Key Company Milestones

Since 1963, Park Industries® has been designing, manufacturing, selling, and supporting high precision fabrication solutions. Where stone fabrication has evolved, we have helped prompt the change, or at the very least evolved with it. Our invaluable experience in this industry is unmatched and benefits our customers greatly.

Take a scroll through Park Industries company history.

1950’s

1952

Gran-A-Stone company was founded by Leon Schlough & Alvina Schlough. This business manufactured and sold a concrete stone product that was used as a building veneer similar to face brick.

1953

Park Tool Company began as a division of Gran-A-Stone company.

Leon Schlough realized that the Gran-A-Stone product was larger and harder than brick that masons were accustomed to using. Therefore, he designed and built a hydraulic press to split the Gran-A-Stone blocks. At this time, there wasn’t an adequate splitter available in the market to cut Gran-A-Stone.

1954

The answer to the Gran-A-Stone challenge was launched by Leon Schlough, as a hydraulic masonry cutter – known as the HYDRASPLIT Model 888.

1956

During this time, two larger machines capable of splitting larger materials were developed and introduced. This led to inquiries for larger, production oriented machines for use in quarries and stone manufacturing plants. The first of these machines was the HYDRASPLIT Model 2440P , the first “equalizing blade” machine with a splitting force of 80,000 pounds, 8 inch max split thickness, and 24 inch split width.

1960’s

1960

Next came the HYDRASPLIT Model 38 with 220,000 pounds of splitting force, 12 inch split thickness, and 38 inch split width.

1961

The HYDRASPLIT Model 50 was introduced. Many of the design concepts introduced in the 38 & 50 Models were used for future models. Model 50 had a 12 inch split thickness and 50 inch split width.

1965

Park Tool Company had the opportunity to build an even larger HYDRASPLIT machine for a customer with a special job. This machine became the Model 96 and led Gran-A-Stone company into the monument and curbing industries. The Model 96 had a 600 ton split force, 18 inch split thickness, and 96 inch split width.

1969

Tom Schlough, son of Leon Schlough, joins Gran-A-Stone Company.

1970’s

1970

The first 10′ HYDRASPLIT product was the Model 120. This machine had 1.2 million pounds of splitting force, making it the most powerful machine built in its time. The Model 120 had a 120 inch split width.

1971

The Slant and Bevel Marker System was introduced. It was designed to improved efficiency in monument work manufacturing.

1972

Gran-A-Stone Company divide into two individual companies: 1) Gran-A-Stone 2) Park Tool Company.

The Slab Turner was introduced. It was used to rotate stone slabs. This product was later renamed the ‘POSI-TURNER’ and has since been sold to many Fortune 500 Companies for use in a variety of applications.

1976

Tom and Joyce Schlough purchased ‘Park Tool Company’ from Leon Schlough, Tom’s father.

1977

Park Tool Company launched their 1st United Way Campaign.

1979

Diamond Tipped Disc Saw was developed and introduced. It was used for cutting granite slabs into “slant and hickey” markers. The Diamond Tipped Disc Saw had a 60 inch blade diameter, 22 inch split thickness, and 10 feet cut length.

1980’s

1980

120″ Diamond Saw was manufactured. Currently, several models in different sizes and capabilities are in use for the production of granite, marble, limestone, sandstone, and man-made products. The 120″ Diamond Saw had a 50 inch split thickness and 10 feet cut length.

1981

HYDRASPLIT Rubble Handling System was designed and introduced. This machine, a conveyor system to carry stone slabs into the HYDRASPLIT and cut pieces out, was designed to help our customers increase production, save labor, and improve material handling and working conditions.

1985

‘Park Tool Company’ changed its name to ‘Park Industries, Inc.®’

Park Industries, Inc.® built and moved to a new facility located at 6600 Saukview Drive, St. Cloud, MN. The 30,000 sq. ft. facility was needed to provide more efficient production space and capabilities to respond to its customers’ growing needs.

1986

The ACCU-CUT was designed and manufactured. This was the first machine designed for granite countertop fabricators. It was a flexible diamond sawing/profiling system for dimensional and decorative stone cutting needs.

1988

1st Automatic CNC Router Developed and Introduced: developed for the dimensional shaping and cutting of marble and granite for primarily countertops and vanities.

1989

Adoption of the ‘Quality System Pledge’:
A contributing factor to our success was the adoption of a Quality System, which invites all Park Industries® associates to suggest ways to reduce cost and improve performance. Every Park associate signs the quality pledge; “I agree to develop, produce, and provide on time products and services that conform to our customers’ requirements.”

1990’s

1992

The 1st Pro-Edge, Edge Polishing Machine was launched. This was a very important innovation for Park – established Park as a legitimate equipment provider to the granite countertop industry.

1993

A Board of Advisers for Park Industries® was formed.

1994

The COUGAR Diamond Saw was launched.

1995

The WIZARD Radial Arm Edge Shaping & Polishing Machine and the Automatic HYDRASPLIT® Stone Splitting System were launched.

1997

The EAGLE II Block Saw and the CNC Automatic Profiler were launched.

1998

The ODYSSEY CNC Sawing, Routing, & Edging Shaping Machine and the JAGUAR Diamond Saw were launched.

1999

The 6301 facility was built to accommodate countertop customer growth and improve manufacturing systems and efficiency.

2000’s

2001

The ParkWay™ was established.

2003

The 1st ThinStone machine was introduced to the market – a custom project for a long time customer that evolved into a major product line.

2004

Park Industries® was presented the ‘Good Samaritan Award’ from Catholic Charities of St. Cloud, MN.

2005

The VELOCITY® Decorative Edger was launched.

2006

“Board of Advisers” shifted to “Board of Directors” – providing a governance structure to align/balance.

PRO-EDGE® IV, the latest in Decorative Edger was introduced, along with the FUSION® WaterJet Series for countertops, and the TXS-4000 Series ThinStone Veneer Saw.

2007

The Pathfinder® Digital Slab Station was launched, along with the Architectural YUKON® II Semi-Auto Bridge Saw.

Park Industries® received a national award for ‘Best Small & Medium Companies to Work for in America’.

2010’s

2010

Park Industries® TXS Thin Veneer Saws were awarded a United States Patent.

2012

The TITAN® Fab Center CNC Saw + Router was launched.

Mike Schlough (son of Tom Schlough) and Joan Schatz accepted the position of Park Industries® Co-Presidents.

2013

HydroClear™ Water Clarification Systems were launched.
Park Industries® Celebrates 60th Anniversary.

2014

2015

The FUSION® WaterJet receives the ‘Innovation Award’ of Greater St. Cloud, MN Development Corporation.

United Way awarded Park Industries® ‘Best in Show” for large companies in Central MN.

Tom Schlough receives 2015 ‘Migliore Award” for Lifetime Achievement.

2016

The SABER™ 5-Axis CNC Saw, FASTBACK® II Flat Edge Polisher, and Architectural FUSION® CNC SawJet Series were launched.

Park Industries® was awarded ‘Manufacture of the Year’ by Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association’s.

2017

The TXS-3000 Whisper ThinStone® Veneer Saw, RAPTOR, and OPTIMUS™ Robotic SawJet were introduced.

6301 building starts facility expansion to increase capacity and improve manufacturing processes.

Park Industries® was awarded ‘Best of Technology’ at TISE (The International Surface Event) for the OPTIMUS® Robotic SawJet.

2018

The SABERjet™ CNC SawJet was introduced.

Park entered the Metals Market with the KANO™ CNC Plasma Cutting Machine.

Used Stone Machinery Listings

In the first six months that we owned our SABERjet™, we increased sales by $100,000 and decreased labor by $80,000.

Brian Ricciardi

Ricciardi Marble & Granite

Our experience with Park Industries® machinery has been a night and day difference above the other equipment companies.

Mike Medina

NSDF

The ability to hold each person from the measurer through installation accountable for each individual piece of every job is invaluable. With each piece being carefully checked and signed off on by each person that touches it we have seen a dramatic decrease in rebuilds and refabs and ultimately, happier customers. It has stopped our guys from being able to pass an issue down the line to the next guy which was causing us to over fabricate pieces, wasting time and effort. The product has honestly made us a more successful shop with our customer satisfaction and financially.

Brian Tekulve

Front Range Stone

Since the implementation of SPEEDlabel® we have been able to grow 2 fold in the past 2 year’s without adding additional CAD personal. Simply amazing. And now to be coupled with we are very excited about the future of our companies bottom line. More production and better quality, fewer remakes, and all in less time. It’s a no brainer.

Matt Hasley

Big Creek Granite

Before purchasing the HydroClear, we were cleaning our water recycling system twice a week. With the addition of the HydroClear we clean it once a month.

Randy Rangel

Vaughn's Countertops

We have seen immediate improvement with the addition of the HydroClear. Our previous water filtration unit could not keep up with our saws. Any sawing after hours would result in a flooded shop. Now we are able to run overnight without any problems. The HydroClear is, simply put, a better piece of equipment. It saves us costs on parts and labor, allows more space, and requires less maintenance.

Rob Solfisburg

IBC Lansing Cut Stone

The HydroClear keeps production running efficiently, our machines operating clean, and our water bill low.

Charlie Sofronas

Sygma Stone

The TXS-4800 has a double blade that makes it easy to adjust thickness. The flexibility of the machine produces high-quality cuts of thin brick, thin brick corners, and lipped stretchers. The TXS-4800 has cut our production time in about half. It is a huge labor savings.

Gerry Gunning

Interstate Brick

The TXS is unbelievable. It will be a while before we get our crew up to the capability of the machine. I love the unbreakable-ness of it, and I love all the support.

Mike Harrington

Stoneyard Building Materials

First and foremost our new TXS-4500 SA (Single Arbor) machine paid for itself in under two months. Secondly, if it was not for the TXS-4500 we would not have been able to meet our customer’s needs. Finally, the total experience in dealing with Park Industries® has been refreshing and first class.

T.J. Jaworsky

Blakes Wholesale Stone

The TXS-4500 Single-Arbor machine has taken our production from 500 ceramic bricks per day to 3,000 per day, still utilizing just one person!

Mike Kaiser

Cloud Ceramics

The PRO-EDGE® IV Edge Polisher has helped increase production and get more finished countertops out the door. We’ve had no issues with operating this machine, it’s compact, and the chore of maintenance has been eased.

Shawn Gomes

Ceramic Tile Plus

The TITAN® Fab Center helps small startup businesses grow. We just got the SABER and it complements the Fab Center well. The combination of the two is unbelievable. We have quadrupled our production!

Kevin Meyer

Countertop Factory

The TITAN® Fab Center has exceeded our expectations and our production has increased tenfold. We were doing 2-3 kitchens per week by hand and with the TITAN® Fab Center we are doing two kitchens a day with two men with ease.

Brenton Springer

Premier Surfaces

We are very excited about the benefits of the OPTIMUS™, the low maintenance, and operational simplicity.

Tom Callahan

True Blue Granite

First and foremost, our ThinStone® TXS machine paid for itself in under two months. Secondly, if it was not for the TXS we would not have been able to meet our customer’s needs. Finally, the total experience in dealing with Park Industries® has been refreshing and first class.

T.J. Jaworsky

Blakes Wholesale Stone

The ThinStone® TXS machine is unbelievable. It will be a while before we get our crew up to the capability of the machine. I love the unbreakable-ness of it, and I love all the support.

Mike Harrington

Stoneyard Building Materials

From an efficiency perspective, there have been substantial improvements. Previously, we had to wash every piece of stone before putting it on the machine. The addition of the spray bar takes a step out of the process. Our stone is the cleanest it’s ever been coming off the ThinStone® TXS-3000 Whisper and we are very happy with the machine. We love working with Park Industries®.

Trevor Holcomb

Champlain Stone

This ThinStone® TXS-3000 Whisper is easy to operate, service, and has significantly increased our production capacity. Our investment in this advanced equipment has allowed us to become more productive with the same labor inputs. Our production rate, based on demand and inventory levels, has the ability to exceed 16,000+ square feet per month, running one shift. Park Industries® manufactures a great product and they have been a pleasure to work with.

Mike McManimon

RealStone

The TXS machine makes it easy to adjust blade thickness. The flexibility of the machine produces high-quality cuts of thin brick, thin brick corners, and lipped stretchers. The TXS Machine has cut our production time in about half. It is a huge labor savings.

Gerry Gunning

Interstate Brick

We just purchased a SABER [CNC Saw] and cannot say how great everything has been. Park Industries® customer service is outstanding and the saw is beyond what we thought it could be.

Jason Schonert

Schonert & Associates Commercial Tile

Best CNC Machine Today.

Josh M.

Vaughn's Custom Countertops

After I had a prominent employee quit, I thought I would be in trouble. The SABER CNC Saw cuts the slab, sink, and all radius corners with only 20 minutes of programming in the morning! I didn’t think saws like the SABER existed. It puts the hardest part of fabrication in my hands and makes it easy. It reduces the stress of dealing with labor issues. With the SABER, and only two polishers, I’m doing 12 kitchens per week and I am cutting three days ahead.

Constantin Moga

Mogastone

Programmers can’t keep up with us, we blast through stone with our three Park Industries machines. My personal record is 12 slabs cut on the SABER [CNC Saw] and 10 hrs runtime between both TITANs [CNC Routers] in 1 shift…..solo I might add!

Steve Williams

KW Countertops

We are saving app. $2000 per month on plastic template material along with 6 labor hours per day since having the SABER CNC Saw installed.

Wayne Fajkus

Granite By Design

This easily trainable machine cut down on almost all of our overtime, while increasing production. Where we used to have overtime every other weekend, now its once every 3 months. The SABER CNC Saw is so easy to use. Once you tell it to cut, you are free to work on another job. There is time to prepare another job or inspect a slab. It is a nice flow and it helps projects get done quicker in a day. Once you hit ‘Go’, you can walk away.

Carmine Pantano

Frank's Marble & Granite

Everything was great, from training to install we are happy. I wish i had made this move 5 years ago. With the SABER [CNC Saw] we are able to produce 3x what were able to do with our previous bridge saw.

Daniil Skorev

Instone Granite & Marble

The SABER’s cutting accuracy and speed has really increased our production! It’s mitering speed has been very fast, and instead of it being a time consuming process, mitering has become a no big deal task with the SABER.

David Swernoff

Lakeside Stoneworks

That SABER™… for the price of the machine, it is the TOP machine in the market. Our SABER™ could outrun two routers going at once.

Jeremy Boatman

Boatman Tile & Granite

The VELOCITY® is a stone-eating machine. This machine will bring your productivity to a whole new level and propel you in a new league of fabrication.

Paul Menninger

Capitol Granite

The FUSION® increased number of jobs we can do by 500% without increasing my labor costs.

Blake + Jill Wamstad

Hatton Granite Countertops

We chose the SABERjet™ because of how easy it is to run….It’s so simple. I can easily  move it around in my shop if my shop changes. The main reason is the waterjet’s mitering capabilities. We do a lot of high end work that’s real tight. Now I have the SABERjet cutting my inside miter corners and I don’t have my guys wasting hour after hour cutting the debris off miters.

David Roberts

Granite Perfection

I don’t think any other CNC in the industry has the reputation of the TITAN®, and the TITAN® definitely has earned it.

Robert Wiemann & Giuseppe Vanderputten

Sarto Countertops

The TITAN 2800 produces the best ogee you can possibly get, no questions asked. The accuracy is crazy good.

Rob + Julie Foley

Sierra Stone Fabrication

We can send the same program from the SABER™ to the TITAN®. With extreme ease, our slabs are cut, mitered, and routed.

Mike Medina

Natural Stone Design Fabrication

The payback on our TITAN® was less than 1 year.

Blake + Jill Wamstad

Hatton Granite Countertops

“Our TITAN® does the job of at least four people.”

David Roberts

Granite Perfection

Purchasing the TITAN® is one of the best decisions I have ever made… Faster, easier to use, and better constructed than I expected.

Rich Young

The Top Shop

The TITAN® has greatly increased the quality of our finished product. I am impressed with all of its capabilities. We have been spitting out miters, chamfers, radius tops and splashes, and sloped drain pans with ease. Everyone coming in our shop is in awe to see it working. This machine is awesome!!

Patrick Walsh

Walsh Custom Surfaces

We’ve ran competitive CNC machinery and the TITAN’s performance is far superior. The polish off the TITAN® is incredible. This machines integrated tool management (ITM) system has eliminated any need for fit and finish. There is no touch up needed on the edges – at all, which has saved us considerable time and money. It is by far the best CNC machine on the market.

John Daiber

K & D Counter Tops

Programmers can’t keep up with us, we blast through stone with our three Park Industries machines. My personal record is 12 slabs cut on the SABER [CNC Saw] and 10 hrs runtime between both TITANs [CNC Routers] in 1 shift…..solo I might add!

Steve Wiliams

KW Countertops

Through years of machining experience, and with the help of the TITAN®’s Integrated Tool Management, I have proudly achieved 10,800 linear ft. with 1 set of A.D.I 80mm tooling. Previously, we were lucky to push 2,500 ft. with our previous CNCs from a different stone machine manufacturer.

Dave Egnor

Michigan Kitchen Distributors

Coming from a shop that had never fabricated stone before, this machine has been a godsend. The TITAN® has allowed us to eliminate additional labor and unnecessary handwork.

Mark Raby

Austin Countertops

Our TITAN® mirrors the operation of the company that produced it. Efficient, on-time, does what it says it will do when it says it will do it. Both the TITAN® and Park Industries® have been an asset to our company.

Eric Christensen

Mountaintop Stoneworks, Inc.

The TITAN® has truly impacted my business beyond what I was sold. I wish I had done this 2-3 years earlier.

Chip Carnevale

Pietra Naturale

Out of all equipment I own, Park Splitters give me the most production with the least amount of issues.

Eric Schouldice

Bruce Peninsula Stone

Before I had Slabsmith, I was manually trying to keep track of the partial slabs that I had in inventory. Now, with Slabsmith and the Pathfinder®, I know exactly what my partial slabs are [stone type and size] and am able to use these partial slabs for different jobs. This has had a huge impact on my material costs!

Greg Kivett

TrendStone, LLC

The SIERRA is a great saw. The simple, open design is very nice and makes the saw easy to maintain. Very simple to operate. I also like having the ability to customize the SIERRA to fit my preferences which is not hard to do with the help of Park’s service. It is a solid saw – I’ll still have this thing in 20 years.

Lonnie

Ramos Marble & Granite

Of all the companies we deal with in the equipment and tooling portion of our business, Park Industries response and service are the very best.

Grant Layman

Spraggins Fabrication and Supply

Park Industries has NO sales pressure tactics and continues to provide great service after the sale. I am looking forward to purchasing additional machines from Park in the future.

Don Senft

Natural Stoneworks

After purchasing the FUSION, I am saving big on material and labor costs. My installers are able to do 35% more work because of how accurately the FUSION cuts his work. My sales rep, Brian M, represented the details of this very well. It was certainly not oversold.

Christopher Raines

Gages Granite

The ramp up time to integrate the FUSION® 4245 within our facility was remarkable. We started experiencing the material and labor savings almost immediately.

John Daiber

K&D Counter Tops

I could not work without the FUSION® ever again after experiencing its productivity. We are using less laborers than before and if I were to go to a one machine shop, it would be a FUSION®. I am very happy with Park and they did a great job on the install.

Rick

Solid Image, Inc.

The FUSION® paid for itself in less than 12 months. We continue to be very happy with and how Park helps us – they truly care about our company.

David Fike

Heartland Stone

I am very happy with the FUSION®, but I think my wife is happier. There are no more late nights and I am spending more time with my kids. The overtime is virtually gone.

Brad Rodrick

Interiors Resources Group

I love the FUSION® Arch – made my life much easier. The physical labor has gone way down while saving a ton of time. The CNC capabilities allow me to do multiple jobs while it runs. The waterjet capabilities allows us to take on jobs we couldn’t have taking on before when we would have had to do it by hand. We used to use 2 and a half guys for the FUSION®’s purpose. Now we use one and it’s much faster!

Sean Odell

Sonny & Sons' Stone Co.

I don’t know what we would do without our FUSION® after using it for only 10 months.

Greg Steffen

Advanced Custom Counters

“This digital equipment package from Park Industries® (FUSION®, TITAN®, and Pathfinder®) provided us everything we were sold, and more. Our production is now much more efficient, less stressful, and has had a significant impact to our bottom-line. This digital package is a tremendous business management tool.”

Rick Bayne

Mesa Fully Formed

Park Industries® is a leader in the industry in both equipment and customer service. The YUKON® is more than what we expected.”

Elidio Esconbedo

Rock Solid Stone

My YUKON® continues to exceed my expectations. The performance is excellent. Park’s machines are excellent and they are made in the United States, which is important to me.

John Sklenar

Charlestowne Kitchen & Bath

We are totally thrilled with the service and quality of equipment from Park Industries®. Our YUKON® has significantly reduced our labor costs and have literally reduced our back pains.

Phil Nguyen

Top Granite, Inc.

The YUKON® is outstanding. My profitability has doubled since this machine was installed.

David Reid

Rocky Tops, Inc.

I’m extremely happy with our YUKON® from Park Industries®. It’s our second saw and third piece of equipment from Park. I’d highly recommend it.

Evan Kruger

SolidTops, LLC

A great addition to any shop…I would recommend even just starting out with a FASTBACK® II if you can’t afford a TITAN®. It increases your capacity and saves tons of labor hours.

Robert Wiemann & Giuseppe Vanderputten

Sarto Countertops

The SABERjet™ is an animal, it cuts all day, every day. It was clear to me that it offered the best return on investment.

Robert Wiemann & Giuseppe Vanderputten

Sarto Countertops

We used to hand fabricate every inside miter corner. With the SABERjet™, we save an hour on each corner. We have many projects with this type of edging so the time savings is huge!

Rob + Julie Foley

Sierra Stone Fabrication

The SABERjet™ has completely flipped our game! Our profits have increased, our turnaround time is faster, and the safety of our shop has been transformed. We have no dust in our shop. The SABERjet™ has had ridiculously positive effects on our shop.

Victor Swithenbank III

Contemporary Concepts

The FASTBACK® is a very easy machine to run. We push 30 inches of material through this machine every minute. It is a highly productive machine that has increased our productivity 10 fold.

Blake Wamstad

Hatton Granite Countertops

Put stone in the front and catch money on the end. Every shop needs a FASTBACK ® II.

Victor Swithenbank III

Contemporary Concepts

The FASTBACK® II is unbelievable. Saves us tons of time. Should have bought it 15 years ago….The guys LOVE it!

Paul White

Cache Valley Cabinets & Tops

I really like the consistent polish the FASTBACK® provides us.

Lance Van Norman

Exquisite Stone

The FASTBACK® has provided us tremendous quality and consistency.

Bill Heim

Heim Granite

Everything with this machine continues to go well. The only thing I would change about my experience with the FASTBACK® is buying one sooner!

Mark Sheibelhut

Custom Stone Interiors

The FASTBACK® has replaced two labor positions in my shop, and the machine will certainly pay for itself in 18 months.

Joe Rodriguez

Easy Care Countertops

The FASTBACK® is handling our flat edge production at twice the speed of our previous edger, saving us 7 labor hours per day.

Colby Powers

Metro Stoneworks

We had the Sasso Flying Flat which worked well for us over the past 6 years however, the quality and flexibility of the FASTBACK® is far superior. We are now running production tops through the FASTBACK® which eliminates even more hand polishing and TITAN® machine time. My operators are fighting over who gets to run the FASTBACK® and have started running splashes directly off the FUSION® vs. stacking them to the side and hoping someone else would run them.

Scott Hanes

Majestic Marble & Granite

The TITAN® Fab Center has exceeded our expectations and our production has increased tenfold. We were doing 2-3 kitchens per week by hand and with the TITAN® Fab Center we are doing two kitchens a day with two men with ease.

Brenton Springer

Premier Surfaces