Digital Stoneworking Expo™ Recap | The Maine Event
Aug 30, 2018
Park Industries’ Digital Stoneworking Expo™ in Portland, Maine attracted countertop fabricators and professionals from across North America. This event provided education through a shop tour, real stories from fabricators, and dynamic discussion on the digital fabrication process. Fabricators soaked up the wealth of information on maximizing profitability and increasing efficiency.
Attendees were welcomed with a networking reception to kick off the DSE with hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, and lively conversation.
Hear, Share, Learn | DSE Highlights
Welcome | Mike Schlough, Co-President
The morning of the Digital Stoneworking Expo™ opened with a warm welcome from Co-President, Mike Schlough. He introduced the history of Park Industries®, laid out the objectives of the day, and he encouraged attendees to participate in discussions to get the most out of their DSE experience.
The Countertop Industry: Past. Present. Future. | Tony Herbst, National Sales Manager
Park Industries® National Sales Manager, Tony Herbst, presented on the countertop industry trends. He shared the evolution of the countertop industry and how countertop fabrication shops can take advantage of the change for the betterment of their shop.
Evaluating Your Shop’s Performance | Mark Lindell, Park Industries® Sales Representative
Mark Lindell, Park Sales Representative, opened up the discussion on shop metrics. He engaged attendees in the activity of anonymously measuring their shop productivity and processes. The assessment begins the conversation on areas of improvement.
Digital Fabrication: From Start to Finish | Moraware, Laser Products, Slabsmith
Attendees were walked through the digital fabrication process from start to finish. This included a hands-on demonstration with Moraware and Laser Products. Hypertherm, leader in waterjet technology while offering lowest cost solutions, brought fabricators up to speed with a waterjet 101 presentation.
Value of Digital Fabrication. The Miter Difference. | Blake Wamstad, Hatton Granite Countertops
Blake Wamstad, 5th Generation owner of Hatton Granite Countertops, shares how running a fully digital operation has allowed their shop to operate with only 4 shop employees. Blake shares specifically how mitering has made a difference on their business.
Tour | Paul White Company
The tour began with a welcome from Jonathon White in the showroom and wound its way through the shop area. Fabricators gathered around various Park Industries® machinery and observed the massive equipment carve through stone with precision. The tour spurred eager questions and excited conversation on maximizing productivity and bottom line profitability.
Embrace Technology to Advance Your Business | Geoffrey Gran, The Countertop Factory Midwest
Geoffrey Gran, owner of TCF Midwest, shares his personal story and how embracing technology has helped his business thrive. If your business evolves with the changes in technology and equipment, you are leading in efficiency.
Growth with Digital Technology | Stuart Young, Stoneworks LTD.
CEO and President of Stoneworks LTD., Stuart Young, presents about the transformation digital technology is capable of producing. With four fabrication facility locations, Stuart is responsible for 1 million square feet of manufactured countertops per year. Stuart encourages fabricators to utilize technology to its full potential in order to grow production.
Panel Discussion | Closing Reception
During the closing reception attendees had the chance to ask questions to the DSE presenter panel. Geoffrey Gran, Stuart Young, Blake Wamstad, and Jonathon White drew from their experiences to answer the questions. After attendees have toured a shop, heard real fabricator stories, and assessed their shop processes, the closing panel discussion is valuable for reflecting and beginning to think about future plans.
Portland Attendee Testimonials | Inside the Experience
A & N Stoneworks, Inc.
“Park Industries®, to fabricators, is like NASA to astronauts.”
“One of the best networking and idea-sharing events in the industry.”
“Park Industries® continues to lead fabricators to the next level with their DSE’s.”