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.
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.”
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.
The LT-2D3D is the next evolutionary step forward from the LT-55 XL Laser Templator. For simple jobs like countertops, it functions just like the LT-55 XL does. But where it excels is when you need to template backsplashs, walls, ceilings, shower enclosures or anything else on a vertical surface. With the pull of a pin, the LT-2D3D unlocks from its 2D mode and allows the laser to swivel along its vertical axis and continue measuring 3-Dimentionally. Our software will also export a 3D wire frame (as well as standard 2D DXF/DWG files) based on your needs.
The LT-55 XL Laser Templator was created to fill the void of templating cabinet bases and counter tops. We soon found that there were so many more uses that we had never thought about. We looked at all the other systems on the market and found problems with all of them so we sought out to develop a solution that gave the templators exactly what they needed. By working with industry leaders we were able to pinpoint the specific necessities that are needed to get even the most difficult job done.