Our History

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In 1947, a returning WWII veteran named Gordon Bronleewe accepted an offer to purchase the business where he worked during high school, and changed the name to Oregon Memorials.

Over the next 50-plus years, Gordon (with the help of his wife, his five children and a host of highly skilled people) expanded his one-person operation to provide wholesale-only memorials to a five-state area. With thirty years’ experience as cemetery owners and twelve years’ experience as mortuary owners, the Bronleewes have a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities of the death-care industry.

In 1985, responding to the growing potential in residential and commercial stone applications, the Bronleewe family developed a new division: Elite Granite & Marble. Together, Elite and OM have completed high-profile projects such as the Oregon Convention Center, the Bonneville Power building, the refurbishment of the King’s Tombs in Hawaii, and the installation and lettering of the Portland Vietnam War Memorial.

In the late 1980s, OM and Elite Granite coordinated with artist Larry Kirkland, expanding into the field of public art projects. By providing concept development for stone applications, fabrication, and installation, several public art projects were completed. Included among these are: Portland Central Library steps, Waterfront Children’s Park, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, California Museum of Science and Industry, Westside Light Rail Stations, Penn Station in New York and the IRS building in Washington DC. As a result, OM has been involved in many more national and international civic and public art projects.

Because of the company’s reputation and commitment to stone innovation beyond the scope of Oregon and memorials, the company was renamed OM Stone in 2016. Nationwide, few stone companies can offer the diversity and depth of experience and commitment available at OM Stone. Understanding, caring, dedication, and excellence is our business.

  • 250-plus years of combined blasting, craftsmanship, and fabrication experience
  • State-of-the-art design and cutting programs
  • 6 full-time art department staff
  • Wholesale only
  • Full and complete service from order to install
  • Our motto states: If you can imagine it, we can create it in stone.

OM Stone is dedicated to The Values We Live By. Read about them here.