Cambria (company)

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Cambria
IndustryGranite
Founded2000; 18 years ago (2000) in Le Sueur, Minnesota, USA
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
Mark Davis (Chairman) Marty Davis (CEO)
ProductsQuartz surfaces
Websitecambriausa.com

Cambria is a producer of engineered quartz surfaces in the United States.[1] It is located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, with additional facilities in Le Sueur, Minnesota; Charlotte, North Carolina; Wisconsin, Illinois, Greenfield, Indiana, and Ontario, Canada.[2] Cambria is privately held and owned by the Davis family.[3]

Kitchen countertops[edit]

Cambria produces quartz surfaces, primarily for use as kitchen countertops. It is used in a similar manner as granite, except that it is not porous, and thus requires no periodic sealing. The look of any quartz countertop compares to granite in that the colors are deep and consistent.[4]

The process of creating the countertops is different than granite, in that it is an engineered product, consisting of a minimum of 93% quartz and 7% epoxy binder and dyes.[5] An engineered product that requires no sealer has the advantage in that it requires no harsh chemicals to seal, nor does it emit harmful chemicals into the air, making it potentially more environmentally friendly.[6][7] Engineered quartz however may be damaged by heat unlike granite.

Sun Country Airlines[edit]

In July 2011, Cambria purchased Sun Country Airlines out of bankruptcy for $34 million after the collapse of the Ponzi scheme of Tom Petters and Petters Group Worldwide, the former owner of the airline.[8][9][10]

Cambria Silo[edit]

A silo, located on US 169 between St. Peter and Le Sueur, is rented by Cambria to store quartz granules and slabs.[11] The silo was repainted with the Cambria logo. Cambria was ordered to remove the sign by Mn/DOT because it violated state law against advertisements along public highway corridors and county ordinance in historic preservation districts.[11] Cambria was allowed to keep the silo repainted because it claimed to use the silo as a site to sell its products thereby bypassing the law through a rational nexus exemption.[12] Prior to the Cambria logo, the silo was painted to appear like a can of 7 UP and later as an advertisement for 7 up.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reuters Press Release
  2. ^ Reuters article
  3. ^ About Cambria Archived 2008-12-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Comparison of Cambria vs granite countertops.
  5. ^ Truini, Joseph (October 1, 2009), "6 Great Countertops: How to Choose the Best Material", Popular Mechanics, retrieved 20 December 2012
  6. ^ Market Watch
  7. ^ List of Cambria's eco friendly certification
  8. ^ "Cambria Holdings paid $34 million for Sun Country Airlines". The Mankato Free Press. August 3, 2011. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  9. ^ Phelps, David (July 21, 2011). "Cambria deal gives new life to Sun Country". Minneapolis StarTribune. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  10. ^ Phelps, David (November 10, 2012). "Sun Country is on the rise". Minneapolis StarTribune. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  11. ^ a b c "Cambria's paint job raises silo ruckus". Star Tribune. July 26, 2010. Archived from the original on 2014-01-09. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
  12. ^ Vance, Daniel (November 2011). "Stage Might". Connect Business Magazine.