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A rock-solid effort from quarry to hall

Wayne Holley, below, moves granite block for cutting at Idaho Travertine in Idaho Falls. After it has been cut, drilled and shaped, the stone will be shipped to Salt Lake City where it will be used to face the new LDS Church assembly building, right, north of Temple Square. The church hired the Idaho company to quarry up to 21,000 tons of gray granite from Little Cottonwood Canyon, haul it to Idaho and cut it into symmetrical blocks used to face 350,000 square feet of building. Workers are toiling 24 hours a day, six days to week, so the building can be open in time for LDS general conference in April. The larger facings will go on the building's south and west sides with smaller blocks on the other two sides.