Roy Swindal, a noted figure in the stone business, and his sons have launched Sylacauga Marble Quarry and plan a renaissance for Alabama white marble. According to an announcement from the Alabama Department of Commerce:
Their plans for Sylacauga Marble Quarry would return Alabama white marble to its heritage as a prized construction material, used in the interiors of the U.S. Supreme Court, the ceiling of the Lincoln Memorial and in many other notable structures.
“We are going to bring back a stable supply of Alabama white so that it’s available to the architectural market,” said Roy Swindal, whose family operates Masonry Arts in Bessemer. “That’s not been there. When we do that, it will really be the rebirth of this material in the United States.”
The venture recently acquired a 50-acre tract in Talladega County, where recent marble production has been limited. To expand the operation, Sylacauga Marble has purchased $500,000 in specialty equipment and will add another $2 million in equipment in coming months.