Boral Bricks to reopen; 33 get jobs back

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Boral Bricks Inc. is rehiring 33 employees at its manufacturing plant at 1630 Arthern Road.

The brick manufacturer will reopen one of its plants on Arthern Road, which has been closed since December because of a downturn in the housing industry, said Paul Zimmerman, vice president of manufacturing.

"We've sent recall letters to 33 employees that are on layoff indicating that we want to restart the plant around May 1," Mr. Zimmerman said. "We had idled the plant for inventory purposes in December. We were outproducing the market demand. We ran into an inventory situation and didn't have anywhere to store finished products. So we've had everybody on temporary layoff.";

Boral Bricks has three plants in Augusta and about 150 employees. Employees in accounting, IT and corporate benefits remained in their positions.

The company has another plant at the same site on Arthern Road that is still in operation. It has 18 employees.

"Two of the three plants will be operating," Mr. Zimmerman explained.

A manufacturing facility at 1449 Doug Barnard Parkway also closed temporarily in July. That plant, which remains closed, employed almost 40 workers, he said. Atlanta-based Boral Bricks is the largest brick manufacturer in the United States and operates 23 factories in nine states.

Reach LaTina Emerson at (706) 823-3227 or latina.emerson@augustachronicle.com.


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