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  • Coldspring Relationships: Built to Last

    Much like our products, many Coldspring customer relationships stand the test of time. Take the story of Sandra Conners and Terry Turrentine Irby. Sandra is a Coldspring regional sales manager. Terry is a managing partner at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow, a family-owned funeral services business founded in 1945.

  • Eight Tips for Spring Maintenance on Mausoleums and Columbariums

    When we think of the spring season, things that typically come to mind include warmer weather, birds chirping, spring cleaning, puddles of rain, and flowers blooming. For cemetery owners, Spring is also the perfect time to prepare your memorial buildings for the summer and upcoming holidays.

  • Coldspring's 125th: the Legacy Continues

    Ask anyone who works with natural stone, and they will likely recognize the name: Coldspring. Since 1898, this company headquartered in Cold Spring, Minnesota, has remained at the forefront in the quarrying and fabricating of stone for a variety of commercial, memorial and residential applications.

  • Executive Retirements Drive New Leadership Approach at Coldspring

    The restructuring, which is occurring as Coldspring celebrates its 125th year in business, elevates a team of 10 leaders to more directly represent the company’s various value streams, ushering in a new era for customer service and employee engagement in the process.

  • What's Behind a Lasting Veterans' Memorial?

    As our nation recognizes Veterans Day, many of us will gather in our communities at veterans’ memorials. Veterans’ memorials serve an important purpose, as they pay tribute today to the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. By providing a connection from the past to the present, veterans’ memorials enable people to remember and honor those who have served our great country.

  • Leveraging Your Why for Business Growth

    Knowing your why is important. Sharing your why is the key. Once you reconnect to your why, the real fun begins. You now get to lead the way. Your ability to articulate both your why and your business’s why to your staff and customers is important.

  • How is Natural Stone Sustainably Sourced?

    When the green building movement first appeared, the focus for sustainable building materials was primarily on recycled content and renewable resources. Today product sustainability has evolved and project teams are now looking at the entire process of getting a product to market.

  • How is Stone Sustainable?

    With project owners, designers and contractors demonstrating an increased commitment to constructing sustainable structures, the sentiment regarding the use of eco-friendly building materials has shifted from “nice to have” to “must have.” Stone, one of the most durable materials used for any application, ranks high as the premier solution.

  • Which Natural Stone is Most Durable?

    As one of the largest natural stone manufacturers and suppliers in North America, we are often asked which natural stone is most durable. While we wish we had an easy and definitive answer, in truth, the correct response is that it depends.

  • Fall Is the Perfect Time to Prepare Buildings for the Winter

    When we think of the fall season, things that typically come to mind include football, apple cider, turning our clocks back and changing foliage colors. For cemetery owners, Fall is also the perfect time to prepare your memorial buildings for the winter.

  • Visit a Quarry and See Natural Stone in its Original Environment

    With an understanding of modern stone quarrying practices, design teams can bring enhanced creativity to their designs featuring nature’s most beautiful, enduring and unique materials – natural stone.

  • The Golden Thread of WHY

    We are all familiar with a common thread; a reoccurring theme that seems to connect all of the dots together. When you recognize one, you’re intrigued and you typically get a feeling that you’re on the right track. Somehow when you pick up on a common thread, it creates a sense of togetherness and belonging. Common threads make everything just make sense.

  • How to Choose the Best Material for Exterior Cladding

    The best material for exterior cladding depends on many considerations, and natural stone often offers the best choice when features such as durability, beauty and permanence are important. What’s more, exterior stone cladding designs are an excellent choice for meeting historical preservation goals or when constructing a new structure in a historical area.

  • Coldspring Named 2021 Manufacturer of the Year

    Coldspring, the leading quarrier and fabricator of natural stone and bronze manufacturing in North America, has been named the Central Minnesota Manufacturers Association (CMMA) 2021 Manufacturer of the Year.

  • Why Did My Paver Project Fail?

    One question no one wants to ask or hear is, “Why did my paver project fail?” Unfortunately, from time to time, projects do not perform as well as intended. It is important to learn from these projects to avoid similar challenges in future projects. Pavers can fail over time for a variety of reasons.

  • What is the Best Material to Put Under Pavers?

    The best material to put under pavers depends on many considerations, including the method of installation. When the appropriate installation is selected, natural stone pavers can provide a long-lasting, durable and beautiful material for landscape designs in public spaces.

  • The Faces of Elysian Valley

    The diversity of one of the nation’s largest cities is proudly depicted in an elaborate outdoor display that greets thousands of people each day. Five larger than life sculptures make up the center of Los Angeles’ first roundabout. Each are egg-like shapes standing up to a foot tall.

  • Nevada's First Holocaust Memorial Plaza Offers Place for Reflection

    On the grounds of the King David Memorial Chapel and Cemetery in Las Vegas, NV sits Nevada’s first Holocaust Memorial. The Holocaust Memorial Plaza will help educate visitors about this devastating time in our past and allow time to reflect on the importance of learning from history.

  • Testing Standards for Natural Stone: What They Are, Why They Matter

    Building a beautiful structure that will stand the test of time is the goal of most projects. But when a stone’s physical properties take a back seat to design and aesthetics, how that structure will look in five or 10 years (and beyond) may not be as impressive as it looks immediately following completion.

  • Coldspring Receives Stone Industry Honors

    Cold Spring, Minn. – (February 10, 2021) – Coldspring® – the leading quarrier and fabricator of natural stone and bronze manufacturing in North America – is proud to announce the company has received two Pinnacle Awards of Excellence from the Natural Stone Institute (NSI) in the Commercial Exterior category.

  • Granite Plays Key Role in Challenging Gardens Upgrade

    Grand Rapids, Michigan, is home to one of the nation’s premier sculpture and botanical gardens – Frederik Meijer Gardens. In 2017, Meijer Gardens announced plans for a $115-million expansion, including a new 69,000-square-foot Welcome Center and upgrades to their Amphitheater.

  • Closing Sales Using the Art of Storytelling

    Think about some of the greatest lessons you’ve learned. There’s likely a story behind each one of them. Recall the best marketing you’ve seen; it likely told a story. Think about the family you served that made an impact on you; you haven’t forgotten their story. Storytelling is as old as time. It’s how we learn, communicate, and grow sales.

  • Success with Granite and Rainscreens

    Stone can provide great performance with a rainscreen design, yet design teams often have many questions about how to incorporate them.

  • Bringing a Monument to Life through Hand-Sculpting

    Granite has been used to construct the world’s most beautiful and resilient monuments, and is used widely for artistic sculptures because of its limitless design opportunities and enduring durability.

  • Frequently Asked Questions: Quarrying

    At Coldspring, our quarrying and production processes rely on advanced technology to increase efficiency and optimize our stewardship of the earth. Read on to learn more.

  • Embracing the Celebration Trend

    To those who work in the memorial industry, it comes as no surprise that a shift is happening in the way our culture commemorates loved ones. In past decades, funerals and other rituals following death were a somber experience focused on the past. Today, more families are viewing death as the natural part of life that it is.

  • Memorial Trends Among the Generations

    When considering your plans to reach customers, it’s important to think through the generational differences that affect families’ decisions. Each generation has its own definition of what matters most. In Coldspring’s most recent research, performed in conjunction with Hanover Research, we examined the preferences of each generation and found some surprising results.

  • Using Natural Stone in Today’s Architecture: Stone Formation to Fabrication

    In today’s marketplace, a wide array of natural stones are available for U.S. dimension stone production. These include granite, limestone, sandstone and marble, each with unique qualities of color, texture, physical properties and more.

  • More Than a Final Resting Place

    The most recent addition to the property is a beautiful chapel and mausoleum, which was designed by Eric Inman Daum, AIA, and is an elaborate yet tasteful display of natural stone.

  • Responsible Development Informs Upscale Design

    Incorporating elements of natural stone in its raw rough state to a smooth glossy sheen, a beautiful and eco-friendly landscape design was created for a world-class commercial complex on the outskirts of Washington, DC

  • Haddock Private Estates® Mausoleum

    If you speak to Ron Haddock for a few minutes, you immediately know what’s most important to him – his family. That love for family led Ron and his wife Sandy to build a beautiful Private Estate® in Dallas, where the Haddocks have taken root for more than 30 years.

  • Coldspring Precision Diamond Tooling

    Coldspring, a major stone producer for 120 years began producing diamond tooling for their own production line during the 1930s. As time and the available technology progressed, Coldspring’s engineers and leadership set their sights on adapting new techniques in metallurgy and chemistry, and applied them to their cutting, shaping and polishing processes.

  • Drawing Inspiration from the Surrounding Landscape

    Carnelian granite boulders in their natural state created an inviting new entrance for Brookings Hospital, which was influenced by the glacial movement across the Great Plains thousands of years ago.

  • Key Features of Urban Park Designs

    As we saw the world shift towards socially distanced outdoor gatherings, both urban parks and plazas experienced renewed attention. We believe landscape architects now have an even higher calling to continue to bring inspired, sustainable spaces to our communities.

  • Why You Should Consider Multiple Finishes for Memorial Projects

    Granite provides an ideal building material for memorial projects due to its permanence, durability an natural beauty. Oftentimes, families think they need a variety of colors to achieve a beautiful memorial. However, choosing multiple finishes of the same stone can help create the contrast and variety they’re looking for while savings costs. Here are some of our favorite benefits of incorporating multiple finishes in memorial projects.

  • Creating Inviting Entrances with Natural Stone

    First impressions matter, especially when it comes to entryways, landscapes, hardscapes, and other types of construction. A space’s entrance should complement its surroundings and set the tone for the rest of the design. By incorporating natural stone into an entryway, design teams can create inviting entrances that make a statement.

  • Coldspring Hosts College-Level Courses for Local High School Students

    Coldspring® recently partnered with four local high schools (ROCORI, Paynesville, Kimball, and Eden Valley-Watkins) and St. Cloud Technical & Community College (SCTCC) to provide college-level courses to high school students.

  • Are You Missing an Opportunity?

    An online design and ordering system can reap huge rewards for your memorial business and the families you serve. But many aren’t utilizing it! Here’s what you need to know.

  • How to Add Value to Your Project with Natural Stone

    These days, many project owners are looking to achieve as much value as possible out of their ventures. And one of the best ways to maximize a project’s value is by specifying an enduring, durable and high-performance product like natural stone.

  • 4 Advantages of Online Account Management

    When thinking of innovations that make life easier in modern times, a number of things may come to mind. Mobile phones keep people connected wherever they go. Kindles offer an entire library of books in one hardcover-sized pad. For those in the funeral home and memorial industry, online account management via the Internet is one of the biggest innovations that has made work life easier.

  • One Stone, Many Expressions

    Think choosing one stone for your project means a boring design? Not if you choose multiple finishes! Different finishes can create a variety of shades and tones and strikingly different looks while unifying the space. Here are four of our top reasons to incorporate multiple finishes into your next project.

  • 4 Ideas for Creating High-Impact Small Spaces

    From sculptural seating to artistic landscape elements and water features, designers are using stone to bring the natural element into their small-space designs. Here are four ideas for incorporating natural stone into your small-space design to create big-impact results.

  • 3 Tips for a Successful Virtual Selection

    Successful memorial professionals have the ability to sense a family’s needs and meet them wherever they’re comfortable. In today’s environment, meeting a family where they’re comfortable takes a very literal meaning.

  • Serving Families with a Timely Turnaround

    As states across the country begin lifting stay-at-home orders and restrictions on group gatherings, cemeteries and funeral homes are seeing the return of funerals and memorial services. Many of you are opening your doors for the first time in months and are once again able to meet with families to give the care and service you’re passionate about giving.

  • What Makes Stone Sustainable?

    In today’s world, project owners increasingly realize the importance of building with sustainability in mind. Architects are pushing the movement forward with designs that keep the health and well-being of the planet and its inhabitants in mind.

  • Cremation Memorials: An option for everyone

    There’s little argument that the pandemic has had a profound effect on the grieving process. A recent quote by a funeral home worker stated that the COVID-19 pandemic kills twice. First, it isolates you from your loved ones right before you die. Then, it doesn’t allow anyone to get closure.

  • Setting the Paved Foundation

    Many factors contribute to the right choice of natural stone installation for a project. Methods include mortar set, sand set, bituminous set, and pedestal set. Understanding the differences in installation methods, and the best applications for each, is essential for a successful project.

  • The New Sustainability: Why Everything We Do Matters

    When the green building movement first came into the limelight decades ago, the focus for materials was primarily on recycled content and renewable resources. But today the sustainability of products has evolved based on changes in green building programs.

  • The Memorialist’s Response to COVID: Remember Your Calling

    During these tough times, there are no certain answers to the questions plaguing us all: What will the world look like after we move through COVID-19? When will social distancing be something of the past? Will our business return to its previous levels?

  • COVID-19 Coldspring FAQ

    We know you have questions and there may be some uncertainty during this time, and although we don’t have all the answers, we hope that you find the below information to be a helpful resource.

  • Natural Stone May Be More Cost-Effective Than You Think

    In today’s uncertain environment, project budgets may be under new scrutiny. If you or your client loves natural stone, but think it’s out of your budget, you may want to think again. Look to the project’s life cycle for clues that stone may be more affordable than you imagine.

  • The Process of Successfully Selling Private Mausoleums

    The sale of a private mausoleum is generally considered a “big deal” at any cemetery, but it’s not the only definition of a big deal—your cemetery might have a different definition.

  • Embracing the Customer Experience

    As memorial specialists, we play a primary role in guiding families to select the best memorial to honor their loved one. Even as COVID-19 changes how we educate with more digital and web conferencing applications to interact with families, our key responsibility is to educate.

  • 21st Century Workforce Transformation: VEX Robotics

    At least five of our GSDC investors are actively involved in the VEX Robotics Program: Central McGowan, Coldspring, Granite Equity Partners, Park Industries and St. Cloud Technical and Community College – and we expect there are more.

  • Water Features and Natural Stone: Considerations for Design and Fabrication

    Water features hold a powerful place in landscape design. Through movement and sound, water transforms even the busiest urban landscape into a serene escape. A tranquil pool offers a place for reflection, or a dynamic fountain evokes a spirit of play.

  • Incorporating Granite in Modern Campus Design

    In recent years, campuses across the country have experienced a rebirth in design. Designers are experimenting with traditional materials such as natural stone and incorporating them in modern applications.

  • Coldspring Honored For Energy Excellence

    Coldspring – the leading quarrier and fabricator of natural stone and bronze manufacturing in North America – was recognized by Xcel Energy for its outstanding achievements in energy efficiency.

  • The Importance of NSC 373 Certification: Why Coldspring Certified

    In recent years, the marketplace has become increasingly environmentally conscious. While leading companies in the natural stone industry have always adhered to environmental best practices, we knew it had become important that we as an industry verify these processes by an outside party

  • Increasing Project Creativity Through Design/Manufacturing Collaboration

    Natural stone, particularly from a supplier with the most advanced capabilities, offers nearly limitless design options as it allows designers to use a classic building product in creative, contemporary applications.

  • Boston Children's Hospital featured in Contemporary Stone & Tile Design

    When guests and visitors approach the entrance of the Boston Children’s Hospital they are greeted by a “hide and seek” style wall made of Mesabi Black® granite.

  • Inspired Design

    Santa Clara Mission Cemetery in Santa Clara, CA — The 59-acre cemetery, which traces its roots back to 1859, was running out of crypt space in its St. Joseph Mausoleum.

  • Creativity Drives Sustainable Natural Stone Projects

    The desire to choose environmentally-responsible products is driving an increasing number of decisions today, yet many fail to realize the full potential of natural stone as a sustainable product.

  • North American Quarrying

    As the national discourse surrounding tariffs for imported goods remains ongoing, the focus on domestic-manufactured products has reached an all-time high.

  • Elmira Corning Regional Airport by Fennick McCredie Architecture

    Coldspring provided approximately 12,000 sq.ft. of Lake Placid Blue and 8,500 sq.ft. of Sierra White® for the addition to the Elmira Corning Regional Airport.

  • Sourcing Natural Stone for Your Monument Project

    For thousands of years, man has used natural stone to construct the world’s most beautiful and resilient monuments. Today, natural stone remains the material of choice for monuments and memorials across the globe.

  • Domestic and Imported Stone: Sourcing the Right Stone for Your Project

    In today’s business climate, the focus on domestic-manufactured products has reached an all-time high. While the discussion of tariffs for imported goods remains in progress, decision-makers are faced with carefully weighing all the options.

  • Minnesota Granite Earns Top Ranks

    Coldspring implemented grand measures to ensure a quality and efficient fabrication and delivery process for the Davis Barracks at USMA, West Point.

  • Permanent Memorials Remain Important as Cremation Rate Rises

    It’s no secret cremation is increasing in popularity in the United States. More than ever, people are choosing cremation for its convenience, affordability and flexibility.

  • CNC Technology Brings New Era of Stone Design

    Computer Numerical Control (CNC) technology has made its mark on stone design and fabrication, providing numerous benefits to those who take advantage of its capabilities.

  • Coldspring Hosts Rep. Tom Emmer, Shows Unique Recruitment Strategy

    Coldspring® – the leading quarrier and fabricator of natural stone and bronze manufacturing in North America – recently hosted U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) at Coldspring headquarters and demonstrated the company’s unique approach to help close the worker shortage gap.

  • Maximizing Space for a Landlocked Cemetery

    Calvary Cemetery in Marshall, Minnesota, encountered an issue common to many cemeteries across the country. With burial space decreasing and nowhere to expand, the cemetery faced an uncertain future.

  • Whimsical granite sculpture becomes sustainable public landscape

    A modern roundabout in Los Angeles was adorned with nine larger-than-life granite sculptures to help control smog and exhaust impacts on the surrounding community.

  • Making a Connection: Veterans Memorial

    Several years ago, Union Cemetery erected a veterans memorial on the east side of the property. The memorial was a way for the cemetery to honor those who served, but who were not buried on cemetery grounds.

  • With Cremation, the Need to Memorialize Remains

    The trend toward cremation has reached an all-time high. Today, studies show slightly more than half of people choose cremation over traditional burial due to its convenience, affordability and flexibility.

  • Natural Stone Provides Sustainability

    Two varieties of Coldspring granite were specified for the design of the City Creek Center in Salt Lake City, UT.

  • How to Create a Lasting, Memorable Memorial

    When it comes to creating a beautiful memorial that stands the test of time, nothing compares to the benefits of natural stone. As one of the most durable surfaces on the planet, natural stone can create a family legacy that will remain for generations to come.

  • Material Certification Assures Consumers Sustainable Stone

    More than ever before, sustainability is a top concern for today’s educated consumer. It seems everyone from the college co-ed to the Baby Boomer-retiree wants to know if the products they consumer are produced in an environmentally responsible manner.

  • Kathy Spanier Promotes Unity in the Stone Industry

    Kathy Spanier came to Coldspring 13 years ago with a marketing background in a variety of B2B industries, to take on the role as Marketing Director.

  • Community Mausoleum at Holy Redeemer Cemetery

    In a ceremony attended by more than 100 members of the local community and beyond, Bishop Scharfenberger recently blessed the new Adirondack themed Community Mausoleum at Holy Redeemer Cemetery.

  • Milbank Operations receives Gold ANSI/NSC 373 Certification

    Coldspring® announces its Milbank operations in Milbank, S.D., received Gold-level ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainable Production of Natural Dimension Stone certification.

  • Honoring your loved one: Interview with Dan Rea at ICCFA

    At the recent 2018 ICCFA convention, Coldspring displayed two family cremation monuments that can hold the remains of multiple generations, as well as mark a family burial plot.

  • ICCFA Welcomes New President to the Association

    Christine Toson Hentges may not have planned to follow in her father’s footsteps, but fate has a funny way of intervening in people’s lives.

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Granite played an integral role in meeting design goals for the landscape of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

  • The Grove At Connell Center - Berkeley Heights, NJ

    The Connell Real Estate and Development Company had an idea to transform Connell Center Corporate Park in Berkeley Heights, N.J., into a pedestrian-friendly campus with multiple recreational experiences and environments.

  • New Coldspring Columbarium Delivered to Byron Cemetery

    The Bath Township cemetery crew braved the unrelenting rain March 30 as Dodds Monuments delivered a new 16,000-pound Coldspring columbarium to Byron Cemetery, 3256 Trebein Road, and a huge crane gently lowered it into place.

  • CNC Technology Brings New Era in Stone Fabrication

    Collaboration between commercial building architects/landscape architects, designers and fabricators can lead to detailed stone designs with the assistance of state-of-the-art CNC machines.

  • CEU Educator of the Year

    Coldspring of Cold Spring, MN has been named 2017 Educator of the Year for the Natural Stone Institute CEU program. The company presented 144 classes to a total of 1,440 architects and designers last year.

  • Kathy Spanier Receives 2018 Women In Stone Pioneer Award

    For more than a decade, Spanier has made a powerful impact on the natural stone industry with her tireless efforts to position natural stone as a sustainable product within the building industry.

  • Coldspring Wins Multiple Pinnacle Awards

    The winners of the 2017 Pinnacle Awards were announced at the Natural Stone Institute Awards Ceremony during TISE 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.

  • The Stone Industry Adopts A New Sustainability Standard

    In the February 2018 issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine, Meg Calkins, FASLA, shares about the Natural Stone Industry’s new sustainability standard.

  • Specifying Certified Stone: Reaching Sustainability Goals with Environmentally Responsible Materials

    A recently developed sustainability standard gives project teams the verification needed to ensure that stone being sourced for a project is environmentally responsible.

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