Boral Bricks, the nation's largest clay brick manufacturer and distributor of masonry products, recently opened a $58 million, state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly manufacturing plant in Terre Haute, Ind. The 295,000-sq-ft facility will employ 50 and produce approximately 120 million bricks per year. The plant will manufacture four different sizes of bricks in at least 12 different colors.

The plant is technologically advanced, featuring robotic setting and packaging, as well as an advanced firing process. The kiln is 530-ft long x 33-ft wide, operates at 2000° F, and accommodates 27 cars that weigh approximately 57 tons each when loaded with brick. A batch of bricks can be stacked, fired, and cooled in less than 30 hours.

The Terre Haute facility is one of the country's most energy efficient brick manufacturing plants. Boral Bricks partnered with Republic Services, owners of the nearby “Victory” landfill, to utilize methane gas as a substitute for natural gas.

Boral, an Australian based company with U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, had numerous company officials on hand for the grand opening ceremonies. “This technologically advanced plant will help us service the building needs in the Midwest, and also help protect the environment as we've put into place several energy saving and recycling measures,” said Bob Kepford, president of Boral Bricks. “This facility will help us meet the needs of builders in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri Wisconsin, and Ohio.