Marco Duran of Atlas Marble & Granite was presented with the “Fabricator of the Year” Award by Jennifer Adams, Stone World's editor.

The nominating committee for Stone World magazine has named Marco Duran of Atlas Marble & Granite of Springfield, N.J., as the 2014 “Fabricator of the Year."

The award was presented at StonExpo West / Marmomacc Americas in Las Vegas. Criteria for the award is as follows:

cooperation in sharing technology with the industry;

willingness to pioneer in the use of new technology;

fostering educational programs for the training of stoneworkers in industry methods

promoting technological progress through association work.

With over 20 years of experience, Duran leads a staff of professionals utilizing state-of-the-art equipment. Atlas is a full-service custom stone fabricator specializing in kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity countertops, tub surrounds and fireplace hearths and surrounds. During the last 14 years, Duran's company has expanded from a 7,500-square-foot facility to over 23,000-square-foot facility with an additional 15,000 square-feet of outdoor space. 

Duran strives to share his knowledge of stone processing with other colleagues. For the last three years, he has participated on the Fabricator Forum discussion panels at both StonExpo / Marmomacc Americas and Coverings. In addition, he is an active member of the Marble Institute of America (MIA) N.Y. Metro Chapter and will be speaking about the safe procedure of slab handling at an upcoming meeting.

"Marco is very deserving of this award and it has been amazing to watch how his business has grown over the past 14 years and how much he has given back to the industry. He has become a mentor to many both within the stone industry and design community," said GK Naquin, the 2005 Fabricator of the Year recipient, stone interiors.

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