Anaheim, Calif.-based Natural Stone Resources has blossomed from a one-person company to a booming importer/exporter and distributor of quality natural stones in the U.S. in just two decades.
The Indian American family-run company, led by founder and president Vijay Talwar and his son and vice president Gaurav “Gary” Talwar, started from nothing, the founder told India-West in a phone interview.
“Natural Stone Resources grew from no funding. We have not taken a single dollar from a bank,” the elder Talwar told India-West.“It grew from the couch of my house, to a hut, to a table in my garage, to a double-garage and then expanded to a warehouse, which we rented, and to the current warehouse.”
The current state-of-the-art facility, located at 1800 E. Via Burton St. in Anaheim, boasts roughly 1,500 different quality materials throughout its 100,000 square-foot space, Talwar said.
What sets NSR apart from other U.S.-based stone distributors is the unwavering dedication to providing quality products to its plethora of customers, Talwar noted.
Talwar said the company started with 10 to 15 materials, and expanded to 40 to 50, and continued to grow to where it is today.
The younger Talwar has taken over his father’s job of traveling the globe to vet the materials personally, ensuring quality standards and quality products. Among the countries that Natural Stone Resources imports from include India, Pakistan, China, Italy, Brazil, Spain and Portugal, among many others.
“Gaurav is taking this company forward,” Vijay Talwar said.
Some of the high-quality products in the warehouse include granite, limestone, marble, medallion, onyx, quartzite, riverstone, sandstone, slate, travertine, porcelain and ceramic. Additionally, the founder said the company has worked with inventors and international factories and created materials that no other company in the U.S. has.
“We are in the pipeline of having six or seven new products that no one has,” he told India-West, adding that the 30-person company houses a new product division where it creates new products.
Talwar calls the company a “one-stop shop for all stone material needs,” and said the company also does projects of all sizes, including cutting pieces to size, for indoor, outdoor, landscaping and other scenarios.
“Ask for any material and we have it, no matter what the material and no matter from what country,” Talwar asserted.
Natural Stone Resources distributes to all the major corporate distributors of stone and other high quality natural materials throughout the U.S., as well as their individual stores.
Despite being a leader in importing/exporting and distributing natural stone and other materials, Talwar said the company doesn’t compromise on its values.
“We survived this industry the past 20 years by being honest, straight-forward and developing high-quality products,” Talwar said. “There are companies that buy cheap and sell expensive. We have certain standards. We created a niche in this market for quality standards and quality products around the world.”
The company began in the late 1990s and was incorporated in 2000. Talwar said there are no plans to make the company public. He did add that the company is thinking of expanding to the East Coast in the future, but there is no time-frame or concrete plans to do so yet.
More information about National Stone Resources can be found by visiting www.NSRStone.com or by calling (714) 821-5400.