BIA Welcomes Southern Clay Brick Company to BIA Membership!
Dale Davis and Scott Lambert started Southern Clay Brick Co. on April 22, 2009. We began covering the greater Birmingham, AL market by reaching out to existing contacts and selling brick out of the back of my Honda Accord and Dale’s Chevy Silverado. By Sept 2009, we moved into our first location in Alabaster, AL and that really started the growth of the company. We have expanded from originally 3 brick lines to now representing 14 brick lines. In April of 2018, almost exactly 9 years from when we started, we moved into our brand new state of the art facility, located in downtown Birmingham, AL.
Acme Brick Company Earns Nationally Acclaimed “Partners of Choice Award” From David Weekley Homes For Seventh Consecutive Year
Acme Brick Company is one of only seven companies nationwide that have received David Weekley Homes’ highly coveted 2017 “Partners of Choice Award” with an “A” ranking in Quality. This is the seventh consecutive year that Acme has been chosen a “Partner of Choice” one of only three in this group of national companies to have done so.
David Weekley Homes, the largest, privately-held home builder in America, implemented its comprehensive supplier evaluation system and its measurement for world-class excellence, the “Partners of Choice Award” in 2004. The unique evaluation platform is based on input from nearly one-thousand David Weekley team members evaluating 200 suppliers. It allows David Weekley Homes to analyze supplier performance in diverse industries, provide feedback to these suppliers, and recognize those truly outstanding achievers.
Shown with Acme Brick’s Partner of Choice award are: (l. to r.) Bill Justus, Vice President of supply chain services for Weekley Homes, Tom Jeter, North Texas Region Sales Manager for Acme, Jeremy Emler, Houston Sales Representative for Acme and David Weekley.
Through this process, David Weekley Homes takes “partnering with its suppliers” to a world-class level. Bill Justus, vice president of Supply Chain Services for David Weekley Homes, implemented the industry-leading evaluation method in order to reduce channel costs, improve service, and provide the highest degree of homeowner satisfaction.
Weekley’s commitment to quality has also enabled them to be recognized twelve times as one of Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. No other homebuilder in America has made this list more than twice. To read the complete article, click here.
General Shale featured in Commercial Construction & Renovation Magazine
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is particularly true with commercial design. A well-designed façade goes a long way toward projecting a particular image that reflects a building’s purpose. At the same time, a building’s materials must also function well in its surrounding environment, be durable and contribute to the structure’s energy efficiency.
Today’s building professionals are faced with an overwhelming array of design choices for commercial façades, but only a few meet all of these important requirements. Masonry is one of them. Brick and manufactured stone are two of the most robust, resilient and sustainable building resources available to architects and designers, offering unparalleled protection from the elements, long-lasting value, greater energy efficiency and less maintenance than other materials. They also afford superior design choices, exquisite natural beauty, and a stunning selection of colors and styles that provide unique aesthetic advantages. Brick colors are no longer relegated to the red hues so commonly seen on banks, shopping centers, health care and educational facilities, and many other commercial buildings. While red brick remains a popular choice among our customers for numerous commercial applications, we have seen a shift over the past few years toward non-traditional brick colors that continues to rapidly grow.
These colors include clean, crisp white bricks – with white mortar for a monochromatic design or dark gray mortar for a high-definition look. Additional popular brick tones include ivory, cream, pink, light taupe and sand – either for a full project or in conjunction with a darker brick or stone. Subtle, elegant light and silver grays, along with sleek pewter and steel grays, are also in high demand for modern designs. Architects are also incorporating deep, rich chestnut browns, raw, earthy charcoal grays and muted blacks into commercial projects for an impressive visual statement. Combining brick and stone in the same neutral color palette achieves an even more contemporary design. Some of General Shale’s most popular brick colors utilized by commercial designers and specifiers are our Smoke Gray Velour and Graystone Velour – both for main field brick and accent brick. Highly requested light colors include Oatmeal Velour, Diamond White and Cascade White, and we’re seeing strong interest in dark colors, such as Java, Shadow Canyon and Dutch Chocolate. Color, however, is not the only element impacting today’s masonry trends. Elongated brick and stone shapes are changing the face of today’s commercial projects as architects continue to seek cleaner lines and sophisticated profiles for their designs. Longer masonry sizes enable architects to bring a fresh dimension to their projects by emphasizing the linearity of a building’s façade, resulting in a dramatic presentation. Click here to read more about General Shale's new products.
Batchelder & Collins, 150 years | 2018 milestone anniversary
In the days of business giants like Walmart and Amazon, it’s rare to see a local, family-owned company survive and thrive for a century and a half, but that’s exactly what Norfolk building materials supplier Batchelder & Collins accomplished with its 150th anniversary this year.
The company was founded in 1868 by William Henry Collins, a captain in the Union army who passed through Virginia during the Civil War. He started the company with co-founder and Norfolk businessman B. M. Batchelder. The first location was on Water Street downtown, where the company sold brick, lumber and other materials.
Batchelder got out of the business after a short period of time, and the business passed through five generations of family.
Frank Wozniak Jr. is that fifth generation and current president, and has been involved with the business since 2001. When his older brother decided not to pursue the business, Wozniak made the choice to continue it when his parents Helen and Frank retired. He remembers driving forklifts and helping his parents with the business during the summers in his youth.
“It’s always been a part of my life,” Wozniak said.
At some point, the business also offered coal, as seen in a picture of a coal cart on display in the business’s spacious showroom on Granby Street. The company had a brick plant at one point, but now brings in the bricks by rail.
“It sounds rather simplistic, but it’s a logical and chronological situation,” said company treasurer Collins Gooch.
Gooch also remembers getting his hands dirty moving bricks and other materials during his early days at the business. As a small business, he credits the company’s personable, customer-service oriented philosophy as one of the keys to its longevity.
“We had to be doing some things right besides just having the product,” Gooch said.
As tastes in interior and exterior building work have changed, Wozniak said the company has tried its best to adjust and offer more than just brickwork. Concrete pavers, along with natural and manufactured stone are relatively recent offerings for the company.
“You have to look at the market which you’re serving,” Gooch added.
Batchelder had an anniversary celebration earlier this year where many people from the community showed up, Wozniak said. Norfolk City Council member Andria McClellan also presented a declaration from Mayor Kenneth Alexander during the festivities. Witnessing that turnout made Wozniak realize what kind of impact his business had on the community.
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Four New Products from Pine Hall Brick Company Bring Back Early American Look for Today’s New Homes
Pine Hall Brick Company looks back for inspiration to houses that were built centuries ago in early American settlements in Virginia and New England. Back then, rich deep colors and textures told a story of houses that would stand the test of time. It’s a story that continues today.
If you’re planning on building a brick house, now you can plan on making history as well.
Pine Hall Brick Company has just introduced Old Brick House, a new line of brick selections, inspired by Colonial-era homes in Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire that are still standing today.
The colors and textures, taken by combining existing Augustine and Tidewater bricks from the Pine Hall Brick line, look as though they are centuries old. Like the originals that were used in houses in the 1700s, these bricks will be around centuries from now.
Bricks are different than they used to be, but in some ways, they’re exactly the same, said Ted Corvey, vice president of sales and marketing at Pine Hall Brick Company.
“In those days, most of the brick made was the color of the clay when it was dug out of the ground and fired in the kiln,” said Corvey. “Our modern manufacturing processes mean that we can manipulate the clay and the firing process to produce a wide palette of colors. But it’s important to note that what today’s brick has in common with brick made 300 years ago is that both have a rich texture and a durability that lasts for hundreds of years. These new introductions celebrate the authenticity of clay bricks.” The new introductions and the houses that inspired them are:
The Kennon House brick reflects a dark blend of deep reds, blues and burgundies which lends itself well to traditional home designs. The actual house is in Conjurer’s Neck in Colonial Heights, Virginia at the site of a prehistoric Native American village. English merchant Richard Kennon married Elizabeth Worsham in 1675 and bought the property two years later. The Kennons built and expanded the house, which became a celebrated venue for entertaining. Guests enjoyed its spacious hall, an upstairs ballroom and beautifully landscaped grounds. Damaged by fire in 1879, the house was rebuilt with modifications and is now available to rent for meetings and special occasions
The Barker House brick mingles greys and browns with dashes of white, which show similarities to colors from ancient European kilns. The actual house is the John Barker House in Wallingford, Connecticut. Built in 1756, it’s the earliest surviving brick house in the state. The builders of the house were master masons Francis Letort of Philadelphia and Thomas Bills of New York, who just prior to building the Barker House built Connecticut Hall on the Yale University campus from 1750 to 1753, a building that is still in use. Many of the details in Connecticut Hall are repeated on the John Barker House.
The Tufts House brick is made with a white clay dust over a grey base, blended randomly with the brown brick body. The actual house is the Peter Tufts House in Medford, Massachusetts, is believed to have been built in 1678. Historians believe that it was built by Peter Tufts, who sold it to his son, Peter Tufts Jr. in 1680. Brick mason William Bucknam was brought over from Chelsea, England to build the house. It was later saved from demolition when Samuel Lawrence purchased it as a wedding gift for his daughter in 1887. Much of the exterior remains original, except for the front porch, which was added in 1900. The house became famous locally when the City of Medford used an image of the house in its city seal when it incorporated in 1892
The Weeks House brick carries a grey base, mixed with random white, brown and darker colors. The Weeks House itself is a historic house museum in Greenland, New Hampshire which is believed to have been built in the early 1700s by an early colonial member of the area’s politically prominent Weeks family. The house is a two-story brick structure with a gabled roof and end chimneys, with a slightly asymmetrical five-bay façade and an entrance topped by a segmented arch. The house’s exact construction date is unknown, but it appears to have been built after a house in nearby Portsmouth, the MacPheadris-Warner House, which was one of the first brick houses to be built anywhere in northern New England. The two houses share some elements, leading to the theory that masons used similar construction methods in both.
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