Stuart Young is Named Stone World Fabricator Of The Year

Stuart Young was named Fabricator of the Year by Stone World Magazine. This means that the last 7 winners all use the LT-55 or LT-55 XL Laser Templator. We think it says something that when we first launched the LT-55 in 2005, G.K. Naquin of  Stone Interiors won and owns the LT-55. In the 7 years since, every winner has at least 1 Laser Templator, many have multiples.

[Stone World] The 2012 Nominating Committee for Stone World magazine has named Stuart Young of The Granite Shop in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, as Fabricator of the Year. The award was presented at StonExpo/Marmomacc Americas 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. Criteria for the award is as follows:

  • cooperation in sharing technology with the industry
  • willingness to pioneer in the use of new technology
  • fostering educational programs for the training of stoneworkers in industry methods
  • promoting technological progress through association work

In 2004, Stuart Young opened The Granite Shop. In just seven short years, The Granite Shop has become one of the most technologically advanced fabrication facility in North America. Stuart recognized and seized the opportunity of utilizing automation and new technologies in fabricating stone and quartz countertops.
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Taking a new career path in fabrication

For retired dairy farmer Marv Stremler, it was a date with his now wife that first introduced him to the stone fabrication business. Intrigued with the process, he later opened his own shop, Creative Stoneworks, in Bellingham, WA, and today, the company primarily services Northwest Washington and lower British Columbia.

“Marv and I were dating in 2003, while I was working at a stone fabrication shop,” explained Ruthi Stremler, who works beside her husband at Creative Stoneworks. “He came to take me to lunch and was given a shop tour. He was very intrigued with the fabrication process of stone. As a retired dairy farmer, Marv was looking for a business that his son, Brandon, could take over when Marv was ready for final retirement.”
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