The brick plant is back on the front burner for Clay County.
The Clay County Redevelopment Commission heard the latest information concerning the brick plant Monday. The meeting was the first since Aug. 19.
The goal for the construction of the plant is spring 2003, according to Alan and Lynn Meyer, the people behind the brick plant.
The brick plant will require an investment of $13 million, and will employ 25-35 when in full operation.
"We are going to carefully define all the costs," Alan Meyer said. "We are proceeding very carefully to ensure we do everything right."
The facility will mine clay and shale for the making of the bricks, and the mining is projected to be 1 1/2 acres per year with no blasting.
Alan said the word "mining" gets some people upset, however the mining will be done by taking a layer at a time off the ground. A by-product of the mining will be coal,but the coal will not be used in the brick production. The process does not involve smokestacks belching out pollutants and black smoke any more, according to Alan. He said that the entire process should not present a problem with the Department of Natural Resources.
Samples of the clay and shale have been tested in laboratories around the world to ensure they are of the finest quality for the bricks to be produced at the Clay County plant.