Old School Company Adds New School Tech

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The company says the new Apex 5 cutting equipment has been fully-operational since the beginning of the month. The company says the new Apex 5 cutting equipment has been fully-operational since the beginning of the month.
BLOOMINGTON -

A company working in a traditional Indiana industry says technology is helping boost production. Bloomington-based 3D Stone Inc., which added a second shift earlier this year, expects new computer-controlled stone-cutting equipment to boost overall production by 20 percent.

The company was launched in 1992 and says the new machinery is the first of its kind. "We anticipate significant productivity gains in very short order,” said President Kurt Sendek, who added the technology "will help us give our customers more intricate detailed work at a lower cost."

A specialist programmer has been hired by 3D to operate the CNC equipment.

Lily and Kurt Sendek took over the company in 2015 and invested some $400,000 into the business a few months later. During the time the company received approved for tax abatement on plans to add more than 30 employees earlier this year, it had around 50 on staff.

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