilding a stone business: After a fire destroyed Sharon Re’s fabrication shop, she rebuilt it, sold it and eventually opened a new operation in the same building
Beginning in their early twenties, Sharon and Chuck Re started a tile business out of their apartment. While doing tile work for five years, customers would often ask them if they could do a vanity top for them. “We would have to go to a stone shop and have a vanity made,” said Sharon Re. “At the same time, we were getting sick of doing tile work. We decided to go to Cumar Marble and Granite and told them we knew how to template and install. I don’t know if we really did or not, but he hired us and for the next two years taught us everything we know today. That’s where we learned the value of hard work, learning from the best was the turning point for us and we will be forever grateful to Ivo [Cubi] for that.”
Whether your shop is big or small, high volume or custom, if you’re still on the fence about hard templates versus digital templating, this story is for you.
The tried and true stick or paper template has been with us for decades. Some wood, screws and a few simple tools got the job done. So why not stick (pun intended) with doing it this way? The development team at Laser Products Industries (LPI), along with vice president of sales and marketing Rich Katzmann, have other ideas. Katzmann is totally excited about this next generation digitizer, and chances are that by the time you finish reading this you will be, too. You be the judge.
We just received word from the International Surfaces Event in Orlando, FL that the LT-2D3D Laser Templator was just awarded the honor of being named Best Product of 2015. We are extremely proud of the work we have put into our lasers to make winning an award like this possible. We have always tried to maintain our status as the World Leader in Digital Templating by listening to our customers and the industry as a whole and producing a product that everyone wants.
A well deserved award
When you consider the extent that Laser Products Industries as a company, has gone to in order to bring digital templating to all levels of the industry, we feel this is a well deserved award. When we first produced the LT-55 Laser Templator we knew over 80% of fabricators were manual shops. Because of this, we specifically tailored to those shops by offering a vinyl plotter to cut templates. When the market shifted to completely digital, we embraced it and released the XL model offering paperless solutions and the ability to email jobs back to the office. The LT-55 XL Laser Templator was awarded the AWFS Sequoia Award for Product Innovation as well.
This award was presented to us by judges from the Marble Institute of America, Stone World Magazine, Floor Covering Installer, Floor Trends, Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, and TILE Magazine.
What happens when a professional contractor uncovers sloppy, dangerous and even illegal home renovations? Watch Mike Holmes tear it down and Make it Right™ in this gritty award-winning television series.
Holmes on Homes™ has been the #1 show on HGTV Canada since the summer of 2004. The show is also internationally syndicated airing in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and South Africa.
Yes, thats right one of our customers just called us up saying they were watching the hugely popular TV series Holmes on Homes and happened to see the same laser they use every day featured. We are currently looking for a copy of this episode since it he wasn’t able to tell us what one it was.
We love hearing about stuff like this. Our LT-55 XL has already been featured on Bob Villa’s This Old House and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. If any of you happen to see our lasers in the wild, please let us know.