Founder & CEO
As a granite countertop consultant, Julie would regularly walk past the shop dumpster and notice all of the incredibly beautiful granite and marble that was being thrown away. Unfortunately, up to 30% of granite slabs are disposed of because they are not large enough to create a countertop. So she started to dumpster dive and pick out various granite scraps to create mosaic projects. Bound-and-determined, she knew there was a better way to make use of those millions of pounds of granite scraps that are thrown away everyday by granite fabricators.
In 2009, Recycled Granite was born! After years of research, she established methods, machinery and markets to recycle scrap granite. Her drive, determination and diligence have taken her across the globe to create the Recycled Granite Franchise to promote granite recycling. The franchise is a network of individuals who work together to make a difference in their local communities and make money at the same time.
Recycled Granite been recognized in the U.S. Congressional Record twice. Julie sits on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council (NWI) and the Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance. She is honored as a Fellow in the prestigious Society of Innovators and has won many awards including: Most Influential Woman, Working Woman of the Year, Indiana Torchbearer, Green Light Hall of Fame and many more.
To date, the Recycled Granite Franchise has saved an estimated 80,000,000 pounds of granite remnants from being dumped into landfills. Our proprietary manufacturing processes creates green jobs, manufactures innovative products and stimulates local economies across America.
Recycled granite materials have been featured on DIY & HGTV shows, such as Bath Crashers, Run My Renovation, I Want That and many more. The jaw-dropping beauty of the 500,000,000 year old stone is stunning. Architects, designers, builders and do-it-yourselfers are creating residential and commercial projects everywhere.
Julie has also established the Green Abilities program. Individuals with disabilities (mental and physical) go through a Recycled Granite Artisan apprentice certification. The program brings out their inner abilities and teaches them how to specifically work with recycled granite waste. All of their skills have been verified and documented by Department of Labor time tests. To date, she has certified over 75 individuals and has made ground-breaking discoveries. Her goal is to duplicate the pilot program throughout the country and put people to work to generate millions of dollars in revenue.
We have a choice …continue to throw away valuable stone or turn it into sellable products. Julie’s mission is to create jobs, reduce waste and make the world a better place. There are thousands of green jobs that she is creating…all with garbage. Her discoveries are changing the world and the lives of individuals everywhere.
Julie Olauson is a passionate conservationist with enthusiasm for the granite recycling movement. She is the President of Recycled Granite Franchise and Owner of Recycled Granite Arizona.
Starting her career at Chick-fil-A in Southern California, Julie worked to establish a solid foundation for the area newcomer through strong marketing campaigns to build brand awareness. She was also a Store Implementor that started new locations on the right path. This frontline approach to building a successful industry helped Julie create a healthy direction when building her own company. With experience in industry development and the knowledge formed by running her own successful Recycled Granite facility, Julie was the franchise’s top choice to step into the role of President.
Education is a key component at Recycled Granite. As a public speaker, Julie highlights the stone import to solid waste cycle that is occurring across the United States. She has been a speaker at multiple venues including Schools, Universities, Chambers, City meetings and conferences. With her documentary, "Granite's Journey: From Mine to My Landfill" she outlines the scope of the issue. This brings a unique perspective and viable viewpoints that create thought-provoking discussions to increase conservation awareness.
Julie Olauson lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons, all who work within the family business. When she’s not working she spends her time enjoying the local mountains by off-roading, hiking and camping.
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Recycled Granite Outlet:
1952 US Highway 41 (Indianapolis Blvd.)
Schererville, IN 46375
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