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CodeStones Creates for Marriott Hotels

Quartz countertops on time, perfectly cut, tariff-free less money


Services:

  • Product Design

  • Manufacturing (Cut to Size Countertops)

  • Logistics

Sector: Hospitality Commercial

Purpose


To significantly speed up delivery times on the cut to size process and reduce material, labor costs on quartz countertops by prefabricating the product abroad. To evade the recently imposed 25% tariffs and 300% anti-dumping penalties imposed on Chinese Quartz.


Client Profile


Fairfield Inn by Marriott is a low-cost, economy chain of hotels that are franchised by Marriott International. The properties are geared towards guests requiring a place to sleep with fewer amenities, thus allowing Marriott to offer lower prices than would otherwise be possible. This is accomplished via cost-saving measures, such as consistent building architecture, and bedding, and the omission of a full-service restaurant.


Project Scope


In recent years, there has been a significant increase in demand for engineered prefabricated quartz stone countertops, especially in the hospitality and multifamily sectors. With US labor costs on the rise, it is becoming too expensive for US stone fabricators to fabricate large volumes of countertops locally. In addition, purchasing quartz slabs through local distribution channels also adds a significant amount to the final costs. To make things worse, recently, the Trump administration imposed a 25% percent tariff on all Chinese quartz imports. In addition to the tariffs, Chinese quartz manufacturers lost an anti-dumping lawsuit and were heavily hit with up to 300% in penalties. This posed a significant problem to Marriott and other large hotel operators who have a significant amount of new and remodel construction projects in the pipeline specified with quartz.


Challenge


To manufacture 437 kitchen and vanity countertops, eight different layouts, with high-quality non-Chinese quartz surface in a two month period.


Counter tops are ready for shipping
Counter tops are ready for shipping

Solution


At CodeStones we created a user-friendly turnkey platform that saved