Eden Stone was established in 1950 by Emil Gesell and his sons, William and Robert Gesell. Humbly founded as a simple gravel yard in Marblehead, WI, Eden Stone began with one quarry, an old truck and a few strong backs. Following the death of their father, Bill and Bob capitalized on the unique beauty of their quarry stone by expanding their product line into hand dressed veneer and landscaping materials. The company grew into the Milwaukee and Chicago markets in the 1960’s and throughout the Midwest by the early 80’s. During those early years, the Gesells invested in better cutting equipment, improved their facilities and slowly built a small fleet of trucks to service regional customers. As their market grew, the Gesell’s purchased quarry land in nearby Oakfield and Chilton to expand their material options and provide a broader color palette to their increasing customer base. When Bob retired in the mid 1980’s, Bill tapped his sons and son-in-laws to help him develop the company. Together, they expanded Eden Stone’s reach even further into the cut stone market by acquiring Valders Stone & Marble, an internationally recognized, dimensional stone producer near Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Valders had a long history in its own right, beginning in 1906, when it started operating as a lump lime producer. Lump lime, used as an ingredient in mortar and cement plaster, was a booming product for many years. It was in the 1950s that the company first began to cut its stone based on the observation of an engineer. He recognized the superior quality of the material and suggested that it should be cut into architectural stone building materials. His recommendation stuck. Shortly after that encounter, Valders began working with builders on residential and commercial facilities in the region.
In 1992, Valders became part of the Eden Stone family as our dimensional cut stone division, bringing new talent and rich history to the team. Both Valders and Eden stone products are widely recognized for superior quality and durability. Projects using our material can be found around the world on buildings in North and South America, Europe and Asia.
Eden Stone is currently in its 4th generation of family ownership and consists of 8 quarries, 3 processing facilities and close to 180 employees.
“We are fortunate to have a team of highly trained craftsmen and artisans who take pride in their work and strive every day to make the highest quality stone products on the market.
Customer service and satisfaction are the priorities of the entire Eden and Valders Stone team.
It’s the efforts of this group that bring each customer’s vision to reality and reveal the true beauty of the natural quarry resources we’ve been given. Senior would be proud of this team and the company we’ve become.”
-the Children and Grandchildren of William E. Gesell “Senior”
Today, investments in technology keep Eden Stone at the forefront of the industry. Advanced equipment from the US, Italy and Germany fabricate natural stone more efficiently and to tighter, more accurate tolerances than ever before. Computer systems aid the production team and manage inventory with greater precision so our customers see quicker turn-around time and more detailed billing.
We are also investing in our community and our planet. As a good neighbor, we manage our operations sustainably by recycling, reusing and repurposing material, water and energy resources as often as possible. Our multiple reclamation programs and initiatives have been in partnership with the DNR and we are proud to be the first quarrier in the area to participate in the Wisconsin Green Tier program.
We are excited to see what the future brings to our industry… and what we will be able to bring to our customers.