By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Home Improvement | Issue: June 2012
A completed project with Stone Mill Manufactured Stone. (Photo by Jason Wallace Photography)
Co-owners Susan Spring and Steve Koskey opened the doors of Stone Mill Manufactured Stone in January of 2009. “We have now outgrown our production area and have moved it down the street,” says Susan. The original location is being remodeled inside and out to house Stone Mill’s greatly expanded indoor and outdoor showrooms. The couple’s dedication to quality products and all the hard work associated with building a successful business is instantly obvious as you approach the beautiful new offices and showrooms.
The showrooms will include samples of products and color variations available from Stone Mill. The outdoor showroom redesign will include a huge patio with an outdoor kitchen and fireplace, plus nice product display areas. Visiting the showrooms provides opportunities to complete preliminary concepts you’ve been carrying in your mind.
“Our primary objective,” says Susan, “is to provide customers with innovative concrete building materials that are specifically designed to exceed expectations while adding lasting value.” The company caters to homeowner do-it-yourselfers and the commercial trades. They also offer an array of quality installation services for your convenience and project efficiency while being committed to helping you achieve your every project goal. “We have a desire to excel in superior quality products, friendly, helpful service, installations by experienced, creative masons, and ultimate customer satisfaction,” says Susan.
Stone Mill Manufactured Stone products have many advantages. Each is made of Portland cement, light-weight aggregate, and iron-oxide pigments guaranteed not to fade. The products are just as resilient as natural stone while offering great looks and durability at less than half the cost of installing real stone. And manufactured stone doesn’t require the same structural supports as natural stone. Stone Mill products come in patterns and colors that are not found locally in nature, and they can be applied directly to walls with mortar. “Installation is two to six times quicker than natural stone,” adds Susan.
Stone Mill’s manufactured stone is environmentally friendly, creates less waste than natural stone, and is much lighter, which equates to fewer dollars spent for shipping. In addition to being fire, insect, and mold resistant, it is maintenance free. Manufactured stone creates a sense of permanence and strength that is indistinguishable from that of real stone. Stone Mill provides a 50-year limited warranty against manufacturing defects when used on structures that conform to local building codes and when installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Existing stone applications manufactured from Stone Mill’s exact processes have been in service for decades, showing superb performance in every way.
Stone Mill Manufactured Stone products include stone, keystones, wall caps, window sills, corner quoins, trim stones, and more. They also offer a selection of pavers in various patterns. The Stone Mill technicians who make their products are experts in their field. Susan and Steve both apprenticed under Hugh Anglin, who was one of the first in this part of Oklahoma to begin producing manufactured stones. Hugh was well known for producing a quality stone and conducted business as 52 Stone. Susan and Steve eventually bought 52 Stone and are producing the same high-quality products developed over the years by Hugh.
Stone Mill also has its own mold making machine, which enables them to continually increase their product line as well as create custom designs to customer specifications. Stop by Stone Mill Manufactured Stone, introduce yourself to Susan, and enhance your next project with manufactured stone – at a fraction of the cost of real stone. Estimates are always free.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.