Less than two years ago, Pinnacle Stone Products, LLC of Parkesburg, PA, was formed as a collaborative effort between The H&K Group, based in Skippack, PA, and Brandywine Quarry of Parkesburg. Sitting on nearly five acres of land, Pinnacle Stone Products has invested in modern equipment to exclusively produce thin stone veneer from a diverse lineup of materials.
The majority of the stone processed by Pinnacle Stone Products comes from quarries in Pennsylvania - stretching from Harrisburg to east of the New Jersey line - and some materials also come from Maryland. In obtaining the raw materials for its thin stone, “picking crews” travel to the various quarry sites, which primarily produce crushed stone, where they select “blocks” (small boulders) to be processed into thin stone veneer. Extracted materials include mica schist, granite, limestone, argillite, sandstone and quartzite, among others.
Processing the StoneOnce the materials are delivered to the stoneworking facility in Parkesburg, the majority of the processing is done using equipment from Park Industries of St. Cloud, MN. “There’s something about buying American,” said Jackson. “Park came out with some of the first [thin stone machinery] on the market. They’ve given us no reason to go with another company.”
After being split, the pieces are sawn to the proper size using two TSX Thin Stone Systems from Park Industries - the model 4500 and model 5500. “They work together to utilize material more efficiently,” said Jackson, adding that three different sizes are offered. Finished pieces are then stacked onto wooden pallets by hand, and the company uses new pallets every time to ensure quality packaging.
Perfecting the ProcessGiven the short timeframe that the company has been producing thin stone veneer, it is still developing materials to add efficiency while still maintaining a premium level of quality. One challenge for Pinnacle Stone Products is determining the optimum blade selection and processing methods for so many different materials.
Jackson went on to explain that most of the success has come so far without any substantial marketing and mostly through word of mouth.