Miles Chaffee, President, Milestone Imports Inc
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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.
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www.milestoneimports.com [cached]
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.
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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.
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"The stone is basically indestructible," said Chaffee.
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"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.
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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.
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"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.
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Milestone owner Miles Chaffee said the piles of rock are scooped up with a bulldozer.
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Chaffee said the stone is essentially maintenance free, impervious to chemicals, undamaged by harsh weather, and compliant with national American with Disability Act standards for smoothness and slip resistance.
He said the stone is a well-priced alternative to other materials for patios and small areas but falls into the high end on cost when used for driveways or roads.
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In Santa Fe, N.M., stone dealer Miles Chaffee of Milestone Stone & Tile Resource bought the North American rights to distribute the stone in the two colors available from that mountain -- gray and reddish brown (www.milestonenm.com).
This January, he signed a local distributor, Eastern Shore Landscape Co., in Chestertown, Md. (410-758-2267).
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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.
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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
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It took a year and a half of raising awareness about porphyry for Chaffee to sell the rock in Santa Fe.
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Despite the recession, Milestone Imports sold $4 million worth of porphyry last year, and the company could double that this year, says owner Miles Chaffee.
"It's one of these products that's only limited by your imagination," he says.
And while porphyry might come with a European pedigree, it costs the customer about the same as flagstone - roughly $7.50 per square foot, he adds.
...
In 1998, when Chaffee brought his first truckloads of Mexican porphyry to Santa Fe, there were few takers.
"Nobody was really aware of the product," he says, "it took me a year and a half to sell them."
Undeterred, Chaffee kept up his porphyry awareness campaign - bringing in an Italian mason to hold workshops on installing the rock, hitting trade shows around the country and advertising in northern Mew Mexico magazines such as Mountain Living and Su Casa.
...
Porphyry is Milestone Imports' sole product, but Chaffee also has a more traditional stone company called Milestone that sells other products.
"Working with a really high-quality company and people has really paid off for us," he says, referring to the Italian company in Mexico that quarries the stone.
...
"We're reaching into the past to design the future," Chaffee says.
...
"The phone is ringing," Chaffee says, "As we get the word out, and people realize the durability and the beauty of it, it just seems to keep expanding for us."
2009 | Articles & News
www.milestoneimports.com [cached]
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
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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.
...
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.
...
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.
...
"The stone is basically indestructible," said Chaffee.
...
"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.
...
"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.
...
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.
...
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
...
It took a year and a half of raising awareness about porphyry for Chaffee to sell the rock in Santa Fe.
...
Despite the recession, Milestone Imports sold $4 million worth of porphyry last year, and the company could double that this year, says owner Miles Chaffee.
"It's one of these products that's only limited by your imagination," he says.
And while porphyry might come with a European pedigree, it costs the customer about the same as flagstone - roughly $7.50 per square foot, he adds.
...
In 1998, when Chaffee brought his first truckloads of Mexican porphyry to Santa Fe, there were few takers.
"Nobody was really aware of the product," he says, "it took me a year and a half to sell them."
Undeterred, Chaffee kept up his porphyry awareness campaign - bringing in an Italian mason to hold workshops on installing the rock, hitting trade shows around the country and advertising in northern Mew Mexico magazines such as Mountain Living and Su Casa.
...
Porphyry is Milestone Imports' sole product, but Chaffee also has a more traditional stone company called Milestone that sells other products.
"Working with a really high-quality company and people has really paid off for us," he says, referring to the Italian company in Mexico that quarries the stone.
...
"We're reaching into the past to design the future," Chaffee says.
...
"The phone is ringing," Chaffee says, "As we get the word out, and people realize the durability and the beauty of it, it just seems to keep expanding for us."
Articles & News
www.milestoneimports.com [cached]
Miles Chaffee, owner of Milestone Imports, a Santa Fe, N.M., porphyry distributor, says the stone is found in quarries all over the world.
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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.
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"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. To keep their roads stable and dry, they standardized a 40-inch substrate of compacted gravel and sand below surfaces paved with porphyry.
Laid in fan or fish-scale patterns, the stone's intrinsic strength (it can support 20,000 pounds per square inch) was enhanced. It withstood chariots, heavy carts, horses and animal waste. "The Romans called it the metal of the road," Chaffee says.
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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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"The beauty of the pavers attracts people to walk on them, they've done studies, and they actually appear more inviting and have more people using them," says Chaffee.
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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
...
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.
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