By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: April 2010
Owner Rex Marsh with some of the new granite and manmade Harmony Stone materials and colors available from Harmony Star Marble.
Rex Marsh has been in the custom manufactured natural and manmade marble fixtures business since 1980. Over the 30-year span, he has overseen shop production, served in management positions, been in sales, and been responsible for installations of these products manufactured for use, mainly as countertops and vanity tops, in kitchens and bathrooms.
In 2004, Rex opened the doors of his own business, Harmony Star Marble, located east of Claremore, and currently serves nearly all of northeastern Oklahoma. He sells to builders, contractors and homeowners, and his products are used in both new construction and remodels. When Rex began his own enterprise, the first product he produced was cultured marble. Then he started a product known as Harmony Stone, consisting of a polymer base with actual stone added. The stone-like surface of this manmade product provides beautiful granite-like colors and textures. A short time later, natural granite stone was added to the Harmony Star Marble product line.
All of the products sold and installed by Harmony Star Marble are manufactured on site at the company’s Claremore facility. When natural granite stones have been harvested, sliced to thickness and polished, they are shipped to the Harmony Star shop, where they can be edged with a variety of patterns and styles, plus have custom holes cut for drop-in or under-mount sinks to meet customer specifications. The Harmony Stone products are “made from scratch” at the shop, most to exact specifications of the builder or homeowner. Harmony Stone is also edged with a variety of styles and may have holes cut in it for one or more sinks.
Harmony Stone products are not only beautiful, but in many respects are superior to natural granite. “Our manmade granite surfaces are actually more durable and more stable when being transported than natural granite.” The manmade material is easily repaired if chipped; plus it has a sealed surface that is stain and mold resistant. The finished product is also easier to clean and care for than natural granite. In fact, there are products on the market that clean and wax Harmony Stone surfaces in one easy application. When using Harmony Stone products that are manufactured in solid sheets, multiple grout lines that are often found when using tile can be eliminated. This reduces the risk of potential leakage problems that sometimes occur at the seam when two pieces of tile are butted together with a grout line.
Although most of the natural granite and manmade products from Harmony Star are used in kitchens and bathrooms, Rex says they occasionally get an order to create a piece to be used as a tabletop or in some other application. He likes to see customers thinking outside the box and giving him and his company opportunities to be creative.
The Harmony Star Marble website features the huge selections of products, colors and materials available. Some of the products, in addition to countertops, vanity tops and sinks, include shower bases and walls, bathtubs and walls, tub decking and splashing, and jetted tubs.
Rex takes a lot of pride in the manufacture of all the Harmony Star products and in the label his products bear, “Made in Oklahoma.” For a free consultation and quote, give him a call today.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.