A company’s history is only as important as the longevity of its product. You want to know, as the user of a product, that the company is going to still be around to stand behind its product for as long as you’ll be using it. So while the company’s history isn’t that important when you’re buying a pack of gum, it becomes very important when it comes to a product like our stone cladding system and our StoneLite® product.
Our stone cladding system and product is not only meant to stand the test of time, but also human and natural forces. So the 40 years of history behind our company is impressive as far as companies go, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the lifetime of our stone cladding system and product.
The current international reach of our company suits us, considering our history. Our product can currently be found supporting developments on almost every continent. And while our primary productions facility is US-based, our company and our StoneLite® product has its origins in Ireland.
The Global Reach of Stone Panels Inc.® Comes from a History Spanning Two Continents
Our StoneLite® product can be credited to Earl of Mayo Terence Bourke, who developed and patented the product in Galway, Ireland. The StoneLite® product is a solution to a problem that Lord Mayo would run into with the marble produced in his quarry. The marble had a tendency to fracture. His discovery of what would become the manufacturing process behind Stone Panels Inc.® allowed Lord Mayo to stabilize the marble.
A decade later, the wheels were put in motion to eventually bring the production operations stateside, culminating with the completion of a factory in Carrollton, Texas in the mid-1980s. It was around this same time that the stone cladding system and product manufacturing reached the level of efficiency they know today with the help of a production engineer named Peter Myles.
The business would change hands a couple of times in the late 1980s, but it was never out of the good hands of Peter Myles. After gaining building code approvals in the U.S., Myles became president of the company in 1990 and the business came to be known as Stone Panels Inc.®.
With a sales office opened in France in the mid-1990s and building code approval in France coming just a few years later, Stone Panels Inc.® rolled into the 2000s. It was in 2002 that we found our current home in 2002: a 167,000 sq. ft. facility in Coppell, Texas.
We understand that a company’s history is only as important as the longevity of its product. Considering that our stone cladding systems and StoneLite® product are tasked with surviving the test of time, we feel our company should too.