Cold Spring Granite

Cold Spring Granite
Cold Spring Granite
Type privately owned
Industry Memorialization, Design & Architectural, Residential, Material Supply, Tooling
Headquarters Cold Spring, Minnesota
Area served North America
Key people Pat Alexander, Chairman & CEO; John Mattke, President & COO; Greg Flint, Vice President of Operations, George Schnepf, CFO; Dan Rea, Vice President of Commercial Group; Mark "Mac" Cariveau, Vice President of Memorial Group
Products Granite and Limestone manufactured to specifications, Bronze Memorials, Granite Memorials, Bronze Signage, Custom Diamond Tooling, Blocks, Private Estates, Columbariums, Community Mausoleums
Employees Approximately 900
Website Cold Spring Granite

Cold Spring Granite is a quarrier of granite and natural stone and a bronze manufacturing company in the United States.[1] In 1898 with a single quarry, stonecutter, Henry Nair Alexander, started the family business which became known as Cold Spring Granite. Using natural stone, Cold Spring Granite serves the memorials market, the design and architectural market and distributes slabs for the residential market, industrial products, raw quarry blocks, and diamond tools.[2]



In 1898 Scottish stonecutter, Henry Nair Alexander, laid the foundation for Cold Spring Granite. During this last decade of the nineteenth century, Alexander joined with a group of men from Rockville, Minnesota, to lease land with an outcropping of granite. Alexander died in 1913, his sons Patrick H. and John continued the company. In 1920, the sons moved the company five miles away from Rockville to the town of Cold Spring, Minnesota. This move built upon Henry’s single quarry, creating the Cold Spring Granite Company that exists today.[3][4][5]

Both Patrick H. and John expanded the business with their plan, which resulted in the company becoming the largest quarrier in the country by 1930.

Products and industries served

Cold Spring Granite has quarries and fabrication facilities located in New York, Minnesota, South Dakota, Texas, California and Canada. Color choices include: Academy Black, Agate, Azalea, Carnelian, Charcoal Black, Diamond Pink, Fredericksburg Red, Iridian, Kasota Valley Limestone, Lac du Bonnet, Lake Placid Blue, Lake Superior Green, Mesabi Black, Mountain Green, Prairie Brown, Rainbow, Rockville Beige, Rockville White, Royal Sable, Sierra White, Sunset Beige, Sunset Red, Texas Pearl, Texas Pink and Texas Red.[6]

Cold Spring Granite’s natural stone products from its Commercial Group serve the design community with architectural applications such as commercial interiors and exteriors, landscaping, hardscaping, civic memorials and national monuments. In addition, the Commercial Group serves as the distributor of slabs for the residential market, as well as provides industrial products, raw quarry blocks, jetty, rip-rap and diamond tools. The Memorial Group serves the death care industry, including cemeteries and memorial companies. Products from the Memorial Group include bronze statuary, bronze on granite markers, drilled granite bases, columbarium structures, granite benches, cremation memorials, pillars and boulders, standard and custom designed upright monuments, grass markers, slants and bevels, signs, as well as other granite and bronze products. Further, the Memorial Group provides mausoleum design and construction for private estates and community mausoleums.[7]

Sustainability initiatives

In December 2007, the construction of a new corporate headquarters, together with consolidated fabrication facilities in Cold Spring, Minnesota, served to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. Awarded LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in 2008, the building has 31-percent less square footage than the former building.[8][9]

Cold Spring Granite is a member of the Natural Stone Council (NSC) and President and COO, John Mattke, is past-chairman of the NSC’s Committee on Sustainability, which has partnered with the University of Tennessee's Center for Clean Products to provide research and define the environmental footprint of stone. For the center’s Natural Stone Industry Environmental Benchmarking Study, data was captured from both quarry and processing operations to characterize the environmental profile of the natural stone industry. Findings spurred continuing research on key issues ranging from water reclamation and consumption efficiency, identification of market niches and alternative uses for scrap stone, to the potential establishment of a corporate environmental policy for quarry closure; thereby compelling the development of industry best practices, life-cycle datasets and material fact sheets.[10]


Cold Spring Granite has memberships in the following associations: Natural Stone Council (NSC), National Building Granite Quarries of America (NBGQA), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), US Green Building Council (USGBC), Marble Institute of America (MIA), Building Stone Institute (BSI), Building Product Manufacturers Association (BPMA), Northwest Monument Builders Association, International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA), Southern Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (SCCFA), Cremation Association of North America (CANA), American Monument Association (AMA), Catholic Cemetery Conference (CCC), Northwest Granite Manufacturers Association (NWGMA), Monument Builders of North America (MBNA), International Sign Association (ISA), Awards and Recognition Association (ARA)

Awards and recognition

Cold Spring Granite has been awarded the following honors: International Masonry Institute,[11] Gold Trowel Award, 2001 Award of Merit - Commercial Exterior, Marble Institute of America [12]- Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, D.C., 2002 Special Pinnacle Award for Craftsmanship & Design, Marble Institute of America – Minneapolis Beautiful Project & “TEN” Sculpture,[13] 2005 Special Pinnacle Award, Marble Institute of America – Stone Memorial[14]

Notable projects

Cold Spring Granite has contributed to the following projects: Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington D.C.,[15][16] the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D.C.,[17] the National Japanese American Memorial in Washington, D.C.,[18] the Notre Dame Hesburgh Library “Touchdown Jesus” Mural in South Bend, Indiana,[19] the Bank of America in San Francisco, California,[20] the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia,[21] and the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, Texas.[22]


  1. ^ [1], Cold Spring Granite
  2. ^ [2], Stone World
  3. ^ "A Century of Enduring Beauty" Copyright 2002, Cold Spring Granite Company. Pages viii-ix
  4. ^ [3], Funding Universe
  5. ^ [4], Stearns County, Minnesota.
  6. ^ [5], Cold Spring Granite
  7. ^ [6], Stone World
  8. ^ [7], Masonry Construction Online
  9. ^ [8], International Surface Fabricators Association
  10. ^ [9], Masonry Construction Online
  11. ^ [10], Masonry Construction Online
  12. ^ [11], Marble Institute of America], Marble Institute of America
  13. ^ [12], Marble Institute of America
  14. ^ [13], Marble Institute of America
  15. ^ [14], Smithsonian Institute
  16. ^ [15], Washington Building Congress
  17. ^ [16], U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  18. ^ [17], Stone World Magazine, July 2002
  19. ^ [18], Notre Dame Library Archives
  20. ^ [19], CBS 47 TV, 11 May 2011
  21. ^ [20], USDA Forest Services, 2001
  22. ^ [21], Buildings Magazine, October 2008

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