Luxury stone and tile maker Walker Zanger Inc. has purchased an unused rock quarry in Oklahoma.
The 60-year-old, family-owned business in Sun Valley will source limestone from the quarry for its products. So far, the company has purchased stone from quarries around the world, but this is the first time it has purchased its own quarry, said Jonathan Zanger, president.
“This is a new chapter for Walker Zanger, but it’s a story over 100 years in the making,” he said in a statement. “Rich, calcite-laden Wapanucka oolitic limestone was originally quarried at this site over a century ago.”
The company did not disclose the purchase price for Mustang Stone Quarries LLC in Bromide, Okla. The facility originally supplied stone to pave European roads during World War I and for use in U.S. landmarks such as the 1914 courthouse in Abilene, Texas. But after the war, the quarry sat unused for 80 years.
Walker Zanger will open a new quarry adjacent to the original site, the company said. It will take about two years to upgrade equipment and obtain the necessary permits before the company can begin producing limestone. Ultimately, the limestone will be available for interior and exterior use, in colors ranging from taupe to gray.
The tile maker has supplied construction materials for such projects as the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas and the Park Hyatt Hotel in New York City. It is currently moving into a new, built-to-suit headquarters in North Hills.