About Us

Countertop Specialists has been a family owned company servicing the Sacramento area for over 30 years.

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Humble Beginnings

Dating back to 1977 Countertop Specialists has a long history of community involvement and service to businesses and residences of California's Central Valley:

Jim Smalling has been a pioneer in the countertops industry since the 1960's. While working for Wood Products, the areas first distributor of Corian, Jim had the opportunity to be the first to install a Corian countertop in Northern California. At the time Corian was only available in 3/4" sheets and there were no commercially available glues for joints so a single bead of silicon was used.

After years of performing countertop services throughout the Sacramento area, in 1977 Jim set out on his own and started a countertop business named Jim Smalling Construction. In the years following he purchased an engineered marble company that he named Marble Art which he then sold several years later.

After the sale of Marble Art, Jim moved his business from its Florin Perkins location to its current location on Fruitridge Road. Rebranded with the name Countertop Specialists the company focused on their expertise in laminate and solid surface countertops. Since its inception at various times Countertop Specialists has provided custom laminate and solid surface counter tops for Lowe's, Home Depot, and Home Base stores.


In 1996 Countertop Specialists was purchased by Jim's son Ted. Under Ted's direction Countertop Specialists has grown into one of the Sacramento Areas premiere commercial and residential casework companies. With both generations still at work and with employees with between 12 to 20 years of tenure, Countertop Specialists remains a stable yet continually innovative supplier of cabinetry and countertops to residents and commercial customers in the Greater Sacramento area.

In the Community

Countertop Specialists is an active member of the Sacramento Chapter of NARI — the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and participates in a number of non-profit and philanthropic events every year.

Where Are We Now?

2007 and 2008 have brought about significant changes. Countertop Specialists has worked diligently to stay on top of emerging trends in environmental construction textiles. We have accomplished this by focusing on:

  • Listening and responding to the needs of our customers
  • Partnering well with manufacturers and distributors
  • Staying current on industry developments

In addition to continuing to service its longtime and existing customers, Countertop Specialists has become the premier provider of green countertop and casework materials.