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.
For over the past few years, Young has been dedicated to sharing his stone business experiences with fabricators from all over North America, speaking at the 2009 and 2010 Coverings Show and numerous Park Industries Digital Stoneworking Expos. At these events, he shares his experiences, best practices, failures and financial improvements of converting his shop to a complete digital technology stone countertop production facility within just six short weeks.
Young is eager to share his successes with others in hopes that they will be able to adopt processes into their fabrication business. This is the driving force behind his success in promoting the stone and quartz industry in the marketplace and his charge to “raise the bar” among other stone fabricators in delivering the highest of quality products.
Young is a strong advocate for training. As a MIA member, he was instrumental in convincing the MIA/Stone World Stone Industry Education program to hold is first-ever training event in Canada and enlisted the help of vendors and other fabricators to make the event a huge success. MIA continues to host seminars in Canada as a direct result of Stuart’s advocacy and promotion of the events. In addition, Stuart also works with Southern Alberta Institute of Technology hosting, educating and promoting the stone industry and skilled trades in the Calgary area.
The current roster of winners of the Stone World Fabricator of the Year Award is as follows:
2011 — Stuart Young, The Granite Shop (LT-55 XL)
2010 — Matt Lansing, Stone Innovations (LT-55 XL)
2009 — Scott McGourley, Kasco Stone (LT-55 XL)
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)