Crazy For Crazy Horse…



I don’t know if you are familiar with the color, Crazy Horse, but it seems to be getting a lot of hype lately, well at least around here.

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Crazy Horse Granite

While I spotlighted this color back in December of 2012, I wanted to focus on a kitchen project we did with O’Hana Construction last year. While we featured this kitchen in our Fall, 2013 Paramount Peeks newsletter, it was also featured in the Feburary 2014 edition of Mpls St Paul magazine and on a video on the Mpls St Paul website, which showcased not only the kitchen, but the home of actor, James Denton.

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Crazy Horse granite

Congratulations to O‘Hana Construction for a job well done! Make sure you check out their Facebook page and website for more photos.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

 

The kitchen

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Posted in Company, Granite on February 17th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Blue Skies Ahead…



I don’ t know about you, but this winter weather has really got me down. While Minnesota winters are known to be long, snowy, and cold, this winter has been unseasonably cold for months now. It is no wonder it has affected more than a few moods. It has also had an affect on some peoples routines, mine included. I have always been an avid walker, but this winter, I just haven’t been able to stick with my daily outdoor walk. My get up and go, seems to have got up and left. The weather has also affected some of those in the building and remodeling industry. If fact, we just recently heard from a long-time remodeler who stated, “the cold completely messed up any schedule he had.” While we can’t predict the weather and the outcome that goes along with it, we all just have to keep going and move forward. Reminds me of Eric Butterworth’s story about an oyster in his great book, Spiritual Economics. An oyster is typically a pretty calm being. “Occasionally little grains of sand work their way inside his shell and begin irritating him. Naturally, he tries to get rid of them. But when he discovers he can’t do this, he settles down and produces one of the most priceless and beautiful things in the world.” ¹ We, too, need to settle down and put some of those irritations aside, so we can produce pearls. We can all start by focusing on what’s right in our lives, rather than focusing on what’s wrong.

Ok—I will start! In the January 8, 2014 article, Fabricators Aren’t Just “Looking” Anymore; They’re Looking To Buy, found on the Stone World website, the 2014 Fabricator Market Forecast shows a positive picture. That’s good news. In fact it is, “painting a portrait of optimism not seen since before the recession. It shows more than two-thirds of fabricators (68%) saw their business grow during 2013; and looking ahead to 2014, a total of 74% of fabricators said they expected sales revenue to increase.”² I am sure there are similar trends in the building and remodeling industry. How about you? What is your forecast? Hopefully we will all set our thoughts on blue skies ahead!

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Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:

¹Butterworth, Eric. Spiritual Economics. Unity House. Copyright 2001. Page 127. Print

²Reis, Michael. Fabricators aren’t just “looking” anymore; they’re looking to buy. Stone World website.

http://www.stoneworld.com/articles/87846-fabricators-arent-just-looking-anymore-theyre-looking-to-buy

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Posted in Business, Company, Industry News on February 11th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Happy 2014!



Happy New Year!

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Wow! That was a nice, long, much needed break. Hope you all enjoyed your holidays and had some quality time to spend with family and friends. I sure did. Even though it is has been extremely cold here in Minnesota, I do feel revived and have some new energy for the new year.

Like many businesses in the building and remodeling industry, 2013 was a good year for us and was an definitely an improvement over the last several. We are also optimistic for 2014 and the overall outlook seems to look good. In fact, according to 2014 Market Forecast: Carrying the Momentum, an article found on the Professional Remodeler website, “Many of the remodelers we speak to on a regular basis defined 2013 as a “good” or “very good” year for their business and 71 percent of the remodelers who responded to our 2014 Market Survey expect an increase in their revenue for 2014.”1  That is good news for us and the economy. Similar news can be read on Stone Dimensions, the official blog for the MIA, Marble Institute of America. In the blog, Construction Corner: Housing Outlook Bright for 2014, the overall housing market picture looks promising for 2014. “Even though there are some challenges to overcome, continuation of the housing recovery is expected to gain momentum in 2014. That’s the consensus from a group of economists who took part in the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Fall 2013 Construction Webinar.“2

While there are many others out there that have predictions of their own for the future, we all have much to be thankful and grateful for. With hard work, persistence and patience, we can all move forward to tomorrow.

We are looking forward to another prosperous year fabricating and installing beautiful countertops for your home.

Happy New Year to all!

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:

1 “2014 Market Forecast: Carrying the Momentum,” Professional Remodeler, http://www.proremodeler.com/2014-market-forecast-carrying-momentum
2 “Construction Corner: Housing Outlook Bright for 2014,”Stone Dimensions, MIA Official website

 

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Posted in Company, Granite, Industry News on January 6th, 2014 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Happy Holidays



We would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hope you enjoy your time with family and friends.

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Following are our Holiday Hours:

Tuesday December 24th (Christmas Eve) – Closed
Wednesday December 25th (Christmas Day) – Closed
Thursday December 26th – Closed
Friday December 27th – Closed
Monday December 30th – Open regular hours
Tuesday December 31st (New year’s Eve) – Open 8:00 to Noon
Wednesday, January 1st (New Year’s Day)—Closed

Thanks for reading!

Barb

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Posted in Company on December 23rd, 2013 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Sounds Of The Season…



The holiday season is upon us and while it seems to come earlier each year, the sounds we hear make its arrival evident! Christmas carols, bells ringing, the hustle and bustle of shoppers, to people singing, these are the sounds of the season.

At Paramount Granite Company, however, the sounds of the season are a little different…

While we do hear Christmas music in our office and our bell ringing for new orders, we typically hear our saws running on over drive and the guys in the shop hustling and bustling from one machine to another. Our team is busy!

 

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While we work hard every day to to provide our countertops on time, every time, we work extra hard this time of year, so your countertops arrive before the holidays and that is something our customers love to hear!

 

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Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays to all!

Barb

 

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Posted in Company, Granite, In The Shop on December 11th, 2013 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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