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Pounding Mill Quarry
Then & Now

C.M. Hunter, Sr.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 1947.

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 counties.

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.


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