Report from Latin America: Mexican stone supplier continues expansion
World Wide Stone Corp. has been positioned for growth by company founders within the past several years; modernized and refreshed equipment in its factory for Filled and Old World Honed™ products; and added equipment to its factory producing its Truly Tumbled™ material, resulting in a 250% capacity increase. While the factories were being upgraded, exploration for new stone deposits began in the Mexican countryside using satellite imaging. This is the first step in the discovery process of World Wide Stone’s newest veins of Durango Stone™.
Quarry explorationManagement uses satellite images to read the Earth’s stone formations to give its prospectors an idea of where to begin searching. Thousands of square acres are analyzed in the process of exploration. For example, approximately 25,000 acres explored may yield nothing, or up to an acre of deposit for industrialization. Teams inspect the land and begin taking surface samples in areas showing potential. If surface samples are promising, core drilling begins to locate and examine the mass.
ProcessingLarge blocks, weighing approximately 35,000 to 50,000 pounds, are cut out of the deposit and hauled via trucks to the company’s factories in Durango, Mexico. Waste materials at the company’s quarries and factories are harmonious with nature and consist primarily of calcium carbonate, water and mud. In fact, about 90% of the water used in production at its factories is recycled, cleaned and returned to its systems. Local farmers use the calcium carbonate as clean landfill and animal feed.
The company’s complete vertical integration allows it to manage the entire process - from quarrying in the field, to production of its exclusive Durango Stone™ product lines in its factories, to distribution using stocking distributors across North America and beyond the continent.