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Acme Brick Co. recently celebrated the first load of brick produced at its newly reopened Bennett, Texas, plant facility. This plant, just west of Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) and built in 1996, is located on the site of Acme’s first brick making facility that began producing hard-fired brick in April 1891. Acme also announced plans to reopen a portion of the company’s Texas Clay plant, located in Malakoff near Athens, Texas.
“It’s very exciting to see this brick plant back in the business of making quality brick for our region’s homes,” said Dennis Knautz, president and CEO. “In December 2006, annual construction activity in the DFW area peaked at 182 million sq ft. We then witnessed a plummet of nearly 70% to a low of only 57 million sq ft by the start of 2011. Over the course of the past year, we have seen a rebirth of activity here in the Metroplex, with construction now totaling 83 million sq ft and forecasted to rise by double digits in 2013.
“Given the recovering construction sector and the strong demand seen at other Acme plants, we believe that it is an absolute necessity to restart operations at this facility in order to have an adequate supply of brick for our homebuilder customers,” Knautz said. “Nearly the same story can be told about our Texas Clay plant in Malakoff. The year 2012 witnessed greater order demand for that plant’s brick products. In response, we restarted that plant’s third kiln in late December, with the plan to bring Texas Clay to full capacity as quickly as possible."
“Our job is to provide high-quality, maintenance-free building materials to our homebuilder customers so they can meet the growing demand from homebuyers across the region. I believe that we can finally say with confidence that our local homebuilding market is coming back,” he said.
At full production, the Bennett plant is capable of producing over 2 million residential brick per week, or roughly enough brick for 150 average-sized homes.
For additional information, call (800) 792-l234 or visit www.brick.com.
To find suppliers of materials and equipment used in brick manufacturing, visit www.ceramicindustry.com/suppliers.