Thursday, November 23, 2006
Acme Brick plans new office building
By BARRY BURLESON
Almost eight months ago, April 9, the office building at Acme Brick was destroyed by fire. Last week the company on Highway 7 North in Holly Springs broke ground for a new one.
The 2,300 square foot office building will be constructed in a new spot, more to the front of the Acme Brick property.
“It will make us more visible (from the highway) than previously and shows a commitment on the part of our company,” said plant manager Peter Williamson. “We’re providing about 45 million bricks per year for the residential market.”
Project engineer Tish Maudsley said the building will include five offices, a conference room, utility room, an area for truck drivers and a showroom up front to display the company’s bricks.
“People will be able to come in (to the showroom) and look at our bricks,” she said.
The project will also include paving and fencing. An estimated completion day is March 2007.
“This is a very good plant,” said Maudsley, who works out of the company’s corporate offices in Ft. Worth, Texas. “The plant here in Holly Springs produces a very specialized, king-sized brick called ‘Sand Castle.’ It is a very popular brick.
“This is not one of our larger plants as far as size, but it’s amazing how many trucks come in and out.”
Both Williamson and Maudsley said they are also proud to be utilizing Marshall County folks to assist them with the project. Southern Commercial, represented by project manager Joe Hurdle, is the general contractor and Bill Wage is the architect.
“We’re looking forward to this upgrade to our facility in Holly Springs,” Williamson said. “We want to continue to improve our relationship with the local community and use as many local businesses as we can.”
Maudsley expressed special thanks to Mayor Andre’ DeBerry for attending last week’s groundbreaking during rainfall and chilly temperatures.
Acme Brick bought the Holly Springs plant around the end of the year 2000. The kiln is 22 years old. The Holly Springs location employs 46 people.
The company operates 32 brick plants and eight block plants across the United States. There are 44 sales offices.
“This project (in Holly Springs) is one of six projects that are all starting at this time,” Maudsley said.
Those include a new corporate office in Forth Worth that will be 77,000 square feet and three stories high. It will be completed in the fall of 2007.
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