Minick Materials was founded in 1958 by Kenneth Minick and his wife, Nova. The family-owned company began as a topsoil and sand delivery company and has become one of the largest landscape material distributors in the Oklahoma region, shipping both locally and nationwide. Minick Materials is also involved in the local community, providing the majority of stone for the Oklahoma City National Memorial, soil donations for the Children’s Center in Bethany, OK, as well as supplying materials to local churches, day cares, retirement centers and countless others. Minick Materials is also an active member of several professional organizations including: Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association, Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association, and the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Through the different quarries of Minick Materials, they produce more than 300 quality products, for both commercial and residential applications. Their selections include boulders, CU-structural soil, compost, crushed limestone, decorative rock, flagstone, mulch, pavers, pottery, retaining walls, stone, soil and sand. The company’s primary customer is commercial masons or home builders, with some ancillary sales to landscapers and do-it-yourself customers.

The Green County Stone Hackett quarry has 54 acres permitted there. They quarry approximately 15,000 tons annually and are expected to produce more as the economy grows. The factory at the quarry is capable of fabricating a range of product sizes — from beams over 20 feet long down to 4-inch building stone. The quarry also runs a chopping and tumbling operation on site.

“One of the more interesting facts about this stone is that the deeper in the formation you mine the rock, the darker the material is — from a brown shade to a deep purple,” said Mike Mayzak, commercial/architectural sales manager for Minick Materials. “There is a wall where the natural layers of stone that formed over time can be seen.”

Another quarry is Lamar I, which produces Arkansas sandstone/flagstone. “These formations lend themselves to very large flagstone slabs, so large that they have to be palletized as ‘standup’ slabs,” said Mayzak. “We learned firsthand from the quarry managers that there is a significant amount of labor and machinery necessary to build up a pallet of material. One of the more interesting facts we learned here was that smaller pieces of the stone, which were not suitable for flagstone or building stone applications, were being crushed and sold as well. There is very little waste in this quarry.”

Rock-It Natural Stone features a chop/saw/fabrication shop. The saw shop runs Park Industries saws and Cee-Jay Splitters. Finally the Oklahoma Tamaha Blue Quarry features a unique color range, only found in that area of Oklahoma. Stone from that formation can be chopped, sawed, veneered or tumbled.

When it comes to the future of Minick Materials, they believe they will see thin stone taking more of the market space. “There is less freight, and double the coverage, it just makes sense,” said Mayzak.