The state's U.S. Senators and U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx are promoting a Mount Airy granite company as the right choice to fabricate the granite for the National Sept. 11 memorial and museum.
"The North Carolina Granite Corporation has a proven track record and is no stranger to sites of national significance," the NC members wrote to Bloomberg. "For example, Mount Airy granite was selected in the construction of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., in addition to other historically significant projects."
Foxx, a Banner Elk Republican; Burr, a Winston-Salem Republican; and Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat, said the contract would be a boon to the 135 workers employed by the company and the Mount Airy community. It would also ensure that the rock would be cut, sanded and finished in the U.S.
The Mount Airy quarry, the largest open face quarry in the world, has operated for more than 100 years.