Block-Lite, a Flagstaff, Ariz. block manufacturer, has managed to carve a niche that has helped it weather the tough economic and regulatory climate by producing specialty block. They have produced materials for numerous small commercial projects. Part of the reason for their success is their capability to provide architects with color samples within 48 hours. This allows them to bid on jobs that have tight deadlines. Block-Lite's president, Wally Smith, credits their speed to their high-tech automatic color machine, which reduces the amount of time taken to mix colors and eliminates many of the hassles normally associated with coloring concrete.