From its beginning in the early 1980s, Old Castle Surfaces has grown to include six locations around the Southeastern region of the U.S. By continuously investing in its machinery as it expands, the company has been able to tailor its efforts to focus on the various market segments it serves.
Like many other successful companies in the sector, Old Castle Surfaces fabrication business was founded in the garage of its original owner (then known as Custom Surfaces, Inc.). “After growing it into one of the largest fabricators in the U.S., [the original owner] sold it to Old Castle in 2001,” said Mellisa Hill, Vice President of Residential Sales & Marketing. “Steve DeBerardino is currently our president.”
Work done at Old Castles’ facilities include templating, fabricating and installing of granite, quartz, marble, travertine and solid surface materials for residential and commercial applications. “We currently produce 1,500 square feet a day in granite and quartz across all sites,” said Hill. “We could easily double that number if the economy cooperates.”
The LT-55 XL Laser Templator was featured on Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford. Their Kuppersmith Project House need new plumbing and wiring because they were outdated, it’s windows leak and the foundation creaks. At the start of the project, it was a 1900-square foot home without central heating or air-conditioning and not a drop of insulation. Over the next six months, all of that changed and it was transformed into a modern low-maintenance family home.
You can watch the whole series online on Today’s Homeowner, the LT-55 XL is featured on episode 741: Project 6: Interior Trim & Floors and 742: The Kuppersmith Project 7: Yard & Countertops or you can watch just the parts on the LT-55 XL Laser Templator here.
The roots of TWD Surfaces of Bridgewater, MA, can be traced to 1985, when the company’s president, Ray St. Gelais, began operating as a cabinet maker. Today, TWD Surfaces processes both quartz surfacing and natural stone, and it has capitalized on market changes in the local region to enjoy significant growth despite a down economy.
When the company started as a cabinet maker, it was working on residential kitchens and other furnishings. This evolved into commercial cabinet work, and the company began processing DuPont Corian in the mid-1990s. Ultimately, TWD Surfaces moved into quartz surfacing and stone.
“We saw the market go to hard surfaces, and when DuPont Zodiaq approached us, we knew we had to diversify,” said St. Gelais. “We were doing templating and installation of stone and quartz anyhow, but we were giving up control by not doing the processing.”
With a history that dates back more than 60 years, Hoffman Fixtures Co. (HFC) in Tulsa, OK, has experienced many transitions through its years in business. The company began its operation in June of 1949 when founder Cecil Hoffman set up shop in his garage. He started by making custom restaurant, soda fountain, bar and store fixtures after World War II. With a successful business plan intact, HFC continued to evolve through the decades — expanding to larger facilities and adding laminate, solid surfacing and, eventually natural stone, to its product offerings. Today, the company operates out of a 30,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility, which processes 500 square feet of natural stone per day as well as 200 square feet of solid surfacing.
“By the mid-1950s, Cecil was so busy he called upon his son, Elden Hoffman, who was working as an oil field accountant in southern Oklahoma, to join him in the business because he was making the move to expand from his garage to HFC’s first official fabrication shop in Tulsa, OK,” said Joe Hoffman, Sr., Chief Executive Officer. “Upon Elden’s arrival, he immediately began exploring new products and ‘new’ surface material of that time. Plastic laminate was his choice to pursue.