The Clay County Council met for a special meeting Monday to consider and act upon an Application for Designation as an Economic Revitalization Area filed in the office of the Clay County Auditor by BrickCraft, LLC.
BrickCraft President and C.O.O. Alen Meyer presented his company and project to the council. The company's 129 acres in Sugar Ridge Township will be located northeast of the intersection of SR 46 and SR 59. BrickCraft is a new, independently operating company that will manufacture 40 million architectural bricks a year along with other fired clay products. The company plans to employ 30 people with all-new jobs. The expected annual payroll will be $1.1 million. The Clay County Annual Income Tax for 2002 was .0125 which means that Clay County residents could collect up to 50 percent or more of the company's payroll and earn total wage's of $550 thousand or more.
"It is going to have quite an impact on the community," Meyer said. "It's nice to bring brick back to Clay County."
BrickCraft is preparing to make a substantial investment in Clay County. The company has already secured financing, prepared equipment purchase orders, and designed construction that will cost millions of dollars. The site serves the company's needs for the main ingredient in brick, clay. The site has enough clay to keep the company up and running for 60 years. The company is set to break ground on Aug. 12.
The preliminary resolution was passed unanimously by the council.