For his efforts, Dave was selected in 1987 by a panel of industry veterans to receive Stone World magazine’s inaugural “Technological Achievement Award” for being the most innovative quarrier in North America. In 1988, Indiana Governor Robert Orr presented him with the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor given to a “Hoosier.”
In 1953, the Elliotts got their start in the limestone business after opening Elliott Masonry Contracting and, in 1956, became partners in Meredith Stone Co., fabricators of Indiana Limestone.
Although the first limestone was quarried in the United States in 1827, there had been little innovation over the years. Always a visionary, Dave continuously sought new technologies and processing techniques. At that time, Europe was considerably more advanced in quarrying, so the couple made several trips to bring state-of-the-art equipment back to Indiana. In order to increase productivity and save money, Dave was never satisfied and looked for ways to improve on the existing technology. While most companies were still using a traditional quarry saw, Dave made changes using slab saws with diamond belts and water that are now standard in the business.
According to his wife, Judy, “Dave was more in the business of change than the stone business.”
Although Dave passed away in 2009, the Elliott Stone Company continues to lead the industry in technology and technique. With a new mill on site, quarrying and production equipment are continually evolving to cut down on time and handling and always ensure customer needs are met.