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Carved in stone

image Bobby and Stacie Simpson are celebrating 20 years in business as Quality Stone Company.

AUSTIN – It’s been 20 years that Quality Stone Company, located just north of Austin in Florence, has been providing quality stone products to the residents of Texas and beyond. Opened in 1996 by Bobby and Stacie Simpson, there have been some changes in the interim.

For one, Kirk Coyne became an investor in 2005 and the company has also added a thin veneer stone to its list of products.
    “A thin veneer saw cuts a thinner version of our chopped limestone,” Stacie says.  “Cutting the stone thinner helps with some jobs that do not have a footing and don’t have the footing for the heavier stone.  It is also good for interior type applications, such as fireplaces and interior kitchens.”
    When the Simpsons started the company, they had one employee – now the team is up to 16, consisting of a mechanic, truck driver and pit crew.
    Bobby, quarry manager, has been in the stone business since he was a child, when he worked at his father’s company as a laborer and then a truck driver.
    Stacie, office manager, says the company’s goal to get it right the first time is what keeps customers happy and coming back.
    “Our philosophy has always been to do it right the first time,” she says.  “We want our customers to leave our office with the confidence that the stone will be exactly what they ordered.  Since the outside of the house is the first thing people see when they come home we want them to have that ‘AH–HA’ moment not an ‘Uggg’ moment.  We always want them to love it and be proud they came to Quality Stone.”
    Stacie says the company services all types of jobs.
    “We sell to the wholesaler (rock yard), homeowner, mason, builder, architect, designer, landscaper, pool companies and more,” she says.  “We do a good number of each type of customer.”
    The business works to retain employees by giving employees paid time off for major holidays, as well as paid training days.
    The company mainly quarries limestone and produces a variety of stone and specialty cuts.
    When not working, Bobby and Stacie enjoy spending time with their two daughters and new son-in-law at the lake and on their ATV’s. –cw

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