Looking over the past winners of Stone World’s Fabricator of the Year Award, we began to see a trend. See if you can figure it out by looking at the list of winners below.
2010 – Matt Lansing, Stone Innovations (LT-55)
2009 – Scorr McGourley, Kasco Stone
2008 – Paul Menninger, Capitol Granite & Marble (LT-55 XL)
2007 – Ron Hannah, Cadenza Granite & Marble (LT-55 XL)
2006 – Dick Laliberte, Ripano Stoneworks (LT-55 XL)
2005 – G.K. Naquin, Stone Interiors (LT-55)
The LT-55 originally came out in 2005 and then in 2008 we released the LT-55 XL. Both Ripano Stoneworks and Cadenza Granite & Marble upgraded their lasers to the XL version. We think it says something that in the 6 years the LT-55 (and subsequently the LT-55 XL) has been on the market, 5 out of the last 6 Stone World Fabricator or the Year Award winners were using LT-55 or LT-55 XL’s to do their digital templating.
Going digital is how every company that is thriving right now templates. Not only does it cut down on time on the job site but digital templating produces more accurate templates and higher quality fabricated counter tops but it leads to happier customers.
1. Most kitchen & bath shops only outsource couture tops to fabricators and after a while these prices tend to creep upwards. When Digital Templating is put into place, it allows you the ability to obtain multiple quotes for the same job. Savings of 10-30% are not uncommon. A simple email to multiple vendors will display this obvious profit stream increase.
2. A good percentage of the fabricators cost is involved in going to the job site to template the jobs. Because you probably are there, this allows you to template and reduce even more of the costs of the total job.
Based in Atlanta, GA, and operating in three states, Construction Resources, Inc. has multiple fabrication facilities, and it also supplies a broad range of building materials.
Over the past few years, countertop fabricators across North America have expanded their business into sectors such as tile, sinks, fireplaces and even cabinetry in order to provide a more complete buying experience for their customers. However, this concept has been taken to a new level at Atlanta, GA-based Construction Resources, Inc., which offers a range of building products that is unparalleled in the industry.
The company’s fabrication shops include Atlanta Kitchen in Decatur, GA (with three showrooms in the Atlanta area), Florida Bath & Surfaces in Santa Rosa Beach, FL (with a second showroom in Tallahassee, FL), and Innovative Surfaces in Pelham, AL.