The Early Days
Royce Newsom began his career with Newsom's Paint and Supply, a company founded by his father, Garland Newsom. With multiple locations across Lubbock, the company sold paint, wallpaper, floor covering and automotive supplies. Newsom's Paint and Supply was part of the Fields & Co. Living Center, which was a joint venture with Newsom's. Lee Fields and Alex Cook were the two general partners, and Dan Law was president of the distributorship for home and building supplies.
While attending Texas Tech, Royce Newsom earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial management with a minor in accounting. He established Venetian Marble of Lubbock in October 1966, and since then he has been the principal owner. The company, which was incorporated the year before, was a franchise of a Dallas company by the same name. Venetian Marble's facilities were originally located at the Fields & Co. Living Center, at Sixth Street and Avenue Q.
In the early days, Venetian Marble introduced a new manufacturing process to produce an engineered marble that was not only very durable, but one that provided unlimited designs and applications — including seamless countertops and backsplashes. Newsom shared this new product with builders via a mobile showroom — a Ford Econo Van that carried a bathtub with deck, backsplashes, and one vanity with three different lavatories — that he took to residential job sites. Soon, this new Venetian Marble became a favorite of builders, replacing Formica, which was the standard for kitchen and bath countertops, Newsom said.
The demand for Venetian Marble increased rapidly, and soon exceeded supply. Newsom had begun the process of updating equipment to improve the manufacturing process, when the tornado hit Lubbock on May 11, 1970, destroying the company’s facilities. Not one to be deterred by the catastrophe, Newsom relocated Newsom’s Paint and Supply to the Clovis Highway and Ave. Q and eventually dropped the paint and wall coverings to focus solely on kitchen and bath countertops and surrounds.
Newsom established a second company in 1980, Ortega Bath Environments, which eventually became known as Ortega Kitchen and Bath, now the sales and distribution arm of Venetian Marble. The business grew significantly until the mid-1980s when an economic depression hit the country. As the economy began to revive, Venetian Marble also flourished. The company once again pushed through adversity when, in January of 1998, a fire destroyed the entire production area. One longtime employee recalls Newsom asking all the employees to help with cleanup. Working round the clock, they were back in production within a week and fulfilled all current orders without losing a single customer, he said. In fact, production actually increased by 25 percent.
Growth and Prosperity
In 2005, the company moved to its current location at 2834 Clovis Road, bringing its showroom, manufacturing plant and natural stone yard into one complex. Venetian Marble Kitchen & Bath has a beautiful 3,000 square foot showroom to display the engineered composite marble, engineered stone and natural stone products. The facility also includes a massive manufacturing area for the engineered composites, which provide a seamless countertop or bath surround and can beautifully mimic the look of natural stone, but offer more ease of maintenance and budget-friendly solutions. Over the years, operations have expanded to include a full service stone fabrication shop, which has been grown around multiple state-of-the-art CNC machines, templating equipment with laser precision for the most accurate measurements, and a staff with the expertise to provide service at every step of the way. Venetian Marble maintains its own well-stocked slab yard to provide customers with the greatest selection of natural stone in the area. Laser templating and measuring are done by Venetian's trained, experienced staff, as well as all areas of stone fabrication, finishing, and installation. A friendly, experienced sales staff works with commercial designers, builders, interior decorators and individuals to supply natural stone, engineered stone and engineered composites for a variety of kitchen and bath products for the most beautiful homes and businesses across Texas and the nation.
Over the years, Venetian Marble's work has won numerous awards, has been featured in news and magazine publications, and their products have been installed in tens of thousands of businesses, schools and homes, even including some celebrity homes and tour buses. The International Cast Polymer Association named Newsom as its first-ever Manufacturer of the Decade in 2001. The award recognized his dedication to the industry and efforts to support members nationwide. In 2010, the American Composites Manufacturing Association awarded Newsom the Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2013 the Leadership Excellence Award. At Venetian Marble Kitchen & Bath, their well-trained professionals stand behind their work from beginning to end, and even after the installation is complete.
At Venetian Marble, the highest priority is to ensure customers have the best possible experience, from start to finish, and that the final product is something that exceeds their expectations. To that end, Venetian professionals work closely with customers through every step of the process, from the initial design stage, to the completed installation of the product. From extensive commercial jobs to “do-it-yourself” home improvement, Venetian Marble is prepared to assist customers with jobs of any scale.
Venetian Marble Kitchen & Bath sales and installation primarily operate within a 90-mile radius of Lubbock, TX, though we have frequently traveled across the state, and beyond, for customers who have requested our expertise.
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