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Rochester serpentine quarry to be a featured stop on Marble Institute of America quarry tour

ROCHESTER - Vermont Verde Antique, LLC, a serpentine stone quarry in Rochester, Vt., is preparing to welcome the Marble Institute of America's quarry tour for stone professionals in early October.

"This is the third time we have been part of the quarry tour. We are excited to show our industry peers how we are opening up a new quarry face, which is will insure the quarry is able to supply stone to architects and designers for many more decades. Returning visitors will notice a significant change in the area surrounding the quarry," said quarry owner Thomas Fabbioli.

After tropical storm Irene the quarry supplied stone from decades old debris piles to rebuild road beds and shore up river banks. The result is improved on-site infrastructure, and the use of what would have been waste stone, to improve Vermont's infrastructure.

Serpentine is often mistaken for marble or granite, but in fact has unique and desirable qualities of both. The Rochester quarry's dark green serpentine is sought for its white and light green veining, and often contains subtle layered metallic highlights. Unlike marble, serpentine is resistant to etching by acids, and is as hard as some granites.

Vermont Verde Antique serpentine is used for residential countertops, and throughout commercial buildings. Recent projects include the Plaque Gallery at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, the exclusive Bay Club in San Francisco, CA, and the Buffalo Federal Court House in Buffalo, NY. For more info visit www.vtverde.com.