“Over the years Wilkstone, LLC has been built on quality and service. It’s the details, not the big, broad management strokes that make the difference. It’s dealing with the details; the correct selection of material, the coordination of the work, and quality control.” David A. Wilkinson
Wilkstone traces its roots back 90 years to founder, George Wilkinson, whose ancestors had worked as stone cutters and stone masons in England. George started the business in Westfield, NJ; and was known in Central New Jersey. Later the business was expanded to include terrazzo on larger public and private facilities, schools and airports in the Metropolitan area. George obtained a US patent in 1963 for a terrazzo floor finishing machine he invented which the company still uses today.
After David joined his father in 1952, they started doing more commercial projects and David pursued interior and exterior marble and stone, ceramic tile and terrazzo. Today Wilkstone is known in the industry for its high end, prestigious stone and marble work primarily in Manhattan. While David continues to provide his expertise and experience as a principal of Wilkstone, Joseph Petti, who has been with the company since 1994, has assumed the role of President. Under his leadership the company has expanded to include restoration and maintenance of stone, marble and terrazzo.
Wilkstone’s specialty remains monumental lobbies and plazas and includes such notable projects as One Bryant Park (the New York headquarters of The Bank of America), Goldman Sachs World Headquarters, 7 World Trade Center (the first of the replacement skyscrapers for the buildings destroyed on 9/11), 55 Water Street, Foley Square Federal Office Building and Opus Dei Headquarters.
Other noteworthy public facilities on which Wilkstone has performed work include the Morgan Library, the Carnegie Mansion that houses the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Arts & Design, Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, N Y Botanical Gardens, Bronx Zoo and the United Nations.
Other large scale projects would include the main terminal of the Denver International Airport, the Denver Public Library and the World Bank Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Some high end retail clients Wilkstone has worked for include Bergdoff Goodman, Lord & Taylor, Valentino, Dolce & Gabana, Gucci, Tiffany (57th Street & Soho), Armani, Tourneau and Celine.