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Initially recognized for its laminate and wood products, Holstein, IA-based VT Industries is now a leading producer of quartz and natural stone countertops in the southern California market

Founded in 1956 by Roger Clausen, VT Industries remains a family-owned business — now under the leadership of its third generation. While the Holstein, IA-based company holds true to the same core values originally instilled by its founder, it also has grown and diversified since its origin. In addition to being a leading manufacturer of laminate countertops and wood doors, VT Industries also is a large producer of natural stone and quartz countertops. The company opened its facility in La Mirada, CA, five years ago, which houses its stone production and operates under a lean manufacturing system.

The financial crisis of 2008 was seven years ago, but for many companies, it still affects them today. Mario & Son in Liberty Lake, WA, has experienced good times as well as tough times, but in the end, the company has weathered the storm.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, Mario & Son reached double-digit growth, and after several expansions, the company decided to build its own facility in 2005. In late 2008, the company moved into its now complete building, with revenues of nearly seven million dollars that year and for 2008 as well. In January of 2009 — after being in its new space for only a few weeks — the company’s business dropped over 65%. At the time, it had 45 employees, and it did its best to hold onto them — hoping that a speedy recovery was just around the corner.

Walking into Atlas Marble & Granite’s shop in Springfield, NJ, feels like entering a design studio. The 2,000-square-foot chic showroom is an open and inviting space with plenty of large tables — topped with the latest trending stone and quartz products — for architects, designers and homeowners to sit and discuss their projects. It is also stocked with an extensive palette of the latest stone and quartz materials as well as a selection of concrete, wood and recycled material. Owner Marco Duran explained his goal is to provide the ultimate professional stone experience to his customers — striving to introduce them to a range of new and unique products that will lead to inspiring designs.

 

Duran initially set up shop in 2001 in a 7,500-square-foot building in Newark, NJ. When Stone World visited the stone operation two and a half years ago, the space had doubled in size, and it housed a full line-up of state-of-the-art equipment.  With the move to the Springfield location in April 2013, Duran increased the company’s work space again. The new facility encompasses 23,000 square feet with an additional 15,000 square feet of outdoor space.