Rock of Ages Corporation
Rock of Ages Corporation is a granite quarrying and finishing company located in Graniteville, Vermont. It was founded in 1885. The company was one of the cemetery-related businesses profiled in the 2005 PBS documentary A Cemetery Special.
The company employs around 230 people, and the company made a profit of around $800,000 in 2009 on revenues of $21.6 million, up from a loss of more than $2 million in 2008.
ROAC maintains the world's largest "deep hole" granite quarry. The quarry is called the "E. L. Smith Quarry", and the Devonian Barre Granite is mined there. The extravagant quarry is among some of the oldest types of rock on earth, coming from the inner core of the earth and slowly rising towards the earth's crust. Once granite reaches the ground's surface and the soft upper layers of dirt and gravel have worn away, the granite then reveals itself. Granite was originally quarried using primitive techniques which implemented hand saws and explosive charges to blast away the "benches" of the quarry. Modern techniques have evolved to include diamond-tipped wire saws and water jets. Visitors to the Rock of Ages factory and gift shop can also watch quarriers in the quarry cutting the granite away from the quarry wall.
- United States Korean War Memorial, United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan, South Korea – a Frank Gaylord sculpture carved from Barre Granite and dedicated under the auspices of the American Battle Monuments Commission in 2013.
- "Swenson Granite to buy Rock of Ages in cash deal for $39 million". Vermont Business Magazine. 9 October 2010. Retrieved 20 October 2010.
- "Dedication of the U.S. Korean War Memorial in Busan, South Korea on July 28". Events:. American Battle Monuments Commission. 22 July 2013. "This is the third memorial commemorating the Korean War created by ABMC."
- Korean War Monument at Busan
- Delcore, David (September 28, 2013). "Barre granite is new, unique memorial in South Korea". Vermont Today. Rutland Herald.
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