The North Carolina Granite Corporation was founded on the site of the famous Mount Airy White Quarry, which produces some of the premier white granite in the world. The land was originally home to the Iroquois Indians until the first explorers came in 1524. This quarry was first operated in 1743 and has been under the management of North Carolina Granite since 1889. The Mount Airy site still serves as the company s main quarry and corporate headquarters. The company also operates several other quarries in North America and builds projects throughout the world.