Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit and ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard housing and homeless worldwide and to making adequate, affordable shelter. Globally, this organization has built or repaired more than 600,000 homes and served more than 3 million people worldwide. In Owensboro alone there have been more than 100 homes built by the local Habitat for Humanity branch. Unique Granite & Marble is pleased to announce they have recently reached out and began a partnership with Habitat to do their part to improve our communities. Rick Thomas, President of Unique Granite and Marble has currently donated granite countertops in two Habitat for Humanity homes this May. The countertops, one pictured below, are a beautiful caramel ornamental and were installed by the Unique Granite team.
Carrie Tolbert, pictured below, recently had the opportunity to visit these homes as well as other local Habitat for Humanity homes with Virginia Braswell, executive director of the Owensboro branch. Carrie states,”We are very pleased to see how well the countertops look and how much the home owners love them. What Habitat for Humanity is doing in the community is wonderful and I enjoyed finally getting to meet the people behind the operations. Unique Granite & Marble looks forward to doing more work with Habitat for Humanity in the future.”
Unique Granite & Marble has agreed to donate granite countertops and vanities for the next two Habitat homes due to be completed in August. In addition, the commercial team at Unique has planned to get hands on with the next build. “Unique Granite is focused on improving our community and we feel this is just one more way we can do our part,” David Thomas, Vice President and head of the Unique commercial division.
“Habitat for Humanity is just delighted to partner with Unique Granite and Marble for as many homes as they are able to supply the lovely granite countertops…the two homeowners who just received the first two you all so generously donated are really happy to have this great addition to their home.” Virginia Braswell, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Owensboro.
Rick Thomas, President of Unique Granite and Marble, talks about how his business got started, the success it has achieved, and what growth he has planned for the future.
Unique Granite & Marble is honored to have been named by a panel of judges
one of the 2013 Kentucky Business Pacesetters. Every year local businesses
are given this award recognizing them for changing the economic landscape
of Kentucky by introducing innovative products, increasing sales and/or
production, creating jobs, and serving the communities of the state. Rick
Thomas, President of Unique Granite and Marble, along with the other award
winners will be recognized in front of government leaders, small business
owners and advocates at a ceremony in Frankfort. Following the ceremony,
award winners and nominators are invited to attend a private luncheon held
at the Governor’s Mansion.
The Owensboro Messenger Inquirer reported on an exciting announcement from Unique Granite & Marble.
Posted: Friday, December 21, 2012 12:00 am
By Joy Campbell Messenger-Inquirer
Unique Granite & Marble of Owensboro is planning a $400,000 expansion that will create an estimated 25 new jobs.
The 8-year-old company, which specializes in custom kitchen and bath countertops, has received word that it has been preliminarily approved for $250,000 in state tax incentives to support the expansion.
The incentives are from the state’s Kentucky Business Incentive program within the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development.
Owner Rick Thomas said the company, at 2601 Old Henderson Road, has purchased a new warehouse and will be moving part of its manufacturing facility into it.
Unique Granite has been picking up commercial customers for multi-family housing in markets that include Nashville, Chattanooga, Louisville and Tulsa, Okla.
“We’ve received several large contracts,” Thomas said. “Most of the contracts signed within the last several days are for June, July and August. This gives us time to prepare.”
Thomas said he started Unique Granite out of a market need.
He started his own homebuilding company — Thomas Custom Building — in 1991. In that capacity, he was most comfortable when he had control of all aspects of his business, he said. He was not satisfied when his customers had to drive back and forth from Nashville and Louisville to pick out their stone.
“We did a fabricating job for a builder here, and another builder asked us to do one, and it just grew from there,” Thomas said.
Unique Granite has 28 employees now with estimated hourly wages of $14.50, according to information from Kentucky’s Financial Incentives Database.
“We’ll hire about 10 more this first year, and 25 overall over the next two to three years,” Thomas said.
Joy Campbell, 691-7299, [email protected]