Our Mission

As the Stone Products Division of General Shale, Arriscraft shares General Shale's mission to continue as the preferred solutions provider of building materials in North America because of the enduring quality, energy efficiency and natural beauty that our products provide. Driven by innovation that is modern and future-oriented, General Shale employees set the standard because of our shared commitment to safety, the environment and an intense focus on creating the ultimate customer experience.


 

About Arriscraft

For over 65 years, Arriscraft has manufactured stone for commercial and residential projects using a unique process that eliminates the need for cementitious or artificial binders. Arriscraft pioneered its environmentally benign Natural Process technology in the 1950s and which it has continued to enhance and refine ever since. Unique blending and production technology produces stone with natural colors, textures and shapes. Low absorption, high density and common masonry requirements leads to design flexibility, durability and affordability. Headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario (60 miles west of Toronto), there is an additional manufacturing facility in Fort Valley, Georgia, and a dolomitic limestone quarry in Ontario.

Arriscraft stone products offer architects, builders and owners an opportunity of creating beautiful timeless projects that will create enhanced value without the costs normally associated with stone. Selecting Arriscraft stone is a sure way to bring success to your next project. What's more, Arriscraft products come with an industry-unique lifetime warranty. Our products have been in use for over 65 years, so we can support that warranty with very visible proof.

With quality service as appealing as its products, Arriscraft has been providing solutions to commercial and residential projects throughout North America for six decades. Two manufacturing facilities along with distributors in every major U.S. and Canadian city offer clients a wide variety of manufactured and quarry-stone products that are easily accessible.

What most clients like best about Arriscraft, however, is the service, support and quality. Value-added services like our complimentary Masonry Envelope Review, online CADD Library, and AIA Course offerings are Arriscraft's way of sharing the architects', designers' and builders' commitment to creating beautiful, long-lasting buildings. 

Arriscraft is the stone products group of General Shale, the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world’s oldest green building materials.

What Makes Our Products Unique?

The key is our Natural Process technology, which mirrors natural stone formation. We use only fine silica-based sand and other natural minerals to manufacture our Stone. The result: Arriscraft Stone looks and performs like quarried stone.

The Arriscraft Advantage

• Lifetime Product Warranty.
• Natural Edge® Technology supports LEED initiatives.
• Comprehensive technical support including on-line specification guidelines and CADD library with     over 10,000 CADD details for download.
• Complimentary Masonry Envelope Review.
• Installed using standard masonry techniques.
• Architectural profiles include chamfers, bullnoses, notches, water tables and curved units.
• Custom colors available.


Key Benefits of Calcium Silicate Stone:

• High strength, high density, and naturally low absorption translate into superior durability;
• Exceptionally tight dimensional tolerances;
• No cement or chemical additives; Building Stone is not subject to the degree of shrinkage rates associated with cement-based products;
• Consistent color throughout the entire stone; Building Stone can be cut, chiseled and dressed in the field while maintaining the same color and texture.
• Arriscraft products support LEED™ and "green" sustainability objectives. 


 

CEO Message

Our website was designed to offer visitors an in-depth overview of General Shale and highlight the pride that we as employees have in our company, our products and our people. This website conveys our mission and vision for our future to continue as the preferred solutions provider of building materials in North America.

General Shale's corporate culture is driven by our employees' ability to listen to our customers, provide solutions to their needs and lead the industry in design and innovation.  From 1928, when General Shale was first created, to today, our attention to details has driven continuous improvement in all aspects of our business.  

General Shale is one of North America's largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers, supplying a wide variety of masonry materials for residential, commercial and specialty architectural projects. These materials include brick, thin masonry, stone, outdoor living kits, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft® Stone Products. The company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures to complete any building project. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is the company's commitment to responsible stewardship.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates manufacturing facilities in nine states and provinces, in addition to a network of more than 40 General Shale-branded retail showrooms and over 300 affiliated distributors across North America. In 1999, General Shale grew even stronger when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world's largest brick manufacturer.

As you explore our website, we hope that you will note our commitment to the environments in and around our locations; our continued efforts to create the greenest material known to man; our leadership in energy-efficient construction; and the professional-grade products at a fair price that we offer our customers.

Our employees work hard every day to continue General Shale's leadership within the masonry and construction industry. We will do so through our advanced manufacturing process that reduces its impact on the environment and for the safety of our employees. We are committed to offering energy-efficient materials that enhance the beauty of your project. We are likewise committed to being the best at technical support and customer service. It is simply our way of doing business to the benefit of our customers.

That, hopefully, will include you.

Thank you,


 

About General Shale

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers, supplying a wide variety of masonry materials for residential, commercial and specialty architectural projects. These materials include brick, thin veneers, stone, outdoor living kits, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft Stone Products. The company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures to complete any building project. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is the company’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates manufacturing facilities in nine states and provinces, in addition to a network of more than 40 retail showrooms and over 300 affiliated distributors across North America. In 1999, General Shale grew even stronger when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer.

General Shale was founded in 1928 and is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.