The Countertop Shop | Fabricator Spotlight of Park Industries Stone CNC Machinery

With an “all about the customer” mantra, a focus on shop metrics, and some excellent CNC machinery from Park Industries®, The Countertop Shop is producing record-breaking numbers efficiently.

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The Countertop Shop

Mike Langenderfer founded the Countertop Shop over 30 years ago in 1988 starting out as a solid surface fabricator. In 2003, they took on stone fabrication, partnered up with Park Industries® and haven’t looked back since.

Read their story! Expand the sections below to learn more about their story and partnership with Park Industries®.

Partnering with Park

First Machine

As an established fabrication company, when The Countertop Shop decided to start producing granite countertops, they wanted a saw from a leading manufacturer. Enter Park Industries®. From the start, The Countertop Shop was cutting slabs with Park Industries® machinery and they always have. Their first machine was a YUKON® Bridge Saw.

Soon after they added a DESTINY CNC Router. Mike Langenderfer recalls evaluating the different manufactures and shares why he chose Park,

“While I am happy they are American Made, that’s not the only reason I chose Park Industries®. After speaking with them and touring their facility, I was just left with the feeling that they would always be there to help…and they really have.”

Evolving Shop

Mike continued to add production and upgrades to their shop. They replaced their YUKON® with a FUSION® CNC Sawjet and started adding TITAN® CNC Routers. In 2019, they were ready to build a new facility. Mike called up his sales consultant, Dale Schleppenbach, who helped him layout a new building and how the flow/machinery would fit in it.

Eventually Mike was up to three TITAN® CNC Routers and upgraded his cutting station yet again, this time to the SABERjet™ XP.

Machine Review

SABERjet™ XP

In June of 2020, The Countertop Shop proudly installed a SABERjet™ XP 5-Axis CNC Sawjet.

Speed, power, mitering accuracy, and material optimization were all reasons Mike gave for why they chose it. As for how it’s working, Mike shares,

“We are very happy with the SABERjet™ XP. It miters extremely well, saving labor with the MiterJet feature. It just makes everything fit together so well. The machine is designed to cut any material well. Porcelain and Dekton, which use to cause issues in the shop, are now just another job. Swap the blade out and let’s go.”

TITAN® CNC Routers (x3)

The SABERjet™ XP is cutting slabs fast enough to utilize three TITAN® CNC Routers. Mike enjoys relying primarily on his CNC’s for polishing production.

He states, “We are extremely pleased with how the TITANs run. They help me maximize the business and take a lot of the guesswork out of finishing tops compared to hand fabrication. The consistency in the edges are great.”

Results & Recommendation

Numbers Doubled

In their previous building, the Countertop Shop was producing about 300 sq ft a day. After moving to the new facility, upgrading their machinery, and other incremental improvements (like SpeedLabel®), Mike and his team have doubled their production. They are now producing 600 sq ft per day while also increasing their shop efficiency by relying on their Park Industries® CNC machinery.

Why They Recommend Park Industries?

Since 2003 Mike has enjoyed his relationship with Park Industries® and has had a great experience with them as his machinery partner.

Mike shares his recommendation, “My experience with Park Industries® and their equipment has been wonderful. Production and profit have proved it. I can’t say anything bad about Park – they feel like an extension of the business. They feel like family.”

QUICK FACTS

LOCATION
Toledo, Ohio, USA

TYPE OF FABRICATION
Countertop

WEEKLY PRODUCTION
3,000+ sq. ft. per week

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
5 in Fabrication Shop

PARK EQUIPMENT
SABERjet™ XP CNC Sawjet, TITAN® CNC Router x3, Pathfinder™ Digital Imaging System

PARK PARTNERSHIP
Began in 2003 with a YUKON® Bridge Saw.

We are very happy with the SABERjet™ XP. It miters extremely well, saving labor with the MiterJet feature. It just makes everything fit together so well. The machine is designed to cut any material well. Porcelain and Dekton, which use to cause issues in the shop, are now just another job.

Mike Langenderfer

The Countertop Shop

My experience with Park Industries® and their equipment has been wonderful. Production and profit have proved it. I can’t say anything bad about Park – they feel like an extension of the business. They feel like family.

Mike Langenderfer

The Countertop Shop

We are extremely pleased with how our TITAN® CNC Routers run. They help me maximize my business and take the guesswork out of finishing tops compared to hand fabrication. The consistency in the edges are great.

Mike Langenderfer

The Countertop Shop

I received a nice “Thank You” note in the mail for purchasing our new SABERjet™ XP…I should be the one thanking you. Years and years ago when I purchased my first bridge saw from Park, you guys became like family. You’ve been a pleasure to work with and your advice has been invaluable.

If I had to say what two things have influenced our company’s growth the most, I would hands down say Park Industries® and ISFA. I have been blessed in so many ways and Park is one of those blessings.

Mike Langenderfer

The Countertop Shop

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