Re-Emerging U.S. Stone Industry: Pennsylvania stone producer continues to expand
Stone productionMeshoppen Stone owns and leases 12 quarries, and the extraction process is quite different than the methods used for quarrying marble or granite. A quarry site typically has 20 to 40 feet of overburden, which must be removed to get to a bed of flagging, explained Ryan Ruark, William's son, who supervises the production. The company drills and blasts test holes to find areas with suitable material, and they are permitted to work within 3-acre areas at a single time. As crews move to new sections of the site, they refill the land and plant trees to â€œreclaimâ€ the old excavation areas.
Stone is also flame-finished by hand as needed, depending on the finished product.
Water used during the fabrication process is recycled through a mud press, and the facilities use 100% recycled water.