Crossville company supplying stone for new Braves stadium

The new Atlanta Braves stadium, set to open in spring 2017, is being built with more than 600 tons of Crab Orchard stone from East Tennessee.

A Crossville company is supplying more than 600 tons of Crab Orchard stone for the new Atlanta Braves stadium set to open in the spring of 2017.

Silvara Stone owner Jon Kraus said it’s one of his company’s highest profile projects yet.

"A project this high-profile and this large takes a whole village,” he said, nodding to the help of other Cumberland County stone companies like Big Lick Sawed Stone and Cumberland Mountain Stone.

The stone will be constructed into several benches in front of the $672 million stadium, as well as the columns lining its border.

The stadium, located at SunTrust Park, will feature 41,000 seats next to a mixed-use development and plaza.

In order to supply enough material, Silvara Stone had to extract more than 3,000 tons of Crab Orchard from rock quarries across the Cumberland Plateau. By the end of November, Kraus plans to finish delivering a total 600 tons of fabricated stone.

"It's beautiful. It's a one-of-a-kind stone that you can't find anywhere else in the country,” Kraus said. “It's big industry here in the area, and it's in some really high profile places."

Pieces of Crab Orchard rock are found in several popular locations around the nation, from Centennial Park in Nashville to the Rockefeller Center in New York.

(© 2016 WBIR)


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