WESTFIELD – A California Company that specializes in producing stone and masonry products has selected Chautauqua County as the location to expand its operation.
According to a media release from the Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development, Coronado Stone Products has acquired the business assets of Crown Hill Stone, Inc., located at 59 Franklin Street and 28 E. Pearl Street in Westfield.
Coronado Stone was founded and is currently operated by Mel Bacon and is a leading manufacturer of stone veneer and thin brick products. As a Christian and a business owner, Bacon brings a second chance philosophy to his company, meaning that it partners closely with local parole and probation departments to offer entry level positions with the opportunity to move up in wages and responsibility, based on skills, work ethic, attendance and commitment. Company officials say the practice is rooted in Bacon’s Christian beliefs that everyone has worked, with employee turnover remaining about normal and sales continuing to grow.
Conversion of the newly acquired Westfield property is already underway. The new plant will support the company’s expansion of sales into the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States, as well as Eastern Canada.
Shipment of products is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of this year. Company representatives project employment to grow from three to fifty employees by 2016.
The County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency (CCIDA) has been the lead on the project, coordinating state and local assistance in developing an incentive package to attract the company to Chautauqua County. Details of the incentives were not available.