Clay 2011 Plant Tours
Redland Brick’s Rocky Ridge Moulded Brick Plant has a rich history that dates back to the 19th century. Rocky Ridge’s roots go back to the 1800’s when Baltimore area brick plants were supplying to all of the major East Coast cities. Today, the plant’s bricks are used by designers, architects and homeowners to capture the warm, traditional appearance that only wood mould products can provide. Rocky Ridge’s bricks combine the best of old-world beauty with today’s innovative computer technology. Although fired in a modern computer-controlled kiln, the bricks are formed by methods that are similiar to centuries-old brick making. Like artisans of colonial times, bricks are formed by placing soft mud into sanded wood moulds. The sand not only provides the final brick color but also is used to release the clay from the mould. The end result is a distinctive brick that provides a unique warmth and depth to any building exterior.
Watsontown Brick Company, a family-owned brick manufacturer located near the Susquehanna River in North Central Pennsylvania, is an innovator and industry leader producing quality bricks and pavers for over a century. Founded in 1908 to provide street pavers for surrounding towns, Watsontown Brick today is a premier manufacturer and marketer offering a vast variety of extruded and molded bricks to builders, architects and contractors throughout the Northeast. Watsontown Brick Company’s quality products, including architectural, facing, refractory and ‘green’ bricks as well as masonry units and pavers, begin with abundant access to superior raw materials-native red shale and plastic yellow shale from an on-site quarry, water that is drawn from deep wells, filtered and quality tested and the finest sands available from throughout the country. In the last decade Watsontown Brick has opened two new plants to meet the changing needs of architects and builders. The fully-automated extrusion plant with its high temperature kiln-inaugurated in 2001-was designed to provide increased production and the ability to manufacture a much wider range of products including a multitude of types, sizes, shapes and colors that meet stringent FBX specifications. In 2008, the opening of the molded brick plant further extended Watsontown Brick’s line of architectural bricks. The molded bricks, also available in a full range of colors, sizes and shapes, are designed to meet the highest aesthetic standards whether for traditional, contemporary or renovation projects.
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