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By TIM MEKEEL, Business Editor
Sunday News, Jun 13, 2010 00:04
Last year fate pushed Don Senft to a career crossroads.
His employer, Banta Tile & Marble, was being forced to close after the courts ordered it to pay a $2.9 million judgment to a labor union.
So Senft, Banta's fabrication shop manager and estimator, studied his options.
Senft considered buying Banta's assets and opening his own firm at its Loop Road location, but that meant costly overhead.
Former Banta employees shine at Natural Stoneworks.
Senft, a retired Marine, also had a tempting offer to be a Junior ROTC instructor at Dallastown High School, but that meant a daily commute and leaving the stone business.
Other companies in the area approached him, too, but Senft strongly preferred to run his own firm, with his own people.
Then another opportunity surfaced.
Natural Stoneworks owner Jamie Hess asked if he wanted to buy the company, in the former Consumer Packing site off North Plum Street.
That would let Senft be his own boss and inject his handpicked Banta-laden staff into a healthy business in an efficient location.
"I knew what I wanted to do. I knew the team that was coming with me to do it," said Senft.
The problem had been finding the right location and equipment. With Hess' phone call, though, that problem was solved.
"After coming over here and looking at the facility, it was a no-brainer," said Senft.
Senft completed his acquisition of Natural Stoneworks in April for an undisclosed price.
So far, the addition of Banta staff - and its connections with suppliers, designers and contractors - has been a tonic for Natural Stoneworks.
There has been a 50 percent leap in sales at the 10-employee firm, located on Ice Avenue in the city's northeast quadrant, he said.
Senft declined to disclose his projected annual sales for the five-year-old firm. But he did say:
"We're doing very well. We're very busy...
"The schedule is packed, but we're not turning anyone away. If a builder needs a job installed next week, we find a way to make it happen...
"The way we're going, we're certainly going to need to add at least five more employees, if not a second shift."
Natural Stoneworks cuts, polishes, edges and installs custom countertops, fireplace surrounds, tub surrounds and other indoor surfaces.
These residential and commercial surfaces are made from granite, marble, soapstone, quartz and other materials.
Natural Stoneworks also installs porcelain and natural stone tile.
While the enthusiastic Senft is optimistic about the future of his firm, he feels equally good about simply being back at work.
The time between Banta's mid-December closing and late February, when Hess let Senft begin working there, was difficult.
"I could never be a Mr. Mom. Being at home was the longest two months of my life," he said.
"I had never not worked, from the time I was 16 up until Dec. 18."
It was worth the wait, though.
In hindsight, the 42-year-old Landisville resident recognized that his initial plan to buy the Banta assets would have been a harder path.
"We would have been starting from scratch, trying to bid jobs and get jobs," said Senft.
"There would have been a lot of growing pains. We would have had to start everything - a website, the advertising, getting jobs in."
Instead, by acquiring Natural Stoneworks, Senft was able "to walk into" a going concern with an active customer base, yet with less overhead than the larger Banta property.
Natural Stoneworks' location has another advantage.
Its leased 16,500 square feet include an indoor slab warehouse, where its table-top-size slabs of stone are kept.
Banta stored its slabs outdoors, which made access an issue in bad weather or in winter, when sunset arrives early.
"We're able to provide the same quality of work we did there, but at less cost to the consumer," Senft said.
However, the acquisition also triggered the departure of Hess' Natural Stoneworks work force. None of those nine employees remain.
"I have my own team. That's the ultimate reason," said Senft.
Senft's work force has seven former Banta employees.
Supplementing the staff is Senft's wife, Mary, who works elsewhere but handles its advertising and marketing.
In addition, ex-Banta tile mechanic Rick Deibler, who started his own firm, does work for Natural Stoneworks.
Among the ex-Banta employees are ex-president Ken Morris, now Natural Stoneworks' operations manager.
The hiring marks a role reversal for he and Senft, who live two doors apart in the Meadow's Edge development.
In 2006, when Morris heard Senft was retiring from the Marines as a gunnery sergeant after a 20-year career, Morris asked Senft to come to Banta for an interview.
Senft had struggled with the decision to retire. He had been offered a promotion if he stayed, though he also faced a two-year tour in Iraq.
"That was the hardest decision of my life. I love the Marines," he said.
But the prospect of being away for that long from his wife and their two sons, Matthew and Nicholas, persuaded him to become a civilian.
Then the intriguing offer from Morris reinforced his choice.
"I had no experience in this type of work at all. But I fell in love with it - the different types of granite, the neat projects you work on," said Senft.
Senft did have ample experience making decisions and taking charge.
In the Marines, he was a drill instructor and had run a leadership school.
"(Morris) needed someone to step in there," recalled Senft.
Now that he has industry experience to couple with his leadership experience, Senft is confident he can handle whatever fate throws his way next time.
"I thrive on challenge," he said.