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Romeoville, IL – August 2, 2017 – Laser Products Industries (LPI) today announced that its newly introduced LT-2D3D-C Laser Measuring system for woodworkers has received the Visionary Award from the Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS).

 

Cited for its ability to improve workplace productivity, the laser system was selected from 33 finalists nominated from 27 companies by a panel of hand-selected judges representing leaders in the woodworking industry. Products are evaluated on quality, production impact, practicality, innovation and user-friendliness and are presented annually at the AWFS®Fair.

 

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.”

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.

 

The company operates a 10,000-square-foot facility, which was remodeled entirely to fit their needs. They manufacture a variety of brands of quartz, as well as natural granite, which is typically used for countertops. They aim to cut and fabricate four to six slabs in an eight-hour shift.