NSSGA sponsors tour of Bluegrass Materials’ Texas Quarry

By |  March 16, 2015

About two busloads of people visited the Bluegrass Materials Texas Quarry in Cockeysville, Md., on Monday, March 16 for a tour sponsored by the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). The Texas Quarry sits on the Limestone Valley, abundant in limestone, marble and dolomite.

Guests on the tour learned about the Texas Quarry’s history and some of its equipment after a free luncheon. Ted Baker II, CEO of Bluegrass Materials, and Bernie Grove, former president at the Texas Quarry and 2014 Pit & Quarry Hall of Fame inductee, shared history and facts prior to the tour. Baker says the Texas Quarry is Bluegrass’ flagship operation. It measures about 500 ft. deep and can run 1,200 tph at the plant, he says.

Between 1980 and 1990, Grove says the quarry produced up to 15 million tons of aggregate per year.

“At that point in time, this quarry was ranked in the top 10 producing quarries in the United States, primarily because Maryland is the seat of the federal government,” he says. “So the glory years [of this quarry] were from 1980 to about 1990.”

Over the years, the quarry supplied marble for prominent buildings such as the Washington Monument, Baltimore’s City Hall and the State House in Annapolis, Md. Bluegrass Materials says the quarry is more than 100 years old, and that it likely has another 50 years worth of business.

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