SUN VALLEY, CA– Walker Zanger has purchased its own limestone quarry in Oklahoma, marking a major milestone in the 60-plus years it has been in business. Through the acquisition of Mustang Stone Quarries, LLC, Walker Zanger will now source, design, finish and distribute the time-tested limestone which has graced historic and modern edifices alike.
"This is a new chapter for Walker Zanger, but it's a story over 100 years in the making," said Walker Zanger President, Jonathan Zanger. "The rich, calcite-laden Wapanucka Oolitic limestone was originally quarried at this site over a century ago."
After the first quarry workers were drafted to help pave European roads during World War I, the quarry fell into disuse for decades, but many of the original blocks remained and had been sitting idle for 80 years before Walker Zanger began purchasing, finishing and selling this stone.
The Wapanucka Oolitic limestone will be available in colors ranging from taupe to gray. It is applicable for interior and exterior usage, including cladding and paving, and is used everywhere from custom homes in Vail, CO, to high-end corporate-owned stores. The stone's durability and longevity are witnessed in landmarks such as the impressive neoclassical Abilene, TX, courthouse built in 1914.
"Our company works with the world's best quarries, so when we saw the opportunity to purchase one for the first time here in the states, we seized it," said Zanger.
The quarry itself is centrally located in southern Oklahoma, close to both Dallas, TX, and Oklahoma City, OK, and within two days' trucking radius from the entire contiguous U.S. and southern Canada. The new quarry, adjacent to the original site, will be producing exquisite Walker Zanger products within the next 18 to 24 months following the completion of equipment upgrades and permitting.