Then & Now
In1913 a young engineer by the name of
C. M. Hunter returned to Southwest Virginia, after working on the
New York Aqueducts, and opened a limestone quarry. Mr. Hunter opened
this quarry in Pounding MiIl, Virginia, in July and named it
Pounding Mill Quarry. The quarry’s original function was to furnish
railroad ballast to the Norfolk and Southern Railroad. The two N
& S railroads divisions that Pounding Mill served were the
Pocahontas (Bluefield to the Ohio River) and the Clinch Valley
(Bluefield to Norton). The quarry was producing 800 cubic yards
daily by late 1915. The entire product line was originally produced
and sold to the Norfolk and Southern Railroad.
On June 16, 1947 our company founder, Mr. C. M.
Hunter died at his home in Pounding Mill, Virginia. He was succeeded
by his son Mr. C. M. (Budge) Hunter who took over the operation upon
his father’s death.
At a meeting of the board of Directors of
Pounding Mill Quarry Corporation in November of 1956, it was decided
to exercise a long- term lease and acquire the quarry property at
St. Clair’s Crossing in Bluefield, Virginia. This quarry located a
Bluefield would be the second such endeavor for the Hunter family
and it’s production would also be used for road construction and by
Norfolk and Southern Railroad.
By 1968, Pounding Mill had its’ most successful
year under the direction of Mr. C. M. (Budge) Hunter who had taken
over the company after the death of his father in
The third quarry operation was acquired from
Pendleton Construction Company who had operated it during the
construction of I-77. This plant in Rocky Gap, Virginia would serve
the construction and agriculture market in Bland and Giles
In September of 1984, Pounding Mill concluded
the negotiations for its’ fourth quarry with the purchase of Mercer
Crushed Stone, a West Virginia Corporation, which is located near
Ingleside, West Virginia in Mercer County.
This latest acquisition assures the company of a
larger presence in the West Virginia Market. The plant will serve
construction and mining markets in the areas of Bluefield, Beckley,
and Princeton, West Virginia.
It’s 2007 and a safe bet to say that if he were
alive today, Mr. C. M. Hunter, Sr. would not recognize the company
he started in 1913. He would no doubt be exceedingly proud of the
work his sons and grandsons have done. He would also, no doubt, be
proud of the pride and commitment of Pounding Mill Quarries
employees who have kept the company at the top of the Virginia’s
quarry industry for nearly a century.