From our Family Album
A photograph showing our founder, Robert Young, standing to the right of a once widely used stone cutting machine called a “Scotch planer”. Also shown are Robert Young’s son, John, and his grandson, John. The photo was taken at our plant on Grafton Avenue in Newark, New Jersey where we still cut, fabricate and install marble, granite and limestone.
Skilled as a stone cutter and as a fisherman, Robert Young left his native Scotland in the 1800's and settled in the Newark, New Jersey area. The proliferation of immigrants arriving in this area, coupled with the growth of industrialization, brought upon a flurry of building. Thus, Robert Young decided to open a cut-stone business of his own – Robert Young & Sons – Established in 1885.
I follow my grandfather, Hamilton, my father, Robert, and his brother, Hamilton into our organization, a fourth-generation family-owned business. I, like my father and grandfather before me, studied architectural drawing and blueprint reading, and served as an apprentice in the fabrication and installation of natural stone.
Traditionally, our company had exclusively fabricated limestone for commercial use. However, in 1925, the purchase of new equipment allowed us to enlarge our scope to include the fabrication of marble. The availability of both dimensional and veneer stone, as well as the industry's growing use of thinner marble and granite slabs ultimately enabled us to incorporate residential and commercial endeavors in our portfolio. Today, we are pleased to have banks, hospitals, interior designers, places-of-worship, educational facilities and seats-of-government among our clients.