Halquist Stone Company receives certification for sustainable practices

Freeman Staff

Dec. 19, 2018

SUSSEX — Halquist Stone Company announced Tuesday it has received ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainable Production of Natural Dimensional Stone certification. Halquist is one of only eight companies in the USA to achieve this recognition so far. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the rigorous and voluntary standard establishes criteria to determine the degree to which natural dimension stone is extracted and manufactured sustainably.

Following facility inspections by NSF International’s sustainability division, which develops standards and conducts audits to protect the environment, Halquist’ s Wisconsin quarries in Lannon, the Ideal quarry in the Town of Lisbon, the Hamilton quarry in the Town of Byron and Chilton quarry in Brothertown were certified, as well as the Chilton Fabrication plant. All received Silver or Gold certifications.

The ANSI/NSC 373 standard examines the numerous areas of stone production, such as: water usage and recycling, custody and transportation of stone, site and plant management, land reclamation and adaptive use, corporate governance, energy usage and conservation, management of excess process materials and waste, safer chemical and materials management, as well as employee health and safety.

The Halquist Stone Company was founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant John Halquist in the original location in Sussex. There are 200 employees in Wisconsin. Bill Halquist and Tom Halquist are the fourth generation owners of Halquist Stone.