About Wake Stone Corporation
At Wake Stone Corporation, our quality stone products and personalized customer service have kept our faithful customers coming back for almost half a century. Whether you’re paving a highway, constructing a major subdivision or simply repairing your driveway, we’re your local source for high quality, consistent stone products.
Wake Stone Corporation is a family mining business with a nearly 50-year track record of environmental stewardship, regulatory compliance and safety operating four quarries in North Carolina and one in South Carolina. To work at Wake Stone is to be part of a family that cares deeply for each other, our customers, the environment and the communities where we work and live. Our 150 dedicated employees have helped maintain the family atmosphere that goes back to our roots.
1970 – Wake Stone Founded by John Bratton
In April of 1970, John Bratton founded Wake Stone Corporation turning his long-held vision into a reality. The valuable experience he gained building roads and airports in China during World War II and as an engineer in the quarry business for more than 23 years helped prime Bratton and Wake Stone for success.
1970 – Outlasting the Competition
As Wake Stone prepared the Knightdale site for operation, a competitor reopened an abandoned quarry on adjacent property, posing a significant threat to the newly formed business. However, a few key customers had pledged their support to Bratton during the company’s planning stages, and they remained loyal to their commitments. Those customers were vital to the initial survival of the company, and they are among Wake Stone’s most important customers today.
1971 – Knightdale Quarry Opening
The company was established with the purchase of roughly 100 acres of farmland near Knightdale, North Carolina. The granite reserves beneath the farm became the company’s first quarry, which is still operational today.
Wake Stone was founded as a tight-knit family business and is still family-owned and operated today. The company’s first employees were John Bratton, Johnny Bratton, Duncan McCormick, Ronald Bissette and Sam Bryant. Working together, this team assembled the first crushing plant and developed the company’s first quarry pit.
1974 – Moncure Quarry Opening
In 1974, Wake Stone took a bold step opening the Moncure Quarry in Lee County to provide stone for Carolina Power & Light’s (CP&L) Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant. Between 1974 and 1982, the quarry sold nearly three million tons of stone to CP&L. When the project was completed, Wake Stone closed the quarry.
1982 – Triangle Quarry Opening
The decision to close the Moncure Quarry came at an opportune time. For several years, Wake Stone had been planning, testing, acquiring real estate options and attempting to gain permission for a site in Cary. Finally, in 1982 with all permits in hand, Wake Stone opened the Triangle Quarry. The company moved the crew and most of the equipment from Moncure to the new operation.
The Triangle Quarry is strategically located adjacent to Interstate 40 and a short distance from the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Although the economy was in a recession at the time, Wake Stone was well-positioned to capitalize on the explosive future growth in the Research Triangle Park area. The Triangle Quarry now produces more than 1.5 million tons of stone per year to help support the massive growth of Cary, Research-Triangle Park and western Wake County.
1988 – Moncure Quarry Reopening
Six years after closing the Moncure Quarry, Wake Stone returned to the site in 1988 to take advantage of projected growth around Jordan Lake and in nearby counties. Reopening Moncure was like opening a new quarry. A new crew was hired, new equipment was purchased and additional demands were placed on existing personnel. Moncure has been a very productive location, and its future looks especially bright.
1990 – Nash County Quarry Opening
Two years after reopening the Moncure site, the company established a quarry in Nash County. Several companies had been searching for a suitable location for some time, but there were no quarry operations in the county. Perseverance and good fortune paid off for Wake Stone. The Nash County Quarry opened in 1990 and sales have grown steadily every year. In 1994, the new Nash County location helped bring Wake Stone’s total employment to 100 for the first time.
2000 – North Myrtle Beach Quarry Opening
In 2000, Wake Stone expanded into South Carolina with the purchase of 400 acres and additional mineral lease of 1,100 acres on SC Highway 9, 15 miles west of North Myrtle Beach. Opening in 2002, the new North Myrtle Beach Quarry was Wake Stone’s first venture into mining marine limestone. Overcoming many new challenges in this new market, Wake Stone now produces South Carolina Department of Transportation Marine Limestone Base Course (MLBC), North Carolina Department of Transportation Aggregate Base Course, Commercial Base and Structural Fill for much of the surrounding area, as well as serving as a local sales yard for products from the Nash County Quarry.
2012 – Agricultural Products
The Great Recession of the late 2000s hit Wake Stone’s North Myrtle Beach Quarry particularly hard. Instead of closing the quarry or laying off employees as many competitors in the Carolinas did, Wake Stone recognized an opportunity for expansion into new markets. In 2012, with the help of the hard working and dedicated crew at North Myrtle Beach Quarry, an agricultural lime plant was constructed to provide a certified calcitic AgLime for North and South Carolina. Farmers use this product to add beneficial calcium to the soil and help adjust the pH. As these completely new customers get to know Wake Stone, sales of calcitic AgLime has seen steady growth. In 2017, minor modifications to our AgLime plant and the addition of a large dry storage facility have allowed Wake Stone to also produce a Calcium-rich feed supplement for use in livestock feed products.
2015 – Commercial Development
Wake Stone Corporation has been an active member of the Knightdale Community since 1971. During this time, the company has steadily grown alongside the town, which is now one of the fastest growing communities in the Research Triangle region. In 2015, vacancy rates for industrial buildings in Raleigh and Research Triangle Park began to shrink as commercial markets recovered from the Great Recession. Working closely with the Town of Knightdale, Wake Stone Corporation seized this opportunity to develop the first scalable industrial park in the town to help further spur economic growth. Hinton Oaks Industrial Park, conveniently located along I-540, serves as an important economic development asset for Knightdale. As of May 2018, three state-of-the-art industrial buildings have been completed with another 120,000 square foot building planned for the development. Once complete, the Hinton Oaks Industrial Park will boast more than 500,000 square feet of warehouse and industrial space prime for companies looking to make their next big move.
The years since 1970 have been marked by steady and controlled growth for Wake Stone. This approach has allowed Wake Stone to remain lean and efficient. By designing and building all of its operations in-house, Wake Stone has provided continuing job opportunities for its employees and wisely managed its expenses. The average Wake Stone employee has been with the company for 15 years. They have helped maintain the family atmosphere that goes back to the beginning. With their continued support, a strong customer base, ample stone reserves and the continued economic growth of the Carolinas, Wake Stone is well positioned for the next 50 years and beyond.
Mission and Values
At Wake Stone our mission is to supply the building blocks of our communities, providing superior products and personalized service for our loyal customers, while prioritizing environmental stewardship and the well-being of our dedicated employees.
Nearly 50 years ago, John Bratton founded Wake Stone Corporation on two core values: being good stewards of the land and being good neighbors. Wake Stone remains committed to these important values today.
Every decision we make is made with the surrounding community in mind, from the design of quarry entrances and offices to the placement of vegetative berms and visual buffers.
We believe being a good neighbor also means an unwavering commitment to reclamation, restoration and beautification.Thoughtful land management, careful attention to detail and incorporation of the latest technologies for environmental protection are just some of the ways Wake Stone excels at keeping the air and water clean and free of contaminants. The company has a long history of building and maintaining attractive facilities whether they are viewed from the outside or the inside. At Wake Stone, every effort is made to not only meet, but exceed the requirements of government regulations for environmental compliance and safety. It’s the Wake Stone way.
WHAT SETS US APART?
At Wake Stone, we are passionate about what we do, the communities we serve and the environment we work in.