Cincinnati, OH-based fabricator Sims-Lohman has been in business since the company was locally founded in 1971 under a different name. Years later, in 1998 and in an effort toward expansion, the Steinman family,...Read More
Starting in a barn in Buckingham, FL, Solid Surface Tops of Southwest Florida, Inc. was formed and incorporated in April 2002. The company, founded by Jack and Glenda Balentine, the company president and corporate secretary, respectively, began by only fabricating solid surface materials exclusively.
“After about six months, we moved to a 1,250-square-foot shop on Metro Parkway in Fort Myers, FL,” said Glenda Balentine. “We template, fabricate and install solid surface countertops, most generally Corian, to builders, both new construction and remodeling, and some retail. We soon outgrew that small shop and moved a few blocks away to a 5,000-square-foot space on Idlewild Street.”
Since its beginnings in 2001, Discover Marble & Granite has slowly grown, but since the 2008 recession, it has seen a huge gain due to two reasons. In July 2003, Victor DeOliveira, company president, placed the company’s first order of quartz from Cambria and invested substantially into it. With business picking up, DeOliveira then made the decision to purchase a line-up of state-of-the-art fabrication equipment to establish an efficient production process.
“By 2006, we were moving a lot of material,” said DeOliveira. “We were one of the largest wholesalers of Cambria in the country. It took about two and a half years to get the ball rolling, but since then, it has really taken off for us. We are now known in the industry as a quartz supplier because of that commitment.”
CNC Stone Crafters: Moving toward CNC technology: Initially established as a stone installation business, CNC Stone Crafters recently turned its focus to stone fabrication – investing in state-of-the-art machinery for a successful start.
When Frankie and David Tidwel l st a r ted CNC Stone c raf t e r s in Phil Campbell, AL, they were originally just doing installs. Over the past three years though, the company has purchased several machines that allow them to do fabrication as well. “If you had a mistake from another fabricator, instead of turning the mistake around in two or three hours, or at best two or three days, we were having to wait anywhere from seven to 14 days to get that mistake fixed,” said Kevin Hamby, the shop manager for CNC Stonecrafters. “Now going from hand work to machine work is a night and day difference.”
GCI Surfaces: Using a sawjet and waterjet to ramp up production: Within the past year, GCI Surfaces of Clearwater, FL, increased production, downsized its footprint and began to cut intricate stone pieces — all with its new Baca Robo SawJet
A year ago, Michael Gladstone of Gladstone Construction Inc dba GCI Surfaces, located in Clearwater, FL, decided he needed to speed up his production rate in the shop. In September of 2014, he purchased a Baca Robo SawJet, which he believed would assist in achieving this goal.
“We needed a faster way to cut our slabs, have a small footprint because the shop space was becoming limited and the ability to do intricate cuts as well as maximize yield we could get from a slab,” explained Gladstone. “This machine does that. The software is fast and easy to learn and use. The accuracy of the cuts are exact. If calibration is required, it is easy to do. The safety features are second to none.”
Rivers’ Edge Countertops, a seven-year-old fabrication shop, maintains a fully digital shop with advanced stoneworking machinery to meet the needs of its clients.
Rivers’ Edge Countertops of Newcastle, OK, prides itself on producing an experience for its clients that are seeking brand new countertops. “We do this by guiding them through a process of discovering what the best product is for them,” said Jeremiah Rivers, CEO of the company. “I started the business in 2008 out of wanting to bring a new class and service to our market for the countertop industry.”
Within the last 14 months, the company invested in a lineup of machinery from Park Industries of St. Cloud, MN. “I chose Park machinery since it was made in the U.S., and I heard great things about their parts and services,” explained Rivers. “Plus, I had a great sales representative who walked me through the whole process.”