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DITEQ Hits The Five Spot

LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo.DITEQ Corporation, a noted producer and supplier of diamond tools and related construction equipment, celebrated its fifth anniversary last month.
DITEQ is the vision of several individuals who work to insure the company’s continued success. YC Park, Kevin Wilson and Robert Coats were all part of the original team who set forth on a path to create a company that gave the little guy a chance to compete.
“The efforts of these individuals have been instrumental in the company’s success,” said DITEQ President Dan Steiner. “These guys are the foundation of the company. Their past industry contribution and market knowledge have created new opportunities for many people. Surpassing the five-year mark is our first milestone.”
Of the company tag line – Discover the DITEQ Difference – Steiner noted that difference is “our people.”
We have the best people in the world”, he said. “Our employees go the extra mile to insure our customers’ success. When you call DITEQ, you get a voice on our end that is ready and willing to help you. We don’t hide behind computers or voice-mail. We believe that you should treat your customers as you would your friends.”
Company officials also noted the strategic alliances created with other niche companies. DITEQ is also known as Shibuya USA; it’s the exclusive North American and South American supplier of the famous core drilling line from Japan.
“Shibuya is the most complete line of core drilling products in the world,” said Bob Coats, DITEQ executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Their engineering is second to none.”
Other strategic alliances include the Dustless Technologies wet/dry muzzle and vacuum system for power tools; Keyang power tools which include grinders, polishers and hammer drills; EMAK gasoline cut/off saws; IDA Technologies rail saws and the Rocket precision tile saw; Richmond Industries floor grinders; and Nasong scarifiers and large grinders.
“Because we are 100-percent sales driven, that allows us to be flexible and focused in our approach to supplying the needs of our customers,” said Sonja Bennett, vice president of business development. “That’s why strategic alliances are so important to DITEQ. We get our customers what they need to be a complete supplier.”
DITEQ officials also cited the company’s ARIX diamond-blade technology as part of its succcess. ARIX diamond blades have strategically aligned diamonds, set to control wear and make the blade cut faster, without sacrificing one for the other. ARIX diamond blades allow an increase in cutting speed by 30 percent to 50 percent while extending the blade life.

People - January 2008

    • Biesse America appoints Alessandra Torri as North American market and sales analyst/database administrator. A native of Italy, Torri has been active in the marketing arena for more than 10 years; as part of the sales and marketing team of Biesse S.p.a. in Pesaro, Italy, she was responsible for managing and distributing information to the company’s global sales.
    The Charlotte, N.C., company also appoints Fabio Cardarelli as North American service and parts manager. Cardarelli previously served as Biesse’s parts manager.
    • Douglas S. Goldsmith, president/COO of Rock of Ages Corp.’s quarry division, left the Concord, N.H. quarrier/fabricator to become CFO of NRG Systems, a privately held manufacturer of wind assessment and turbine control wind-power-equipment company in Hinesburg, Vt. Donald Labonte, president/COO of Rock of Ages’ manufacturing division, will assume responsibility for both divisions.
    • Bonsal American Inc. adds Art Henson as marketing coordinator, handling graphic design for all brands, including Sakrete, ProSpec and Amguard. He holds more than 14 years of marketing and advertising experience; prior to joining Charlotte, N.C.-based Bonsal, he ran his own design firm, Henson Advertising.  
    • Delta Diamond Tools appoints James P. Whalen as its first national sales manager, with sales/marketing responsibility for all of the tools and consumables sold by the Southfield, Mich.-based company. Whalen’s 15 years of sales experience includes the last several in the stone industry.
    • Dr. Neil McMurdie joins MAPEI as director of research and development efforts for MAPEI Americas. A graduate of Yale University, with a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry, McMurdie worked at PPG Industries for 14 years before coming to Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based MAPEI Americas.
    • Creative Materials Corp. names John Sesonske as supply chain manager. He’ll oversee all customer service, importation, inventory management and product sampling for more than 30 national accounts; he brings more than 15 years of experience in supply-chain-component management to the Albany, N.Y.-based nationwide distributor of architectural tile, brick, and stone.

People - December 2007

    • Biesse S.p.A appoints Jacqueline Liger as North American marketing manager, based in Charlotte, N.C. She previously served as marketing manager of the wood division for the Pesaro, Italy-based equipment manufacturer; she holds a background in international business, including public relations and marketing efforts in in the United States, Italy and France.
    • Stone Construction Equipment Inc. adds Mike Clark as district manager for Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the province of Manitoba. He brings more than 20 years of experience in the equipment-sales and -rental industry to the Honeoye, N.Y. construction-equipment company.
    • Biesse S.p.A appoints Courtney Dupuy as showroom coordinator. Dupuy, who’s worked with the company for six years, will be in charge of the area for equipment display and technical seminars at Biesse America’s Charlotte, N.C., headquarters; a new facility will be in place at the end of 2008.

Company Notes - January 2008

   • VT Industries of Holstein, Iowa, is now a Silestone® co-exclusive distributor and fabricator, putting 1,200 slabs on order late last year – with an expected additional 5,000 slabs in 2008. The company will use its Rome, Ga., facility to initially fabricate the material from Cosentino North America; other plants are planned in California, Iowa and Canada.
    • Vetter Stone will provide the limestone cladding for the new Minnesota Twins baseball stadium now under construction in Minneapolis. The Mankato, Minn., Free Press reports that the job will use 100,000 ft² of stone cut into 4”-thick panels – a haul of 100 truckloads from a quarry located near Mankato. The stone will be anchored to pre-cast panels; shipments should begin in March.
    • Intermac Canada signed an agreement with Derusha Supply Inc. to represent Intermac products in Quebec and and the Maritime provinces. Headquartered in Stanstead, Quebec, Derusha Supply will take on the complete line of Intermac stone-production equipment,
    • Stone 3000 relocated in November to 115-10th St. in the Cold Spring Business Park in Cold Spring, Minn. The quarry-consulting business now offers a showroom to display stone-cutting equipment; the company, headed by Aleksandar Tomovic, is the North American agent for OGYU Manufacturing Equipment.

Company Notes - December 2007

    • Biesse Canada opens an in Toronto this month. The 6,200 ft² facility includes a 5,050 ft² showroom featuring an Intermac’s Master 33 Twin CNC production center.
    • Bonanza Trade & Supply opens a state-of-the-art Website at www.stonetooling.com that allows customers to purchase more than 4,000 products in categories ranging from diamond tooling to stone care to power tools. The Website also provides technical information regarding blade speeds, stone care, edge details and troubleshooting techniques.
    • MAPEI Corporation broke ground on Nov. 12 on a project to double the size of its Garland, Texas, plant. The 79,000 ft² (7 339 m2) of new space will include warehousing and distribution of its adhesives, grouts and accessory products, as well as further production capacity planned for the middle of next year. The new facility will also include space for the MAPEI Technical Institute (MTI).
    • Chicago Granite & Marble revamps its Franklin Park, Ill., warehouse and fabrication center in Franklin Park, Ill., to include a full-service customer-service center. The entire plant, located near O’Hare International Airport, occupies a combined slab-storage and fabrication-shop space  of 60,000 ft².
    • LATICRETE International Inc. will open a new 80,000 ft² manufacturing facility next month in Lebanon, Ore. The facility will offer products from the Bethany, Conn.-based manufacturer of ceramic tile and stone installation products to aid builders in reaching compliance with LEED guidelines in the Pacific Northwest.