General Shale’s Smith chairs Brick Industry Association

Charles Smith, chief executive officer of Johnson City, Tenn.-based General Shale, has been elected Brick Industry Association chairman, succeeding Davis Henry, president of Henry Brick Co., Selma, Ala. Prior to his 2014 appointment as CEO, Smith served as president and chief operating officer, and was credited with steering General Shale—one of the top North American operators in clay brick— through the economic downturn and revitalizing product development.

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Supreme Court backs masonry contractor bankruptcy case order

Sources: CP staff; U.S. Supreme Court; Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Denver

A unanimous Supreme Court decision affirms the U.S. Court of Appeals for Sixth Circuit’s finding in Ritzen Group Inc. v. Jackson Masonry LLC, a case demonstrating U.S. Bankruptcy Court complexities. In a January 14 opinion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg details a tight framework for creditors seeking relief in bankruptcy court decisions, including a 14-day window for individual party appeals.

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