30 YEARSOn Tuesday, April 16th, Glenn and Beverly Kafka celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary. If it wasn’t for their union, Kafka Granite would not be the successful family owned and operated business it is today.

Soon after her boyfriend had started his own business in 1979, Beverly Starzinski switched her course of study from fashion merchandising to business administration, in hopes that her skills could be supplemental to Glenn’s new start-up. On the weekends and during the summer, Bev would often come home from college and help Glenn work in his new decomposed granite pit. The day Beverly graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Glenn had proposed. Less than one year later, on April 16th, 1983, they were married in Glenn’s hometown of Stratford, Wisconsin.

Beverly was one of Glenn’s first employees, and she soon learned that marrying an entrepreneur wasn’t a very lavish lifestyle. Every morning before the sun came up, Glenn and Beverly would head to work. While Glenn was off bidding road jobs and searching for new raw material, Bev would load trucks in the quarry and do paperwork from her car. Early on, Beverly has memories of standing on the crusher on Easter Sunday. Nearly everyday for about 7 years, Beverly would come home with dusty, dirty hair and without a paycheck, all in hope that her husband’s new business could someday be a success.

As the company grew, Bev was soon able to secure an office job, where she managed all of Kafka Granite’s administrative functions. In conjunction with the growth of the company, Beverly’s responsibility has increased significantly. Although she is often behind the scenes, her strong character and work ethic have been instrumental in building the company to what it is today.

While growing a successful small business, Glenn and Beverly also raised two children: Christopher, 26, and Tiffany, 21. With their parents’ support and guidance, Chris and Tiffany have both found passion in the business, and are actively involved. Kafka Granite is positioning itself to continue into the next generation.

Congratulations on 30 years, Glenn and Beverly!

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As a past recipient of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year award, Kafka Granite would like to congratulate all of these year’s winners. On Tuesday, RMM Solutions was announced this years winner in the Business to Business category, while Young’s Drug Store won the Business to Consumer title and Boys and Girls Club of Wausau was awarded in the Charitable Non-Profit category. Five to six businesses competed in each of the three categories, where they were judged on their company story, business growth, community involvement, and innovative efforts.

The Small Business of the Year awards are a part of Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Week, in which the community celebrates small business in the Wausau area. Small Business Week festivities include a legislators lunch, open house, awards breakfast, product exposition, luncheon, and other networking events throughout the week. Click here to learn more about the Wausau Region Chamber and how you can become involved!


Kafka BiomassThe umbrella of Kafka businesses has grown! We are proud to announce the addition of Kafka Biomass, a new business that will service the We Energies/Domtar Biomass Energy Plant that was recently built in Rothschild, Wisconsin.

In the fall of 2009, Domtar and We Energies announced their plans to build a 50-megawatt biomass-fueled cogeneration facility on the Domtar property. Domtar has utilized biomass in the past to generate steam for their paper-making process, but the new facility allowed Domtar to retire all their old boilers and the increased output of biomass energy nearly eliminates the use of natural gas. In addition, the new facility reduces overall emissions by 30% and has created new jobs for the local community. The new plant is positioning Domtar to be more competitive in the global marketplace.

Kafka Biomass has entered into an agreement with We Energies to provide a remote biomass storage facility for the Domtar plant. Kafka Biomass will scale, inventory, store, and deliver between 40,000 and 80,000 tons of clean wood waste each year. In addition, Kafka Land Clearing will serve as a supplier of clean wood waste, which is generally brush and stumps from land clearing or shavings and sawdust from manufacturing facilities.

Click here to learn more about the Biomass Energy Project.

Levi LaVallee - Team LaVallee



Another Winter X-Games is in the books, and another two gold medals hang around the neck of one of the world’s most decorated and diversified snowmobile athletes. After a two year absence from the Winter X-Games, Levi LaVallee returned and increased his medal count to nine (six of them being gold).

LaVallee had a jam-packed weekend in Aspen, as he was the only athlete scheduled to compete in all four snowmobile disciplines: Freestyle, Speed & Style, Snocross, and Best Trick. LaVallee’s first event was Snowmobile Freestyle and took place during the first night of Winter X. With huge extensions, perfect landings, and demanding tricks, Levi put on a performance worthy of a gold medal.

With no snowmobile events scheduled for Friday, LaVallee was back on his sled on Saturday for Snowmobile Speed & Style, which is a combination of racing and freestyle. LaVallee ran away with his second gold medal of the weekend, out racing and out performing his competition in each of the three rounds. Unfortunately, Levi tore a muscle in his lat during his gold medal round, ending his 2013 Winter X-Games early.

Although Levi was out, Team LaVallee had two other athletes competing in Sunday’s Snocross event. Jake Scott, the team’s youngest rider, came to the X-Games as an alternate, but was given the opportunity to compete when another racer suffered a concussion in practice. Scott joined Team LaVallee’s other rider, Kyle Pallin in the Snocross competition. Pallin put out the 5th fastest lap time of all 23 riders during practice, but unfortunatley lady luck was not on his side and he was unable to make the final. However, Scott found himself in the front row of the final and with consistent riding, the 18-year-old finished in 7th place at his first-ever X-Games!Congratulations, Jake Scott!

Congratulations to all of the team athletes and crew, including Glenn Kafka, crew chief and co-owner of Team LaVallee, on a stellar performance at the 2013 X-Games! Keep up with Team LaVallee as they finish off the 2012-2013 race season! Follow Team LaVallee on Facebook and Twitter, or see Glenn and the team in action at a race near you! Kafka Granite sponsors Team LaVallee, along with Mystik Lubricants, Loctite, Polaris, Parts Unlimited, Arctiva, Fox Shox, Earth, Inc., Woody’s, Kafka Conveyors, and Stratford Sign Company.


On a much more somber note, one of the world’s best freestyle snowmobile athletes passed away on January 31st as a result of an unfortunate crash during the Winter X-Games. The Kafka family, who has long been a part of a very tight-knit snowmobile community, continues to send their thoughts and prayers to the Moore family during this extremely difficult time. To make a donation to the Moore family, please visit GiveForward.com/CalebMoore. 

Ride in Peace, Caleb.



2013_February1_pic1It’s that time of year! Spring is just around the corner and before you know it landscapers will be breaking ground on new and exciting projects. While there is still a white blanket of snow covering most of our lawns, homeowners are starting to plan for maintenance or new renovations of their yards, gardens, and outdoor living quarters. When the ground thaws, be prepared for the springtime rush with Kafka Granite landscape stone, boulders, and mulch!

Kafka Granite offers one of the most extensive color palettes in landscape stone. With crushed stone and river rock available in roughly 20 colors and several sizes, Kafka Granite is bound to have just what your customer is looking for, whether it be for homes, commercial properties, parks, or gardens. Looking for something new for the 2013 season? Kafka Granite has added several new colors last year such as Twilight Black, Shamrock Green, and Sugar & Spice, just to name a few.

To complement the line of landscape stone, Kafka Granite also offers Decorative Rip Rap. These raw, fractured, natural colored boulders vary in size from 4-12 inch pieces all the way up to over four feet in diameter. These decorative rip rap pieces are practical for retaining walls and water features, but also make for uniquely beautiful accent pieces.

Kafka Granite’s Wisconsin Granite Cobbles and Boulders make for some of the most beautifully colored, rounded boulders around. These glacially deposited, smooth, multi-colored boulders are available in a wide range of sizes from 3-6 inch cobbles all the way up to massive 5 foot accent pieces. These boulders are perfect solution for retaining walls, ponds, man-made water falls, and more.

While Kafka Granite is a premier source for landscape stone and boulders, don’t forget about the mulch! Since starting a new venture in wood waste recycling, Kafka Granite now offers pine bark available in two sizes: 3/8-1 1/2″ flake and 3/8″ minus.

Make Kafka Granite your one-stop shop! Stock up now on all your landscape stone, boulders, and mulch. Contact one of our knowledgable sales representatives today for more information, samples, or a competitive quote!

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team_lavallee_winter-x_gamesIt’s that time of year. Soon action sports athletes from around the world will flock to Aspen, Colorado for the 2013 Winter X-Games, held January 24-27. Glenn Kafka, founder of Kafka Granite, will also be headed to Aspen as co-owner and crew chief of Team LaVallee. Team LaVallee will have an exciting schedule, as they are the only team to be competing in all four snowmobile disciplines. Last year, Snocross had been omitted from the Winter X-Games schedule for the first time in 14 years, along with one of the newer snowmobile events called Speed and Style. This year, by popular demand, all four disciplines are back, allowing the opportunity for all of Team LaVallee’s athletes to compete.

Levi LaVallee, who has just been named the 19th most influential person in action sports by ESPN, will be the only snowmobile athlete competing in all four events: Snocross, Speed and Style, Freestyle, and Best Trick. LaVallee has four X-Games gold medals, is the first to attempt a double backflip on a snowmobile, and holds the world record distance jump at 412 feet. Kyle Pallin, Team LaVallee’s newest racer, will be competing in Snocross for his second time at Winter X. Pallin placed 4th in his first Winter X-Games appearance. Jake Scott, the team’s youngest rider, will be serving as the first alternate for Polaris in the Snocross event.

Help us cheer on Team LaVallee! Check out the ESPN TV Listing to watch from home, and follow Team LaVallee on Facebook or Twitter to stay up-to-date on all the action!

Kafka Granite sponsors Team LaVallee, along with Mystik Lubricants, Loctite, Polaris, Parts Unlimited, Arctiva, Fox Shox, Earth, Inc., Woody’s, Kafka Conveyors, and Stratford Sign Company.

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While Kafka Granite’s range of pathway products have proven successful for a variety of applications such as walkways, bike paths, driveways, and nature trails, Kafka Granite is now driving these same products to golf courses. When prestigious golf courses such as Whistling Straits in Kohler, WI, Erin Hills in Hartford, WI, and Hazeltine in Chaska, MN, were looking for a less obtrusive cart path to help maintain a natural look and feel on their course, they all turned to Kafka Granite. Kafka Granite’s pathways are an aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly alternative to hardscape. Kafka Granite offers two different materials recommended for golf course cart paths, which are both available in over 40 different colors.

Kafka Granite’s Stabilized Pathways blend an organic binder with decomposed granite, reducing mud, dust, and erosion while retaining a firm surface. Stabilized pathways are also permeable, allowing storm water to quickly drain back into the earth. Although stabilized pathways are much lower in erosion than a standard decomposed granite path, we do not recommend using stabilized pathway on slopes over 8%.

However, Kafka Granite’s StaLok Pathways are much more resilient and can be applied on even steepest of slopes. StaLok Paving Material combines decomposed granite with engineered polymers to create a non-permeable, but aesthetically pleasing, durable, and dustless pathway. As an added bonus, StaLok cart paths absorb the impact of stray golf balls, allowing golfers to more easily recover from errant shots.

With over 40 different colors of pathway aggregates and recycled materials, it is easy to match your current landscape or create natural and sustainable cart paths that are unique to your course. With spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about renovations for your favorite golf course. Contact one of our knowledgeable sales representatives today for more information, samples, and pricing!

UPDATE: Military Mom and Soldiers Send Thanks During the Holidays

Kafka Supports the TroopsThis past September, we shared a story about Betty Blume, a military mom who has been sending the comforts of home to various troops in Afghanistan. Kafka Granite has continued to cover the shipping costs of these care packages, and now Betty has asked to publicly express her gratitude in light of the holiday season. The following is a message from Betty and her husband, Larry, as well as two of the many gracious recipients currently serving in Afghanistan.

“We would like to thank Glenn and Bev Kafka of Kafka Granite for their generous support to our troops serving in Afghanistan. Their support has made it possible for us to give the troops a meaningful Thanksgiving and hopefully an enjoyable Christmas. To date we have been able to send approximately 125 care packages. We are in the spirit of the season! Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give. Thank you for giving!” –Betty and Larry Blume

“Thank you for every single package we have received! We love you and the community that supports us!” –PFC Gage Andrews

“God Bless your family and your community as you support us. It is not in vain and we are very appreciative.” –SSG Michael Lane

Kafka Granite will continue supporting this good cause and we encourage you to join us. Please contact us if you are interested in spreading holiday cheer to our soldiers overseas!


jeremy_boresJeremy Bores joins the sales team at Kafka Granite: Kafka Granite is proud to introduce Jeremy Bores, the newest member of our sales team. Jeremy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2009 with major in Marketing and a minor in Information Systems. He since has gained sales experience while working for both Bauer Built Tire and Marshfield Doorsystems. Jeremy has known the Kafka family for many years and shares common values with Kafka Granite, making him a great fit for our team.

“I feel very privileged to be a part of the Kafka Granite team. I see Kafka Granite as thriving small business that will continue to exceed expectations for many years to come,” Bores commented.

Jeremy will be working primarily from our Mosinee office. You can contact him directly at [email protected].

Welcome to the team, Jeremy!