This week’s video comes to us courtesy of the South Carolina Educational TV Network. We found them because they produced a video for one of our member companies. We got a bunch of videos from them this week which we’ll parse out over the coming weeks and months.
This one takes place at NAM Member Carolina Ceramics in Columbia, South Carolina. It follows the brick making process from the piles of clay and its mixing and extrusion all the way through the kiln which bakes it at up to 2200 degrees. It comes out the other end, well, thick as a brick. It’s way cool to see it. From there it goes to houses and sidewalks and patios in your neighborhood.
By the way, getting the kiln up to those temperatures takes a lot of energy, so even a slight uptick in the cots of natural gas can really pinch a brick maker. But then, you already knew that. It’s why we want to see our stores of natural gas tapped, so US brick manufacturers can continue to bring you bricks at affordable prices. (In fact, click here for a comment from NAM Board Member and brick maker Fletcher Steele on the effects of the high cost of energy.)
So click here to watch this 10-minute video of how bricks are made, and feel the manufacturing vibe.
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