Environmental Statement

The time-honored masonry products of Structural Ceramic Glazed Facing Tile and Ceramic Glazed Brick have proven their value through the tests of time. The products are consistent with the “continuity of nature” theory that the clay and materials taken from the earth will ultimately be returned to the earth in a state that is compatible with and nondestructive to their surroundings.  In striving to accomplish this goal the manufacturers also comply with local, state and national environmental regulations regarding clean air, clean water and land reclamation policies.

The products are fired in natural gas kilns. Stack emissions are at such minimum levels there is no requirement to have scrubbers or for the facility to acquire discharge permits. The excess heat from firing the kilns is recycled and used in the drying of the clay units prior to firing.  When the quantity of natural gas used to produce the product is prorated over the life-time-service of the installed wall product, the yearly average gas use is minimal.  Plant renovations and additions have utilized the newest technologies in order to provide the most environmental friendly production facility.

The transportation of the materials utilizes trucks and/or rail.  For jobsites located within 150 miles of a manufacturing facility, deliveries are made by direct truck shipment.  For jobsites located over 150 miles from a manufacturing facility, shipments are made via piggyback rail when available.  This is the most fuel-efficient method of shipping heavy loads over longer distances.  Each piggyback train can handle multiple containers in one movement.  The plant to railhead and railhead to jobsite distances are short local hauls. Rail deliveries may contribute to LEED MR credits for regional material.

The longevity that these products provide makes them ideal for use in any building where durability and energy efficiency is a consideration.

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