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Milestone Imports Inc
1000 Cordova Place
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505
United States

Company Description: Milestone, Inc. is a major supplier of tile and natural stone located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. We offer and stock in our yard a variety of stones, including slate,...   more
Background

Education

  • BA , Business, History
    University of New Mexico

Biography

  • Milestone Imports has been importing and distributing Porphyry in the United States and Canada since 1998.  Today it is a leader in bringing exceptional value and service to our customers by representing Porphyry quarries from around the world includ...
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Landscape Architect Trades Article - The Landscape Architect Trades
www.landscapearchitecttrades.com, 9 Jan 2014 [cached]
Miles Chaffee is the founder and president of Milestone Imports, the largest importer of Mexico Porphyry in the U.S. with exclusive rights to the largest porphyry quarry in Mexico. Chaffee has developed a course called "Porphyry as a Permeable Pavement" offering free educational learning
Porphyry Importer and Distributor Milestone Imports
www.milestoneimports.com, 4 Dec 2011 [cached]
Miles Chaffee, founder and President of Milestone Imports has been in the stone business for more than 20 years. He travels the world to establish and maintain relationships with quarries and factories. Drawing upon the vast knowledge and experience of Porphyry experts from around the world, Milestone Imports has established guidelines, specifications and instructions for design, application and installation.
Placed perpendicularly, side by side, ...
www.milestoneimports.com, 2 May 2011 [cached]
Placed perpendicularly, side by side, they are used for paving steep sloping roads, particularly in areas subject to frosting and in garage approach ramps.

About the Author -
Miles Chaffee is the founder and president of Milestone Imports, the largest importer of Mexico Porphyry in the U.S. Seven years ago, Chaffee obtained exclusive rights to the largest porphyry quarry in Mexico, located in San Luis de la Paz, GTO, and now distributes the porphyry throughout North America and Asia Working with AECDaily.com, Chaffee has developed a course called "Porphyry as a Permeable Pavement" offering free educational learning credits to more than 12 organizations in Canada and the US Projects include the St. Francis Cathedral Labyrinth, Santa Fe, NM; Sandhill Rosewood Hotel, Menlo Park, CA; Ritz Carlton Hotel, Palm Beach, FL; Disneyland Hong Kong, Fantasy Land and many homes throughout the US and Canada. For more information contact mailto:info@milestoneimports.com

Copyright 2009 Landscape Architect And Specifier News

...
No matter the decision on the materials, it is essential for landscape architects and designers to fully understand the intricacies of permeable paving and different options available.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Miles Chaffee is the founder and president of Milestone Imports, the largest importer of Mexico Porphyry in the U.S. with exclusive rights to the largest porphyry quarry in Mexico. Chaffee has developed a course called "Porphyry as a Permeable Pavement" offering free educational learning credits to more than 12 organizations in Canada and the US. and travels extensively presenting seminars on different and historical methods of setting Porphyry pavers.

For more information about Milestone Imports including a free Installation Manual and project photos CD, contact info@milestoneimports.com or call (866) 641-1999

Copyright 2009 Landscape Architect Trades

...
As people become more environmentally conscious, landscape professionals have a tremendous opportunity to grow their businesses by providing more environmentally friendly options such as permeable paving.

Miles Chaffee is founder and president of Milestone Imports, the largest importer of Mexican porphyry in the United States. Seven years ago, Chaffee obtained exclusive rights to the largest porphyry quarry in Mexico, and now distributes the porphyry throughout North America and Asia. Today, Milestone Imports represents porphyry quarries from around the world incluging Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and China. Working with AEC Daily.com, Chaffee has developed a course called "Porphyry as a Permeable Pavement," offering free educational learning credits to more than 12 organizations in Canada and the United States. Chaffee also presents seminars on different and historical methods of setting Porphyry pavers.

info@milestoneimports.com
or call 866.641.1999

Copyright 2009 Landscape and Irrigation

...
Rome is still paved with porphyry.

Porphyry has lasting economical and environmental benefits for the local community which is why owner of Rozelle Stone, John Rozelle decided to feature this seminar.

The seminar was led by Ettore Fagoni, a master mason from Italy, and Miles Chaffee, owner of Milestone Imports, the nation's largest importer of Mexican porphyry.

...
Milestone Imports has granted Rozell Stone exclusive distribution privileges for the Greenville area.

"The stone is basically indestructible," said Chaffee. "When it is set correctly, it can be used as a permanent pavement. It also is very green, because it allows 80 percent of rainwater to go back into the ground which is called storm water management."

He said they set the stone the same way the Romans set it. He said it's sustainable. The porphyry can be dug up after being sand set and reused.

"Porphyry's durability, beauty and functionality is fantastic," said Chaffee.

...
Chaffee said they picked up the skill very easily and quickly.

There are infinite possibilities with the stone. Chaffee describes it as an artist expression. He said in the U.S., his company has seen a phenomenal growth even in the hard economical period.

"People buy this not only because of the green movement, but also because of the appreciation for its aesthetic beauty," said Chaffee.

He has seen the stone used for sidewalks, crosswalks, city streets, in shopping centers, whole roads in Mexico and smaller sections of roads in the U.S. He said this is the rebirth of architectural landscape even though it's an old idea.

"I have done work in Charleston and Savannah, but I haven't done any work in South Carolina yet. said Chaffee.

...
Company founder Miles Chaffee expects his business to at least double and perhaps triple in 2009, with sales exceeding $2 million. Chaffee is building a national sales team, hiring 35 regional representatives this year.

ABQ Uptown is among the retail sites that has used Milestone's porphyry, which is used as a component in sidewalks and roadways. The volcanic rock has an "old world" feel without the high cost of marble, granite and other luxury building materials. Impermeability, chemical resistance, resistance to freeze-thaw cycles, and environmental sustainability are its selling points. Chaffee's clients include Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, the Ritz-Carlton's Palm Beach hotel and Stanford University.

"Traditionally, much of the porphyry coming out of Europe and China has a gray to muddy color, but our porphyry from Mexico is reddish and gold and this is our competitive difference," said Chaffee, whose Milestone retail store in Santa Fe carries a variety of tiles and stone flooring.

The business, at 1000 Cordova Place, had sales of $4 million last year.

Copyright 2009 New Mexico Business Weekly

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Milestone's president and founder, Miles Chaffee, expects to nearly triple his annual revenue this year (over 2008 sales). Currently, he is selling approximately 5,000 tons of porphyry stone per year in the United States and Canada.

"Builders, architects, developers and consumers are catching on to porphyry and its numerous advantages in paving and other projects. It's more that just a pretty stone," said Chaffee. "Porphyry and its enduring, and endearing, qualities of old world beauty, hardness, impermeability, chemical resistance, resistance to freeze/thaw, 'green' attributes and long-term affordability is making this material a major player in the multi-billion dollar stone-paving industry."

Chaffee said he began to see significant increases in the sale of his imported stone in 2002, and the market has yet to slow down. He said city planners and university architects are increasingly learning about the aesthetic and sustainable benefits of porphyry, and they're calling on his company to provide the material.

With the Mexico porphyry quarry being a mere six hours from Laredo, Texas, Milestone Imports has the crucial advantage to provide porphyry faster and more economically than most competitors, Chaffee says.

"With exclusive rights to the quarry in San Luis de la Paz, Mexico, Milestone Imports provides the clients with superior product and expertise, as well as affordablitity that is unrivaled from porphyry importers that are getting their stone from quarries in Europe, South America or the Middle East."

Having already contributed to high-profile porphyry projects for Stanford University; Hong Kong Disneyland; Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach; Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel Valley, Calif; and the Hyatt Regency Denver, Milestone is helping to build a solid reputation for porphyry - and his company.

"Our mission at Milestone Imports extends beyond the selling of porphyry to the task of educating consumers and building professionals that porphyry is a beautiful, sustainable and cost-effective option for paving and construction needs."

For more information about Milestone Imports contact info@milestoneimports.com or call (866) 641-1999.

Copyright 2009 Masonry Design Magazine

...

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Miles Chaffee, at right, formed Milestone Imports to introduce the volcanic rock porphyry to New Mexico's landscape, as seen to the right. the magenta stone is being used to pave driveways, paths and courtyards.

VITAL STATS

Company Name: Milestone Imports Owner: Miles Chaffee
Address: 1000 Cordova Place, Santa Fe
Phone: (505) 989 . 1999
Revenue: $4 million in 2008

STRATEGIES:

  1. Focus on quality over quantity. Start slow and make sure employees are well-trained before scaling up production.
  2. Go the extra mile for your customer - even delivering your product to his job site.
  3. Be persistent. It took a year and a half of raising awareness
Ironically, its imperviousness also makes ...
www.milestoneimports.com, 2 May 2011 [cached]
Ironically, its imperviousness also makes it ideal for permeable paving (laid over sand) because it lets a maximum amount of runoff trickle into the soil.

Miles Chaffee, owner of Milestone Imports, a Santa Fe, N.M., porphyry distributor, says the stone is found in quarries all over the world. Russia, China and even Argentina have it.

Known to ancient Egyptians who quarried it near the Red Sea to make columns and pillars, porphyry has long been valued for its great density and strength.

In Italy, the rock's purplish hue (that gives it its name) made it popular for the sarcophagi of Roman kings. Fragments of the strong stone could also be made into cobblestones and pavers, so the Romans used 3- and 4-inch-thick chunks to make roads, including sections of the famous Appian Way that went past porphyry quarries near Verona. Some roads, laid in distinctive arced patterns for uphill climbs, still survive, Chaffee says.

Chaffee represents Mondial Porfidi, an Italian stone purveyor who owns quarries near Guanajuato, Mexico, better known for its silver, gold and copper mines.

"The coppery metallic hue from that region is extremely popular," says Chaffee, who ships Mexican porphyry to clients in the United States and Canada where, because of its proven durability over centuries, it is used to pave walkways, patios and driveways.

By comparison, Chaffee says, porous limestone floors show wear within decades.

In the Bay Area, you can learn of its virtues by walking or biking on it: New landscaping at Stanford University designed by SWA Group incorporates porphyry.

At a glance

Expert opinion: Pavers fashioned from porphyry require less labor, and that keeps the cost down.

"You just score and hammer it to make it into rectangles and squares," Miles Chaffee says.

However, because it is a heavy stone, shipping it costs more. "The closer the quarry, the less expensive the stone will be," Chaffee says.

Like slate, the stone is often found in layers that vary from 1 to 8 inches thick. Most pavers for roads and driveways are about 2 to 4 inches thick. "Without meaning to, the Romans created a permeable paving system," Chaffee says.

...
"Porous pavement also allows water to seap into the ground."

Miles Chaffee, owner of Milestone Imports, a company out of Santa Fe, NM, that specializes in pour-free pavers, said his company has a seen an increase in builders using pavers of all types during the last few years.

...
Placed perpendicularly, side by side, they are used for paving steep sloping roads, particularly in areas subject to frosting and in garage approach ramps.

About the Author -
Miles Chaffee is the founder and president of Milestone Imports, the largest importer of Mexico Porphyry in the U.S. Seven years ago, Chaffee obtained exclusive rights to the largest porphyry quarry in Mexico, located in San Luis de la Paz, GTO, and now distributes the porphyry throughout North America and Asia Working with AECDaily.com, Chaffee has developed a course called "Porphyry as a Permeable Pavement" offering free educational learning credits to more than 12 organizations in Canada and the US Projects include the St. Francis Cathedral Labyrinth, Santa Fe, NM; Sandhill Rosewood Hotel, Menlo Park, CA; Ritz Carlton Hotel, Palm Beach, FL; Disneyland Hong Kong, Fantasy Land and many homes throughout the US and Canada. For more information contact mailto:info@milestoneimports.com

Copyright 2009 Landscape Architect And Specifier News

...
No matter the decision on the materials, it is essential for landscape architects and designers to fully understand the intricacies of permeable paving and different options available.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Miles Chaffee is the founder and president of Milestone Imports, the largest importer of Mexico Porphyry in the U.S. with exclusive rights to the largest porphyry quarry in Mexico. Chaffee has developed a course called "Porphyry as a Permeable Pavement" offering free educational learning credits to more than 12 organizations in Canada and the US. and travels extensively presenting seminars on different and historical methods of setting Porphyry pavers.

For more information about Milestone Imports including a free Installation Manual and project photos CD, contact info@milestoneimports.com or call (866) 641-1999

Copyright 2009 Landscape Architect Trades

...
As people become more environmentally conscious, landscape professionals have a tremendous opportunity to grow their businesses by providing more environmentally friendly options such as permeable paving.

Miles Chaffee is founder and president of Milestone Imports, the largest importer of Mexican porphyry in the United States. Seven years ago, Chaffee obtained exclusive rights to the largest porphyry quarry in Mexico, and now distributes the porphyry throughout North America and Asia. Today, Milestone Imports represents porphyry quarries from around the world incluging Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and China. Working with AEC Daily.com, Chaffee has developed a course called "Porphyry as a Permeable Pavement," offering free educational learning credits to more than 12 organizations in Canada and the United States. Chaffee also presents seminars on different and historical methods of setting Porphyry pavers.

info@milestoneimports.com
or call 866.641.1999

Copyright 2009 Landscape and Irrigation

...
Rome is still paved with porphyry.

Porphyry has lasting economical and environmental benefits for the local community which is why owner of Rozelle Stone, John Rozelle decided to feature this seminar.

The seminar was led by Ettore Fagoni, a master mason from Italy, and Miles Chaffee, owner of Milestone Imports, the nation's largest importer of Mexican porphyry.

...
Milestone Imports has granted Rozell Stone exclusive distribution privileges for the Greenville area.

"The stone is basically indestructible," said Chaffee. "When it is set correctly, it can be used as a permanent pavement. It also is very green, because it allows 80 percent of rainwater to go back into the ground which is called storm water management."

He said they set the stone the same way the Romans set it. He said it's sustainable. The porphyry can be dug up after being sand set and reused.

"Porphyry's durability, beauty and functionality is fantastic," said Chaffee.

...
Chaffee said they picked up the skill very easily and quickly.

There are infinite possibilities with the stone. Chaffee describes it as an artist expression. He said in the U.S., his company has seen a phenomenal growth even in the hard economical period.

"People buy this not only because of the green movement, but also because of the appreciation for its aesthetic beauty," said Chaffee.

He has seen the stone used for sidewalks, crosswalks, city streets, in shopping centers, whole roads in Mexico and smaller sections of roads in the U.S. He said this is the rebirth of architectural landscape even though it's an old idea.

"I have done work in Charleston and Savannah, but I haven't done any work in South Carolina yet. said Chaffee.

...
Company founder Miles Chaffee expects his business to at least double and perhaps triple in 2009, with sales exceeding $2 million. Chaffee is building a national sales team, hiring 35 regional representatives this year.

ABQ Uptown is among the retail sites that has used Milestone's porphyry, which is used as a component in sidewalks and roadways. The volcanic rock has an "old world" feel without the high cost of marble, granite and other luxury building materials. Impermeability, chemical resistance, resistance to freeze-thaw cycles, and environmental sustainability are its selling points. Chaffee's clients include Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, the Ritz-Carlton's Palm Beach hotel and Stanford University.

"Traditionally, much of the porphyry coming out of Europe and China has a gray to muddy color, but our porphyry from Mexico is reddish and gold and this is our competitive difference," said Chaffee, whose Milestone retail store in Santa Fe carries a variety of tiles and stone flooring.

The business, at 1000 Cordova Place, had sales of $4 million last year.

Copyright 2009 New Mexico Business Weekly

...
Milestone owner Miles Chaffee said the piles of rock are scooped up with a bulldozer.

In his demonstration at Milestone on Friday, Folli used mostly smaller pieces, just a few inches square and about three inches thick, for his traditional fan design.

Mike Fischer

Ironically, its imperviousness also makes ...
www.milestoneimports.com, 3 May 2011 [cached]
Ironically, its imperviousness also makes it ideal for permeable paving (laid over sand) because it lets a maximum amount of runoff trickle into the soil.

Miles Chaffee, owner of Milestone Imports, a Santa Fe, N.M., porphyry distributor, says the stone is found in quarries all over the world. Russia, China and even Argentina have it.

Known to ancient Egyptians who quarried it near the Red Sea to make columns and pillars, porphyry has long been valued for its great density and strength.

In Italy, the rock's purplish hue (that gives it its name) made it popular for the sarcophagi of Roman kings. Fragments of the strong stone could also be made into cobblestones and pavers, so the Romans used 3- and 4-inch-thick chunks to make roads, including sections of the famous Appian Way that went past porphyry quarries near Verona. Some roads, laid in distinctive arced patterns for uphill climbs, still survive, Chaffee says.

Chaffee represents Mondial Porfidi, an Italian stone purveyor who owns quarries near Guanajuato, Mexico, better known for its silver, gold and copper mines.

"The coppery metallic hue from that region is extremely popular," says Chaffee, who ships Mexican porphyry to clients in the United States and Canada where, because of its proven durability over centuries, it is used to pave walkways, patios and driveways.

By comparison, Chaffee says, porous limestone floors show wear within decades.

In the Bay Area, you can learn of its virtues by walking or biking on it: New landscaping at Stanford University designed by SWA Group incorporates porphyry.

At a glance

Expert opinion: Pavers fashioned from porphyry require less labor, and that keeps the cost down.

"You just score and hammer it to make it into rectangles and squares," Miles Chaffee says.

However, because it is a heavy stone, shipping it costs more. "The closer the quarry, the less expensive the stone will be," Chaffee says.

Like slate, the stone is often found in layers that vary from 1 to 8 inches thick. Most pavers for roads and driveways are about 2 to 4 inches thick. "Without meaning to, the Romans created a permeable paving system," Chaffee says.

...
"Porous pavement also allows water to seap into the ground."

Miles Chaffee, owner of Milestone Imports, a company out of Santa Fe, NM, that specializes in pour-free pavers, said his company has a seen an increase in builders using pavers of all types during the last few years.

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