Getting Involved in the Stone Industry Community

Nov 20, 2018 | Business

If you’ve ever needed an answer to a question or were looking for advice on a certain fabrication problem, you’ve most likely found the various resources out there for fabricators. Aren’t they great?

But, if you haven’t explored any of these yet – don’t feel left out! In this post, we’re going to dive into what those resources are, why they’re a great addition to the community, and why it’s so important for you to get involved.

Am I the only one who’s experienced this?

No way! If you’re facing some sort of challenge, it’s almost a guarantee that your peers have gone through the same thing at some point. Whether it’s a bottleneck in the installation process or the labor shortage struggle, we’re all in this together. Check out the Stone Fabricator’s Alliance where industry professionals like yourself come together to “learn, share, prosper.”

There are also multiple Facebook groups where fabricators share their experiences and ask questions. Try the SFA group or the All Slab Fabbers’ group on Facebook.

Why take the time out of an already jam packed schedule to participate?

Searching through the public forums, you’ll see a variety of helpful discussions and have access to insightful ideas to implement in your own business. Becoming a member of organizations like the SFA, ISFA, or NSI allows you to learn but also enables you to educate others with your experience which produces a strong sense of community among fabricators. In these forums and at the various workshops, you’ll gain insight from your fellow fabricators and contribute to the movement by sharing what you’ve learned in your own journey.

Is it true that we can always be improving?

Can’t say absolutely loud enough. Want to improve your profitability? Or some part of your shop’s process? Employee retention? The use of technology? These topics and many more are part of various industry educational events that happen throughout the year every year.

The Natural Stone Institute and Stone World Magazine are two industry giants that have come together to create the Stone Industry Education series. With 10 events every year in cities across America, as well as virtual workshops, the series brings together a whole network of fabricators, installers, and distributors in the stone industry. A variety of topics ranging from financial benchmarking to management tips are covered by industry leaders at these educational summits.

Another series that we love going to is the Park Industries’ Digital Stone Expos. You’ll learn about digital fabrication but you’ll also get some fascinating shop tours where you’ll see firsthand how a fabricator runs his shop and get some great ideas. Many of the speakers will cover important industry trends and business practices like tracking metrics. Overall, these events are highly educational for anyone in the industry whether or not you work in a digital shop.

We can’t forget to mention the big industry trade shows like Coverings and The International Surface Event. These are great events to network with other fabricators and industry experts while learning all the latest trends.

And it’s worth taking off time from the shop?

If you’re learning something new that will only make your role or the shop better, then consider it an investment. You might be busier when you get back to work, but you’ll have fresh new ideas to implement that will create better success – whatever that may look like for you. Plus, now there are many opportunities for learning and networking remotely through virtual events.

Does Moraware get involved?

We sure do! We’re looking forward to attending many of the events coming up and continuing our relationships with industry leaders like Countertop Resources, ISFA, Slippery Rock Gazette, and many more. If you see us at the events, say hi – we’re friendly, I promise!

Really, we speak with fabricators so often and our entire purpose is to help them run their business better. And we’re proud of our customers! Our goal is to showcase these journeys and share them with the stone community as much as possible. Whether it’s a StoneTalk interview, a Good to Great video, or a Q&A – we’re looking to showcase as many awesome fabricators as possible and be another resource for this industry.

Interested in sharing more in the community? I love to chat – probably too much – so please feel free to reach out because I’d love to get to know you and what makes your shop great!

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