The Cambria Legacy

Nothing about Cambria’s beginning was very strategic. “It just kind of happened,” says Cambria President and CEO Marty Davis. It all began when Marty Davis' friend put him onto this new investment opportunity. The Davis’s studied the opportunity and ultimately Mark Davis, Marty’s father, made a personal investment in a northern Minnesota business start-up in the late ‘90s. They loved the company’s technology and quartz product, but didn’t know much more than that about the operation. But taking risks was something the Davis family was familiar with. Entrepreneurial instinct is a family legacy that began with Stan and Mark Davis, who owned small creameries that eventually lead to the formation of Davisco Foods International, an international leader in the dairy industry.

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Cambria Today

Cambria takes great pride in our rich company history, and embraces the value of being the only family-owned, American made quartz surface company in the quartz surfaces business. We bring a new perspective and approach to the industry by responding to our customers' needs. With state-of-the-art facilities, unsurpassed design innovation, and work ethic of experienced employee teams, Cambria has rapidly become an industry leader.

Our Legacy

Company History

  • 2013

    Cambria Gallery on 7th Opens

    Cambria announces the Cambria Gallery on 7th, located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. The gallery showcases a myriad of innovative vignettes, created by locally renowned designers and craftsmen. The gallery provides a convenient location to collaborate and experience the movement in Cambria’s trend-setting design palette.

  • 2013

    Cambria to Double Capacity

    Cambria doubles capacity by adding 408,000 square feet and two new production lines to the Minnesota production plant. This marks the second plant expansion in Cambria’s 12-year history.

  • 2012

    Cambria Launches App for iPhone/iPad

    Now samples of every Cambria design are at your fingertips, wherever you happen to be.
    Use your iPad® or  iPhone® to browse designs, compare your favorites, and share with friends, family, and clients. When it’s time to start planning for that dream build or remodel, our app makes it easy to order samples of Cambria designs that truly inspire you.

  • 2012

    Cambria Title is Established

    As a family-owned business, we understand what a home represents: peace of mind. That's why our goal is to make buying or refinancing a home as secure, easy and stress-free as possible for buyers, borrowers, lenders and real estate agents alike.

    Welcome to Cambria Title.

  • 2012

    Cambria Launches Six New Designs

    Cambria introduces six new designs to its industry-leading design palette.  Capturing the depth and movement of water over stone, Armitage, Lanseshaw, Hollinsbrook, Bradshaw and Berkeley, join The Waterstone Collection. Rosslyn, with its striking metallic golds on a nuanced background of taupe and tan, is the sixth design to join The Jewel Collection.

  • 2012

    Cambria Studio Toronto

    Cambria opens a state-of-the-art studio showcasing exceptional quality in design detail and fabrication, in the King East Design District of Toronto.

  • 2011

    Orlando Distribution Center Opens

    Cambria opens its Orlando Distribution Center, serving the fast-growing Florida market.

  • 2011

    The Waterstone Collection™

    Cambria solidifies its position as the leader in color innovation, introducing 12 new designs with The Waterstone Collection. Inspired by the natural movement of water over stone, the collection incorporates technology that once seemed impossible for quartz. Cambria's designs now total nearly 100.

  • 2010

    Unveiling of 21 New Designs

    Cambria unveils an unprecedented 21 new designs, with looks never-before seen in quartz, mimicking onyx, marble and granite. The launch includes two new collections --The Cambrian Collection™, capturing all the color, pattern and movement of classic stone, and The Jewel Collection™, featuring shimmering crystals from deep within the surface.

  • 2010

    California Distribution Centers Open

    Cambria launches its California division, serving that unique market through Distribution Centers in both the northern and southern regions of the state.

  • 2009

    Cambria Introduces Cambi

    Cambria introduces Cambi Dragon, the company mascot. Cambi begins a rigorous schedule of appearances at sports venues and public events.

  • 2009

    Launch of 16 New Designs

    Cambria launches 16 new designs, adding to the Quarry and Desert Collections™, and expanding Cambria's design palette to 64.

  • 2009

    Cambria Publishes National Magazine

    The first issue of Cambria Style magazine, a lifestyle publication for homeowners, designers and other trade partners, is published and distributed nationwide.

  • 2009

    Cafe Cambria Opens in Toronto

    Similar to the Club Cambrias found in sports venues, Café Cambria opens in the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • 2009

    Cambria Establishes Financial Services

    Cambria Financial is developed and begins providing mortgage and other financial services to help Cambria customers finance their home improvement projects.

  • 2008

    Cambria Studio Opens in Palm Desert

    Cambria expands its presence in Southern California, opening a Cambria Studio in Palm Desert for designers and consumers.

  • 2008

    Lexus Partnership Program Begins

    Cambria begins its Lexus Partnership Program. Providing exclusive markets to key partners, the Lexus initiative values intimate partnerships and deep relationships. Lexus Partners are highly evolved businesses that meet criteria related to sales success, exceptional quality, high-level customer service and a commitment to marketing.

  • 2007

    Toronto & Cleveland FabShops Open

    To keep pace with demand, Cambria opens additional FabShops in Toronto and Cleveland.

  • 2007

    Cambria Partners with Brand Advocates

    Cambria partners with supermodel Cheryl Tiegs, the first of several Cambria advocates who help carry the company's message and enhance its public relations efforts. Other advocates include Mariel Hemingway, W.S. Holland and Ronnie Hawkins.

  • 2007

    Cambria Named #4 in Entrepreneur's Hot 500

    Cambria is named #4 on Entrepreneur Magazine's "Hot 500" list of fastest-growing businesses. The annual list recognizes businesses that meet specific criteria, including positive sales and job growth.

  • 2006

    Cambria Expands Le Sueur Plant

    Cambria invests $52 million into its Le Sueur facility, equipping it with the newest processing technology and more than doubling its size to 350,000 square feet.

  • 2006

    Paul Harvey Campaign Launches

    Cambria launches an advertising campaign with nationally-syndicated radio host, Paul Harvey, creating widespread awareness in areas of the United States that were not yet familiar with the product.

  • 2005

    Launch of the natural Quarry Collection™

    Cambria introduces the first designs in the Quarry Collection, featuring movement and a depth similar to that found in natural granite. No other quartz surface companies were producing designs of this nature.

  • 2004

    Indianapolis FabShop Opens

    Cambria opens its Indianapolis FabShop to serve this fast-growing market.

  • 2004

    Club Cambria Opens at Target Center

    Club Cambria at the Target Center in Minneapolis opens and leads the way to other elite sports lounges across the country.

  • 2003

    Cambria Opens IMS Design Studio

    Allowing customers and designers to see the beauty and functionality of Cambria first hand, Cambria opens its first design studio in Minneapolis' International Market Square.

  • 2003

    Cambria Launches as Retail Brand

    The Davis family launches Cambria as a retail brand in the spring of 2003.

  • 2003

    Cambria Establishes FabShop & Quartz Surfaces

    Cambria FabShop (a fabrication facility) and Quartz Surfaces (an installation service) are established in Minnesota to give the company hands-on knowledge and skills. Today Quartz Surfaces is renamed Cambria Surfaces with three locations in Plymouth and Mankato, MN and Palm Desert, CA.

  • 2003

    Cambria Offers 33 Unique Designs

    Cambria breaks from Dupont and ventures out on its own into the coutertop sector, offering 33 unique designs.

  • 2001

    Cambria Opens Plant in Le Sueur

    Cambria opens its plant in Le Sueur, MN. The 150,000-square-foot building is a monument of commitment to product innovation, first-class customer service and leading edge quality control techniques and disciplines. Begins business as a tile manufacturer with an arrangement to provide slabs to DuPont.

  • 2000

    Davis Family Enters Quartz Business

    Known for its successes in the dairy business, The Davis family decides to enter the quartz surface business after being presented with the opportunity to buy quartz processing equipment.

  • 1993

    Jerome Cheese Company Founded

    Jerome Cheese Company is founded by Mark Davis in Jerome, Idaho. It becomes the company's flagship, and, along with biPro isolation technology, launches the company as an international leader in the dairy industry.

  • 1993

    St. Peter Creamery Moves to Le Sueur

    The St. Peter Creamery closes. Operations move to Le Sueur and the new Le Sueur Food Ingredient plant is established.

  • 1986

    Family's Businesses Merge

    The family’s business now consists of three companies: the St. Peter Creamery, LeSueur Cheese Company and Nicollet Food Products. All are merged to form Davisco Foods International. Later the next year, Jim Ward joins the company and goes on to become the leading finance officer for all the Davis family businesses.

  • 1983

    biPro Technology is Developed

    biPro technology is developed and the company's entrance into high tech ingredients begins in full.

  • 1983

    Davises Purchase Lake Norden Creamery

    The Davises purchase Lake Norden Creamery in South Dakota from Land O’Lakes. Today, Lake Norden houses Davisco’s largest and most technologically-advanced mozzarella cheese processing plant.

  • 1978

    Davises See Value in By-products – biPro was Born

    In the old butter and cheese-making days, the buttermilk and whey by-products were considered junk. But in true entrepreneurial fashion, Mark Davis saw things differently and leveraged the company to pioneer whey protein isolation technology.

  • 1972

    Mark Changes Focus to Cheese-Making

    The marketplace for dairy products changes again. Mark Davis was willing to change and adapt while making tough decisions that kept the family's creamery business on the road to success. Mark converts the entire focus of the Le Sueur Creamery to cheese-making, and what has now been a 40 year cheese-making boom for the Davises, begins to blossom.

  • 1969

    Davises Purchase Le Sueur Creamery

    Stan Davis and Allen Cords, former classmates in dairy school at the University of Minnesota, combine the milk supplies at the St. Peter Creamery and the Le Sueur Cheese Company. The Davises purchase the Le Sueur Creamery and begin exploring ways to further expand their business.  Mark Davis becomes the manager of Le Sueur Cheese.

  • 1956

    Stan Invests in New Technology

    With the creamery business changing, Stan makes a bold move, risking it all by investing in a brand new technology, spray drying. Stan had planned on investing with a partner, but on his way to make the purchase, his partner backed out. Stan did it anyway and grew his small creamery into an Upper Midwest leader in the dairy industry

  • 1944

    Dairy Business Changes Overnight

    The dairy business changes overnight with America's entry into World War II.  The government needed skim milk to ship overseas and butter rationing began.  The St. Peter Creamery changed with the times and built strong relationships with local farmers for milk and cream supply, which was key to its future growth.

  • 1943

    Stan Buys St. Peter Creamery

    Stan buys the St. Peter Creamery with partner Harvey Parsons, the man who he had apprenticed under. Eventually Harvey leaves the business and Stan becomes sole owner.

  • 1936

    Stan Enters the Butter Business

    Stan Davis enters the butter business by taking an apprenticeship in Norseland, Minnesota. The work is close to home and gives him the opportunity to learn a trade. "It was hard work... better than no work! It was the steadiest job in town. Everybody else would be laid off and the creameries got to operate. It was good work, it paid good wages and I look back on it as a wise decision."

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