Despite a rainy summer, Dayton Mountain provides peak production for sandstone company
For 20 years, Dayton Mountain has provided sandstone for residents and businesses in Chattanooga. This includes fireplaces, pools, walk spaces, and exterior to homes. With the wet pattern, CEO Patrick Wells says the nine quarries were designed to handled more rainfall. New or young quarries can hold less water, often making a recent rain more difficult to work in.
"We can't work, so one of the things we have to do, is when the sun is shining, we're working 10, 12, 14 hours a day to make up for it," says Patrick Wells.
It's times like these, Wells and his team will work in a more established quarry, and it's crunch time through November.
"Below freezing, we can't quarry. Also below freezing, we can't even fabricate," adds Wells.
From December through March, if water is in the sandstone, it can shatter. If the sandstone already quarried, they can eventually cut the stone by warming it up.
"We have heaters, that will warm the stone, so when it is below freezing, we can still cut, because the interior temperature is increased above freezing," states Wells.
He adds, it takes about a month just to get to the sandstone in a quarry, and that's on a good month with less rain. One reason for the process is to be compliant with the Environmental Protection Agency.
"We have to clean that all back up. We want to leave the place, and leave the quarry in a good stable position," adds Wells.
Majestic Stone tells Channel 3 they replant trees and backfill as they go. Dirt is removed from one area and filled in a separate spot to ensure the ground is stable and can settle over a period of time. CEO Patrick Wells took over Majestic Stone in October of 2016. In less than 2 years, the company has tripled production.
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