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About Vernonia's voice. (Vernonia, OR) 2007-current | View Entire Issue (Sept. 1, 2007)
Absolute Marble & Granite
By Jill Hult
Most of their clients chose granite which is more durable than marble and
comes in a wide variety of colors. The average slab size for granite is 5’ by 9’
and costs approximately $800-900.
Anyone who has a project and contacts Absolute Marble & Granite will be
asked to supply the company with a drawing of the project area; rough mea-
surements are fine. Derek or John will then work up a bid for the client. Once
the client decides to hire them, one of them will go out to the location and
get exact measurements. Those measurements are taken back to the shop
where cutting begins. Then fabricating or edging is done primarily by hand
with small tools in order to shape the granite into exact measurements to fit.
John said it is more of an art. It takes a lot of patience and skill to get it right.
The granite is then allowed to dry as most of the cutting and fabricating pro-
cess involves water. When the granite is dry, sealant is applied and set. The
seal is good for at least one year and clients are given the information on how
to reseal if they chose to do so themselves. The last two steps are the instal-
lation itself; once installed, it must
set for one day. Derek and John
recommend almost any cleaner
such as Windex but would avoid
While talking to the employees
of Absolute Marble and Granite,
they all had the same thing to say:
working for Derek and John is great!
They are both willing to do the work
they ask their employees to do.
Brogan, who has about 10
years experience in the industry,
has been working for Absolute for two years and says even with all his previ-
ous experience, he has learned a lot from Derek and John. Derek and John
have developed their own effective and innovative techniques with all of the
hand work. Aaron, who has about eight years of experience in the industry
and one year with Absolute, agreed with Brogan and added the owners are
both family men who are very understanding of the needs of their workers’
families. They are definitely more personable than a larger company. Denny
has one year of previous experience and is the newest member to Absolute;
he has been there about two months. He said it is great that they listen to the
input of their employees. Luke has been with Absolute the longest at three
years and had no previous experience prior to working for Absolute. Luke
said Derek and John are experts in the field and great bosses. They are all
proud to be working for Absolute Marble and Granite.
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“Big business craftsmanship, small company relationships”
Absolute Marble & Granite owners Derek Handegard and John Stacey
started in the marble and granite industry in the late 1980’s working for Port-
land Marble Works. With their combined experience of approximately 30
years, they decided to form Absolute Marble & Granite. They began the busi-
ness without a loan which meant they had to slowly acquire the needed tools
and machinery to run the business. This did not deter the pair as they like the
hands on small busi-
They both say a
helps when it comes
to quality and train-
ing new employees.
The company is
now four years old
and growing strong.
They looked around
the Portland area for
the right location, but
due to growth in this
area they decided to set up in Vernonia. Within three years, the business
outgrew its original thousand square foot building, so Derek and John built a
larger facility now located at 2012 N Mist Drive in Vernonia. The business is
still small with only seven employees including Derek and John. All employ-
ees, except for John, live in Vernonia. Most of the advertising is done by word
of mouth and the local newspapers. You may also notice their trucks with
their logo on the side. Their employees said they have had people write down
the business info while sitting in traffic or flag them down on the road and ask
for their business cards!
Absolute Marble & Granite provides kitchen and bathroom counter tops,
fireplaces, vanities, tub surrounds, tabletops, and even marble outdoor
BBQ’s. They stay very busy with at least one job a day. Typically, it takes
about three persons to do an installation. They work with general contractors
on new housing developments as well as individual customers doing home
improvements. In the last year they have installed seven or eight kitchens in
the Vernonia area alone. They have also done work at Fishhawk Lake; about
twenty percent of their business is toward the coast while the other 80% is
east toward Portland. Their employees said for as small as they are, they
travel a wide range of territory from the Oregon coast up into Washington.
They also did work in the homes of the 2006 Street of Dreams.
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