About Us

Nearly 125 years ago, Irish immigrant T.R. Coughlan arrived in Mankato, Minnesota. Apprenticed in Ireland as a stonecutter, he worked as a masonry foreman in the construction of Mankato’s Grand Hotel. Two years later he struck his claim by purchasing a site with three distinct veins of limestone.

Since the early 1900s, architects across the U.S. have specified this limestone to clad everything from libraries, museums and educational institutions to skyscrapers, pavings and civic memorials.

Over the decades, the Coughlan generations continued to leave their mark on the core stone business, but also diversified within the financial, manufacturing and publishing industries. Today Coughlan Companies, still family-owned and run by fourth-generation Coughlans, serves as a holding company for Capstone, a children’s book publisher, and Jordan Sands, an industrial sand mining and processing company. And, honoring the founder’s entrepreneurial spirit, Coughlan Companies continues to drive change within these industries through innovative ideas and focused determination.

Coughlan Companies Inc. is committed to strengthening communities by supporting literacy programs, expanding educational opportunities, and caring for our environment.

Mankato Location

Mankato Location

Edina Location

Edina Location

Chicago Location

Chicago Location

UK Office

UK Location

Mankato Warehouse

Mankato Warehouse

Jordan Sands

Jordan Sands

What Coughlan Companies Stands For

Coughlan companies has always believed in supporting communities through giving, which has always been a cornerstone of our business and a belief that guides so many of our decisions. Each year we commit to giving back up to 9 percent of our profit to strengthen our communities and support programs where literacy is modeled, supported, and celebrated.

In order to build strong communities, we need to start in our own backyard. Helping our employees live well and achieve their goals is a top priority knowing that their diverse perspectives, talents and commitment make both our company and our communities the best they can be. Coughlan Companies provide time and opportunities for our employees to volunteer for the betterment of our communities.

We’ve learned that by bringing together multiple resources – donations, employee volunteers, strategic sponsorships and other unique initiatives – we extend our ability to make a difference, while helping our nonprofit partners increase the impact of their good work.

Latest news from Coughlan Companies Corporate Giving

Coughlan Companies is active in volunteering and giving back to the community. Check out the latest news here.

Corporate Giving Staff

Liz McKay Liz McKay Sustainability
Christie Skilbred Christie Skilbred Capstone Literacy Center

Volunteering
Our employees give many volunteer hours in their communities making their neighborhoods better places to live. We support our employees’ causes by giving 16 hours of paid volunteer time to every employee each year.