Inspired structures in granite, limestone and sandstone. Timeless memorials in bronze. Much more. What we create at Coldspring, through our culture and passion, is monumental. Every proud member of our team plays a critical role in transforming the historic stone into wondrous structures and bronze into beautiful memorials . Together, we bring storybook endings to every customer we serve.
Our turnkey solutions, unmatched expertise and end-to-end services reflect more than a century of experience. In that time, we have not only mastered our craft for a diversity of applications. We have learned how to deliver extraordinary experiences, while observing best practices for sustainability at our top-notch casting, fabrication and natural stone quarry facilities. Our customer relationships, much like the products we offer, are built to last.
Coldspring employees enjoy profit sharing, a 401K match, training and career growth opportunities, professional development, financial services, on-site coaching and wellness counseling, and much more. Our benefits and commitment to employee growth have given us an employee base with a high level of retention and longevity. You can browse our current openings below, or fill out our Quick Apply form to figure out where you might fit at Coldspring.
Join us as we commemorate a remarkable milestone in our company’s history. Explore a gallery of captivating images showcasing the joyful faces of individuals who have been an integral part of our journey. Each photograph captures the essence of celebration, unity, and pride as we honor 125 years of excellence. Celebrate with us as we embark on the next chapter of our extraordinary legacy.Learn More
– OUR MISSION –
Through 125 years of challenge and change, Coldspring has endured. This can certainly be attributed to the hard work, innovation and service focus of the great people this company has been fortunate to employ. But we believe it’s also a matter of something bigger.
Another ingredient of Coldspring’s permanence can be traced all the way back to the Scripture-based values that shaped the upbringing of founder Henry Alexander — and defined the company’s moral trajectory from the moment it opened for business in 1898. Preserved over several generations of Alexander family leadership, these values remain fundamental to who we are, how we lead, and the enduring mark we strive to make on the world and one another.
Coldspring’s values can be summed up by the word HONOR:
A core principle of servant leadership is to provide care and support to employees beyond what a typical Human Resources department could offer. Our on-staff chaplain serves a range of support roles including life coach, confidential outlet, faith mentor, and counselor in times of stress, crisis or conflict while focusing on our company’s six pillars of well-being – Career, Social, Financial, Community, Physical, and Spiritual. Every person deserves to feel supported, heard, and valued, and to know they are in a place where they can thrive and feel empowered to bring out the best in others.
This is the compounding benefit of chaplaincy.
With history dating back to 1898, Coldspring serves the architectural, memorial, residential and industrial markets with all types of natural stone, bronze, industrial and diamond-tool products. The Coldspring headquarters, a primary natural stone manufacturing facility and bronze foundry, is located in Cold Spring, MN, but our footprint extends far beyond Minnesota. Additional fabrication facilities and nearly 30 quarries reside across the country, making us one of the largest natural stone manufacturers in the United States and Canada.
In simplest terms, Coldspring is in business to help people make their mark. Doing so carries the weight of permanence just like the natural stone we quarry and fabricate for our customers, as we act with a servant’s heart in looking out for one another. Because we all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves — as we strive to be good stewards of all God has entrusted to us while providing for the generational well-being of the people and communities we serve.
Henry Alexander, a Scottish stone-cutter at the age of 32, arrives in America.
Henry Alexander marries Maggie Milne. They settle in Rockville, Minnesota and have six children. Nellie Jean, Patrick Henry, William Milne, Isabelle Watt, Marion Gregg and John Cooper.
Henry and 7 partners form the Rockville Granite Company.
Henry becomes sole owner of the Rockville Granite Company and our legacy begins.
Rockville Granite begins the century with a contract to fabricate the columns for the Rotunda of the new Minnesota State Capitol Building.
Henry Alexander dies, wife Maggie and son Pat take over the business.
Pat leaves to fight in WW1, Maggie Alexander dies, Maggie’s son John returns from college to carry on the business.
After Pat returns from the war, John and Pat Alexander consider Cold Spring, Minnesota as a new location for their granite company; business community offers financial support.
Construction of new plant begins in Cold Spring, with emerging technologies and advanced production line methods implemented.
Acquired Diamond Pink® quarry – first major job was the Stearns County Courthouse 6 columns.
Company name is changed to Cold Spring Granite Company.
John Alexander develops plan to pursue more monument business; opens Chicago sales office and hires first national sales manager.
John Alexander becomes a single parent after the death of his wife Alice.
Cold Spring Granite owns four granite quarries and posts record sales of $1.3 million.
The Great Depression hits home: Chicago office closes, sales manager is laid off and revenues fall for the first time.
Cold Spring Granite recovers completely; revenues return to pre-depression levels.
The John Clark Granite Company in Rockville, Minnesota, is purchased by Cold Spring Granite. Cold Spring Granite begins building ship components for the war effort.
Company returns to granite work as war winds down.
Pat Alexander dies at age 57; John Alexander becomes the company’s president.
Years of Acquisition:
Granite Mountain, Marble Falls, TX
Pyramid Granite Works & Royal Granite, St. Cloud, MN
Raymond Granite Company, Raymond, CA
Melrose Granite, St. Cloud, MN
Lake Placid Granite, Au Sable Forks, NY
Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada
Company again retools and returns to war work during the Korean Conflict.
Granit Bronz® is born as Cold Spring Granite enters the bronze business to supply markers for the new memorial parks opening across the country.
Work begins on the new U.S. Air Force Academy in CO.
Royal and Melrose Granite companies merge into one to create efficiencies.
An 11-story mosaic mural at the University of Notre Dame is completed.
An unprecedented boom in office building construction begins – this significantly increased the granite industry as granite became the preferred material.
John Alexander’s son Pat travels to Europe with company engineers to view granite operations and technology; develops a vision for upgrading operations.
Tom Alexander retires; Patrick D. Alexander becomes President of Cold Spring Granite and begins rebuilding the company with new technology to make it more competitive.
Cold Spring Granite acquires red granite quarry in Fredericksburg, TX.
Work begins on the Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial to be constructed in Washington DC.
The new Granite West plant designed for mass production of thin granite for building products opens.
Capitol Marble and Granite, Granite Shoals, TX is acquired, which added 7 more quarries.
Korean War Memorial, Washington, D.C. is dedicated.
A second manufacturing facility is opened next to the Granite West plant for monument production. Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial is dedicated. Cold Spring Granite receives ISO 9001 certification. Pat Alexander becomes Chairman of the Board and CEO and names Patrick J. Mitchell president and COO of the company.
LEAN principles are adopted using Toyota’s Kaizen methodology and a continuous improvement promotions office (CIPO) is introduced as a learning and doing function.
The first phase of a new Foundry for finishing bronze memorials is completed on the west campus with a second phase to follow in 2002, and plans are made to add additional facilities and eventually consolidate operations on this campus over the next 15 years.
Company focus is to grow – organizational changes are made to set up vertical business units with singular responsibility for both selling and operations and a plan to enter into the rapidly expanding countertop business was begun.
Opening of the Mesabi Black® and Lake Superior Green® quarries.
Plans are made to accelerate the consolidation from downtown Cold Spring to the new Campus 2 1/2 miles west of Cold Spring to leverage LEAN improvements, reduce costs and increase efficiencies. Multi-year, multi-million dollar IT initiatives are started to convert legacy systems to updated Oracle based information systems.
The majority of the company’s operational consolidation in Cold Spring is complete with the office, support services and the quarry system to come the following year. The move beyond granite to expanding into limestone and other materials is begun with the introduction of Kasota Valley® Limestone.
Introduction of several new product lines, design series and merchandising systems accelerates the growth of the bronze business.
The move into a new LEED Gold certified office headquarters is completed in November of 2007 with the support services move completed the following spring.
Texas facilities are consolidated and an initiative is established to focus on better utilization of resources, increase innovation and establish new business opportunities for the quarry materials business unit.
The Adams Private Estate becomes a signature project – Mr. Adams is the owner of the Tennessee Titans NFL franchise.
Continued emphasis on consolidation, lean management, leadership development, collaboration and teamwork, technology. Changes are made to improve technology, efficiency and capabilities.
Completion of Ralph Carr Colorado Judicial Center and MLK Memorials, both signature projects. Further expanding into limestone, sandstones and other resource alternatives. Opening of Echo Lake® quarry, Diamond Equipment expansion and start of World Trade Center project.
Growth initiatives are beginning to take hold. Quarry Materials including jetty, rip-rap and aggregates, improving international block sales. The strategic re-branding of Cold Spring Granite to Coldspring has begun.
Rose Alexander passes away at the age of 94, signaling the end of an era of the second generation Alexander family.
Coldspring is awarded a patent for a new laser technology for their Expressions in Bronze® offering. U.S. Patent No. 8,720,527
Acquisition of Stone Panels International LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coldspring.
John Mattke steps down as President of Coldspring and assumes a new role as a member of the Coldspring Board of Directors and President of Stone Panels International LLC. Greg Flint becomes President and COO of Coldspring.
Completion of West Point Cadet Barracks and National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Milbank Quarry in Milbank, SD awarded ANSI/NSI 373 Standard Gold Quarrier certification.