A LEGACY SET IN STONE
Founded in 1906 by Scottish immigrant Alex Christie, Christie Cut Stone is deeply established in the Memphis building community. Some of the city’s most iconic structures, from the Rhodes College campus to the Orpheum Theatre, feature the company’s work.
Christie Cut Stone spent its first eight decades focused on milling and hand-carving Indiana limestone for a variety of commercial and residential uses. Third-generation owner Bond Christie led the company into additional building stones, pavers, and veneers as the market expanded in the Southeast. Now Bond’s son Michael heads the distribution of brick and son Andrew directs the latest computer- based stonecutting technology. They are currently working at Memphis’ Crescent Center and a Hilton property in Nashville’s Green Hills area, among other notable projects.
The Christie family began a relationship with Financial Federal for a custom home construction loan, where they worked with John Summers, and then for a home equity line with Ginny Johnson, a 20-year employee with Financial Federal. After experiencing the Bank’s personalized service, the Christies turned to Gideon Scoggin to help with their commercial lending needs.
“Gideon was in tune with the local commercial construction industry,” said Bond. “He was familiar with the challenges we go through, so when we were looking to expand, it was a natural fit.”
Scoggin worked with the Christies to restructure existing loans and to purchase property for their new distribution center located in Arlington. The process was so seamless that Michael then called on the Bank again when financing a home addition. For this family-based business, that deeper relationship makes for a more trusting partnership.
“It’s easy to pick up the phone and give them a call,” said Bond. “It’s more personal.”
For more information on Christie Cut Stone, contact Gideon Scoggin (gscoggin [at] finfedmem [dot] com).