Rock of Ages owner buys famous French limestone quarries

first_imgRock of Ages Corporation,Vermont Business Magazine The parent company of Barre’s Rock of Ages, Polycor Inc of Quebec, announced today the acquisition of four famous limestone quarries located in Burgundy, France, previously belonging to Rocamat. The French quarries have been used for centuries to build landmarks across Europe. Vermont-based Swenson Granite and Rock of Ages are part of the Polycor family of brands. As a result of this acquisition, local Rock of Ages customers will now have access to this heritage French limestone along with the American granites.France is currently sourcing stone from Vermont’s quarries for its restoration projects. Notably, La Grande Arche de la Défense (in Puteaux, west of Paris) designed by Johann Otto von Spreckelsen, has been restored with Vermont’s Bethel White Granite. The Bethel white is taking the place of Italian marble. Bethel white also was chosen for the 74-story home of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in the United Arab Emirates.The Grand Arch was built to celebrate the bicentennial of the French Revolution (July 14, 1789, storming of the Bastille). The concrete, granite, marble and glass arch is also an office building with 35 floors of office space. The massive structure is large enough to fit the Notre-Dame Cathedral inside its 348-foot span and 361-foot high rooftop terrace. Courtesy Jennifer Smiga (Marketing).Polycor is known for its vast portfolio of stones, many of which are the building blocks of the US’ cherished heritage sites such as the Washington Monument benches, New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Union Station.The acquisition of these French limestone quarries allows Polycor to further diversify its offering, now including the well-known Massangis stone. For centuries, this limestone has been used to build some of the most important structures in France, including the Louvre Museum, the Louis Vuitton Foundation and the base of the Eiffel Tower.Here in the US, this iconic limestone clads the exterior of the modernist Katzen Arts Center at American University (link is external)in Washington, DC.This acquisition furthers Polycor’s global presence as the company aims to expand its scope of activities and line of products from one continent to another. Thanks to Polycor’s existing sales infrastructure, US and world clients alike will now be able to purchase this iconic French limestone in a variety of shapes and sizes for residential and commercial projects: slabs, tiles, blocks and custom made projects.Polycor plans to invest equipment and infrastructure updates, as well as return 18 employees back to their original activities at the French quarries, now under Polycor’s leadership. SEE RELATED STORY HERE(link is external)About Polycor Inc.Founded in 1987 in Quebec City, Canada, Polycor Inc. is a leader in the natural stone industry in North America. The company’s growth through acquisitions, including U.S. based Rock of Ages and Swenson Granite in September 2016, demonstrates its position as a leader. Polycor Inc. employs nearly 900 people and owns over 30 quarries and 15 manufacturing plants across Canada, the United States and now, France. For more information, please visit our website: polycor.com/incSource: Quebec, July 9, 2018 – Polycor Inclast_img read more

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Alliance Brings On Northwood Grad As Field Sales Rep

first_imgThe Aftermarket Auto Parts Alliance, Inc. recently announced the recent hire of Kendall Schaus as the company’s new field sales representative. Schaus graduated from the Northwood University DeVos Graduate School earlier this year after earning both her bachelor’s degree and Master of Business Administration in four years.Schaus will be working directly with Alliance National Accounts and Auto Value, Bumper to Bumper and Confidence Plus Certified Service Centers. She will also be assisting all shareholder owners with various sales initiatives. She reports directly to JC Washbish, vice president of sales and marketing at the Alliance.“We are thrilled to welcome Kendall to the team,” Washbish said. “The Alliance continues to focus on expanding our work with national accounts, growing our Certified Service Center program, and investing in a variety of other sales projects. I’m confident Kendall will play a key role in these efforts.”AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

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UK groups set up abnormal loads forum

first_imgRay Engley, head of technical services at the Road Haulage Association, is acting as co-ordinator with the support of the Heavy Transport Association, the Freight Transport Association and a number of allied and interested groups.”There is broad consensus throughout the industry that the system needs to be reviewed and tweaked to reflect modern-day movements of abnormal loads,” said Engley. “All sectors across the industry are involved and can be broken down into four specific sectors – clients/consignors, operators including escort organisations, local authorities and structure owners, and police authorities.”The industry faces challenges because of reduced budgets within local authorities and police forces, and a genuine lack of knowledge across all sectors, he said.”The aim is to develop an international code of practice or recommended guidance – details against which enforcement agencies can target offenders and address by training needs where identified, or prosecution for serial non-compliance.”The industry has changed significantly since the last update of the Special Types General Order (STGO) Regulations in 2003, said Engley. “By working together, it is hoped that the industry can move forward together. Customers want their goods moved ‘immediately’; structure owners and local authorities want only notifications relevant to them; police forces want the ability to filter notifications in order to assess the road safety element of individual loads.”www.hta.uk.netwww.rha.uk.netwww.fta.co.uklast_img read more

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Navy Downs Columbia With A Strong Second Half

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Navy (9-3) fights back from a 18 point first half deficit to take down Columbia (1-9) on the road in Levien Gymnasium. Shawn Anderson is adding to his great senior season with 21 points and 12 rebounds to notch his first ever double-double.The Midshipman started off cold falling behind 31-13 with just under 6:44 left in the first half. Nothing was falling for Navy and they could of hung it up right there and quit, but like time and time again they fought back. The Mids outscored Columbia 33-13 over the next 11 minutes to take their first lead of the contest 46-44.From there on the Navy defense took control and shut down the Columbia offense. The roles reversed quickly and the Mids came out ahead with a 73-68 hard fought win over a struggling Columbia team.Anderson first career double-double has built on a strong senior season. The senior caption is leading Navy in points (157), rebounds (70), assists (39) and minutes played (374) through the first 12 games.To go along with Anderson’s career night his teammate Hasan Abdullah finished with 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal. Sophomore center Evan Wieck stepped up also with key buckets late in the second half to notch a career –high of 14 points.The comeback for Navy gives them a record of 9-3 record, which is the best 12- game start since the 2006-2007 season.Navy is now going on a 10 day break for finals. The Mids next game will be against Lipscomb (6-4) on Dec. 21.Please follow and like us:last_img read more

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Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan joins Wigan on loan

first_img Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan Wigan have signed Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan on a season-long loan.The 28-year-old Hungary international is surplus to requirements at Anfield after the arrival of Germany goalkeeper Loris Karius, together with the emergence of Wales international Danny Ward who overtook him in the pecking order towards the end of last season.Bogdan joined up with the Latics squad for Wednesday’s friendly at Macclesfield after undergoing a medical.“When we found out Adam was available, it was a move I really wanted to push through,” manager Gary Caldwell told wiganlatics.co.uk.“He has great experience and will add immense competition for both Jussi Jaaskelainen and Lee Nicholls, which is what you need to drive the club forwards.“He obviously knows Jussi from his time at Bolton, he knows the area, the training ground is familiar to him and I’m sure he will be a great addition to the squad.” 1last_img read more

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