Jackson Stoneworks has entered a partnership with Cosentino, the world’s largest supplier of stone for countertops, to represent the company as the primary fabricator and installer for Cosentino Lowe’s stores in the North Central Florida Area.
Jackson has been the supplier for custom granite vanity tops for Fashion Bath departments at all Lowe’s stores nationwide for more than 12 years. Cosentino acquired a contract with Lowe’s in June 2013 to provide Sensa Granite, Silestone Quartz and ECO surface products for all Kitchen Cabinet departments nationwide, and a previous collaboration with Jackson helped add select Cosentino SileStone Quartz colors to the fabricator’s existing Lowe’s product offering.
“Little Jon” Hetzler, the Cosentino North Florida account manager, said that when Cosentino looks for a partner it looks for companies that are logistically local, have a proven track record of successful operations, quick turnaround on orders and a problem-free history.
“If you don’t have the time to do it right the first time, then it’s going to cost you,” Hetzler said. “These guys can get it all done in one trip.”
In addition to the new partnership, Jackson also finished installing a new suite of machinery in December, which it showed off to Lowe’s representatives on April 9. The new equipment includes a laser templater that allows a worker to quickly and accurately measure a countertop area and produce a digital template, a water treatment system that allows the company to use 99 percent recycled water in the cutting process, a crane system for moving slabs of rock, a CAD/CAM visualization camera system, slab placement software and a CNC waterjet cutting machine, which can slice through stone with a saw or carve out a name or logo with powerful jets of water.
The new equipment will not only help create a greater level of efficiency and expand productivity, according to Jackson owner Tyler Ryals, but also allow the team to work with specific Cosentino stone that they would not have been able to cut previously.