The company, which three years ago had a workforce of 650, now has about 250 workers at plants in the Ohio cities of Summitville, Minerva and Peking. Over the past two years it also scaled back its product line from about 10,000 to 3,000 SKUs, according to executive vice president Bruce Johnson.
The company plans to focus on its core product lines including quarry tiles, industrial floor brick and thin brick. The company also has in place a $1.1 million capital improvements program that includes $320,000 in direct grants from the state of Ohio and $780,000 in low interest loans. The money is being used to improve tunnel kiln productivity and provide an expanded-capacity production line.