We are proud to be re-entering the market in a position to offer the quality and size slabs demanded by fabricators, finally offering American soapstone that competes with foreign suppliers. Our current strength is the result of three developments. The first is the hiring of professional managers and a sales team with a long history of customer service, stone fabrication and sustainability.
The second is the reopening of our largest quarry, Old Dominion. Until now Alberene had been using blocks that were quarried 20-40 years ago, producing slabs that averaged 46” x 79”. Not only were those slabs too small, the company could not predict its supply of material and often could not deliver as scheduled.
The only solution was for us to hire a professional quarry crew to consistently extract large blocks to feed our plant.
After all, we are the only American soapstone and we have the largest vein in the world.
The third development is truly the game changer: we are backing and resining our slabs to ensure their integrity from our quarry to fabricators to installation.
As a result of these three developments, we are consistently producing roughly 4,000 s.f. per week.
Our timing couldn’t be better. As most people know, the supply from Brazilian quarries has been seriously disrupted because of increased government regulations and employee unions. These are the same elements that traditionally put U.S. producers at a disadvantage to foreign competition.
Just as the largest foreign suppliers are experiencing problems with their quarries we have reopened our quarries and exponentially improved the quality of the material we deliver.
We could not be prouder that Alberene is finally delivering American soapstone that competes with foreign sources; that we are able now to deliver the materials demanded by the market while also building inventory to ensure a constant supply.
We look forward to showing the market that American soapstone is not only an alternative product, it is the product.
We look forward to working with you and helping to bring American pride back into the market.
Richard S. Coyte