Here at DeFeo Materials, we source the best Georgia quarries for the highest quality stone and bring it all together to offer you a wide range of stone types, shapes, and colors. When you see beautiful decorative river rock in a landscape you may not be thinking of how this stone was discovered, blasted, and transported. These quarries are where that all begins.
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Foley Materials and Columbus Quarry
Foley Materials and Columbus Quarry provide aggregates, such as sand, gravel, and railroad ballast to locations throughout the southeast. In 1989, the Concrete Company president, Frank Foley, established Foley Materials Company to provide aggregates to the Concrete Company’s ready-mix concrete operation. Since then, the Concrete Company, as parent company to Foley Materials Company and Columbus Quarry, has expanded its aggregates operations. Currently, Foley Materials locations in Alabama supply sand and gravel to southeast Alabama through a dedicated hauler, while Columbus Quarry’s granite operations provide stone by rail and truck to southeast Georgia.
Hanson Aggregates is one of the largest producers of crushed stone, sand, and gravel in the United States. With its network of plants and ability to transport materials by water and rail, Hanson Aggregates can supply construction projects in major markets across the country. Hanson supplies aggregates for a variety of uses. While the majority of materials are used for the production of ready mixed concrete and asphalt, there are aggregates also used for base material, filter stone, drainage and erosion control, landscaping, railroad ballast and backfill. Hanson Aggregates currently has a location in Duluth, Georgia.
Junction City Mining
Originally formed in 1998, Junction City Mining (JCM) has grown into one of the largest quarries in Georgia and is a leading supplier of materials through South Georgia and North and Central Florida. JCM’s granite is the highest quality rock found in the Southeast. JCM produces seven major types of products. Since the demand on the aggregate market is largely for stone less than one-half inch in diameter, most of the product produced by Junction City Mining will be screened to meet this market demand. Even with the continuously changing mining industry, JCM has kept up with the technology and trends, while maintaining environmentally sound mining practices.
The Atlanta-Stephens Plant was recently acquired by Luck Stone in October 2018. The operation is located on 485-acres adjacent to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Prior to Luck Stone, the site was responsible for providing millions of tons of virgin aggregate and fill material to the airport’s many expansions. In addition to crushed virgin aggregate, the Atlanta-Stephens Plant produces a variety of recycled aggregate products. Currently the Atlanta-Stephens operation mines an igneous granitic rock known as the Camp Creek Formation. These rocks can be mined and processed into quality aggregate products.
Midsouth Aggregates’ Quarry
Midsouth Aggregates’ Quarry is located in Warren County, Georgia. It is a rail served quarry providing granite products that meet various construction needs including railroad ballast, concrete products, asphalt products, and general construction aggregates. Midsouth Aggregates produce a variety of aggregate products from their granite, limestone, and sand quarries. These products are used in concrete, asphalt, block, and precast industries as well as base course material, fill products and general construction aggregates.
Vulcan Materials Company
Vulcan Materials Company is the nation’s largest producer of construction aggregates - primarily crushed stone, sand and gravel - and a major producer of aggregates-based construction materials, including asphalt and ready-mixed concrete. These materials are produced from natural deposits such as granite, limestone, and trap rock. Vulcan’s construction aggregates are used in a variety of ways. It serves as a base material underneath highways, walkways, airport runways, parking lots and railroads. It, also, aids in water filtration, purification, and erosion control.
What Are Quarries and What Do They Do?
A quarry is essentially a type of mine that is used to extract stones and such that will be repurposed into building materials. Quarries belong to a group of mines called open pit mines. The reasoning for this name resides in the fact that these mines are open to Earth’s surface. Quarries in Georgia are no different than your average quarry. They exist to dig up any stone-related material that would commonly be used in construction. Georgia, however, does have more of certain types of quarries than other states.
What Are the Most Common Materials Found in Georgia Quarries?
Georgia has some of the most varied terrains in the eastern part of America. Georgia’s geology is like a patchwork of different geological regions or provinces. So, the materials found in Georgia’s quarries do vary. In the area around Elberton, huge quarries mine world-famous bodies of granite, an igneous rock, while valuable deposits of slate and marble lie within the Piedmont rocks of central Georgia. The central and eastern Coastal Plain has important clay deposits. The clay pits here are amongst the largest quarries in the state. Other important Coastal Plain resources include bauxite, sand, limestone, and crushed stone for building materials.
What Are Sand and Gravel Quarries?
Sand and gravel quarries are just quarries that are used to extract sand and gravel from the Earth. Instead of pulling full rocks, or other natural building materials, more loose materials are pulled, like sand and gravel. Other things like sand and gravel that are pulled from these quarries in Georgia are common fill, crushed stone, topsoil, and washed sand. These all vary in value and aesthetic, but each of them has a place in the Georgia construction and landscaping industry as a go-to material. Some of them are quite easy to find and acquire. Things like common fill, sand, and topsoil are fairly common and easy to come by. As far as the application of these loose materials goes, the possibilities are fairly endless. Whether it’s a large-scale project for a company building some large building, or working over a large area of land, or it’s for a suburban house looking for a new driveway, loose materials like these are very helpful in many situations. It’s their versatility that keeps them in demand always.
What Comes From Georgia Stone Quarries?
Georgia stone quarries, like sand and gravel quarries, exist only as a site for the excavation and processing of stone building materials and resources. Georgia stone quarries in particular produce certain kinds of stones over others. Georgia quarries produce stone materials such as riprap, river rock, utility rock, and basic stones as well. Obviously, these larger stones have a number of applications both similar to, and wildly different from the looser materials that were mentioned above. They can be used to fill in driveways, decorate gardens, or even decorate waterfront pieces of land in a more large-scale sort of way. The stone materials, like the loose materials, also vary in price depending on their rarity and availability in the state. Thankfully, the quarries of Georgia contain a large variety of stones and loose materials, but it still has its limits and sometimes a resource you may want for your project may not be available.
The History of Quarries in Georgia
Elberton is known as the granite capital of the world. Currently, more than 150 sheds and manufacturing plants turn rough blocks of granite into finished memorials, markers, and mausoleums. Elberton’s stone industry has produced an average of 250,000 granite markers and monuments annually. 280 separate companies operated businesses in granite production or related services in Elberton in 2003.
The success of Elberton goes back to 1882 when the first quarry was opened to get constructional stone for use by one of the local railroads. By 1885, a second quarry was opened. At this time, quarried granite was the preferred material for home construction and landscaping. During the 1890s, Elberton’s reputation as a producer of granite solidified as more quarries opened up. The industry’s growth was further enhanced when the Georgia, Carolina and Northern Railroad (later known as the Seaboard Air Line) completed a portion of its line through the county in 1891.
After World War II (1941-45) Elberton’s granite industry entered its most prosperous era. There were claims that it was the granite capital of the world. In 1951, the Elberton Granite Association was founded, and it has since grown to become the largest association of granite quarries and manufacturers in the nation.
Order New England River Rock in Georgia
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Order Quarry Direct from DeFeo Materials
DeFeo Materials provides a number of services related to Georgia hauling and trucking. We will handle every deal with precision and professionalism. When it comes to quarries, and material delivery, we provide multiple services. We can take resources and building materials and haul them straight to wherever you may need them. Whether that be a plant, directly to a jobsite that is being worked on by a larger company, or to someone who just ordered a large supply of resources. Is your landscape supply yard located on a railway? DeFeo Materials is now offering direct rail service for your supply yard! We currently serve customers across the South and southeast and are looking to expand even further. If you are interested in expanding your product line contact our experts today. Contact DeFeo Materials, and we’ll get the job done right.