Shop Talk is a weekly column featuring locally owned and operated businesses. This week, we talk to Frank and Marie Stanley of F&M Concrete Castings in Otego.
How long have you lived in the area?
Marie Stanley: I moved here about 40 years ago, and Frank is a longtime resident as well.
Tell me about your business:
Marie: We cast concrete countertops for kitchens, bathrooms and anywhere a counter space is needed. Frank attended a specialized school this past spring for hands-on training, and this training added even more to his lifetime experience with construction and masonry work. We make custom tops any color of the spectrum, multicolored, with patterns, and we have many inlay options as well. The concrete tops are very durable, becoming more durable with time and easy to clean, along with many features such as rims and tops that drain toward the sink.
Frank Stanley: The casting that we do does not resemble concrete at all due to the silky smooth finish, inlays of stones, tiles, colored glass and color options (that) make our countertops different than any other product on the market now.
Describe a typical day in your business:
Marie: Right now F&M Concrete Castings is creating relationships with custom builders, along with kitchen and bath designers that would like to offer their customers this unique, new option. We go to places that might be interested, tell them about the process and products, give color tile samples and leave them with our contact information when they are ready to learn more.
How did you get started in this line of work?
Marie: Frank always has these great ideas and he has been involved with home design products for a great deal of time. He had been considering a related line of work that he could run on his own and he heard about this new process with concrete. He asked me what I thought of it and I said “Why not!”
Frank: I have been working with concrete and masonry since I was 16, and this new process is an amazing technique that I have the background, experience and training to create.