K2 Stone expands into U.S.

K2 Stone, a Vancouver Island-based company, continues its steady growth pattern by acquiring all assets, leases, and contracts of the U.S. producer Stanton Stone of Kalispell, Montana, last month.

The purchase represents a significant development for the company.

K2 Stone’s primary business is in thin stone veneer, a popular building material.

Until now, it sourced from a single location – the Ocean Pearl quarry in Port Renfrew. The acquisition of Stanton’s assets adds a second production facility in Montana and access to four new quarries.

Although the benefit for K2 in terms of geographic distribution will be significant, the driving force behind the development was the pursuit of an expanded product offering.

The addition of Stanton’s operations effectively quadruples the varieties of stone accessible through K2 stores. The “Big Sky” product lines, as they have been named, differ significantly in physical composition when compared to the existing Ocean Pearl line.

K2 expects the added variety of colours, shapes, and price points will ensure there is something for every customer, regardless of their decision criteria.

Big Sky thin veneer, flagstone, and landscape stone will be available spring 2011 through stores, and promise to meet K2 Stone’s industry leading standards.

In 2009, K2 Stone was named the Top New Exporter at the BC Export Awards, and won the MISTIC award for Value Added Producer.

To learn more about K2 Stone, go to www.k2stone.ca.

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