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Inspired structures clad in granite, limestone and sandstone. Timeless memorials in bronze. Elegant marble interiors. Much more. Whether your idea is steeped in tradition or pushing the edge of innovation, Coldspring brings it to life with an extensive palette of world-class natural materials.

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A legacy of innovation

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.

Motivated by our customers’ success, we continue to embrace and develop technology, create new products for the marketplace and foster a business culture that supports industry-leading sustainability practices. Coldspring continues to thrive through creativity, diligence and determination.

Exactly as you imagined

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. That is why our customer relationships — much like the products we offer — are built to last.

TIMELINE

A History of Ingenuity and Adaption

  • 1880

    1880

    Henry Alexander, a Scottish stone-cutter at the age of 32, arrives in America.

  • 1886

    1886

    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.

  • 1890

    1890

    Henry and 7 partners form the Rockville Granite Company.

  • 1898

    1898

    Henry becomes sole owner of the Rockville Granite Company and our legacy begins.

  • 1900

    1900

    Rockville Granite begins the century with a contract to fabricate the columns for the Rotunda of the new Minnesota State Capitol Building.

  • 1913

    1913

    Henry Alexander dies, wife Maggie and son Pat take over the business.

  • 1917

    1917

    Pat leaves to fight in WW1, Maggie Alexander dies, Maggie’s son John returns from college to carry on the business.

  • 1919

    1919

    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.

  • 1920

    1920

    Construction of new plant begins in Cold Spring, with emerging technologies and advanced production line methods implemented.

  • 1921

    1921

    Acquired Diamond Pink® quarry – first major job was the Stearns County Courthouse 6 columns.

  • 1924

    1924

    Company name is changed to Cold Spring Granite Company.

  • 1927

    1927

    John Alexander develops plan to pursue more monument business; opens Chicago sales office and hires first national sales manager.

  • 1928

    1928

    John Alexander becomes a single parent after the death of his wife Alice.

  • 1929

    1929

    Cold Spring Granite owns four granite quarries and posts record sales of $1.3 million.

  • 1931

    1931

    The Great Depression hits home: Chicago office closes, sales manager is laid off and revenues fall for the first time.

  • 1939

    1939

    Cold Spring Granite recovers completely; revenues return to pre-depression levels.

  • 1942

    1942

    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.

  • 1945

    1945

    Company returns to granite work as war winds down.

  • 1948

    1948

    Pat Alexander dies at age 57; John Alexander becomes the company’s president.

  • 1950-1962

    1950-1962

    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

  • 1951-1952

    1951-1952

    Company again retools and returns to war work during the Korean Conflict.

  • 1953

    1953

    Granit Bronz is born as Cold Spring Granite enters the bronze business to supply markers for the new memorial parks opening across the country.

  • 1954

    1954

    Work begins on the new U.S. Air Force Academy in CO.

  • 1962

    1962

    Royal and Melrose Granite companies merge into one to create efficiencies.

  • 1964

    1964

    An 11-story mosaic mural at the University of Notre Dame is completed.

  • 1976

    1976

    An unprecedented boom in office building construction begins – this significantly increased the granite industry as granite became the preferred material.

  • 1978

    1978

    John Alexander’s son Pat travels to Europe with company engineers to view granite operations and technology; develops a vision for upgrading operations.

  • 1983

    1983

    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.

  • 1985

    1985

    Cold Spring Granite acquires red granite quarry in Fredericksburg, TX.

  • 1985

    1985

    Work begins on the Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorial to be constructed in Washington DC.

  • 1987

    1987

    The new Granite West plant designed for mass production of thin granite for building products opens.

  • 1988

    1988

    Capitol Marble and Granite, Granite Shoals, TX is acquired, which added 7 more quarries.

  • 1995

    1995

    Korean War Memorial, Washington, D.C. is dedicated.

  • 1996

    1996

    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.

  • 1998

    1998

    LEAN principles are adopted using Toyota’s Kaizen methodology and a continuous improvement promotions office (CIPO) is introduced as a learning and doing function.

  • 1998

    1998

    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.

  • 2000

    2000

    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.

  • 2000

    2000

    Opening of the Mesabi Black® and Lake Superior Green® quarries.

  • 2005

    2005

    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.

  • 2006

    2006

    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.

  • 2006

    2006

    Introduction of several new product lines, design series and merchandising systems accelerates the growth of the bronze business.

  • 2007

    2007

    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.

  • 2008

    2008

    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.

  • 2010

    2010

    The Adams Private Estate becomes a signature project – Mr. Adams is the owner of the Tennessee Titans NFL franchise.

  • 2010

    2010

    Continued emphasis on consolidation, lean management, leadership development, collaboration and teamwork, technology. Changes are made to improve technology, efficiency and capabilities.

  • 2011-2012

    2011-2012

    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.

  • 2013

    2013

    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.

  • 2013

    2013

    Rose Alexander passes away at the age of 94, signaling the end of an era of the second generation Alexander family.

  • 2014

    2014

    Coldspring is awarded a patent for a new laser technology for their Expressions in Bronze® offering. U.S. Patent No. 8,720,527

  • 2016

    2016

    Coldspring awarded ANSI/NSC 373 Certification Gold Fabricator for Cold Spring, MN headquarters and Platinum Quarrier for Mesabi Black®Charcoal Black® and Rockville® quarries.

  • 2016

    2016

    Acquisition of Stone Panels International LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Coldspring.

  • 2017

    2017

    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.

  • 2017

    2017

    Completion of West Point Cadet Barracks and National Museum of African American History and Culture.

  • 2018

    2018

    Milbank Quarry in Milbank, SD awarded ANSI/NSC 373 Standard Gold Quarrier certification.

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