With the help of Clay County, Brickcraft, L.L.C., will be operational in the future.
The brickmaking plant, which will be located in Ashboro on S.R. 59, directly across the street from the highway department, recently got a helping hand by way of the Clay County Commissioners.
Commissioners Buddy Knox and Daryl Andrews applied for two grants for the company at a brief meeting yesterday. President David Parr could not attend the meeting, leaving Knox to sign for him.
The grants applied for include $170,000 through the Community Development Block Grant and a possible $60,000 from the Indiana Development Grant Fund.
The CDBG Grant, if given to the company, will pay for the biggest part of an impactor for the company. This piece of machinery will allow the processing of raw materials needed to make the bricks the company manufactures. The IDGF Grant, which is not to exceed $60,000, would be used to make upgrades and repairs to the stretch of S.R. 59 by the building, and to help create a road to the company's building.
Brickcraft will supply an additional $2,829 to cover the cost of the impactor. They will also pay a $6,000 administrative fee for applying for the grants.
Upon its completion, Brickcraft will employ approximately 34 people. Fifty-one percent of these new jobs will be offered to low-to-moderate income families.
"The Indiana Department of Commerce recognizes the hiring of the low-income families," Andrews said after the meeting. "We got a letter of intent... we're fairly certain we'll get the grants."
Andrews said that the money involved is also a positive side effect of Brickcraft's placement in Clay County.
"It's a huge capital investment," he said. "You don't see a $15.2 million deal going through Clay County very often."