People and places in the stone trade.

Briefs - February 2005

   • Universal Granite & Marble Inc. of Naperville, Ill., is now distributing natural-quartz surfaces from Quarella S.p.a. of Verona, Italy. The product is already in use in the United States, including 182,000 ft² at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas.
   • ETemplate™ Systems, a division of Tri-Tech Solutions, Inc., and Aegis Commerce recently formed an alliance to import final measurement data directly from the ETemplate Photo’s finished digital template into StoneLogic™, a stone-specific business process and production management system. StoneLogic extracts the required measurement data and updates the quote for final pricing before it goes to production.  All pricing adjustments are automatically recorded and displayed through an audit trail in the StoneLogic system.
   • Testing Engineers International Inc. moved to larger quarters in early January; the stone and tile laboratory is now at 3455 South 500 West in Salt Lake City. The company’s mailing address and phone numbers remain the same; the main number is still 801-262-2332.
   • IWT Tesoro Corp, parent company of International Wholesale Tile (IWT), reported revenues of $11.1 million for third quarter 2004,showing a 23-percent increase from the same period in 2003. The upbeat news came even as IWT, based in Palm City, Fla., dealt with hurricanes and other severe weather in the Southeastern United States.

People - January 2005

    • Terrazzo and Marble Supply Cos. (T&M) of appoints Jeff McCollum as marketing manager. He joins the Wheeling, Ill.-based stone, equipment and supplies distributor with more than 10 years of sales and marketing experience.
    • The International Solid Surface Fabricators Association (ISSFA) appoints Bill Wolle as director of education and certification. He brings more than 25 years of experience as a fabricator and trainer to the Henderson, Nev., association, including the last dozen years with a Florida solid-surface distributor.
    • Cold Spring Granite Co. announces the addition of Craig Gerber and Ken Hogan as new regional sales representatives for the Cold Spring, Minn., quarrier and manufacturer.  Gerber, with a background in construction, will cover California, Hawaii and Nevada from his Kenora, Calif., office. Hogan, with years of experience in the cast-stone industry, is responsible for Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the city of St. Louis.Missouri from his office in Indian Springs, Ohio.
    • GranQuartz appoints Randy Honken as sales representative for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. Prior to joining the Tucker, Ga., tool and equipment distributor, Honken worked in the stone industry for more than seven years representing Park Industries. The Tucker, Ga.-based tool and equipment distributor also hires Darren McKenzie and John Clark for Inside Sales; McKenzie holds more than 30 years of experience in project management, engineering and customer service, and Clark is a veteran of 15 years in industrial distribution sales.
    GranQuartz also appoints Greg Garrison as product quality manager. He holds more than 15 years of experience in managing quality systems for international companies.

People - December 2004

   • Polycor promotes Patrick Perus to vice president of sales and marketing. He remains president for two Polycor divisions: Georgia Marble Dimension Stone and Valley Family, and also continues as president of Polycor Georgia Marble and Colorado Stone Quarries.
   • Rock of Ages Corp. names Caryn Crump as its new senior vice president/marketing for its Memorials Division. She previously worked at ConAgra, Coca-Cola, Shell Oil and Pennzoil, where she reported to Rick Wrabel, now president/COO of the Concord, N.H.-based quarrier/producer.
   • Park Industries announces Gerry Waleztko as vice president of research and development. Waleztko, a veteran of 16 years with Park, will oversee new product development for both the Interiors and Architectural divisions. Dennis Emslander is now Interiors Division Sales Manager; he previously worked as sales manager Architectural division for six years.
   Also at Park, Jim O’Connor is the new saws and edgers product team manager for Interiors, his latest position in more than 13 years at the Saint Cloud, Minn., company. Dale McAvoy, the leader of the Interiors sales team for more than four years, becomes field service manager for Interiors; Gordy Roy takes on the new position of Interiors field service coordinator.
   Jeff Walerius, now in his fourth year at Park, is Architectural division sales manager.
   • Keith Haney is the new Western regional sales manager for LATICRETE International Inc. in Bethany, Conn. The 18-year veteran of the tile, stone and construction markets will oversee technical sales representatives and work with the company’s distributor network in coordinating sales and education efforts.

Briefs - January 2005

   • StoneCraft Tooling and Supply held its Third Annual Tool Show at its warehouse facility in Houston on Dec. 10; a total of 13 vendors showed off their latest products for area customers. The company will hold its Gulf Coast Tool Show at P.B.I. Granite in New Orleans on Jan. 29.
    • Polycor Georgia Marble will hold its Grand Open House on Jan. 24 in Tate, Ga., in cooperation with G & L Distributors, Stone Connection and IGM. The event includes a complete guided tour of production facilities, installations and the Georgia Marble quarry.
    • Diamond Tech International, Tampa, Fla., announces recent updates to its Website. The site proves product and company information, easy-to-read product descriptions, comparison charts, product testimonials and instant online ordering.
    • GranQuartz Stone Care Systems of Tucker, Ga., is now the exclusive North American importer and master distributor for Lithofin Products of Wendlingen, Germany.  The entire range of Lithofin products includes products for cleaning, protecting and maintaining natural and engineered stone, as well ceramic, porcelain, terra cotta and terrazzo.

People - November 2004

Dakota Granite Co.’s board of directors recently named Chuck Monson as president. Monson, who’s also chairman of the board and CEO, has been with the Milbank, S.D., quarrier and producer for 25 years.
Cathy Mayer is the new membership director of the Marble Institute of America Inc. Before joining the Cleveland-based stone-industry group, Mayer worked at NACSCORP, a college-bookstore industry association in Oberlin, Ohio.
Rock of Ages Corp. names Caryn Crump as its new senior vice president/marketing for its Memorials Division. She previously worked at ConAgra, Coca-Cola, Shell Oil and Pennzoil, where she reported to Rick Wrabel, now president/COO of the Concord, N.H.-based quarrier/producer.
Precision H²O appoints Kathy Marshall as a CAD/CAM operator-designer at its Spokane, Wash., mural department. Marshall brings 12 years of design experience to the Spokane-based waterjet-cutting service.