The process of getting Granite from International Quarries to SLABCO
The process of getting beautiful granite slabs from the quarries of Italy, Brazil and other countries to SLABCO Marble & Granite, Inc. and eventually into American office buildings, hotels, and homes is a long journey. In the photos below, you will see huge 50 feet tall blocks of solid granite being excavated from an Italian mountain quarry. Please click on the pictures to enlarge them and see the enormous size of marble and granite blocks. One by one, these huge blocks of granite are drilled and broken into movable blocks using time tested methods and modern machinery. The men and machinery that do this job are truly amazing.
After cutting huge blocks of granite from the mountain, other crews of men and machines cut it into smaller pieces capable of being transported to the granite stockyards for processing into building materials.
After arriving at the granite stockyard, like the one above in Italy, the blocks are loaded into giant gang saws to be cut into the desired thickness. This cutting process and take up to four days to complete, depending on the density of the material.
After the granite blocks are cut into granite slabs of the desired thickness, the slabs are taken to the production plant for completion. Some materials require a resin coating that is applied by the machine tin the center photo above.
The granite slabs are then polished using abrasives and diamond polishing wheels to bring out the beauty of the color and pattern in the granite.
The granite slabs are then crated in bundles in preparation for shipping, then packed into steel transport containers, trucked to the docks where they are loaded aboard ships bound for the United States and eventually to our Elberton, Georgia and Greenville, South Carolina warehouses where it is a available for selection for US buyers.
SLABCO stocks over 70 styles and patterns of granite slabs, in addition to a wide variety of marble, travertine, and onyx. You can view our inventory in the granite gallery or visit one of our warehouses, open weekdays 8 AM -5 PM, to personally select the perfect piece of granite for your building requirement.
The SLABCO difference is wide variety and customer satisfaction. You won’t find the Golden Beach or Galactica Blue at your local home fix-it store. Call us today at 706-213-1255.