Located in Chilton, WI, Francis and Alyce Buechel literally bet the farm to start their stone business, Buechel Stone Corp. According to Mike Buechel, the COO of Buechel Stone, his grandfather first started cutting stone with a dry saw, eventually affecting his health. “Over time it harmed his lungs to the point he had to choose, either process the stone in a different way, or quit the stone business,” said Mike Buechel. “Pa was determined to make it work and he did something few people would have the bravery to do. He bet the sure thing, the farm, for something uncharted, Buechel Stone.” Francis and Alyce went to the bank for a loan to get a stone splitter. Before the splitter, he had done everything with a Carborundum circular saw blade, a hammer and chisels. After going to the bank and a long discussion, the bank used the farm as collateral for the investment. Because of those beginnings, the company now has approximately 175 employees, awards and has expanded to other quarries.
Buechel Stone is building a culture on a foundation of family and core values, service-minded leadership, industry-leading initiatives and unlimited aspirations. “Our Buechel Brag Book of impressive and inspirational project photos — with all sorts of products from around the U.S. and Canada — just keeps growing, but what we’re most proud of is the relationships and experiences gained during production and project journeys,” said Mike Buechel. “None of it would be possible without a talented team of Rockstars, who we are proud to call colleagues. They give us the opportunity to provide a best experience in stone.”