Cultured Stone products originated in 1962 when brothers Garrett and Floyd Brown of Vallejo, California saw the need for a new kind of building material. The entrepreneurial pair of plasterers developed manufactured stone veneer-a concrete mixture cast in flexible molds and hand-colored with iron oxide pigments to resemble natural stone. Made of lightweight aggregate materials, the veneers were approximately one-quarter the weight of natural stone and easily adhered to most wall surfaces.
The Browns’ small, regional company began selling to dealers in Northern California, but grew quickly as it added new products with broader geographic appeal. Soon, Cultured Stone products were distributed throughout the United States and Canada. Increased sales eventually established Cultured Stone as the undisputed brand leader and preferred name in the MSV category.
Protecting Our Surroundings
We strive to meet today’s building needs without compromising the future. Cultured Stone veneers are designed to not only beautify spaces but also take care of our shared environment along the way. To that end, our closed-loop recycling system allows us to reuse water during manufacturing, which proves especially important in California’s drought-prone environment. Cultured Stone veneer products contain an average of 58% recycled content.
We continue to refine our products and operations; to champion the environment; to provide builders and homeowners with the precision they’ve come to expect from us over the years. In fact, our trademark CSV® stamp still appears on every product that leaves our manufacturing facilities as a guarantee to our customers that they’re receiving authentic Cultured Stone - the original stone veneer.
“Today, we remain the path-pavers and perfectionists that earned us our reputation as the premier stone veneer manufacturer almost 60 years ago.”