Sustainability,

Our Holistic Approach

For well over a century, Vetter Stone and Alabama Stone have been quarrying, fabricating and shipping the highest-quality limestone to sites world-wide. Our services have been relied upon by owners, designers and installers who recognize the importance of a product where beauty and durability are inherent, and for which they can be assured of specifying and using one of the greenest materials on the face of the earth. At Vetter Stone, we understand the entire process of harvesting limestone from the earth to its final application at the project site. From the early, schematic phase of design, we become trusted partners with architects and other designers, believing in and understanding why “green”, “LEED” and “sustainability” are not simply terms or add-ons to a project, but intrinsic to the process of design and materials selection. It is the long-term viability and success of the owner’s project that is at stake, and we take the responsibility of contributing to that success in the highest regard.

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Minnesota Quarry (photo) 

Entry with loader to ASC quarry

Alabama Quarry (photo)

Vetterstone Amphitheater (1)

Vetter Stone Amphitheater (photo)

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We believe in being standard-bearers in terms of stewardship of the land from which we harvest our stone and are socially responsible to the communities in which we work and reside. Members of our company serve on many boards, committees and advisory groups, and we have donated our stone on projects having significant community impact, whether small or large in size, such as the Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato, Minnesota.

While relying on no less than four generations of experience, we continue to search for ways to improve our approach and react to the concerns of owners and the designers they entrust to bring their ideas to fruition. In Minnesota and Alabama, we operate two of the most modern, energy-efficient operations in the United States—and we are certainly proud to say that we are “American-made”! Concerns about worker safety and health have pervaded our thinking over those four generations, resulting in fabrication facilities that have the highest environmental qualities and process/energy efficiencies. Our equipment is state-of-the-art and we explore ways of upgrading it before simply replacing it. There is little—if any—waste as a result of the fabrication processes we use with this equipment. Last, but certainly not least in importance, is handling and shipping of the material from our location to the project site. Once again, experience comes into play as we are able to efficiently package our stone and determine the quickest and most economical method to transport it to the site.

As slabs are cut from block and then finished, recycled water is used to virtually eliminate airborne particles and maintain a healthy work environment for workers.


Portions of stone that are bi-products of the fabrication process are not wasted. Rather, they are crushed, with the resulting aggregate shipped to nearby building and construction materials providers.

It is important that a material-producer and supplier have as clear an understanding as an architect that buildings are not a mere collection of components, but rather a creative, synergistic combination of elements incorporated into an overall design. We contribute to the value of a project through recommendations that architects can incorporate into their design process, and this is especially so as the design, manufacturing and construction industries move forward with LEED v4. Fully integrated building envelopes offer the best opportunity for designers to achieve the LEED ratings you desire for your project, with knowledge that you are specifying a product with low embodied energy to produce. When considering possible LEED points, our stone qualifies as a low Volatile Organic Compound-emitting material. Quarried and fabricated in our own plants to your specifications and details, our stone contributes positively to construction waste management principles by having no on-site waste or construction activity pollution.

Combined with its natural beauty, the life-cycle value of our limestone has–and continues to be–a major factor in the critical process an architect must go through in order to reach a sustainable solution to a design challenge.

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has stated that “The vision of LEED has always been better buildings, not just for some, but for all. To that end, a critical part of LEED v4 has been making sure that it is flexible enough to be applicable on a wide scale that is not limited by location or building type”. As you look at the projects contained in our website, you will note the diversity of building types for which our stone has been used and its global applications. And when we use the term time-honored, we are speaking of projects that date back to the late 1800’s.

Our core philosophies and approach to producing one of the most time-honored materials on the planet take into account all of the components that contribute to sustainable design–and we are proud to proclaim that we have been doing this for four generations of our American, family-owned business.