In the late 1990s, Carolina Ceramics Brick Co. in Columbia, S.C., decided to expand. The company tore down one of its existing kilns to make room for a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient model capable of producing 40 million brick per year. The project, which was spearheaded by Ceric Inc., Golden, Colo., and went online in 2000, also included a new dryer, two setting robots and an automated car handling system. Read More
In 2002, Carolina Ceramics decided to restart its remaining 6-ft-wide kiln to make some rustic tumbled brick for the residential market, bringing the plant's total production to 55 million brick per year--but that still wasn't enough to meet market demand. By 2003, the company realized that it needed to expand again.