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image L-R: Sunil Palakodati, Layne Fulero and Tim Way are excited about recent and upcoming changes at Architectural Granite & Marble.

AUSTIN - An Austin-based premier supplier of granite and marble – and other products – that was founded in 1992 has released exciting news on several fronts recently.

Founder Jack Seiders recently retired from Architectural Granite & Marble LLC and Sunil Palakodati has assumed the reins. The company moved into a brand new, much larger facility to encompass its growth, and recently merged with West-coast based Pental Surfaces.
    These changes have been positive for the company, according to Seiders.
    “Sunil has the traits needed to guide AG&M to future growth and success,” he says. “He’s smart and personable, a big picture thinker, a great communicator and has a ‘roll up your sleeves’ work ethic.”
    The new facility receives products from 26 countries, says Layne Fulero, marketing manager, adding that the company has the largest free-standing overhead crane in Texas, to better move the slabs of granite and marble.
    The company also sells tile, flooring, sinks, glass, porcelain and more, and has its own line of quartz called Metro Quartz.
    Palakodati, Fulero and Tim Way, VP of sales, are excited about a new feature rolling out on the website soon that will enable customers to design a space using the various products available.
    “We don’t sell stone, we sell experience,” Way says. “As a company, we want to make the customer’s journey an enjoyable experience. AG&M is on top of the next trends across the country.”
    On the construction side of the company, projects include marble cladding, pavers, exteriors and interiors; such as at a recent Austin library project.
    Empowering employees is key, Palakodati believes.
    “The more enabled the employees are, the happier they are and the better they will treat the customers,” he says.
    AG&M is a leading importer and distributor of stone and related products used on residential and commercial construction. –cw

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