Springfield brick plant will close permanently
Acme Brick Company on March 23 announced plans to cease its Minnesota operations later this year.
These operations consist of the Great Lakes Plant in Springfield, and a sales office in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina. Together they employ 19 Acme Brick associates.
The Edina sales office will remain open to service customers’ orders through September 30. The Great Lakes Plant in Springfield will not manufacture, but remaining inventory will be available for sale at the Edina facility through September and through select distributors for an extended period of time.
Acme acquired the Great Lakes Plant — Minnesota’s last operating brick plant — in January 2008, along with the sales office and certain other assets of the former Ochs Brick Company.
“We saw an opportunity to preserve brickmaking in Minnesota and to expand our ‘footprint’ into the upper Midwest,” said Bill Lemond, senior vice president of sales. “We also saw a commitment to quality by Ochs associates that matched ours.”
“But market conditions forced us to suspend brickmaking at Springfield in fall 2014,” he added, “and the market has not recovered sufficiently to reopen our plant.”
Acme, America’s largest U.S. owned brick company, was established on April 17, 1891.