Koch Promotes Indiana Limestone Industry
Legislative Resolution Encourages Limestone Use
STATEHOUSE - A longtime local industry received a boost Wednesday from the Indiana State Legislature. House Concurrent Resolution 8, authored by State Representative Eric Koch (R-Bedford), supports the efforts of the Indiana Limestone Institute of America in advocating for the Indiana Limestone Industry and encourages the use of Indiana limestone.
"The limestone industry has been an important sector of our local economy for many generations," said Rep. Koch. "Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with industry representatives to discuss the challenges they are facing in the current economic environment. I am pleased that the Legislature, through this resolution, has officially recognized both the importance of the industry to our state and the advantages of using limestone, including its adaptability to various architectural styles, pleasing natural color, ease of shaping, cost-effectiveness, and durability."
Rep. Koch's resolution highlights the history of the use of Indiana limestone dating back to 1816 - before Indiana was admitted to the Union - when it was used by pioneer settlers for cabin foundations, door sill, milling burrs, and memorials. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, Indiana limestone was used in such prominent buildings as the Indiana Statehouse, Chicago City Hall, the Empire State Building, Yankee Stadium, and the National Cathedral. Indiana limestone was named the official state stone by an act of the Indiana General Assembly on March 1, 1971.
The resolution recognizes and supports the efforts of the Indiana Limestone Institute of America and its 90 members in advocating for the industry since 1928, and urges the use of Indiana limestone
The Resolution can be viewed at http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2010/HRESF/HC0008.html.
Rep. Koch serves House District 65, which includes parts of Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, and Lawrence counties, and is Assistant Republican Caucus Chairman.
For additional comment and information concerning the Indiana Limestone Institute of America, please contact Jim Owens, Executive Director, at 812-275-4426.