Palmetto Brick Company unveiled its new $28 million commercial manufacturing plant at its Cheraw headquarters on Monday.
In addition to being one of the most technologically advanced brick manufacturing plants in the country, the 117,000-square-foot facility is expected to increase the company's brick production by 50 percent and has created 20 new jobs.
”With the increasing manufacturing presence overseas, we're thrilled that Palmetto has extended its roots in South Carolina,“ Commerce Secretary Bob Faith said. ”Expansion projects of this magnitude play a key role in the continued growth of our economy.“
Production in the new facility will focus on Palmetto's core line of commercial brick (closure, utility and modular sizes) and new product development, allowing the company's existing 400,000-square-foot plant to expand its residential output.
Overall brick production, which will be equally split between residential and commercial products, is expected to increase from 100 to 150 million brick per year.
”We are very excited about expanding our current facilities in Cheraw,“ said Andy Rogers, Palmetto Brick Company's vice president of sales and marketing. ”Adding 50 percent to our production capacity allows us to better serve our existing customers and continue to grow as a successful, American-owned and operated brick manufacturer and distributor.“
Using advanced automation, the plant will not only increase capacity and production efficiency but also meet the increased demand from the architectural community for versatility and quality control.
Some of the facility's featured technologies include custom-fitted robotic handling, advanced PLC programming and stringent emission control systems.
”One of the tremendous advantages of the new facility is its flexibility,“ said Rogers. ”It allows us to meet the size and shape requirements of most any architectural design.“
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