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February 2010 • Vol. 27, No. 2
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DEPARTMENTS
16 Stone Column
19 Newsline
24 Statistics
28 News
104 Calendar
105 New Products
106 New Literature
106 New Equipment
108 Stone of the Month
109 Machine of the Month
110 Marketplace
113 Classified
114 Ad Index
FEATURES
36 A “green” stone-processing operation
Fabricator Case Studies
48 State-of-the-art product expansion in Minnesota
58 Fueling a passion for stone
Report from Latin America
66 An American specialist in Mexican porphyry
76 More international exhibitors at Vitória Stone Fair
80 An international force in Brazilian stone
86 Brazilian supplier marks 20 years of growth

92 A revival of church architecture in the U.S.
100 Fabricating Technology: Tooling and Accessories
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On the Cover: A mix of yellow, red and gray fieldstone, which was quarried
locally by County Material Corp., comprises much of the exterior of the Church
of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which was recently constructed in La
Crosse, WI. Limestone — supplied by Becker & Becker Stone Company, Inc. of
Dubuque, IA — was chosen for architectural elements such as lintels and window
and door frames — contrasting nicely with the warm tones of the fieldstone.
Exterior designed by River Architects of La Crosse, WI. Story begins on page 92.
Coming Next Month: In March, Stone World will include a focus on
Institutional Architecture — including details on the stone selection process as
well as installation techniques for several individual projects. The next edition will
also take a look at “Fabricator Issues & Solutions” that are currently affecting
industry members, and a series of “Fabricator Case Studies” rounds out the issue.
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STONE COLUMN
BACK TO THE “CRAFT”
OF STONEWORKING
For as long as three years now (depending on where you’re located in the U.S.), most conversations
among stone industry members have begun and ended with a discussion of the economy — specifically
how bad it is and whether or not it is ever going to recover. And while we have a long road ahead of us until
we’re all the way back, all indications are that the worst is behind us.
With this in mind, my interaction with stone fabricators lately has been a little different than
it was during the depths of the recession — which seems to have been at or near the bottom
from late 2008 through the middle of 2009. These days, we’re talking more about the craft of
stoneworking and how fabricators are dealing with practical issues in the shop. The economy
hasn’t been forgotten, to be sure, but it no longer dominates the conversation.
Maybe part of this is the fact that everyone — including me — is just plain tired of talking
about the economy, since this mess certainly isn’t anything “new” anymore. Perhaps the reces-
sion has caused more fabrication shop owners and managers to look inward at their operations,
and they are focusing more on increasing efficiency — even if it means making an initial invest-
ment to do so. Whatever the reasons may be, it is a welcome change.
Two prime examples of stone fabricators showcasing their stoneworking techniques and in-
vestments can be found in this issue of Stone World. In the first of these two “Fabricator Case
Studies,” we report on Innovative Surfaces of Hastings, MN (page 48), which has made a number
of investments in the latest technology, including a combination bridge saw/waterjet and a laser layout-
projection workstation. “The [bridge saw/waterjet] has been great. We’ve had a lot better material utiliza-
tion, and it has relieved some time on our CNCs,” explained Bruce Akins, owner of Innovative Surfaces.
“We bought a laser [layout-projection workstation] at the same time, so all slabs are photographed and laid
out prior to being cut.”
According to Akins, these investments have not only benefitted the company within the shop, but also
in its customer interaction. “Our business is wholesale, so clients of our customers come to us after we’ve
taken photos of the slabs, and view the photos and slabs for layout approval.” he said. “It’s nice to be able
to view and manipulate the pieces prior to cutting.”
Our second “Fabricator Case Study” in this issue is South Shore Marble & Granite in Egg Harbor Town-
ship, NJ (page 58), and this company has also made some major investments over the past year or so,
including a new CNC stoneworking center with a state-of-the-art pod management system that had just
been introduced to the marketplace at the time. “We purchased that machine in late 2008, and it really
changed the output of our shop and made it more efficient. We found that we could do a lot more,” said
John DeBlasiis, owner of South Shore Marble & Granite. “Everything is set up automatically. We don’t have
to set up or attach hoses. I believe it is the only one in the U.S. It’s a workhorse; we use it all day long.”
DeBlasiis also touted his investment in advanced digital templating technology, which he said helps
the company process complex jobs. “We are not doing the same thing over and over again,” DeBlasiis said.
“We are doing a lot of radius work and inverted corners to create a custom look.”
While the companies mentioned above are just two examples of fabrication shops that are investing in
new equipment, it is always invigorating to speak with firms that have put this new technology into ac-
tion. If you have recently made investments in your shop, Stone World would love to hear about them, so
feel free to E-mail me at michael@stoneworld.com and let me know what is new at your shop.
Michael Reis, Editor/Associate Publisher
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Stone World | February 2010 19
NEWSLINE
PIEDRA EXHIBITION IS SET TO TAKE PLACE IN MADRID, SPAIN,
FROM MAY 5 TO 8 . . .
The eighth edition of Piedra, the International Natural Stone Fair, will take place from May 5 to 8, 2010 at Feria
de Madrid, in Madrid, Spain. Organized by IFEMA and promoted by the Spanish Natural Stone Federation (FDP), the
fair will once again feature the leading manufacturers, exporters, importers and distributors of natural stone and
machinery in Spain, complemented by a solid selection of companies from abroad.
The exhibition at Piedra 2010 will encompass products and services relating to the following segments: quarrying,
stone processing, handcrafted stone, decoration, design, restoration, stone installation, machinery, abrasives, tools
and accessories, funerary art and air/water treatment. The fair will also feature the participation of associations
linked to the industry, as well as the specialized press.
The event takes place every two years, and in 2008, Piedra drew a total of 409 exhibitors, including 231 companies
from Spain. They exhibited across a net area of more than 243,500 square feet.
The event is attended by natural stone distributors, quarriers and processors as well as architects, builders,
developers, project planners, interior designers and other specifiers of natural stone. In 2008, a total of 14,355 people
attended Piedra, including 12,471 from Spain (86.88%) and 1,884 foreign visitors from 78 different nations.
The general appeal of the event is expected to be strengthened by the concurrent staging of Veteco, the
International Window, Curtainwall and Structural Glass Trade Show, which is due to take place between May 4 to 7,
2010, also at Feria de Madrid.
For more information on Piedra 2010, visit www.ifema.es/ferias/piedra/default_i.html to view the entire program,
including the educational seminars and award presentations.
OBITUARY: TOM WILSON, LONG-TIME STONE INDUSTRY VETERAN . . .
Tom Wilson, 91, died last month in Austin, TX. Mr. Wilson was a long-time successful entrepreneur in the granite
business and will be remembered for bringing granite produced in Texas to prominence during the construction
boom of the 1970s and 1980s.
He was born and raised in Yazoo City, MI, educated at Louisiana Tech University and served in the Army Air Corp
in World War II as a fighter pilot, escorting bomber raids from England over Germany. He returned to Austin after
the war to raise his family and was working as an engineer for the Texas Highway Department when his next door
neighbor, John Alexander -- President of Cold Spring Granite at the time -- persuaded him to go to work for Texas
Granite (a division of Cold Spring Granite) in the late 1950s. Mr. Wilson became the sales manager and then general
manager for Texas Granite before striking out on his own in 1962.
He formed Capitol Marble & Granite and began opening granite quarries and building factories. In 1980, Capitol
Marble built the first major granite fabricating factory in the U.S., employing new technology of granite gangsaws
and automatic polishing lines. Capitol also discovered and opened several new major granite quarries in Texas and
Oklahoma. Mr. Wilson loved spending his days with land owners, discussing the virtues of introducing granites
from their properties to the marketplace. Mr. Wilson was also an avid industry proponent, active in Building Stone
Institute and Marble Institute of America.
Capitol Marble & Granite furnished the granite for many prominent buildings in the U.S. and in other countries,
including Everett Dirksen Senate Office Building (Washington, DC), Williams Square at Los Colinas (Dallas, TX),
Federal Reserve Bank (San Francisco, CA), Capital Center (Indianapolis, IN), Battery Park (New York, NY) and 333
Collins (Melbourne, Australia).
Mr. Wilson retired when he turned 60 and enjoyed traveling with his wife, Elizabeth, around the world for the
next 20 years. Capitol Marble & Granite was later purchased by Cold Spring Granite. Mr. Wilson’s descendents, son
Kelley Wilson, son-in-law Jack Seiders, daughter Peggy Wilson Seiders and grandson Chad Seiders own and operate
Architectural Marble & Granite (AG&M) in Austin, TX.
WALKER ZANGER PLANS TO LEVERAGE 2009 SUCCESS FOR CONTINUED
GROWTH IN 2010 . . .
As Walker Zanger, a comprehensive stone and tile company, ends a year in which the U.S. economy and its
building industry have been buffeted, the company is positioned for growth and continued achievements in 2010.
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In 2009, Walker Zanger reports that it garnered several industry awards and seized opportunities for growth, giving
the company cause to set its sights even higher for 2010. Additionally, the company has seen an increase in sales in
the Southern California market for high-end commercial building projects, indicating positive movement in the
building industry where the company hopes to capitalize in the coming year.
“While most in our category are cutting staff or scaling back production, Walker Zanger remains focused on
growth and future opportunity,” said Jonathan Zanger, President of Walker Zanger. “We’ve positioned ourselves
for great success by taking steps in 2009 to build on our business. The investments we have made and the
acknowledgements we have received will go a long way toward sustaining our future expansion. We are looking
forward to success in 2010 as the economy recovers.”
Beginning in late 2008 with the opening of its showroom in Tustin, CA, Walker Zanger approached 2009 with
a vision for growth to further cement the company’s future in the stone and tile industry. In May, the company
took it a step further, securing the acquisition of Cerámica Antique, a manufacturing facility with whom Walker
Zanger had worked for 15 years. This acquisition not only came with additional manufacturing capabilities, but also
patented processes to manufacture large-format tiles, which are now exclusive to Walker Zanger.
Throughout 2009, Walker Zanger received several industry awards and honors including: the Key to the City of
Carrara, Italy, in acknowledgement of its long-standing relationship with the city, its quarries and its people; a silver
Award for Design Excellence (ADEX) for its Sonja Mosaics Collection; a Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award,
also for its Sonja Mosaics Collection; and Prism Awards for both a residential building in New York City and a spa
bath in Florida.
Additionally, Walker Zanger also provided stone products for a large part of the renovation to The America Wing
of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Topped off by the appointment of its President, Jonathan
Zanger, to the Board of Directors of the Marble Institute of America (MIA) as Treasurer, 2009 proved to be a year for
unique and exceptional honors for Walker Zanger.
Walker Zanger also made investments in its future by providing dealer networks and client service divisions with
tools to build business and drive sales. This year, Walker Zanger hosted a special training seminar for dealers to
expand their knowledge of the extensive Walker Zanger catalog. The company also recently launched an exclusive
“Hand-Created Client Experience” training for client service representatives and showrooms, further establishing its
standards for all client interactions.
In 2010, Walker Zanger seeks to capitalize on its elevated client service reputation as the building and home
industries see renewed growth, the company reports.
ONE LINERS . . .
Globe Marble & Granite of Wood-Ridge, NJ, recently changed its name to “Peter Brooks Stone Works.” “There has
been no change in management, and we will be providing the same products and personalized service on which we
have built our reputation in the industry,” stated company owner Peter Brooks, who said the company is focused
on custom design and creation of stone products such as countertops, islands, vanities, bartops, fireplaces, tables,
tub surrounds and more. The company remains located at 185 Berger Street, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075, and its phone
number is 201-460-7505. For more information on Peter Brooks Stone Works, visit www.pbstoneworks.com.

Mapei, a leader in the manufacturing of adhesives, sealants and chemical products for the construction industry,
recently acquired a production plant in Ruse, Bulgaria, from Orgachim, a Bulgarian company that manufactures
varnishes and paints. This plant is dedicated to the production of ceramic tile adhesives and thermal insulation
systems. The plant, located in a strategic position at the border between Romania and Bulgaria, consists of an area of
more than 150,000 square feet.
Any questions regarding Newsline, contact: Newsline Editor, Stone World, 210 Route 4 East, Suite 203, Paramus, NJ
07652; Fax: 201-291-9002; E-mail: michael@stoneworld.com.
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ARAB EMIRATES 60,649 124
ARGENTINA 91,333 328 47,795 20
AUSTRALIA 30,000 6
BAHAMAS 22,500 672
BELGIUM 64,832 30 11,466 2
BRAZIL 21,735,205 49,666 55,601 93 300,701 243,465 263
BULGARIA 42,637 27
CANADA 1,241,808 3,792 839,586 465 189,306 3,103,663 8,904
CHINA 16,927,276 36,493 5,866,538 7,713 2,034,747 1,041,711 1,262
COLOMBIA 73,970 113 18,783
CROATIA 20,514 29
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 36,465 55 183,586 487 11,702 17
EGYPT 3,261,613 3,778 440,730 922
FRANCE 426,537 267 7,348 2
GERMANY 4,373 15 407,708 231 44,661 10
GREECE 112,829 93
GUATEMALA 13,339 10
HONDURAS 13,356 3
HONG KONG 139,456 164 12,329 1
INDIA 9,819,156 39,531 522,293 465 2,000,006 184,751 399
INDONESIA 431,242 591
ISRAEL 865,871 705
ITALY 6,172,542 4,286 5,295,541 2,690 68,196 470,380 2,376
JAPAN 6,094 1
KOREA 2,800 9 36,917 18
LEBANON 871,143 64,068
LIECHTENSTEIN 31,300 5
MALAYSIA 7,676 21
MEXICO 55,909 65 4,682,401 11,895 6,531 471,869 4,403
NORWAY 58,506 121 14,532 28
PAKISTAN 274,660 162 13,255 8
PERU 22,304 16 1,003,294 1,070
PHILIPPINES 23,760 84 64,725 2,343 7,342 22
PORTUGAL 42,244 14 1,010,849 995
SAUDI ARABIA 22,892 7
SINGAPORE 70,986 85
SPAIN 550,998 567 2,200,351 2,067 102,234
SWITZERLAND 7,771 1 9,360 4,500
TAIWAN 1,961,687 1,905 271,257 167
THAILAND 24,942 16 14,688
TUNISIA 52,853 5
TURKEY 3,321 3 16,919,323 32,056 31,942 56
UNITED KINGDOM 4,944 1 19,794 17 25,123 72,055 24
URUGUAY 29,487 26
OTHER 96,786 97 210,655 316 38,700 146,828 349
TOTAL OCTOBER 2009 62,327,007 141,030 43,499,321 130,361 4,799,015 5,981,841 23,322
TOTAL OCTOBER 2008 97,338,818 168,744 75,039,426 159,056 8,006,036 7,620,607 33,565
STATISTICS
October 2009 | Imports to the U.S. Customers value in dollars does not include insurance or freight
*includes marble, travertine, alabaster and other calcareous stone, **tonnage figures not available, ***includes dolomite, sandstone, quartzite, basalt, porphyry and other non-specific
monumental or building stone SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. $ TONS U.S. $ U.S. $ TONS U.S. $ TONS
COUNTRY GRANITE MARBLE* SLATE** OTHER***
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ANTIGUA 12,563 4 25,873 27
ARAB EMIRATES 259,160 258
AUSTRALIA 68,977 20 5,000 1
BAHAMAS 63,883 32 85,345 131 51,994 62
BARBADOS 3,063 1 28,718 41 18,850 29
BELGIUM 34,849 63
BELIZE 3,399 1
BERMUDA 53,030 8 2,826 2
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 32,746 30 121,771 43 4,512 2,770 100
CANADA 2,003,203 2,983 789,808 10,254 113,552 2,617,907 10,774
CAYMAN ISLANDS 22,785 23 19,066 41 19,002 4
CHINA 518,379 1,145 18,044 11 4,270 172,860 578
COLOMBIA 20,411 22 4,428 1
COSTA RICA 15,092 21 30,682 38
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 22,000 16
FRANCE 33,597 17 7,859 4
GERMANY 36,956 60 237,150 1,024
HONG KONG 5,000 13
INDIA 10,046 40
ISRAEL 9,788 16 34,605 124
ITALY 522,662 1,006 59,553 28 139,247 304
JAMAICA 9,383 6 3,583 3 3,600 18
JAPAN 3,486 1 25,788 212
KOREA 5,780 2 10,903 56
MALAYSIA 4,400 8
MEXICO 115,580 110 115,133 125 122,375 73
N. ANTILLES 24,085 5 3,525 11,772 4
NETHERLANDS 16,952 22
NEW ZEALAND 17,900 4 26,847 35
NICARAGUA 5,505 3
NIGERIA 15,457 27
PANAMA 3,740 1
SINGAPORE 85,944 252 10,500 1 294,140
SPAIN 20,000 3
SWITZERLAND 5,000 10
TAIWAN 22,483 3
THAILAND 9,845 1
UNITED KINGDOM 296,572 79 32,007 101 70,992 8,805 2
VENEZUELA 41,081 28
OTHER 55,032 19 43,241 22 69,666 188,760 45
TOTAL OCTOBER 2009 4,007,260 5,935 1,848,177 11,245 560,657 3,751,049 13,501
TOTAL OCTOBER 2008 6,442,844 11,388 1,985,901 12,055 396,749 3,690,142 15,225
STATISTICS
October 2009 | Exports from the U.S. Customers value in dollars does not include insurance or freight
*includes marble, travertine, alabaster and other calcareous stone, **tonnage figures not available, ***includes dolomite, sandstone, quartzite, basalt, porphyry and other non-specific
monumental or building stone SOURCE: U.S. Department of Commerce
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NEWS
CAESARSTONE INTRODUCES
WORLD’S FIRST QUARTZ
SURFACE AVAILABLE ON IPHONE
VAN NUYS, CA — CaesarStone,
a quartz surface manufacturer, has
l aunched a unique, f ree i Phone
“MobileGallery™” application that
gives consumers, designers and deal-
ers alike a pocket-sized tool to browse
and order samples from the line-up of
CaesarStone countertops and surfaces.
“iPhone technology is a unique cul-
tural phenomenon,” said Arik Tendler,
CaesarStone President. “CaesarStone is
proud to make our product line avail-
able to our customers, architects and
designers in innovative new ways.
Colors can be viewed using the iPhone
as a portable sample chip, helping the
consumer to make informed, on-the-
spot purchase decisions. For designers
and dealers, it specifies material and
allows for instant referencing of the
CaesarStone library.”
CaesarStone’s “MobileGallery” appli-
cation, developed by Rumble Design,
Inc., was designed around the way
the company’s product is presented
online and in the field. “CaesarStone
is offering a brand experience beyond
the showroom,” said Jake Rumble,
President of Rumble Design. “The
iPhone’s platform and features provide
powerful mobile tools for a progressive
audience.”
The special functions of the applica-
tion include:
• Surface Browser — Allows the user to
see size/color accurate samples. The
scrolling features allow for viewing
that goes beyond the edges of the
iPhone. Additionally, the user can
toggle over each sample to see how
that surface looks in an application.
• Surface Calculator — Allows users to
calculate how much product they
will need for their installation.
• Free Sample Ordering — Users can
immediately order free samples with
one click.
Free downloads of this application
are available for iPhone users via the
Apple iTunes App Store or the direct
link from www.CaesarStoneUS.com.
MIA RELEASES THREE REVISED
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30 February 2010 | Stone World
NEWS
Design Manual (DSDM) have been
comprehensively reviewed and updat-
ed by the MIA technical department.
It was made available to the indus-
try and to the design community as
Dimension Stone Design Manual Version
7.1 on January 1, 2010.
Working for over two years, the
industry professionals serving on the
MIA Technical Committee reached
broad consensus and have updated the
manual’s chapters on general installa-
tions, horizontal surfaces and vertical
surfaces. The new standards in Version
7.1 offer:
• Improved clarification of tile setting
methods with references to ANSI/
TCNA documents
• Revised section of suitable backing
materials
• Expanded section of mortar types
• Updated Reference List for TCNA
methods application to natural stone
• Clarification of required conditioning
for concrete substrate floors
• Updated discussion of anchorage
metallurgy
• Recommendations for currency of
test data
• Updated graphics in all sections
“Our goal is to keep the MIA design
manual current, relevant and trusted
by the design community,” said Chuck
Muehlbauer, MIA Technical Director.
“This means periodic updates, revisions
and additions rather than re-writing and
re-issuing the entire manual. Another
benefit of these periodic updates is one
of economics. Design professionals do
not have to order or download a com-
plete manual to keep current, just the
revised chapters.”
The DSDM is the stone industry’s
single-source reference for dimensional
stone design and construction facts and
details. Contents include sections on
granite, marble, limestone, serpentine,
soapstone, travertine, quartz-based
stone and slate with product descrip-
tions and technical data; general
installation guidelines; guidelines and
typical detailing for horizontal surfac-
es, vertical surfaces, wet areas, furniture
and countertops; maintenance of exte-
rior and interior stone installations;
and a glossary of terms relating to
dimensional stone.
For further information, go to www.
marble-institute.com and click on the
“Bookstore” option to order or to down-
load (Technical Standards Downloadable
Documents).
MARBLE, TECHNOLOGY AND
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CARRARAMARMOTEC 2010
CARRARA, I TALY — Gi or gi o
Bianchini, CarraraFiere Chairman,
r ecent l y pr es i ded over a pr es s
conf er ence r egar di ng t he 2010
CarraraMarmotec Marble, Technology
and Design Trade Fair, which is set
to take place from May 19 to 22 —
marki ng its 30th edition. “It wi l l
be an important event for the inter-
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32 February 2010 | Stone World
NEWS
nat ional marble and technology
industry, a trade fair that will show
the most beautiful and innovative
products our companies can offer
to an international market that is
becoming increasingly competitive,
which means that companies need
to adapt, show great innovation and
make suggestions for the world of
designers based on marble and natu-
ral stone,” he said. “We are planning
the fair in every minute detail. It is
a difficult time for the industry, and
CarraraMarmotec may be the oppor-
tunity to draw attention to natural
stone and stimulate demand, espe-
cially in the high-quality brackets
with high-added value that charac-
terize the national industry”.
Exhibitors at CarraraMarmotec will
showcase marble and granite and other
natural stone from all over the world
(both raw materials and finished prod-
ucts) as well as the most advanced and
sophisticated technology.
Numerous foreign delegations have
already confirmed their participation,
thereby emphasizing the strong interna-
tional reputation of CarraraMarmotec.
Delegations of visitors are expected
from the U.S., Canada, South America
(Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay,
Bolivia, Chile, Venezuela and Mexico),
Russia, Europe and Eastern Europe
(Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Hungary,
Cr oat i a, Ser bi a and t he Czech
Republic), the United Arab Emirates
and Syria, North Africa (Morocco,
Libya, Tunisia and Algeria) as well as
Iran and Ukraine. A strategic promo-
tions campaign was carried out thanks
to the help of the ICE (the Italian
Foreign Trade Commission), the Italian
Chambers of Commerce abroad, the
Tuscan Regional Government, Toscana
Giorgio Bianchini, CarraraFiere Chairman,
recently presided over a press conference
regarding the 2010 CarraraMarmotec Marble,
Technology and Design Trade Fair, which is
set to take place from May 19 to 22.
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NEWS
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Professional Tools for Fabrication
BD-5000 Wet Air Grinder
Heavy-duty rear exhaust pneumatic wet grinder
for use with 4"-5" diamond cup wheels.
BD-360T Turbo Cup Wheels
These grinding turbo cup wheels employ a unique
turbo-style segment designed for fast, clean grinding
action and smooth finishes on rough stone.
BD-5000
BD-360T
Diamond polishing discs
are used to achieve a high-
quality finish on straight or
contoured edges. These
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for polishing granite, hard
marble and porcelain. BD-400P
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Promozione and Lucca Promozione.
A f urther element that demon-
strates the hard work of CarraraFiere
and Internazionale Marmi e Macchine
in their support of the promotions
campaign for natural stone is the deci-
sion of the Marble Institute of America
(MIA) to hold the annual meeting of
its Board of Directors in Carrara during
the trade fair.
One of the most prominent events
in the concurrent educational/cultural
program is the Marble Architectural
Awards (MAA) ceremony. The 2010
Awards celebrate their 25th anniver-
sary with a special “Silver Awards”
competition open to architects and
designers from all over the world.
This is an opportunity for schools and
international offices to compete in a
prestigious international competition,
which aims to promote the use of natu-
ral stone on an international level.
The winners, chosen by an inter-
national jury, will be called upon to
illustrate their work at a conference held
during CarraraMarmotec to present the
winning projects along with those of
two other competitions: the Dressed
Stone Design Award and the Innovative
Design Technology Award.
Statistics
The organizers of CarraraMarmotec
have long been a leader in providing
statistics regarding Italy’s standing in
the worldwide stone market, and they
offered a synopsis of the nation’s stone
trade for 2009.
According to statistics processed
by IMM Carrara, Italy exported 2.042
million tons of marble and granite
f rom January to September 2009,
including raw materials and finished
products to a value of $1.47 billion
— a 14.47% drop in quantity and a
21.27% drop in value compared to
the same period of 2008. This is a
very drastic reduction, since the 2008
figures also take into consideration
the months before the serious cri-
sis hit all markets, starting with the
decline in the U.S. real estate market
— which was a solid market for val-
ue-added finished products in marble
and granite. Whereas raw marble
mater i al s managed to hold t hei r
ground (increase in exports of 0. 65%
in quantity, but down 3.5% in value),
the largest reductions were recorded
in the finished products segments
of marble (down 22% in quantity
and 21% in value) as well as finished
granite (down 26% in quantity and
27% in value).
The first nine months of 2009 were
also very difficult for the two main
production areas of Tuscany-Liguria
(with companies in the provinces of
La Spezia, Lucca and Massa Carrara)
and Veneto (Verona and Vicenza).
On the positive side, white marble
recorded an increase in raw materi-
al exports of 12%, both in quantity
and value.
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F
or more than a century, Cold
Spring Granite Co. has operated
as a leading stone producer in
the U.S. The company employs close
to 1,000 people in five manufacturing
locations and 30 quarries located
throughout North America. As it
evolved t hrough t he years, Cold
Spri ng Granite has mai ntai ned a
practice of preservation with respect
to the environment. Recently, it further
committed to being green by building
a new 22,500-square-foot headquarters
in Cold Spring, MN, which received
LEED Gold certification from the U.S.
Green Building Council (USGBC) in
December 2008. Additionally, Cold
Spring Granite continues to strive to
reduce energy, waste and cost in its
A “green”
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As a true sign to its overall commitment to environmental responsibility, Cold Spring
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has taken drastic measures to reducing energy and cost in its production process
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RE-EMERGING U.S. STONE INDUSTRY
The new headquarters of Cold Spring Granite Co. in Cold Spring, MN, was awarded
LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in December
2008. One component to the building’s LEED certification is the use of 70% local stone
from Cold Spring Granite’s own quarries within 250 miles of the project site. Further
contributing to the green design, the canopy at the outside entrance is formed by a
crane that was once used at the previous downtown industrial site.
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quarrying and fabrication processes
— overall making for a more efficient
operation.
“This is not a culture change for us,”
said Ray Jaeger, Engineering Manager
at Cold Spring Granite. “I have been
with the company for over 30 years,
and we are always looking for ways
to reduce energy, water use, waste and
ultimately cost.”
The new headquarters was designed
by Miller Architects & Builders of St.
Cloud, MN, with extensive input from
Cold Spring Granite employee teams.
“As is typical with our company’s open
culture, employees were involved in
every aspect of this new building’s
creation,” stated Jaeger. “Employee
committees helped guide our efforts,
providing feedback on office layouts,
design features, stone selection, land-
scaping and even how far we went with
the LEED process. We found that this
involvement helped ease our employ-
ees’ transition to the new space, as we
were making a significant change to
the work environment.”
Construction of the new headquar-
ters was part of the final phase of Cold
Spring Granite’s consolidation plan to
move from its downtown location to
the “West Campus” in Cold Spring.
The company’s intention in doing this
is to increase productivity and create
a more efficient and integrated opera-
tion. Prior to constructing the new
headquarters, divisions were located in
separate buildings.
The new headquarters features a
“white” roof, which was part of the
LEED certification. A total of 77%
of the roof is comprised of a white
aggregate ballast material and white
skylight having a Solar Reflectance
Index of 105 SRI value (low slope)
and 100 SRI value (steep-sloped).
A patio area has also been set up,
which allows employees to get some
fresh air on nice days.
Among Cold Spring Granite Co.’s three stone-processing facilities on site is its “Thick
Stone” plant. The majority of the work done today is thicker slabs and cut-to-size work
for memorial and commercial applications.
One area in the Thick Stone facility is dedicated to the fabrication of stone
monuments.
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“Now that we’re in one space, we’ve
reduced redundancy and are more effi-
cient,” stated John Mattke, President
and Chief Operating Officer of Cold
Spring Granite. “The new environment
is very positive, and it demonstrates
our commitment to creating, main-
taining and enhancing a sustainable
future.”
According to Jaeger, the company
had discussed the consolidation for
years, but once it made the decision to
do it everything came together rather
quickly.
Meeting LEED standards
The new headquarters is a 31%
reduction of space from the previ-
ous facility. “That was significant to
get that kind of reduction with the
same amount of employees,” said
Jaeger. A great deal of thought and
planni ng went i nto seeki ng LEED
Gold certification. From site plan-
ni ng, to mi ni mi zi ng wat er use,
optimizing energy usage, indoor air
quality, to material and resources
for construction, all worked together
to accomplish a higher-performing
building. Examples include low-pres-
sure water and low-flush toilets in the
restrooms to pre-set sensor lighting
and temperature control. Additionally,
90% of the space has a direct view of
the outside.
“Our decision was to make an
adjustment to our office space — going
from a combination of individual offic-
es and high-cube spaces to an open
The plant is equipped with a number
of state-of-the-art machines such as
the Mill5 from Omag of Italy — a
numerically controlled stoneworking
center with five axes.
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office environment using LEED guide-
lines,” Jaeger said.
One of the components to the build-
ing’s LEED certification is the use
of local materials. “We incorporated
stone from Cold Spring Granite’s own
quarries within 250 miles of the proj-
ect site. Stone from the old office was
crushed and used for base material at
the construction site where needed,”
said Jaeger. Additionally, Carnelian
TM
granite with a Diamond 100 finish was
employed for the main cladding on the
exterior, split-face limestone sills and
medallions between the main window
sections, and polished Rainbow
TM
gran-
ite provides an accent band. Further
contributing to the green design, the
new building’s front entryway includes
remnants of a crane that was once used
at the previous downtown industrial
site. Also, a large granite wall mural
in the front entry was reused from the
previous office.
The new headquarters features a
“white” roof, which was part of the
LEED certification. A total of 77% of
the roof is comprised of a white aggre-
gate ballast material and white skylight
having a Solar Reflectance Index of 105
SRI value (low slope) and 100 SRI value
(steep-sloped), according to the com-
pany. A patio area has also been set up,
which allows employees to get some
fresh air on nice days.
The stone-processing facilities
In upgrading the facilities, the com-
pany searched for ways to save on space
and produce a better workflow, which
resulted in greater efficiency and less
energy consumption.
Located on the same property as
the new headquarters are various
stone-processing facilities. Stone World
recently had the opportunity to tour all
three operations.
“Thick Stone” facility
Cold Spring’s facility for what they
refer to as “thick stone” is more than
100,000 square feet in size. “Initially,
it was all about doing monumental
work,” said Jaeger. “As a result of our
consolidation, we incorporated equip-
ment from the old campus into various
The Thick Stone facility also
houses three Pellegrini RW 2600
robotic diamond wire block
cutters. These machines play
a key role in the production of
cubic work.
A Thibaut bed polisher from France is used for polishing slabs.
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facilities within the new campus.”
According to Jaeger, the majority of
the work done today is thicker slabs
and cut-to-size work for memorial and
commercial applications.
The plant is equipped with a num-
ber of state-of-the-art machi nery,
including the Mill5 from Omag of Italy,
a numerically controlled stoneworking
center with five axes; three Pellegrini
RW 2600 robotic diamond wire block
cutters from Italy; and a Thibaut bed
polisher from France. The facility also
features a designated area for sand-
blasting. One noteworthy adjustment
that Cold Spring Granite recently made
was to modify its dust collection sys-
tem so that it can bring air back into the
facility. It has cut energy consumption
by 25%, according to Jaeger.
The company’s new set-up for its
Additionally, a Predator automated
gantry block saw from Park Industries of
St. Cloud, MN, is also incorporated into
the production process.
The “Thin Stone” plant houses a LeviBreton
KGS polishing line for polishing slabs.
The Thin Stone facility is housed in
a 200,000-square-foot building, and it
operates 12 Barsanti gangsaws.
The gangsaw “Wet Scrubber” is one of
many pieces of equipment that purifies
the air in the work environment.
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operation makes it convenient to walk
from one plant to another. Stone for in-
progress projects is stored in an outside
yard. “All the stone in the yard is for a
specific job,” said Jaeger.
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A second building on Cold Spring
Granite’s site is Slab Tech, which
encompasses 30,000 square feet. The
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Among other equipment is a
20-year-old Breton polishing
line that uses abrasives from
Tenax USA of Charlotte, NC.
“There are many examples
of machines that have gone
beyond their expected
life-cycle because of our
equipment maintenance
program,” said Jaeger.
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plant is equipped with various dia-
mond wire sawing and stone polishing
equipment, including three Pellegrini
Stone Master diamond wire saws from
Italy, two Sun Jin saws from Korea and
a LeviBreton KGS polishing line from
Breton of Italy.
To give workers a sense of involve-
ment, t he company mai nt ai ns a
“Slabbing Tech Center Scoreboard” in
the Slab Tech building. “It gives man-
agers and employees a chance to look
at how we are doing,” said Jaeger.
“It’s a simple tool that allows employ-
ees to see what works and what is not
working, and they can fix it.”
Throughout Cold Spring Granite’s
office and operations, it has a Quality,
Cost, Deliver, Safety & Morale (QCDSM
system) in place. The purpose of a
QCDSM board is to act as a “score-
board” for all areas of the office and
operations. The QCDSM board should
“paint a picture” of the area’s perfor-
mance. In order to be effective, the
scorecard needs to be up-to-date and
allow for employee participation.
Thin Stone facility
Cold Spring Granite’s “Thin Stone”
facility is housed in an approximate
200,000-square-foot building, and is
mostly used for material measuring
2 ½

inches and under. The facility
houses 12 Barsanti gangsaws, and the
gangsaw “Wet Scrubber” is one of
many pieces of equipment that purifies
the air in the work environment.
A Jaguar from Park Industries is
used to cut slabs.
Employees take care in producing custom-made work.
Three GMM Lexta 36 bridge saws from Salem Stone of Winston-Salem, NC, are also in
operation at the Thin Stone plant.
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Among ot her equipment i s a
20-year-old Breton pol i shi ng l i ne
that uses abrasives from Tenax USA
of Charlotte, NC. “There are many
examples of machi nes t hat have
gone beyond t hei r expected l i fe-
cycle because of our equipment
maintenance program,” said Jaeger.
Additional machinery in the build-
ing includes a Jaguar saw from Park
Industries of St. Cloud, MN, and three
GMM Lexta 36 bridge saws from
Salem Stone of Winston-Salem, NC.
Striving to be more efficient
Just as employee involvement was
encouraged in building the new head-
quarters, Cold Spring Granite also
viewed it as a critical component in
restructuring their stone-processing
facilities. “We made every effort to
get people involved with every phase
of the consolidation” said Jaeger. And
while the company is very pleased
with the modifications that have been
made in the fabrication plants, it does
believe there is still room for some
improvement. “The flow right now is
intuitive,” said Dan Rea, Senior Vice
President of Commercial Group. “We
looked at it and said, ‘This makes
sense.’ We will have some things to
fix, but we are seeing a lot of benefits
that we didn’t anticipate before.”
Communication was a key part for a
successful transition, according to Rea.
“We stepped up our communication
and explained why we are doing it,” he
said. “People are wearing many hats.
Flexibility helps us a lot.” ❑
An inside storage area is dedicated to exotic slabs.
Stone for in-progress projects is stored in an outside yard. “All
the stone in the yard is for a specific job,” said Jaeger.
• 31% reduction in office space from the old facility.
• Vegetated open space, planted with prairie grass mix
and sod, and is greater than the building footprint.
• Existing imperviousness is greater than 50%,
and all stormwater runoff is directed to infiltration
ponds and pretreated.
• 77% of the roof incorporates a white aggregate
ballast material and white skylight having a Solar
Reflectance Index of 105 SRI value (low slope) and
100 SRI value (steep-sloped).
• Light Pollution Reduction — no horizontal or
vertical trespass light at 10 feet beyond property
line. The power for exterior site lighting is 60%
below LEED allowable power. Actual power on
exterior building facade/landscape lighting is 23%
LEED allowable power.
• Building has a bike rack and shower/changing
room to promote alternative transportation.
Preferred parking for low-emitting/fuel-efficient
vehicles and car/van pool parking is also available.
• Landscaping and irrigation systems have been
designed to reduce irrigation water consumption
by 82% and the irrigation water used on site is
supplied by a non-potable source.
Green features of Cold Spring Granite
Co.’s new LEED-certified headquarters
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State-of-the-art product
expansion in Minnesota
After nearly 30 years in the countertop business,
Innovative Surfaces of Hastings, MN, began fabricating stone,
and it has made a range of investments in technology over the past six years
by Michael Reis
F
or Br uce Aki ns, owner of
Innovative Surfaces of Hastings,
MN, the transition from laminate
countertops to stone fabrication was
nearly 30 years in the making. And
when the company decided to make
the expansion into natural stone and
quartz surfacing, it did so with the
latest generation of stoneworki ng
technology.
“I personally started in the coun-
tertop business in 1974 working for a
laminate fabricator,” Akins explained.
“In 1988, I started my own business and
went from laminate fabrication to solid
surface fabrication. In the late 1990s, we
began installing quartz products, but
outsourced the fabrication. We started
fabricating our own natural stone and
quartz products in 2003.”
From the very beginning, Innovative
Surfaces processed stone with the latest
equipment from Park Industries of St.
Cloud, MN, including a Wizard radial
After decades in the countertop business, Innovative Surfaces of Hastings, MN, expanded into stone fabrication,
and it invested in the latest stoneworking technology.
Fabricator
Case Study
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arm polisher, a Pro-Edge automated
edging machine, a Destiny CNC stone-
working center and a Yukon bridge
saw. “We did some basic research on
stone making equipment and realized
we didn’t have much knowledge about
stone fabrication,” Akins said. “We
really felt comfortable with the people
from Park Industries, and liked the
close proximity to a local Minnesota
company. With this large capital invest-
ment, service was a key factor for the
purchase, and we felt Park Industries
would perform.”
As the company’s business grew,
it added a second Destiny CNC stone-
worki ng center as wel l as a Park
Industries Titan CNC stoneworking
center and a Park Industries Fastback
edging machine. Innovative Surfaces
also invested in some of the new-
est technology from Park Industries,
including the Fusion 6000 combination
bridge saw/waterjet and the Pathfinder
laser layout-projection workstation.
Akins said that these latest investments
have added a new level of efficiency to
the operation. “The Fusion has been
great. We’ve had a lot better material
utilization and it has relieved some time
on our CNCs,” he said. “We have more
machining time available on our CNCs.
We bought the Pathfinder at the same
time, so all slabs are photographed and
laid out prior to being cut.”
Using a DXF file, the Pathfinder proj-
ects a laser on the slab, and the projected
image can be moved over the portion
of the stone to be used and adjusted to
achieve optimal production. This also
allows them to visualize how the fin-
ished countertop will look before cutting,
and this visualization can be sent elec-
tronically to the customer to approve.
“Our business is wholesale, so cli-
ents of our customers come to us after
Innovative Surfaces’ stone
fabrication shop is equipped with
a range of equipment from Park
Industries of St. Cloud, MN.
The company operates two Destiny CNC stoneworking centers as well as a Titan CNC
stoneworking center.
More recent investments include a Fusion 6000 combination bridge saw/waterjet from
Park Industries.
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we’ve taken photos of the slabs, and
view the photos and slabs for layout
approval,” Akins explained. “It’s nice
to be able to view and manipulate the
pieces prior to cutting.”
Despite the sophistication of the
technology, Akins said that the learn-
ing curve was not daunting. “There
was a learning curve with the new
technology, but it wasn’t real difficult.
It’s a great service to be able to show
the layout on the slab. It gives the cus-
tomer a lot better comfort level. We can
manipulate the CAD drawing on the
slab, so the customer can see the grain
layout and how the seams can look.
Natural stone is an emotional purchase,
so some customers really get involved
with the layout. It’s been very beneficial
with the exotic stones.”
Water used duri ng the fabrica-
t ion process i s t reated usi ng an
EnviroSystem from Water Treatment
Technologies of Hampton, NH. “We
started in 2003 with Water Treatment
Technologies, and we upgraded the
system a couple of years ago,” Akins
“The Fusion has been great,” said Bruce Akins of Innovative Surfaces. “We’ve had a lot better material
utilization and it has relieved some time on our CNCs.”
When the company added the Fusion 6000, it also invested in a
Pathfinder laser layout-projection workstation (an example of
which is pictured). Using a DXF file, the Pathfinder projects a
laser on the slab, and the projected image can be moved over
the portion of the stone to be used and adjusted to achieve
optimal production.
The company has a total of 65 employees, including
30 workers in the stoneworking operation.
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said. “When we started in 2003, we
were maybe doing three kitchens per
day, and we peaked at 10 to 12 kitchens
per day.”
Innovative Surfaces’ business is
a mix of residential kitchens (65% of
overall business) and commercial work
(35%). “By ‘commercial,’ I don’t mean
specifically multiple housing,” Akins
said. “It’s more medical, food service
and university work — still mostly
horizontal work surfaces.” The produc-
tion breakdown at Innovative Surfaces
i s 40% DuPont Corian and other
solid surface products and 60% stone,
including quartz surfacing products
such as Cambria, Silestone and DuPont
Zodiaq. All Cambria fabrication is done
at the Cambria fabrication facility in
LeSuerer, MN.
In all, the company employs a total
of 65 people, including those working
in stone as well as other surfaces. “That
includes inside and outside sales, office
Innovative Surfaces is part of the Artisan Group, a national
organization of 36 independent granite fabricators that have
joined together to offer the Artisan Stone™ Collection, the first
and only brand of granite wholly owned by Artisan Group, which
has a comprehensive lifetime warranty. The
group also offers Heritage Wood™ countertops
and Kohler® sinks and faucets.
Group members average more than 20 years
of fabrication experience in the countertop
industry. Moreover, all Artisan Group members
have achieved — or have begun the process to achieve — full
accreditation with the Marble Institute of America. The group
is among the first granite fabricators in the world to be working
towards this distinction. Collectively, they surpassed $250
million in sales in 2008.
Artisan Group also provides a complete line of granite care
products including: Firstline™ Sealer, Firstline™ Clean & Restore
and Firstline™ Shine.
“When we started buying stone, we got involved with AG&M
Granite of Austin, TX, and became involved
i n the Ar ti san Group,” expl ai ned Bruce
Akins of Innovative Surfaces. “It’s nice brand
recognition. We think it’s elevated the brand
awareness of granite to the point where it
isn’t so generic. It has taken away some of the
commodity image, and we hope people look at it differently.”
Additionally, Akins said he is able to rely on the collective
experience of the group’s members from a practical perspective.
“It’s a great group of people to speak with and share information,”
he said. “There’s really a wealth of knowledge there.”
The Artisan Group
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staff, templating and install crews,”
Akins said. “Some people are going back
and forth, but 30 employees are dedi-
cated to the stone side of the business.
Of that total, half are in the shop, and the
others are template/install/support.”
When bringing in new employees,
Innovative Surfaces generally educates
workers from the ground up. “We do
our own training, and we typically don’t
bring in machine operators,” Akins
said. “We want people to understand
hand finishing and our expectations of
the finished product first before they
become a machine operator. In our area,
there aren’t a lot of people who run
equipment looking for work.”
The cl ient base at I nnovat ive
Surfaces is primarily comprised of
retailers, kitchen and bath dealers,
remodelers, contractors and commer-
Innovative Surfaces has a full-scale showroom to host clients in the greater Twin Cities region of Minnesota.
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cial millwork shops. Akins described
the current business climate as “soft”
in terms of sales. “It hasn’t gone away,
but it is challenging,” he said. “There
is some work out there. Our quoting
activity has picked up, but it hasn’t
related to sales yet. That’s just part of
the current economy. People are get-
ting ready to do projects, but they’re
not quite ready to pull the trigger yet.
We’re hoping it’s a sign of what’s com-
ing down the road.”
Given the overall decline in the mar-
ketplace, Innovative Surfaces is focusing
on ensuring its business is as proficient
as possible. “We are really trying to stay
on top of costs and being as efficient
as we can for anything related to over-
head, whether it’s shop expenses, truck
maintenance or other costs.”
As testament to the company’s dedi-
cation to quality, it is among the first
group of fabricators in the nation to
receive accreditation from the Marble
Inst it ute of America (MIA). Thi s
distinction is reserved for residential-
oriented companies that have been in
business a minimum of three years,
have successfully completed 200 proj-
ects in those three years, have 2,000
square feet of dedicated fabrication
space and have passed a voluntary or
mandatory OSHA facility inspection
in the previous year, among a host of
other standards. ❑
Innovative Surfaces
Hastings, MN
Type of work: residential kitchens
(65%) and commercial work
(35%) in natural stone, quartz
surfacing and other materials
Machinery: Wizard radial arm
polisher, Pro-Edge automated
edging machine, two Destiny
CNC stoneworking centers,
Yukon bridge saw, Titan
CNC stoneworking center,
Fastback edging machine
and Pathfinder laser layout-
projection workstation, all from
Park Industries of St. Cloud,
MN; EnviroSystem from Water
Treatment Technologies of
Hampton, NH
Number of Employees: 65, including
30 employees dedicated to stone
and quartz surfacing
Production Capacity: 10 to 12
kitchens per day, in addition to
commercial work
Innovative Surfaces processes an
average of 10 to 12 kitchens per day,
in addition to commercial work
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Fueling a
passion for stone
With 25 years in the stone business, John DeBlasiis, owner of
South Shore Marble & Granite in Egg Harbor Township, NJ, has invested
in the some of the latest developments in stoneworking technology
by Michael Reis
I
n 1985, John DeBl asi i s began
working with a marble and granite
company, and he i mmediately
developed a love for the trade. “I found
I had a natural ability to work with
stone, and I had a passion for it,” he
said. Three years ago, he brought his
commitment to a new level by opening
his own shop, South Shore Marble &
Granite, in Egg Harbor Township, NJ.
South Shore Marble & Granite is
involved in the direct importing, fab-
ricating and installation of natural
or engineered stone. “The company’s
primary ambition is to deal with the
commercial sector of builders, archi-
tects and contractors who need our
products and services,” explained
DeBlasiis. “We warehouse the material,
and all fabrication is handled on site.”
In selecting a location for the oper-
After more than two decades in the stone industry, John DeBlasiis founded South Shore Marble & Granite in Egg
Harbor Township, NJ.
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ation, DeBlasiis chose a site in the
Atlantic City region of southern New
Jersey. “Egg Harbor Township is the
heart of Atlantic County,” he said. “We
picked this area because we can equally
access all major parkways and express-
ways to service the entire southern
region of New Jersey, which is a grow-
ing market. We feel the company will
be very successful with its business
plan, and with the sufficient working
capital, we can embark on larger and
more profitable jobs.”
In addition to stressing quality
workmanship, South Shore Marble &
Granite has invested in a range of tech-
nology — in the shop as well as in the
office and in the field. “We try to per-
fect our craft by continuing education
and developing our individual skills
through education, old world crafts-
manship and advances in technology.”
New equipment in the shop includes
a state-of-the-art Breton NC 260 CNC
stoneworking center with a Robocup
pod management system. “[The
machine] will automatically shape, con-
tour and polish the stone, giving us an
advantage in completing jobs effectively
and quickly,” he said.
The Robocup pod management
system capitalizes on the 260K’s CNC
technology to automate the suction
cup placement procedure. The special
machine table is configured with a
network of suction “nodes,” which are
patterned to align with suction cups.
Meanwhile, the cup positions are auto-
matically laid out using the standard
CAD/CAM soft ware. The spi ndle
picks up a special tool stored in the
normal tool changer, rapidly moves to a
storage rack at the back of the machine,
picks up the pod, rotates as necessary
and places it precisely in its pre-pro-
grammed position. The Robocup is
designed to perform a full change of 18
pods in less than six minutes.
“We purchased that machine in late
2008, and it really changed the output
of our shop and made it more efficient.
We found that we could do a lot more,”
DeBlasiis said. “Everything is set up
automatically. We don’t have to set up
or attach hoses. I believe it is the only
one in the U.S. It’s a workhorse; we use
it all day long.”
New equipment in the shop includes
a state-of-the-art Breton NC 260
CNC stoneworking center with a
Robocup pod management system.
Illustration courtesy of Breton
The Robocup pod management system
capitalizes on the 260K’s CNC technology
to automate the suction cup placement
procedure. The special machine table is
configured with a network of suction
“nodes,” which are patterned to align with
suction cups. Meanwhile, the cup positions
are automatically laid out using the
standard CAD/CAM software.
Prior to processing stone on the CNC stoneworking center, a bridge saw is used
to cut slabs into blanks of the appropriate size.
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Prior to processing stone on the CNC stoneworking
center, a bridge saw is used to cut slabs into blanks of the
appropriate size.
All of the water used in the shop is recycled using an
Abaco Dehydrator, which traps the abrasive mud produced
during the fabrication process. The system features four
basic components: an electric pump, mud-holding tank,
clean water tray and filter bags.
Tooling in the shop is supplied by Stone Boss, which is
headquartered in Fair Lawn, NJ. “They have a truck that ser-
vices this area,” DeBlasiis said.
For South Shore Marble & Granite, a typical kitchen size
is 50 to 60 square feet, and the company is doing a lot of com-
plex work. “We are not doing the same thing over and over
again,” DeBlasiis said. “We are doing a lot of radius work
and inverted corners to create a custom look.”
Jobs are templated using a Prodim Proliner, and the
data is then manipulated as needed and fed to the CNC
machine. “We’re very happy with it. The Proliner is easy
to use and easy to train people on,” DeBlasiis said. “It also
allows us to keep a file with all of the information on the
jobs that we have done.”
The company processes a combination of natural stone
and quartz surfacing, such as the “American Collection” of
Silestone by Cosentino, which DeBlasiis said contains some of
the most popular colors of Silestone in the U.S.
Approximately 65% of the material processed at the
facility is natural stone. Among the natural stone products,
South Shore Marble & Granite processes SenSa granite from
Cosentino. The product is presealed with SenGuard
®
at
the factory to protect the material from staining while also
allowing it to breathe, and DeBlasiis also cited the product’s
15-year warranty.
All of the water used in the shop is recycled using an Abaco
Dehydrator, which traps the abrasive mud produced during the
fabrication process.
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South Shore Marble & Granite
currently has five employees, and
it processes between three and five
kitchens per week, with the capacity
to increase that total. “We have seen an
increase in business, and by spring, we
are hoping for eight to 10 kitchens per
week,” he said.
When overall output i ncreases,
DeBlasiis said he plans to increase
investments in both personnel and
technology. “As the customer base and
regions increase, we will add a sales
force of experienced stone salesmen,
increasing our exposure and reinvest-
ing in the company as we develop,”
he said. “What’s important is that we
maintain the highest standards in
all levels of the company, and each
employee is guided and trained for
their specific role in the shop or field.
Continued education is promoted and
appreciated — along with high stan-
dards of health, safety and product
quality. We are continuing to explore
different avenues as our company takes
shape, and as new technology becomes
available, we will upgrade and advance
to retain our innovative position.”
DeBlasiis also said that the goal is
to become more of a one-stop shop for
customers. “We will also carry acces-
sories for the kitchen that are displayed
in the showroom — faucets, stainless
steel sinks and other crafted decor for
the whole house or office.”
Sales and marketing
The shop and of f ice operates
Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.
to 5 p.m., with special appointments
on Saturday if needed. “There is a
computer in the shop with a schedule
screen that everyone can view to keep
production at the maximum,” DeBlasiis
said. “Moraware [JobTracker] is the
software we use, and this simple, user-
friendly application controls inventory,
scheduling, invoices and proposals.
This software gives us the advantage
to stay on schedule and complete all
tasks, while tracking all jobs and ser-
vice orders.
South Shore Marble & Granite’s
busi ness is a mix of homeowners,
builders and kitchen and bath deal-
ers as well as some Lowe’s retailers.
“We sell all over the Atlantic City
region and beyond, including cen-
tral and southern New Jersey as well
as Philadelphia and other areas of
Pennsylvania,” he said. “We have to
cover a large area; you can’t just work
in your backyard.”
Speaking on today’s marketplace,
DeBlasiis said that consumers are not
South Shore Marble & Granite currently
has five employees, and it processes
between three and five kitchens per week,
with the capacity to increase that total.
Jobs are templated using a
Prodim Proliner (an example of
which is pictured), and the data
is then manipulated as needed
and fed to the CNC machine.
The company processes a
combination of natural stone
and quartz surfacing, and it
maintains an inventory of
slabs on site.
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only shopping on the basis of price, but also on service and craftsman-
ship. “People have changed; they shop more, and they take their time,”
he said. “They want a good deal, but they also want service. They are
looking for a rounded company with a good deal and good service —
not just one or the other. We have a good reputation, and word of mouth
is important to us. We have a healthy, loyal following of successful com-
panies who appreciate the dedication in service.” ❑
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surfacing
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Production Rate: three to five kitchens per week, with the capacity
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As a primary North American distributor for Mexico Porphyry & Stone
in San Luis de La Pais, Mexico, Milestone Imports of Santa Fe, NM, has seen
its business grow while the quarry and its local area continues to evolve
by Alexis Fisher
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two truckloads of porphyry
from Mexico Porphyry &
Stone of San Luis de La Pais, Mexico,
has grown to become a profitable
business for Milestone Imports of Santa
Fe, NM. The company, which became
involved with the material in the mid-
1990s — has experienced a steady
increase in its area and beyond through
the years. Today, Milestone represents
the Mexican quarry in the U.S. and
Canada as well as in Asia.
“I’ve traveled to Europe and always
loved the stone,” said Miles Chaffee,
President of Milestone Imports. “I
saw an ad in Stone World by Mexico
Porphyry & Stone and called and
arranged a trip. I was very fortunate in
that the owners, Renzo Stenico and his
wife, were there. We toured the quar-
As a distributor in North America for Mexico Porphyry & Stone in San Luis de La Pais, Mexico, Milestone
Imports of Santa Fe, NM, has witnessed major development in the quarry through the years. Today,
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ry, and I ended up buying and importing two
truckloads of the stone.
“It took me almost two years to sell [the two
truckloads],” he continued. “But then sales
seemed to build after that. By 1998, I was really
starting to sell a lot of porphyry. My market was
growing wider and wider. Around 2000, I had
been working very well with the quarry, and
we signed a contract. Milestone represents the
quarry for the U.S. and Canada. We did a proj-
ect, Disney World Hong Kong and that led to
other clients in Japan and Taiwan.”
Explosives are used in the quarry
process. “This consists of putting a
series of small explosives at the foot of
the formation with a blast causing the
flagging to fall from the face above,”
said Miles Chaffee, President of
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Chaffee’s first visit to the quarry
site in Mexico came in 1994, where he
met the Stenico family, which is Italian
by heritage. The family had researched
the material and found that the San
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Eventually they acquired a porphyry
producing property and they began
operating the quarry in 1995.
“When the family was visiting the
area, they saw how porphyry was
being used widely, traced it to the
main source and found it to be a very
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will not become slippery when wet,
according to the company, making it
an ideal application for paving.
The quarry employs a total of 122 workers, all from the nearby village. “By hiring 122 [locals], the employees there now have
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The operation
In order to extract material from the
quarry site, the process includes the
use of explosives. “This consists of put-
ting a series of small explosives at the
foot of the formation with a small blast
causing the flagging to fall from the
face above,” said Chaffee.
“It ’s very easy,” added Carlos
Gamba, who manages the quarry.
“Once it’s down, we separate the sheets,
which are in irregular patterns. Those
are only cut on splitting machines [on
the natural cleave of the material.] It’s
completely natural.”
The porphyry is separated with
large front-end loaders, and then the
workable part is taken by truck to be
sorted more thoroughly. “The larger
blocks are split and reduced to dimen-
sions which can be dealt with by the
quarry workers who can carry out the
sorting,” said Chaffee. “With the aid
of mallets and wedges, and following
the planes of the rock, slabs of vari-
able sizes and thicknesses are obtained
from the blocks.”
The splitting and cutting is done on
14 cutting machines and 20 splitting
machines. “The quarry workers then
proceed with the sorting of the slabs on
the basis of quality, thickness, size and
shape,” said Chaffee. “The slabs are
then brought to the cutting area to be
snap cut or sawn into various widths
and lengths. Finally, the cut pavers are
put on pallets ready for shipping.”
The pieces range from small sizes of
approximately 2- to 4-inch cubes to 12-
x 12-inch pavers and very rare pieces
up to 36 x 48 inches. The thicknesses
The porphyry is separated
with large front-end loaders,
and then the workable part
is taken by truck to be sorted
more thoroughly.
“The larger blocks are split and reduced to dimensions which can be dealt with by the
quarry workers, who can carry out the sorting,” said Chaffee.
The splitting and cutting is done on 14 Steinex cutting machines and 20 splitting
machines, the majority of which are manufactured by Zonato.
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vary from ½ to 4 ½ inches. The quarry
produces approximately 180 tons of
porphyry per shift, generating around
3,600 tons a month.
Final applications of the product
include residential driveways, patios,
roadways and paving for hotels, shop-
ping centers, campuses, ski areas, civic
projects, wineries and churches. “It
really gives that Old World charm,”
said Chaffee. “Residential driveways
and urban streets and crosswalks are
the dominant use.”
Advancing the community
According to Chaffee, the quarry
has been a source of good fortune and
opportunity for the surrounding area.
“There was literally no electricity where
the quarry was,” he said. “The Stenico
family brought electricity to the quarry.
“A lot of things that happened really
helped the village,” continued Chaffee.
“The quarry now employees 122 people,
and through the help of the Mexican
government, there’s now a clinic that
offers prenatal care. A new preschool
has been started as well.”
Chaffee went on to explain that a
range of improvements to the infra-
structure have been i mplemented
around the quarry. “The roads have
been improved so trucks can better get
in and out,” he said. “It used to be 30
miles of the roughest roads, and that
was the only way people could get in
and out of the villages for jobs.”
Additionally, the workers in the
quarry receive government benefits.
“By hiring 122 [locals], the employ-
ees there now have Mexican social
security,” Chaffee said. “Mexico has a
universal health care through its Social
Security. The beauty of the quarry is it’s
very low impact on the [environment].”
The splitting and cutting is done
on 14 Steinex cutting machines and
20 splitting machines, the majority of
which are manufactured by Zonato. “It
opened a lot of opportunity,” he said.
“It provided a secure job for a lot of
people. This small village has grown.
Since 1995, each year the quarry has
kept growing and growing. The main
change I’ve seen is more investments
and equipment through the years.”
Continuing on its successful path,
Gamba hopes to get more opportuni-
ties in the U.S. this year. “Local markets
have grown a lot, but the main thing is
to export this material to the U.S. and
the rest of the world,” he said. “[Last]
year was slow, but those things hap-
pen and there’s nothing we can do. We
just have to keep working. I have a very
good feeling for [this] year.” ❑
The pieces range from small sizes of
approximately 2- to 4-inch cubes to 12- x
12-inch pavers and very rare pieces up to
36 x 48 inches. The thicknesses vary from
½ to 4 ½ inches. The quarry produces
approximately 180 tons of porphyry per
shift, generating around 3,600 tons a month.
Final applications of the product
include commercial driveways for
hotels, including upscale applications
such as this Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
Other popular applications include
paving for outdoor public spaces.
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More international
exhibitors at
Vitória Stone Fair
In addition to featuring the largest collection of Brazilian stone suppliers
in the world, the 2010 Vitória Stone Fair in Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil,
will feature new exhibitors from a range of nations around the globe
by Michael Reis
A
lready well established as the
leading showcase of Brazilian
s t one s uppl i er s on t he
worldwide stage, the 2010 Vitória Stone
Fair will carry a more international
flair when it takes place from February
23 to 26 at the Carapina Expo Center
in Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil. This
next edition will include exhibitors
from Spain, Greece, India, Pakistan
and Taiwan — all taking part in the
event for the first time — along with
firms from the traditional participating
countries such as Italy, Egypt, Turkey
and Argentina, among others.
“What we noticed is that Brazil has
attracted a great interest in the business
world for being a promising market,
and the increase of the international
participation proves this,” stated Cecilia
Milaneze, Director of show organizer
Milanez & Milaneze. “Besides this, the
diversity of stones [from Brazil] has
transformed the country into one of the
main suppliers of stone for the world.”
Also of note, new show hours have
been designated for the fair this year.
The exhibition hall will be open from 1
p.m. to 8 p.m. each day, rather than the
usual morning-to-evening shift.
The 2010 Vitória Stone Fair is set to take place February 23 to 26 at the Carapina Expo Center in Vitória,
Espírito Santo, Brazil, in the heart of Brazil’s leading state for stoneworking.
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Because of the increase of exhibitors
from other countries, the expectancy is
that the Vitória Stone Fair will receive
a larger number of foreign visitors,
according to Milanez & Milaneze,
which reports that the fair received
22,000 visitors from 66 different coun-
tries in its 2009 edition.
“We are conscious that 2010 holds
positive expectations for the Brazilian
economy due to how the country is over-
coming the global crisis, demonstrating
maturity and attracting the attention of
investors,” stated Emic Costa, President
of Sindirochas and Cetemag.
Of course, in addition to interna-
tional exhibitors, the participation
of Brazil’s stone suppliers is the key
element of the Vitória Stone Fai r.
The State of Espírito Santo, where
the event takes place, concentrates
the largest amount of marble and
granite quarries of Brazil. According
to the Brazilian Dimensional Stone
Exportation Center (Centrorochas),
stone producers i n Espí rito Santo
were responsible for 66% of the coun-
try’s dimensional stone exports from
January through October of 2009.
In addition to the largest
collection of Brazilian stone
suppliers in the world, the 2010
Vitória Stone Fair will feature
new exhibitors from a range of
nations around the globe.
In terms of export
targets, the U.S.
remains the
main destination
of Brazilian
stone exports,
consuming 49%.
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The second highest state in export
percentage was Minas Gerais, with
22.4% of the overall share during the
same period.
In terms of export targets, the
U.S. remains the main destination of
Brazilian stone exports, consuming
49%. Coming in at a distant second is
China, with 11%.
Besides the diverse range of tradi-
tional Brazilian granite, the Vitória
Stone Fair will display a variety of
other types of stones from Brazil.
An example is the quartzite from the
pole production region of Pirenópolis
in Goias.
With the support from Sebrae, the
producers of quartzite from Pirenópolis
will display at the Vitória Stone Fair,
and t he President of t he Mi ni ng
Association of Pirenópolis (Amip), João
Leôncio Figueiredo Filho, said that the
expectation of the participation in the
Vitória Stone Fair is positive.
In addition to granite and quartz-
ite, companies from Minas Gerais
will be present in the Vitória Stone
Fair displaying their slate produc-
tion — with the support of Sebrae-MG
and the Mining and Processing Slate
Association, Amar-MG.
For more information on the event,
visit www.vitoriastonefair.com.br. ❑
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Pemagran:
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The Vitória Stone Fair has long been
established as the leading showcase of
Brazilian stone, and it includes traditional
materials as well as new exotic stones.
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An international force
in Brazilian stone
Located in the heart of Brazil’s granite region, Mag Ban Mámores e Granitos
supplies a range of material to the North American market and beyond
by Michael Reis
F
ounded in 1986 and located in
Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, in the
south of Brazil’s Espírito Santo
State, Mag Ban has become a worldwide
player in the ornamental stone industry.
The company serves the demands of
the national and international market
with a broad variety of granite colors
and styles that are suitable for the full
spectrum of design environments.
The company’s principal owners are
Josenildo Moreira Machado, Tales Pena
Machado and Gonçalo Pena Machado,
and from the beginning, Mag Ban’s
goal was to offer a sense of confidence
among its customers. From extraction
to exportation, all of the processes aim
at meeting this goal, while also provid-
ing a safe environment for the workers.
Mag Ban has a complete industrial
park within Cachoeiro de Itapemirim,
In business since 1986, Mag Ban quarries and processes Brazilian stone for an international marketplace. It has two separate
facilities in Brazil — one in Espírito Santo and one in Minas Gerais.
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fessionals who are trained to handle
everything from international custom-
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In terms of slab sales, 60% of pro-
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Brazil), 10% to Europe, 5% to Asia and
5% to Oceana. Meanwhile, 80% of block
sales are exported to Europe, with the
remaining 20% being shipped to Asia.
The company sells slabs to a range
of distributors, including many in the
U.S. “We supply to the most reliable
slab distributors, and they cover and
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company.
Mag Ban typically exports 35 to 40
containers per month, and it hopes to
Mag Ban has a total of
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its processing facilities,
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Equipment includes a
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ship about 60 containers per month as
the economy improves.
Production
The company has a total of 180
employees, including 70 in the quar-
ries and 110 in the processing facilities
(84 in Espírito Santo and 26 in Minas
Gerais). The facility in Espírito Santo
is more than 84,000 square feet in size,
while the one in Minas Gerais is more
than 28,500 square feet in size.
Equipment includes a Barsanti slab-
polishing machine from Italy, which
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Brazilian supplier marks
20 years of growth
Now in business for two decades, Cajugram has continued to
develop its quarrying operations as well as its stoneworking facility
by Michael Reis
F
ounded in 1990 in Mimoso do
Sul, southern Espírito Santo,
Brazil, Cajugram has developed
a structure that allows it to supply
the domestic and foreign market, and
it has made a name for itself in the
worldwide stone sector. To maintain
its level of success, t he company
strives to establish quarrying sites for
new materials while also upgrading
its stoneworking capabilities.
The principal owners of Cajugram
are Otavio Rodrigues Junquei ra,
Valdecyr Robert Vigui ni, Nel son
Veguini and Jovercy Robert Viguini.
Currently with head offices in Espírito
Santo, Cajugram is also located in
the midwestern region of Brazil in
an industrial complex in Luziânia, in
the State of Goiás, and a tile store in
Brasília, the capital of Brazil.
In all, Cajugram employs 260 work-
ers, including 195 in the factory and 65
in the quarries.
Quarrying operations
Among t he devel opment of
Cajugram over the years, the company
is continually searching for quarry
sites of materials that will appeal to an
international marketplace. “Our geol-
ogy department receives samples of
stones all over Brazil,” explained Daniel
Junqueira of Cajugram. “We first make
an analysis of the material, and if there
is interest in it, our technician goes
to the site to conduct deeper research
Cajugram was founded in 1990 in Mimoso do Sul, southern Espírito Santo, Brazil, and it supplies materials to the domestic market
as well as destinations around the world.
Latin America
Report from
photo by Fabio Camara, www.fabiocamarastudios.com, courtesy of Granite & Marble by Malavé
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through sounding prospection. After
this, we legalize the site together with
the DNPM — the organization of the
government responsible for this.”
Some quarry sites of interest are as
follows:
• Versace and Kilimanjaro granite,
located at Candido Sales, State of
Bahia — 12 workers
• White Alaska granite, located at
Barra De São Francisco, State of
Espírito Santo — 10 workers
• Ipanema Beige granite, located at
Muniz Freire, State of Espírito Santo
— 19 workers
• Giallo Renoir/Monet/Portinari gran-
ite, located at Itaobim, State of Minas
Gerais — four workers
• Brazilian Black granite, located at
Aracruz, State of Espírito Santo —
10 workers
• Santa Cecilia granite, located at Agua
Doce do Norte, State of Espírito Santo
— 10 workers
Stones are extracted using hydraulic
hammers, and the company recently
began using wire saws to cut the blocks,
which increases overall productivity.
In all, the quarries produces 750
cubic meters of material per month.
Of thi s, 10% i s exported i n block
form to China; 40% is processed into
slabs, tiles and cut-to-size pieces for
Capacity stands at 592,000 square feet
(55,000 square meters) per month,
and Cajugram is currently shipping
around 70 containers per month.
photo by Fabio Camara, www.fabiocamarastudios.com, courtesy of Granite & Marble by Malavé
The company’s factory has
undergone a number of expansions
in the past year, and it now sits on
an area of nearly 475,000 square
feet, with a built area of nearly
195,000 square feet.
Blocks are processed on one of 17
gangsaws at the facility.
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Blocks are also processed into slabs on a multi-wire diamond saw.
the domestic market; and 50% is pro-
cessed into slabs, tiles and cut-to-size
pieces to the foreign market. Among
exports of finished products, 40% is
shipped to the to U.S, Canada and
Mexico, 40% to Latin America and
10% to Asia.
Stone processing
Cajugram’s factory has also under-
gone expansion, and it now sits on an
area of nearly 475,000 square feet, with
a built area of nearly 195,000 square
feet. Capacity stands at 592,000 square
feet (55,000 square meters) per month,
and it is currently shipping around 70
containers per month.
Some of the most recent investments
in the stone processing operation include
a Coch edge finishing machine from
Argentina and the building of a new
facility for fabrication of tiles, cut-to-size
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work and countertops. The company also
installed a new filter press for sludge and
wastewater treatment.
Other equipment includes 17 gang-
saws, three polishing lines, three bridge
saws, one Comandulli edge finishing
machine from Italy, one Contourbreton
CNC stoneworking center, two tile lines
and one semi-automatic resin line.
For years, Cajugram has represen-
ted itself on the world stage at stone
industry events such as Marmomacc
in Italy and Coverings in the U.S. as
well as the Cachoeiro Stone Fair and
Vitória Stone Fair in Brazil.
Among some recent cut-to-size proj-
ects, Cajugram has supplied stone for
the Al Maktoum International Airport
in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and
the Bay Adelaide Center in Toronto,
Ontario, Canada. ❑
Kilamanjaro
Patagonia
Alaska White
Blue Palmares
Cajugram is continually searching for materials that will appeal to an international marketplace, and some of the latest
introductions are pictured above.
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A revival of church
architecture in the U.S.
The recent construction of the Church of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
in La Crosse, WI, features an elaborate stone palette, symbolizing
a new direction for church architecture in the U.S.
by Alexis Fisher
C
onsidered one of the first major
Catholic churches built in a
classical manner in the U.S. in
over 50 years, the recent construction of
the Church of the Shrine of Our Lady
of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI, proves
that churches of great grandeur are
alive and well. The building utilizes a
broad range of lavish stone throughout
the interior and exterior, with each
selection specifically chosen to provide
special meaning to the area it occupies.
Built to be a “pilgrimage church”
honoring the Virgin Mary’s reported
appearances before a simple Mexican
peasant in the 16th century, the design
process for the project was rigorous.
Taking close to five years, much of it
involved going to Mexico and studying
older, ancient buildings and historical
chapels dedicated to Guadalupe.
“The cl ients did not ask for a
Mexican/Spani sh bui ldi ng,” said
Duncan Stroik of Duncan G. Stroik
Architect LLC in South Bend, IN, which
served as the Design Architect and
Architect of the Interior for the proj-
Considered one of the first major Catholic churches built in a classical manner in the U.S. in over 50 years, the
recent construction of the Church of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI, proves churches of
great grandeur are alive and well. The building utilizes a broad range of lavish stone throughout the exterior and
interior, with each selection specifically chosen to provide special meaning to the area it occupies.
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ect, also working in collaboration with
Mike Swinghamer of River Architects
in La Crosse, WI, which served as the
Architect of Record and Architect of
the Exterior. “We wanted to do some-
thing that reflected the story, but was
not specifically Mexican.”
Ultimately, the buildings of Rome
— another area where research was
done — i nspired the design team.
“For me, that’s one of the high points
in church architecture,” explained
St roi k. “Ital ian architect ure t ran-
scends different cultures and since
most other cultures have looked to
Rome at different times in history,
this allowed our design to approach
the universal. Following that theme,
we sought to employ classic tradi-
tional marbles that have been used
i n many of the great churches of
Christendom.”
After several trips to Pietrasanta,
Italy, a concept was born. “We inter-
viewed a lot of stone companies and
talked about the project with them,”
said Stroik. “There hasn’t been a new
church in America with this quality
and classic style in a couple of gen-
erations. So they were excited. It’s a
story of stained glass, plaster, paint-
ings and marble sculptures.”
Stroik went on to explain the impor-
tance of having Archbishop Raymond
L. Burke in his company throughout
his travels. “It was great for the Bishop
to have a say over colors, marbles, etc.
and take the time for these trips, since
he’s a very busy man,” he said. “He
A mix of yellow, red and gray fieldstone
comprises much of the exterior, which
was supplied by County Material
Corp. in La Crosse, WI. “My colleague,
[Mike Swinghamer of River Architects
in Lacrosse, WI, which served as the
Architect of Record and Architect of
Exterior], came up with this mix that he
felt was the nicest blend,” said Duncan
Stroik of Duncan G. Stroik Architect
LLC in South Bend, IN, which served
as the Design Architect and Architect
of Interior. “For all the architectural
elements, anything that had to be more
precise, we went with limestone. [The
warm fieldstone is] a nice contrast to the
cool limestone detailing.” The exterior
limestone came from Becker & Becker
Stone Company, Inc. of Dubuque, IA.
The exterior was intended with its rugged stone, tower and dome to appear as if it
grew out of the rock laden bluff.
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was very supportive and also very
involved in all of the stone decisions,
which was very exciting for myself
and Mike Swinghamer, along with Joe
Becker, the American installer.”
“Beautiful and lasting”
According to Burke, a continuing
goal for the planning and construc-
tion of the Church of the Shrine of Our
Lady of Guadalupe was to use only
materials which are truly beautiful
and lasting. Since the shrine would be
stationed on a rocky hill, a mix of yel-
low, red and gray fieldstone comprises
much of the exterior, which was sup-
plied by County Material Corp. in La
Crosse, WI. The design sought to cre-
ate an effect for patrons and passersby
where it would appear that the stone
was coming out of the hill.
“Our choice for the exterior stone
comes from the part of the country
in which the Shrine of Our Lady of
Guadalupe is located and which is most
beautiful and enduring,” said Burke.
Stroik explained that Swinghamer,
his partner for the project, came up
with the mix of fieldstone that he felt
was the nicest blend. “For all the archi-
tectural elements, anything that had
to be more precise, we went with lime-
stone,” he said. “[The warm fieldstone
is] a nice contrast to the cool limestone
detailing. Mike Swinghamer spent a
lot of time on getting the mix of stones
just right.”
“The lintels and other frames of win-
dows, doors, etc. on the exterior were
done in the classical limestone used
in the building of churches, down the
centuries,” added Burke. The exterior
limestone came from Becker & Becker
Stone Company, Inc. of Dubuque, IA.
Crossing a threshold
While the exterior is considered
simple and rugged, the interior is
intended to be more refined, elegant
and glorious, providing a nice contrast
between the two spaces. “The exterior
stonework serves to draw pilgrims to
the Church of the Shrine of Our Lady
of Guadalupe,” said Burke. “Its natural
beauty attracts the attention of the pil-
grim and invites the pilgrim to enter
the church. The stonework in the inte-
rior of the church coordinates with the
function of each space in the church.
“In the interior, in accord with the
long tradition in the building of church-
es, beautiful marbles of various colors
were chosen,” Burke continued. “The
coordination of the marbles is meant to
draw attention to the sacred reality of
the Church of the Shrine of Our Lady
of Guadalupe. The marbles were cho-
sen in Pietrasanta, Italy, a very old and
much esteemed center for marble work,
especially in the building of churches.”
The generous palette of marbles
— al l of which were suppl ied by
Italmarble Pocai Srl of Italy — are
found on all of the floors through-
out the shrine beginning in the nave,
which features Carrara “C,” Giallo
Reale, Breche Nouvelle, Rosso Levanto,
Bardiglio Chiaro, Tinos Green and
Rosso Portogallo. Those same selec-
tions — typically in 3- x 4-foot slabs
— are carried onto the flooring of the
transepts and the ambulatory.
The nave leads up to the sanctuary,
While the exterior is considered simple
and rugged, the interior is intended to
be more refined, elegant and glorious,
providing a nice contrast between the
two. “In the interior, in accord with
the long tradition in the building of
churches, beautiful marbles of various
colors were chosen,” said Archbishop
Raymond Burke, who was active in
the stone selection process. “The
coordination of the marbles is meant to
draw attention to the sacred reality of
the Church of the Shrine of Our Lady of
Guadalupe. The marbles were chosen
in Pietrasanta, Italy, a very old and
much esteemed center for marble work,
especially in the building of churches.”
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which has a floor with a slightly dif-
ferent decorative pattern, including
Noir St. Laurent, Statuario, Botticino
Classico, Rosso Levanto, Tinos Green
and Rosso Portogallo.
Located on the sanctuary, the altar
is set aside to be the most important
area of the shrine. As a result, it utilizes
the most expensive materials. “The
most beautiful marble work is found
in the sanctuary, in the altar, which is
the point of focus of the whole church,”
said Burke.
“With the multi-colored floor [in the
nave], we then wanted the sanctuary
to be ultra-white to stand out,” Stroik
added. “The biggest thing was how to
put this all together. We had a mosaic
and a tabernacle, but needed to see the
altar. As in classic Italian form, we put
the baldacchino, which is like a canopy
on four columns. I like to think of it as
an exclamation point; you want every-
one to see what’s underneath.
“We wanted to have all of the sanc-
tuary elements harmonize together
while allowing each to stand on its
own,” he continued. “Early on, we said
the altar would be red. Our supplier,
Pocai, helped us define the altar marble,
which ended up being a Rouge du Roi.”
Stroik went on to explain that the
Rouge du Roi means the “king’s red” in
French. “In previous centuries, only the
king could use it,” he said.
The altar additional ly features
Giallo Siena for the crown, and the four
baldacchino column shafts are mono-
lithic and made of Rosso Francia. “It’s a
piece of marble with a lot of movement
and veining,” Stroik said of the Rosso
Francia, adding that the colors used for
the baldacchino and the altar are clas-
sic, but expensive. “It was the right spot
to spend the money on, though.”
The wall of the major shrine is
Arabescato Orobico, while all of the
bases and the base at the shrine are
Verde Issorie. The treads and risers at
the shrine feature Botticino Classico.
Moreover, White Carrara “C” marble
can be found for all the donor plaques
and pilaster bases in the sanctuary, as
well as the minor shrine altar tops.
Stone continues into other spaces,
including the tabernacle, which fea-
tures White Carrara “Bianco P” for the
roof, architrave and cornice. Statuario
is utilized for its pedestal along with
the sanctuary communion rail, while
Belgium Black makes up the taber-
nacle’s column capitals and bases. The
column shafts use Sodalite, and the
base of the tabernacle is Venetian Gold.
Additionally, the tabernacle frieze
was done in a French Rouge Antique.
“We used a couple of French marbles
that were brought to my attention by the
supplier because he owned a quarry in
France,” said Stroik. “Because of this, he
allowed us to use them in lieu of Italian
marbles, which was very nice of him
since they’re more expensive otherwise.”
For exiting and entering the church,
the floor of the narthex is comprised
of different granites, including Santa
Cecilia, Carmen Red and Venetian
Gold. “The Italians were aghast that
we designed the narthex with a gran-
ite floor,” said Stroik. “But we really
felt that due to the cold winters in
Wisconsin, and the salt that would be
dragged in with the snow, we had to
Rouge du Roi, which in French means the
“king’s red” was chosen for the altar area.
Additionally, Giallo Sienna was selected
for the crown of the altar, and all of the
baldacchino columns are made of Rosso
Francia. “It’s a piece of marble with a lot
of movement and vein ing,” Stroik said of
the Rosso Francia, adding that the colors
used for the baldacchino and the altar are
classic, but expensive. “It was the right
spot to spend the money on, though.”
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consider that seriously. Marble would be eaten by the
salt, and would quickly lose its shine.”
Project challenges
Aside from the challenges of choosing the right
materials and blending them accordingly, the design
team was faced with difficulty from the start because
of the site’s topography. The shrine sits atop a hill,
and construction had limitations set by the county.
“The county would only let us build on certain
areas of the hill,” said Stroik. “We couldn’t make it
as long or wide as we might want because of site
limitations. Also, with steep topography it was
Stone continues into other spaces, including the
tabernacle, which features White Carrara “Bianco
P” for the roof, architrave and cornice. Statuario
is utilized for its pedestal, while Belgium Black
makes up the tabernacle’s column capitals and
bases. The column shafts features Sodalite, and
the tabernacle base is Venetian Gold.
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quite difficult to get machinery up
it, get a level ground to build on and
bring the stone up.
“The fabrication by Pocai and their
carvers and sculptors was excellent,”
he continued. “And the installation
by Twin Cities Tile and Marble of St.
Paul, MN, was top notch. They were
good at matching and installing the
marbles precisely. When there was a
problem, they fixed it immediately.
They took care of thi ngs well and
were great to work with.”
To ensure quality control, Stroik vis-
ited the site at least once a month, while
Swinghamer was there several times
a week. “He was great to work with,”
said Stroik. “We had a lot of fun work-
ing on it together.”
Opportune connections
Although the original design did not
call for a Mexican inspiration, Stroik
was pleased to discover the end project
had a few links. “There were a number
of nice connections,” he said. “Much
to my happiness, the ancient build-
ings dedicated to Guadalupe in Mexico
City that we studied had very similar
dimensions to what we built, which
was a surprise. I felt it was like a sister
or daughter of the Mexican churches.”
Pointing out another connection,
Stroik remarked that the base in the
narthex is a Gray Tapeaca from Mexico.
“It fit in well with the rest of the colors
and we wanted to use some elements
from Mexico,” he said.
Construction of the 35,000-square-
foot, $30 million project took a little
more than three years to complete, with
Stroik very proud of the final product.
“I hope that this building demonstrates
that it is possible to build churches like
this again,” he said.
“The overall response of those who
have been blessed to visit the Shrine
of Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of
awe at the beauty and of inspiration
to prayer and to greater trust in God’s
provident i al love,” Burke added.
“The shrine has become well known
throughout the U.S. and beyond. The
beauty of the stonework is a signifi-
cant part of what draws pilgrims to
the Shrine and makes their visit to the
shrine so memorable.” ❑
“It’s a story of stained glass, plaster, paintings and marble
sculptures,” said Stroik of the design concept behind the
interior work.
“The beauty of the stonework is a significant part of what draws
pilgrims to the shrine and makes their visit to the shrine so
memorable,” said Archbishop Burke.
Church of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
La Crosse, WI
Owner: Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Inc.
Contractor: Fowler and Hammer, La Crosse, WI
Architect of Record/Architect of Exterior: River Architects, La Crosse, WI
Design Architect/Architect of Interior: Duncan G. Stroik Architect LLC, South
Bend, IN
Exterior Stone Supplier: County Material Corp., La Crosse, WI (fieldstone);
Becker & Becker Stone Company, Inc., Dubuque, IA (limestone)
Interior Stone Supplier: Italmarble Pocai Srl, Italy
Interior Stone Installer: Twin Cities Tile and Marble, St. Paul, MN
Stone Statuary Supplier: Stone Consulting Sas, Italy
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In addition, the diamonds don’ t fall out of their segments until they’re
completely used, extending the life of the blade.
www.zenesistechnology.com
Granite City Tool - Diamond Blades
Product Description: The Rival Series of blades from Granite City
Tool was launched early last summer, and the company reports that it has
developed a loyal following with fabricators around the country. The Rival-
Red blade is a sandwich segment designed for lower-horsepower saws.
It is an economical blade giving a happy medium between blade life and
cutting speed.
The Rival-Yellow blades are made for customers who want a free cutting
blade that offers excellent blade life coupled with chip-free cutting. The
Rival-Yellow blade will also give above-average cutting speeds, resulting
from the segment formulation.
The Rival-Blue is designed for high-performance saws capable of
cutting speeds up to 25 feet per minute. The Rival-Blue blade was
engineered using sequence-applied diamond technology. This technology
enables diamonds to be placed vertically in rows, thus allowing the blade to
have more diamond exposure for increased cutting speeds and reliability.
Both the Rival-Yellow and the Rival-Blue blades are designed to pull less
amps on the motor while giving superior performance and life.
www.granitecitytool.com
Groves Inc. - Fold-Up A-Frame
Product Description: Groves Inc. is proud to introduce the FAF -
60 (Fold-Up A-Frame). The FAF - 60 was designed specifically for the
demanding needs of the stone fabricating industry. It features unique
folding base arms that greatly reduce its footprint for shipping, as well as
the cost for dimensional freight. It also offers reduced storage when not in
use. Simply fold up the base arms to reduce its footprint by nearly 50%, or
quickly disassemble for maximum floor space savings.
The FAF - 60 is made of hot-dipped galvanized steel for years of
service in the harshest of environments. With a 12,000-pound capacity
(6,000 pounds per side), the only thing lightweight about the FAF - 60
is its shipping weight. The unit is 60 inches long x 60 inches wide x 58
inches high with a 6-inch spread on top, and it ships knocked down for
lower freight cost.
Groves Inc. manufactures a full line of material handling solutions for
stone fabricators, including heavy-duty and standard duty storage systems,
jobsite dollies, shop carts, transportation racks, fabrication tables and
lightweight aluminum carts.
www.groves.com
Laser Products Industries - Laser Templating System
Product Description: Since 1995, Laser Products Industries --
which developed the LT-55XL Precision Laser Templator -- has focused
on supplying lasers that provide accurate measurements of jobsites and
assist in fabricating products to match.
The LT-55XL Precision Laser Templator allows users to walk off any
jobsite with a CAD-ready DXF file, and users can produce estimates on
the jobsite for their customers to sign. Moreover, Laser Products reports
that the system will improve overall quality, accuracy and speed --- leading
to quicker installations, less errors and virtually no scrap. Over 90% of the
features for the LT-55XL are in place because customers specifically asked
for them. Some of the recent updates include “Slab Layout,” “Alternate Cut
Sheets” and “Encryption.”
With Slab Layout, users can arrange individual pieces to determine how
many slabs will be needed to sell the customer. The Alternate Cut Sheets
update allows the fabricator/estimator to have a couple different printouts
-- depending on what information they need to show the customer as well
as the sawyers who are fabricating the job. Encryption allows the owners
of fabrication shops to ensure that their templators do not moonlight on
the side. All jobs produced with the LT-55 XLs can be encrypted so that no
other outsourced company can open and fabricate from them.
www.LaserProductsUS.com
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FABRICATING TECHNOLOGY
Nicolai Diamant - Multi-Blade Edge Breaker
Product Description: Unlike other multi-blade breakers, Nicolai
Diamant’s Tornado Series is designed with performance and longevity in
mind. Typical limitations are literally “blown away” with this new high-speed,
high-performance profile edge breaking system.
With a quick change of blades, the Tornado becomes a versatile
tool that will adapt and work for any profile that the user is setting up.
Fabricators will not need multiple breakers anymore. If the profile is F, V
or FV, the Tornado will easily handle any job to be processed. The Tornado
can achieve speeds from 70 to 100 inches per minute without overloading
the spindle amperage.
Touting a stainless steel core (which will not force operators to use
cones with water channels) and 4. 5-mm-thick blades, this tool was
engineered for optimal longevity.
Nicolai Diamant is so confident in the performance of the Tornado that
it will allow fabricators to try it for seven days before purchasing it.
www.nicolaidiamant.com
Omni Cubed, Inc. - Countertop Installation Cart
Product Description: The Pro-Cart AT1 by Omni Cubed, Inc. provides
a solution to the challenges associated with large and cumbersome
countertop installation carts. The cart is constructed from aluminum
tubing, so it is strong and lightweight at less than 50 pounds. Important
for climbing stairs, the cart stays attached to the countertop when lifted,
and the 8-inch casters allow resting on stair treads. Pneumatic casters
dampen vibrations and enable travel across rough terrain such as gravel
or lawns. The wheelbase makes the cart very stable, even with large tops,
and the cart’s high ground-clearance allows “popping of wheelies” over
larger curbs. In many cases, one person can push and maneuver the cart
by themselves. Tops are secured by clamps located on each side of the
cutout to reduce breakage in the middle.
The Folding Kit Accessory for the Pro-Cart AT1 enables the cart to be
folded down to a slender 9 inches wide for easy storage down the center
of A-frames, or even along the side of countertops in the truck. The Multi-
Top Accessory for the Pro-Cart AT1 allows multiple smaller countertops
to be transported simultaneously. On the second trip, the uprights can be
easily added, and the cart is ready for transporting the smaller pieces. The
lightweight aluminum uprights feature elongated and padded rails for full
support of countertops and a balanced design to prevent tipping of the cart.
www.omnicubed.com
Prodim - Wire Measuring/Templating Technology
Product Description: Serving all measurement needs in the stone
and building industry, the Prodim Proliner® offers optimal accuracy and
simplicity. The measuring head of the Proliner can be rotated in every
direction and has a wire that can be stretched out for several meters. With
the metal measuring pen at the end of the wire, users can simply mark the
relevant points, which are directly translated into a digital DXF CAD file.
Users can measure straight, curved or very complex shapes in an instant
with an accuracy of 0.5 mm. Users can also measure any object in horizontal,
vertical or slanting position. The digital drawing connects directly to any CNC
machine or plotter, and production runs in only a couple of minutes.
The Proliners all share the unique Proliner measuring by wire technology.
The 8 series 2D and 3D are the company’s most advanced measuring
devices, weighing only 22 pounds (10 kg), with a measuring head that
can be folded into the machine for optimal protection during travel. A
socket connection, as well as the possibility to use rechargeable batteries,
provides optimal flexibility. The machine has a USB port, so results can
be downloaded onto a laptop or USB stick, and the digitizing processing
can be started immediately. It has extensive integrated CAD software so
users can complete the drawing on the jobsite and prepare for production.
The Proliner® 8-Series can measure up to 14 meters -- or larger with the
integrated Leapfrog software. The unit is small and compact, but with extra
storage space. It is possible to carry two spare batteries, a digital camera,
different add-ons and there is still space for other items.
With all Proliners, there is no need for leveling the unit. The Proliner®
3D gives two-dimensional as well as three-dimensional results, and the
Proliner 2D gives out only two-dimensional results.
www.prodim.nl
Legend Stone Products - CNC Tool System
Product Description: Legend Stone Products has announced
the availability of the new Nicolai Diamant Tornado tool system for CNC
machines. The series is a revolutionary “corner breaker” system, and it is
composed of replaceable blades of different diameters. By assembling
small or larger blades, users will be able to create their own “corner breaker”
to better match the desired final shape. These tools can be purchased in
5- or 7-blade configurations.
www.legendstoneproducts.com
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FABRICATING TECHNOLOGY
Tenax - Epoxy Gel
Product Description: Epoxy Gel from Tenax is a bi-component
transparent knife-grade epoxy designed for gluing, laminating and joining
marble, granite and other stones as well as ceramic. The product can be
used for both indoor and outdoor applications, and it was formulated for
exceptional strength, outstanding mechanical properties and weather
resistance. Moreover, the product is VOC free.
The product gels in less than 10 minutes, and it is ready to work in less
than an hour.
www.tenaxusa.com
Stone Boss - Router Bits
Product Description: Panther router bits from Stone Boss are used
for fast clean edgework. The company reports that these router bits were
designed to offer premium quality with an affordable price. They are for use
on most routers, such as the Sector, Flex and Master 3000.
www.stoneboss.com
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For all seminars and a more complete calendar of stone industry events,
visit www.stoneworld.com.
CALENDAR
February 23 to 26, 2010
The Vitória Stone Fair 2010, Carapina
Expo Center, Serra, Espírito Santo, Bra-
zil. Contact: Milanez & Milaneze, +55
27 3337-6855; Fax: +55 27 3337-4011;
Web site: www.feiradomarmore.com.br.
March 6 to 9, 2010
The 10th China Xiamen International
Stone Fair, Xiamen International Con-
ference and Exhibition Center; Phone:
86-592-5959616 / 5959618; Fax: 86-
592-5959611; Web site: www.stone-
fair.org.cn; E-mail: info@cxisf.com,
info@stonefair.org.cn.
April 6 to 9, 2010
StoneTech Shanghai, Shanghai New In-
ternational Exhibition Center, China.
Organizer: CIEC Exhibition Co. Ltd.,
Shanghai, 1/F, No.6, E. Beisanhuan Rd.,
Beijing, China; Phone: 8610 84600802;
84600319; Fax: 8610 84600346;
E-mail: luyu@ciec.com.cn; Web site:
www.stonetech.org.cn.
April 16 to 18, 2010
2009 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show
(K/BIS) & Conference (conference begins
on April 15), McCormick Place, Chi-
cago, IL. Contact: VNU Expositions;
Phone: (800) 933-8735 or (770) 291-
5409; Fax: (770) 777-8700; E-mail:
kbiscustomerservice@vnuexpo.com.
April 27 to 30, 2010
Coverings 2010, Orange County Conven-
tion Center, Orlando, FL. Contact: Cover-
ings/National Trade Productions, 313 S.
Patrick St., Alexandria, VA 22314; Phone
in the U.S.: (866) 285-3691 or Interna-
tional: +1-703-706-8257; Fax: (703) 836-
4486; Web site: www.coverings.com.
May 19 to 22, 2010
CarraraMarmotec, Carrara, Italy. Orga-
nized by CarraraFiere Srl, Viale Galileo
Galilei 133, 54033 Marina di Carrara
(MS), Italy; Phone: +39-0585 787963;
Fax: +39-0585 787602; E-mail: info@
carraramarmotec.com; Web site:
http://www.carraramarmotec.com.
June 10 to 12, 2010
American Institute of Architects National
Convention and Design Expo, including
the Stone and Tile Pavilion, Miami,
FL. Contact: M/C Communications
LLC, 380 Stuart Street, 6th Floor, Bos-
ton, MA 02116; (888) 242-1824; E-mail:
aiaexpo@mc-comm.com or visit:
www.aia.org.
September 29 to October 2, 2010
Marmomacc 2010, the Internation-
al Exhibition of Marble, Stone and
Technology and Building Materials
Show, Verona, Italy. Contact: Ve-
ronafiere at 39-045-829-8111 (phone);
39-045-829-8288 (fax) or visit
www.marmomacc.it/home_en.asp.
September 28 to October 2, 2010
Cersaie 2010, Bologna Exhibition Cen-
tre, Bologna, Italy. Contact: P.O. Box
103-40050 Centergross, Bologna, Italy.
Phone: 39 051 6646000; Fax: 39 051
862514; Web site: www.cersaie.com.
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NEW PRODUCTS
Levantina’s Mediterraneo Collection
offers a selection of new materials: Blanco
Altea, Blanco Tabarca and Blanco Tabarca
Stripped. The company reports that the
materials are ideal
on exteriors due
to their excellent
physical qualities,
durability and low
porosity. As well
as their aesthetic
qualities, these materials have high-
thermal resistance and are one of the
better options in variable atmospheric
conditions, according to Levantina.
Benefits include:
• Adaptable to multiple fastening
systems
• Minimum maintenance
• High-impact resistance
Blanco Altea is flat and smooth. It
is recommended for ventilated and
non-ventilated fronts. Blanco Tabarca
is rough and rustic with a touch of
originality. It is also recommended for
ventilated and non-ventilated fronts.
Blanco Tabarca Stripped is non-slip and
suitable for both exterior and interior
applications. Formats include slab,
standard flagstone and cut-to-size in 2
and 3 cm thicknesses.
www.levantina.com
Caesar St one, a quar t z sur f ace
manufacturer, presents Motivo, a new
pattern-designed technique for its quartz
surfaces. To create
Motivo, CaesarStone
us e s a u ni que
patented polishing
method to create
contrasting gloss
and matte finish on
its quartz surfaces.
Motivo can be used for a multitude
of applications, including kitchen
backsplashes, shower walls, vanity tops,
wall paneling, bar tops, custom-made
furniture and more. Since there are
no minimum order requirements for
Motivo, it can be an option for projects
of all sizes.
Motivo will be available in two
patterns — Lace 2116: this delicate
floral pattern adds elegance and grace
to a room. The subtle design in brilliant
white is traditional
yet t rendset t i ng
and unique. And
Crocodile 3117: this
dramatic and daring
pattern adds a sense
of adventure to any
space. An exotic black surface, Crocodile
adds depth, intrigue and excitement to
interior designs.
The technique used to achieve
Motivo’s signature looks has been
caref ul l y developed i n order to
maintain the integrity of CaesarStone’s
high-quality standards and physical
properties. As with all CaesarStone
surfaces, Motivo in non-porous and
low-maintenance.
www.CaesarStoneUS.com
Levantina’s
Mediterraneo Collection
Lace 2116 from
CaesarStone’s Motivo
collection
Crocodile 3117 from
CaesarStone’s Motivo
collection
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NEW EQUIPMENT NEW LITERATURE
The Seam Setter VCA by Omni Cubed is replacing the Seam
Setter VC2 model. It joins seams, levels seams and stabilizes
backsplashes. The vacuum pump operates on AC Power or a
single 9V battery.
The working area
is easily accessible
with the units in
place, so removal
is not needed in
or de r t o appl y
epoxy or scrape
the seam, reports
the manufacturer.
The seam levelers
slide in tracks for
custom placement
on both sides of the seam and feature non-spinning feet
with replaceable vinyl caps to prevent scratching of surfaces.
The durable tightening handles are anodized machined
billet aluminum, and the large 6-inch cups handle heavy
countertops with ease, according to Omni Cubed. The
set includes seam setters, storage case, pump, adapters,
thumb-pump plungers (new back-up pumping option)
and cup covers.
www.omnicubed.com
Seam Setter VCA by Omni Cubed
Domain Industries, a nationwide supplier of premium
ki tchen and bat h product s, has announced t he
introduction of its new Fall 2009 dealer
catalog, feat ur i ng t he l atest l i ne- up of
stainless, copper, glass and vitreous porcelain
sinks as well as faucets and a full range of
stone fabrication tools and accessories. The
catalog features a completely restructured and
redefined approach to the way products are
showcased, according to Domain.
The new catalog boasts 68-full-color pages of high-
end kitchen and bath products, a complete collection of
sinks, an offering of power tools specific to the surfacing
industry and a peak at the new 2010 Affinity Surfaces
color l i ne-up, which was planned to debut i n early
November of 2009.
The new catalog also provides an additional platform
where it can be easily read, with the added convenience
of instant online access. Surfacing professionals can now
browse the full catalog and print out specific pages they need
to fill their demands instantly. Domain Industries reports
supporting all efforts in lessening the ecological footprint
and offers a new approach to conventional distribution
methods of its catalog.
www.FreeDomainCatalog.com
Domain
Industries’
Fall 2009
dealer catalog
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Machine
of the month
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esigned and manufactured by
Comandulli according to the
latest concepts and structural
principles, the Spira automatic belt
edge polishing machine can create and
polish flat, bevelled or pencil-round
edges, and the company reports that it
has been noted for its performance and
production on every kind of marble,
granite and engineered stone.
The machine was designed to be
simple in terms of its mechanical, elec-
trical and electronic equipments, and
it is easy to use and service. Technical
information is as follows:
Spindle Equipment
• 1 calibrating spindle
• 2 spindles for bevelling
at 45 degrees
• 5 horizontal spindles for
polishing the straight edges
• 6 bevelling spindles
at 45 degrees
• 1 spindle for grooves
Main Features
• Conveyor belt driven by a
stainless steel plane
• Pneumatic slab-holding pistons
• Control panel with touch-screen
visualized keyboard
• Main covers in stainless steel
• Water collecting tank
with lateral flows
• Tool cooling water flowing
outside the spindles and
managed by manual valves
• Initial and final rollers
• Manual bar for large-sized
slab support
• Control PLC with software
which automatically
synchronizes the spindle
and piston intervention as
the slab passes
www.comandulli.com
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MARKETPLACE
Proliner®, world’s leading digitizer in 2D & 3D measurement:
Measure stairs, bathrooms, swimming pool edges, formed
profiles, renovation, sinks, countertops, backsplashes and
all your other 2D and 3D objects.
PRODIM USA - Sales office USA - Mr. John Richerts
M. +1 678 699 0732 | E. johnr@prodimusa.com | I. www.prodimusa.com
PRODIM INTERNATIONAL - Sales office Europe - Lage Dijk 26, 5705 BZ Helmond – NL
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info@tristoneandtile.com
1-800-350-1901 • 1-626-443-6433
www.miraclesealants.com
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www.danroc.com
Your top source for high quality tool-holders for
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M S International, Inc. Brand/Model: Breton “Speedy Cut FK/NC 800”
Machine Type: Bride Saw
Year/Condition 2004: Very Good Condition
Elect. /Voltage: 208-230 V, 60 Cy, 3 Ph.
Description: Numerically controlled bridge saw cutting line for
countertop production or architectural work
• Infeed and outfeed conveyor tables, usable cut size of 138” x
138”, 29 hp direct drive motor can handle between 20” and 32”
blades, Manually tilting head from 0-90 degrees, Siemens control
unit with touch screen, Programmable for step cutting, multiple
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• 208V, 6800 hours total, currently under power
Appr. Repl. Cost: $250,000
Sales Prive: $125,00
FOB/Region: NORTHEAST
Curr. Status Make Offer: 914.997.7968
Email: Info@amendolamarble.net
Velocity Decorative Edge Shaper
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OBO. Location Calgary, Alberta
E-mail: mgolemme@graniteworx.com
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CMG TAURUS INLINE EDGER PROFILER: Brand new in 18months. Robust for heavy fast edging. Show-
room condition and currently in operation. 208 3 phase w transformer New $160,000.00 — $113,500.00
Very low hours. You pick up. Best offer. 410-829-2352 mike@segergranit.com

FLOW DUAL TABLE WATER-JET: 65,000 Ultra Pierce Hyper- Jet This machine is in showroom condition and
has very low hours and 18months old. Less than 300hrs.Included with machine, there are two water veyers and
hoppers for cleaning main tanks. Oversized Garnet hopper is included. Many spare parts and extras. Spare High
pressure pump assembly. Machine is in current operation. Transformer included. You pick up. Best offer. 208
3 phas4e w transformer fr 408 New $ 270,320.00 — $160,000.00 410-829-2352 mike@segergranite.com

DELL POWEREDGE 2900 SERVER with mirrored drives. 2 heavy cad and graphics work stations with 20”
flat screen monitors. New computers, New Server, Full Global Stone Pro Software packages, bidding, estimating
inventory, labeling, tracking, purchase ordering, Digistat and custom digistat vertical table Digitizing Software You
pick up. New $104,000.00 — $50,800.00 410-829-2352 Best offer. mike@segergranite.com

OVERHEAD BRIDGE CRANES AND REMOTES: One crane is 5 ton and the other is 1 ton. Both are brand
new. You will have to disassemble and relocate. New both are $86,000.00. $40,000.00 Please make Best
offer. 410-829-2352 mike@segergranite.com

TOYOTA 12,500LB FORKLIFT: Brand new 18 month old with dual front tires. Includes l0,000 lb lifting bar
with mess chains for bundles. Includes snow plow attachment. Excellent condition. 300hours. You pick up.
New $ 60468.00 — $46,500.00 Best offer. 410-829-2352 mike@segergranite.com
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ADVERTISER INDEX
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ABC Stone Trading 84 www.abcworldwidestone.com 516-997-9412
AIA 89 www.aia.org 800-242-3837
AmeriSink 65 www.amerisink.com 877-500-7465
Antolini Luigi 115 www.antolini.it +39 045 6836611
Anver 54 www.anver.com 978-568-0221
Artisan 4 www.ArtisanSinks.com 973-286-0080
Barranca Diamond 34 www.barrancadiamond.com 888-630-7682
Bestview International 6 www.bestviewintl.com 630-594-1816
Blick Industries 81 www.blickindustries.com 949-499-5026
Bramagran 75 www.bramagran.com.br 55 28 3542-8152
Braxton-Bragg 12 www.braxton-bragg.com 800-575-4401
Cactus Stone 25 www.cactusstone.com 602-914-2202
CaesarStone 29 www.CaesarStoneUS.com 877-978-2789
Cajugram 71 www.cajugram.com +55 28 3555 6140
Carmel Stone 11 www.carmelimports.com 888-633-0669
Carrara Show 69 www.carraramarmotec.com +39 0585 787963
Ceeta 104 www.ceeta.com +91 33 22832925/26
Chemcore 32 www.chemcore.com 866-243-6267
Cold Spring Granite 67 www.coldspringgranite.com 800-551-7502
Cosentino 37 www.cosentinonorthamerica.com 800-291-1311
Coverings 18 www.coverings.com 866-285-3691
Diamond Tech International 106 www.diamondsaws.com 800-937-9593
Dimpomar 64 www.dimpomar.com +351-268-408-128
Domain Industries 90 www.FreeDomainCatalog.com 866-385-7775
Dry Treat 59 www.drytreat.com 866-667-5119
G-Clip 103 www.braxton-bragg.com 800-575-4401
GMM S.p.A. 35 www.gmm.it +39 0323 849711
Gramil 77 www.gramil.com.br +55 27 3357 7250
Granite City Tool 68 www.granitecitytool.com 800-328-7094
Granite Depot 7 www.granitedepot.us 904-306-0036
Granitex S.p.A. 2 www.granitex.it +39 045 8875111
Granito Zucchi 3 www.granitozucchi.com.br 55 27 3243-9666
GranQuartz 17,50a,82a87 www.granquartz.com 800-458-6222
Groves Inc. 39 www.groves.com 800-991-2120
IGM-International Granite & Marble 116 www.igmcorp.com 800-446-2677
Indiana Limestone Co. 45 www.IndianaLimestoneCompany.com 800-457-4026
JMS 30 www.juramarble.com +49 8421 3061
Laser Products 21 www.LaserProductsUS.com 866-539-0052
Legend Stone Products 105 www.legendstoneproducts.com 973-473-7088
Mag Ban 84 www.magban.com.br 55 28 3515 1651
Magnitos 57 www.magnitos.com.br +55 28 3518 8302
Marble Institute of America 85 www.marble-institute.com 440-250-9222
Marmi Bruno Zanet 73 www.brunozanet.com +30 045 6833444
Milaneze y Milaneze 79 www.vitoriastonefair.com.br +55 27 3434.0600
Miracle Sealants 28 www.miraclesealants.com 800-350-1901
Moraware 83 www.moraware.com 866-312-9273
MS International 50b,50c www.msistone.com 714-685-7500
Nicolai Diamant 61 www.nicolaidiamant.com 802-661-8731
Omni Cubed 78 www.omnicubed.com 877-311-1976
Pearl Abrasive 27 www.pearlabrasive.com 800-969-5561
Pellegrini 93 www.pellegrini.net +045 820 36 66
Pemagran 43 www.pemagran.com.br +55 28 2101 8000
Pokarna Limited 8,9 www.pokarna.com 91 40 2789 7722/6361
Primestone 41 www.primestone.ca 905-669-2999
Prodim 31 www.prodimusa.com 888-229-3328
Rock of Ages 51 www.rockofages.com 802-476-3121
Santo Antonio Granitos 22,23 www.santonio.com.br 55 28 2102 1920
SassoAmerica 40 www.SassoAmerica.com 314-533-6500
Stone Boss/Terminator 49 www.ContinentalDIA.com 800-595-1237
Tab India 14,15 www.tabindia.com 763-571-8400
Tekmar 3 www.tekmarble.com +90 212 3372800
Tenax U.S.A. 53 www.tenaxusa.com 800-341-0432
Terminator 50d www.ContinentalDIA.com 800-595-1237
VM Kaldorf 10 www.vm-kaldorf.de +49 8423/9911-0
Wilson Industrial Electric 98 www.wilsonsaws.com 706-213-6725
Windy Ridge Corp. 103 www.jetstik.com 800-639-2021
Wood’s Powr-Grip, Inc. 70 www.powrgrip.com 800-548-7341
World Wide Stone Corp. 5 www.durangostone.com 602-438-1001
Zenesis 63 www.gtdiamond.com 949-261-2322
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