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Quarra Stone Plans Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Production-Operations Complex

Quarra Stone Company, an architectural stone cutter and supplier, plans to build a production and executive management facility in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The $17.9 million project is expected to create 34 jobs over the next three years.

The new state-of-the-art headquarters will allow production and management staff to operate under one roof while vastly improving production capabilities, according to company officials.

“Our new facility is designed by Snohetta architects, a Norwegian firm with offices in the U.S. To have them as our architect is unheard of and it’s probably the most highly designed building in the state of Wisconsin,” said James Durham, founder and president of Quarra Stone Company. “It will enable us to make much bigger, heavier stones, which is what our market is now asking for.”

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is supporting the project by authorizing up to $350,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits Quarra will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created and the amount of capital investment during that period.

“The growing demand for Quarra’s products, combined with the slate of exciting projects they’re involved in, necessitates a new, modern facility, which we’re thrilled to help make a reality,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC, the state’s lead economic development organization. “Quarra remaining in the Madison area will be immensely beneficial for job creation and overall economic growth in the region.”

Founded in 1998 and currently headquartered in Madison, Quarra Stone Company is a privately held LLC. It provides custom-cut stone for architects, artists and masons for use in building restoration projects nationwide. The company is the only North American distributor of Switzerland’s Vals Quartzite and Spain’s Polardur Limestone, just two of the many stones Quarra produces on a mass scale.

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