Made in East Texas: Granite Division

Published on Monday, 18 August 2014 14:21 - Written by Casey Murphy cmurphy@tylerpaper.com

MAKER: Granite Division, Inc. in Tyler

PRODUCT: The company offers more than 100 colors and a variety of stones, including Granite, Marble, Travertine, Soapstone and Onyx. Granite Division can do countertops, back splashes, tub surrounds and flooring for the home or commercial building, as well as Travertine, Onyx, Copper, and Marble specialty sinks.

Last week, the business installed a 1,600-pound, three-piece Crema Marfil Marble altar for Wellspring Spirituality Center’s Chapel. The one-of-a-kind piece took seven weeks to build and five men to deliver, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page.

The company’s granite composes the Spence Fountain on The University of Texas at Tyler campus, the Smith County Peace Officer's Memorial at the T.B. Butler Fountain Plaza and the bishop's chair, called a cathedra, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

The business oversees everything from the importing to the installation of the products. Its team travels the globe searching for granite and natural stone resources, importing much of its materials from Italy and Brazil. They also import from India, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Norway, Finland and Turkey to suit any design application, according to according to www.graniteloc.com .

Granite Division created a new product for home and commercial use, called GraniteLoc™,” which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Granite Division Inc. GraniteLoc uses granite and natural stone tiles that are fused together during production. The patent-pending process uses color-matched poly-resins to resist stains. Customers receive a beautifully finished surface at a fraction of the cost of traditional stone slabs, the website states.

Granite Division also offers a variety of stainless steel sinks at www.sinksrus.com .

BACKGROUND: David McCall founded the company in 1998 to take advantage of what he saw as a growing granite market expanding down from the traditional high-end user, according to earlier reports. Clay Clemmer joined the business a year later.

CONTACT: Granite Division, Inc. is at 3536 Highway 271 North and can be reached at 903-535-9000. Hours for its Slab Yard are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, by appointment only.