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Stone walled

...floors and counters, too, at L&C Marble Granite Supply
L&C Marble Granite Supply in North Liberty offers a variety of stone materials and installation at reasonable prices. Call Cody Chen at 319-936-1232 for an appointment. (submitted photo)

NORTH LIBERTY– Cody Chen is used to serving up hot, delicious Chinese take-out cuisine.
Now, he and a family member can also create a beautiful kitchen counter on which to serve it.
Cody, owner of Yang Chow Wok, and his cousin, Lam Chen, have established a second business in the North Liberty area, L&C Marble Granite Supply.
Lam learned the trade of cutting and installing beautiful stone– primarily marble and granite– in Hong Kong, where Lam’s family has a long-established business in the industry.
In fact, Lam’s family installed all the marble flooring in the Hong Kong International Airport, Cody said, as well as finishing the lobbies in many large hotels and office buildings in that city.
After 15 years of doing granite and marble work in Hong Kong, Lam moved to Chicago, where he had a profitable business of his own. However, the desire to move his family close to better schools led him to Iowa, and Lam’s children now attend Iowa City Regina.
With all the residential and commercial construction taking place in the area, North Liberty was a good fit for his marble, granite and tile business as well.
Marble– metamorphosed sedimentary rock– is mined in locations all over the world, from Italy to Macedonia to Germany and the United States. However, only four countries together produce half of the world’s marble, and China is second in that realm, accounting for 16 percent of the global marble supply behind Italy’s 20 percent, according to Wikipedia. And even though the United States quarries a significant amount of marble, much of the country’s supply is imported from China because the cost of cutting the stone is less there, according to Cody.
“Labor is very expensive to cut stone,” said Cody. “But in China, labor is cheap.”
Lam’s connections to his family’s business also translates to cost savings for Lam and Cody’s customers here. The company gives free estimates, and offers products– installation included–starting at $39.95 per square foot, and accepts large or small jobs for floors, backsplashes, bathroom tiling or countertops throughout the home or business.
Cory Hodapp, of CJ’s Construction General Contracting in North Liberty, is familiar with L&C’s work, said Cory’s wife Melissa Hodapp, of Skogman Realty.
“We used them to complete our kitchen backsplash about a year ago and they did a great job,” said Melissa. “Since then we’ve used L&C in all of our new construction homes in which we install granite. I’ve also referred him to a couple of friends, and they’ve all been happy with their work.”
Cody is the marketing manager for L&C Marble Granite Supply, and is excited about sharing the news of the business start-up. His role in the new business is an addition to owning the Yang Chow Wok restaurant, an already time-consuming venture that has been a successful part of North Liberty’s commercial landscape for more than 10 years.
“I work hard,” he said, but having his sister run the restaurant allows him the time to devote to L&C Marble Granite Supply– a job he accepted not because of money, but because he believes in the business.
“I want people to know we will do a good job at a good price,” he said. “It’s about doing the best we can for our customers. And we’ll be here for a long time. We won’t be here for just one or two years and then leave.”
Call Cody at 319-936-1232 for an appointment to get a free estimate, or to visit the store at 955 236th St., Unit 3A, North Liberty.