Organizers call for Hardscape North America Awards entries

Entries for 2023 Hardscape North America Awards are being accepted through September 1 at, eligible projects completed from November 2019 to June 2023. The Concrete Masonry & Hardscapes Association will honor walkway, driveway, patio, and pool deck installations, plus streets or commercial plazas across Clay Brick, Concrete Paver, Segmental Retaining Wall, Hardscape Product Combination, Porcelain Paver, Natural Stone, Outdoor…

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General Shale optimizes legacy, new brands in Meridian Brick assimilation

Sources: General Shale, Johnson City, Tenn.; CP staff General Shale, the top producer of clay brick and sustainable building solutions in North America, has adopted the Canada Brick, Michigan Brick and Red River Brick brands to succeed the production and sales locations of Meridian Brick, acquired earlier this fall. The company is also assigning established and highly regarded General Shale…

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Glen-Gery ushers Australia’s Brickworks into North America

Sources: Glen-Gery Corp., Wyomissing, Pa.; CP staff

A major player in U.S. brick production and distribution is set to change hands by year’s end as its parent company focuses on core United Kingdom markets. Ibstock plc of Leicestershire, England, has entered into an agreement to sell Glen-Gery Corp. to Brickworks Ltd. of New South Wales, Australia, for $110 million.

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Five-year outlook report paints solid gains for unit masonry

Sources: Freedonia Group, Cleveland; CP staff

U.S. demand for clay or concrete brick and block is forecast to rise 8.8 percent per annum from a $5.8 billion base in 2013 to $8.9 billion by 2018. Recovery across all building and construction market segments will be the primary driver as unit masonry shipments improve from declines rooted in the 2006 home building market contraction and subsequent economic recession.

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