CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV) - In Clarksburg, at 502 Bad Lizard Boulevard sits Bad Lizard Granite and Quartz, a 10 thousand square foot facility where they turn solid stone into beautiful countertops, vanities, tiles, and more.
"We felt that there was a large need in North Central West Virginia for a full-service fabrication facility, along with a selection for customers to be able to come look at full slabs of granite or quartz," said Bad Lizard's co-owner, Johnnie Rominger.
The company sources half of their natural stone from Brazil, with the rest coming from countries like Italy, India, and Spain.
Bad Lizard's state-of-the-art technology and dedicated workers are the driving force behind a great product.
"We can be as precise as possible, we can mimic shapes that couldn't have been done [solely] with hand processes before," Rominger said.
Every project starts with a laser scan.
"That gives us a rough shape of what you need for your countertop."
Next, the scan gets entered into a computer program that re-creates the desired shape of the countertop space. Then, it's time to start cutting. Water and air power the machines that slice into the giant slabs of stone.
"Those shapes are then entered into our saw, which cuts the general shapes. Then, our CNC router is what does the finishing edges like radiuses and sink cut-outs," said Rominger.
Finally, each piece is smoothed out and polished by hand, using buffer pads that are infused with diamonds.
"When we finish a job and the customer says 'This is exactly what I wanted, this is exactly what I've dreamed about', that's what gives us the satisfaction.
One of the most difficult parts of the job is having to work with heavy materials. But at Bad Lizard, safety and quality is their number one priority so they always take their time with tough projects.
With a thousand jobs done in under five years, Bad Lizard has quickly formed a great reputation in the Mountain State.
"We can basically make people's dreams come true. That's why we say if you can wish it, we can 'granite'," said Rominger.
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