WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Pine Hall Brick Company has acquired an advanced diamond blade saw, which will help improve how it makes clay ceramic products.
Pine Hall Brick will primarily use the saw for two products: interior veneer brick called ThinClad and brick floor tiles, branded as PaverTiles. Both are suitable for do-it-yourself projects or professional jobs, including new construction or remodeling.
ThinClad brick and PaverTiles are cut from face brick and paving brick, respectively. Pine Hall Brick rolled out the products using a conventional wet blade saw. As demand grew, the company wanted to ramp up production for both products.
The saw is 16 feet long, seven feet wide and seven feet tall, with a 36-inch blade. It can be loaded with 12 pavers or 15 face brick at a time and is capable of cutting about 4,000 thinner versions of Pine Hall Brick’s products in an eight-hour shift, said Preston Steele, vice president and thin products business manager.
For now, two new employees have been hired to run the saw in one eight-hour shift. If demand increases, more shifts will be added.
To house the new saw, Pine Hall Brick converted a storage area at its plant in Madison, NC, into a mini-manufacturing plant, with new concrete flooring, walls and electrical upgrades.
“It’s really a continuation of coming out with new products as markets and trends change,” Steele said. “It’s part of the evolution of Pine Hall Brick. But in order to do that, we have to have the right tools and equipment.”