SOURCE: Thin Brick by Owensboro

March 20, 2007 09:00 ET

Thin Brick by Owensboro Completes Modernization of Historic Brick Manufacturing Plant

Newly Renovated and Optimized Manufacturing Plant More Than Doubles Production Capacity

OWENSBORO, KY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 20, 2007 -- Thin Brick by Owensboro, Inc., a leader in decorative brick development and manufacture, announced today that the technological overhaul of its historic 40,000 square-foot manufacturing plant is now complete, with an additional kiln, a new automated clay grinder and delivery system and a new corporate headquarters building.

The factory optimization was necessitated by the continuing popularity and even increased usage of decorative thin brick products. While most other segments of the construction market have been flat, the company has been growing, with steady increasing demand for Thin Brick by Owensboro Brickettes® and Panel Brick.

"With the addition of the new kiln and automated production equipment, we have been able to increase our production capacity by 100 percent without sacrificing the quality we're known for," said Nick Richard, president of Thin Brick by Owensboro. "As one of the last family-owned and operated brick businesses in America, we take a great deal of pride in our products. The new modernization of the plant will enable us to continue to grow our business."

The new additions to the 45-year-old family business have helped Thin Brick by Owensboro more than double the capacity of production. Key to the expansion success was the ability to implement changes to the traditional brick manufacturing process without suffering reduced quality with the company's signature old-world style decorative bricks.

"For years, architects have been specifying our Brickettes and Panel Bricks in select projects because of our production speed, color-matching and value, but with the resurgence of the old-world brick look, we're seeing even more demand of our premier products," Richard added.

The plant renovation is the first in the company's long and illustrious history in brick manufacture dating back to 1954. The renovation enables the company to also retain its flexibility and time-to-market commitments while still offering unique services including color-matching and custom Panel Brick configurations.

The original thin brick on the market, Thin Brick by Owensboro Brickettes are lightweight cross-sectioned bricks designed to be easy to install while retaining the look, feel and texture of a full-size brick surface. At one-half inch thick, Thin Brick by Owensboro Brickettes measure two and one-fourth by seven and one-half inches, making them easy to transport and install for all types of indoor and outdoor applications. Thin Brick by Owensboro Brickettes also do not need special foundations, supports or footings required by full-size brick, resulting in shorter construction schedules at less expense. They fit most other metal panel systems.

Thin Brick by Owensboro Panel Bricks take the ease of installation one step further, by adhering the company's Brickettes design to a one-half inch rigid insulation fiberboard and cement board backer. Thin Brick by Owensboro Panel Bricks can be ordered in several styles and textures, offering manufacturing speed and quality without the "manufactured" look. Thin Brick by Owensboro Panel Bricks can be installed in a fraction of the time required of traditional masonry.

About Thin Brick by Owensboro:

Thin Brick by Owensboro is a family-owned and operated business focused solely on the manufacture of bricks. Founded in 1954, Thin Brick by Owensboro is a leader in the manufacturing and development of decorative interior and exterior veneer bricks. Available in more than 10 distinct colors and styles, Thin Brick by Owensboro is a boutique company that has mastered the process of combining old-world charm with a solidly built product that is easily transported and installed by masonry contractors and construction companies. The company's product line includes both individual Thin Brick Brickettes® and Panel Brick as well as modular and queen size brick. Thin Brick by Owensboro is located at 1120 Ewing Road, Owensboro, KY 42302. Phone: 270-926-3330. Fax: 270-926-3332. For more information, please visit: www.thinbrickbyowensboro.com.

Thin Brick by Owensboro and the Thin Brick by Owensboro logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Thin Brick by Owensboro, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other third party marks mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2007 Thin Brick by Owensboro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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