French Mill Stone in Athens, AL, is the result of a collaboration between Mike Grisham and Clay Garrett. While the two men came from different backgrounds, it was each of their specialized expertise that is responsible for the creation of a successful stone fabrication business. Grisham opened the company in January of 2001, and found a niche in creating finished limestone products.
“We use a lot of Indiana limestone as well as a beautiful Oolitic limestone quarried in northwest Alabama,” said Grisham. “We also use a variety of West Texas limestone, particularly for interiors.”
Among recent projects, the company completed signage for Alabama State University, which included nine columns that were grouped into sets of three and spaced closely together in a triangle shape, with anchored signage attached between to create a multi-sided display of the University logo. Additionally, work is currently being done on a residential project that includes a sandstone veneer exterior, with Indiana limestone window and door surrounds and a medieval-style stone spiral staircase. It also utilizes three types of Texas limestone for the treads and veneers. The stairway has already been fabricated, and installation is underway, according to Grisham.