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Coronavirus pandemic causing granite shortage

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PITTSFIELD, Ill. (WGEM) -- According to local stonemasons, the coronavirus pandemic is causing a shortage of granite.

Those at Shireman Memorials in Pittsfield, Illinois, said they get their granite from Elberton, Georgia.

Owner Jason Shireman said the virus has caused their suppliers major issues when it comes to manpower and financial stability.

"At first people were out sick then some of the wholesalers had to shut down and then some of them never opened back up with a lot of the shut downs and everything that happened so that really got everyone backed up," he said.

Shireman said the shortage is forcing them to wait weeks for the stone they ordered, causing projects that should only take two to three weeks to take anywhere between two to three months.

He said if people want a project done, they should act sooner rather than later.

"If you think you need it by a certain day, the quicker you get in to order it the better," Shireman said.

"With these delays going to last through summer, probably the things that we order in the summertime are going to be right up against the winter where we can't go out and set them in the cemetery."

He said their suppliers have told them the shortage could last through at least the summer but possibly even longer.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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