Materials Marketing was founded in 1965. Proudly residing in San Antonio, Materials Marketing produces stone and tile for every project. We work closely with residential and commercial architects, home-owners, and designers. As America’s oldest and largest fully integrated stone manufacturer, our abilities can match any design or inspiration. Drawing on decades of experience, combined with our expert stone-carvers, we carry on traditions that have existed since ancient Greece. Our high level of craftsmanship demands only the best quarried stone, ensuring your project represents not only the aesthetics you desire, but outlives any fleeting trend.


August 19, 1965

Materials Marketing, Ltd. was founded in 1965 by Don Rymer. Mr Rymer, living in Mexico at the time, noticed a certain type of tile, Terrazzo, wasn’t being imported into the United States. Soon after, Saltillo and Talavera tile was brought to the states and Mr Rymer began to develop a distribution network.

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July 1, 1970

A first location and warehouse was established. Much of the tile was brought in loose, which meant many hot Texas summers were spent packing the tile by hand. Drawing upon the inspiration of the small churches and towns of Mexico, limestone from Guadalajara started to be imported.

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February 1, 1981

In 1981, Don and Jim Rymer bought the company from Don Rymer Sr. During these first few years, distribution was expanded to Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, and Atlanta. The first Materials Marketing showroom was built in San Antonio, TX.

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January 1, 1985

With the explosion in popularity of pre-sealed Saltillo tile, additional locations were opened in Houston, Dallas, Denver, and San Diego.

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May 12, 1987

As recession hit in the mid 80’s, the California commercial market became an area of strength and stability. Focus turning now to architectural stone, Materials Marketing purchased their first factory in 1987 to expand abilities for the changing markets in Hidalgo, Mexico.

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November 10, 1990

The 1990’s marked a substantial shift in strategy for MML. Focus was renewed on luxury residential projects. New high-end vendors like Pratt & Larson and Sicis were added to the growing list. Widening and expanding available product lines meant that every aspect of the project could be completed at Materials Marketing. From our quarries, the Mexican…

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September 17, 1997

In the late 90’s, Materials Marketing added a new showroom in Chicago and Austin, to serve their respective high-end markets. New marbles and travertines were added to the current stone offerings, to give customers a wider variety of colors and options.

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March 20, 2005

As the housing boom continued at a break-neck pace, a second quarry was opened in the state of Iguala. This serviced the production of all “flatwork” tile; from 3×6″ to 18×24″ pieces. Architectural sculpting continued at the Hidalgo factory as MML began to import Italian stones.

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February 7, 2012

The Texan quarry AJ Brauer, was Materials Marketing’s first acquisition. An established and quality company, AJ Brauer helped to not only expand the available product lines, but to enhance and further architectural capabilities. The factory locations were consolidated, removing the waste of driving slabs back and forth between the quarry and factory. New water filtration systems…

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March 23, 2016

Heading to Portland, Oregon, MML purchased the Ann Sacks founded Design and Direct Source. Centered in the city of coffee and craft beer, DDS provided Materials Marketing with an unique opportunity in the commercial and hospitality sectors.

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