Lawrenceville Brick Expanding in James City County
Date: January 26, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
James City County
Assistant Economic Development Director
Lawrenceville Brick and Masonry Supply
Lawrenceville Brick, the James City County Board of Supervisors, and its Economic Development Authority are pleased to announce Lawrenceville Brick and Masonry Supply’s new facility project.
The company plans to invest $1.5 million in land acquisition, building, and up-fitting of a 26,000 square foot showroom and warehouse in James River Commerce Center. The acquisition will bring an additional 15 jobs to James City County when Lawrenceville Brick opens its new facility in summer, 2007.
Lawrenceville Brick, incorporated in Brunswick County, Virginia, in 1946, provides the construction marketplace in 28 states in the U.S. and Canada with a continuing supply of face and paving brick. The company’s total annual production capacity is over 115 million bricks, accounting for approximately 1% of annual brick shipments in the United States. The James City County warehouse will distribute bricks manufactured in its plants based in Lawrenceville; this includes its Plant #4, widely known as one of the most modern, state-of-the-art brick manufacturing facilities in the U.S. Lawrenceville Brick and Masonry Supply will also carry a full line of masonry accessories, stone and other related products for both the residential and commercial building industry.
Kevin Blackwell, LBMS President, is excited about the new showroom and warehouse in James City County. “This new project, driven by our masonry supply division, will enhance our opportunities to meet and serve the increasing demands of our clients”, said Blackwell. “We knew our sales would improve when we began operations in James City County in the summer of 2004, but we didn’t expect a surge of this magnitude. Our experience in James City County validates our decision to expand.” The company currently leases warehouse space in Toano.
Roberts District Supervisor Bruce Goodson, in whose district the new facility will be located, remarked that he was delighted to see a well-established local company expanding. “Lawrenceville Brick is another example of how our workforce and competitive costs of doing business meet the needs of a growing company in its pursuit of higher productivity and profitability.”
Mark Rinaldi, Chairman of James City County’s Economic Development Authority, also lauded this as another example of the County’s efforts to enlarge its economic base. “Businesses considering expansion have many factors to evaluate in their decision process. We are always pleased when firms like Lawrenceville Brick make the commitment to expand within our borders, especially when they do so by investing new capital and by locating in one of our established business parks,” Rinaldi said.
County Administrator Sandy Wanner added his congratulations. “The advantages afforded to Lawrenceville Brick at James River Commerce Center should help them grow their business regionally. I am pleased for them and happy that the County’s Economic Development Team was able to assist them with this project.”
In addition to facilities in Lawrenceville and James City County, Lawrenceville Brick and Masonry Supply operates a warehouse in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Yadkin Road