People and places in the stone trade.

Company Notes - August 2008

   • U.S. Mix Co. of Denver signed a new agreement with Sakrete of North America that extends its Sakrete program in the western United States. U.S. Mix will produce and  promote all of Charlotte, N.C.-based Sakrete’s products in Colorado as well as parts of Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska.  
   • Jeff Wendel of Wisenbaker Builder Services in Houston is the proud new owner of a Suzuki Hayabusa superbike, courtesy of GranQuartz LLC and its ADI Ultra High Speed (UHS) CNC Tooling Sweepstakes. Wendel won the grand prize in the promotion for ADI high-speed CNC tools.
   • Lowe’s Companies Inc., the parent firm of the Lowe’s hardware chain, purchased Marble and Granite Works Inc. of Plain City, Ohio, in June, according to Business First of Columbus. Marble and Granite Works, which employs more than 150, supplied countertops for Lowe’s outlets in the region for several years; terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
   • The Marble Institute of America donated copies of its Dimension Stone Design Manual to schools of architecture throughout the United States this summer.
   • VIC International Corp. launched its Website in June, offering exclusive pricing to fabrication shops. The online supply service takes orders round-the-clock, seven-days-weekly, and gives fabricators the ability to pay with credit cards.
   • Chicago Granite & Marble (CGM) recently received a ranking of the 48th fastest growing company on the Crain’s Top 50 Chicago list for the second consecutive year. The Franklin Park, Ill.-based supplier, fabricator and installer of natural-stone slabs and tiles posted a 161-percent growth rate in business during the last five years,

Calypso, WJS Join Forces

  DALLASCalypso WaterJet and WaterJet Wasserstrahl Schneidetechnik GmbH (WJS) recently announced a partnership for delivering and servicing industrial waterjects in Europe.
   In the agreement, Dallas-based Calypso will be the primary supplier of waterjet systems and control to WJS. In return, WJS – based in Neustadt, Germany – will assume Calypso’s sales and service in continental Europe.
   The two companies will also collaborate on waterjet-system designs, with four products set for the European/Middle East market.
   Calypso is a vertically integrated manufacturer of waterjet-cutting systems, water-recycling systems and accessories. Founded in 1992, the company’s primary base is North America; it began exporting to Europe in 2005.
   WJS began in 1998 as the German sales/service subsidiary of a Swedish manufacturer of waterjet systems. In 2005, WJS became an independent company, building a large waterjet system sales/service organization in Europe and the Middle East.

People - June 2008

    • Rich LaRocca, Peter Mileo and Michael Weaver join Trans Ceramica in Chicago as special projects managers. The three will join Missy Walker in managing new specifications and national account opportunities for the company, which manages U.S. operations for GranitiFiandre of Castellarano, Italy.

CMS Opens New Plant

LEVATE, ItalyCMS Industries, producer of CMS S.p.A. Brembana-brand stone machinery, opened a new 60,000 m²/645,834 ft² plant here on June 29.
The facility – with 25,000 m²/269,097 ft² under the roof – will concentrate product lines for the stone and glass industries, now offered under the Brembana and Tecnocut S.p.A. nameplates.
The company will continue its expansion of facilities with an enlargement of its plant in Zogno, Italy, scheduled to be completed within the next two years.

Company Notes - June 2008

    • Charlotte, N.C.-based ProSpec acquired the La Mirada, Calif., construction-materials manufacturing plant of Headwaters Inc. of South Jourdan, Utah, this spring. The facility will produce tile and stone grouts, thin-set mortars and surface-prep materials for ProSpec, the professional-oriented brand of Bonsal American Inc.
    • The Dwyer, a new high-rise luxury apartment building being constructed just north of Central Park in New York, will use Glacier Blue™ Devonian Sandstone from Devonian Stone of New York Inc. in Windsor, N.Y., for the lobby. More than 2,000 ft² of stone tiles will be used for the project, each measuring 18" x 36".
    • ProSpec partners with Tyco Thermal Controls, a division of Tyco International, to distribute the Raychem QuickNet® radiant-heat floor system for natural-stone installations.