1960 Flake and Perk build a new 5300sf headquarter building at the corner of 27th & Shorefair Dr. with a larger yard and outdoor displays. This is part of a $600,000 capital improvement package that also improves grinding, drying and kiln firing at all plants. The new office is still our headquarters today 54 years later.
1967 Flake Jr. leads development of a low cost brick house ($7500) in conjunction with the NC brick association. 1st home built near Durham and targets low income families and public housing.
1970 Pine Hall Brick Builds $1.8M Plant at Madison facility (plant 4). Expansion brings total brick capacity to 1.8 million bricks per week making PHB the 3rd largest brick company in NC. Kilns fire 24 hours per day, 7 days a week at a peak temperature of 1960 degrees. Company employs 255 people with annual sales over $4 million.
1978 Waste sawdust, destined for landfill, recovered to use as fuel for kilns at plant 3. Plant 4 adopts same environmentally friendly technology in 1981 and the kilns are still firing with sawdust today.
1989 Current President and CEO, Fletcher Steele, appointed President of Pine Hall Brick. “Fletch” started with PHB in 1976 and he is a cousin of Flake and Perk.
1996 Pine Hall Brick opens state-of-the-art clay paver plant in Madison, NC (plant 5). Utilizing technology found in only 2 plants in the world and applying it to making pavers, PHB becomes the largest supplier of clay pavers in the US after several years due to superior size and color control. Fletch receives the brick industry’s Outstanding Achievement Award in 2002 for this innovation.
1997 PHB celebrates 75th yr anniversary and holds a local contest to find the oldest PHB home. 2 customers come forward with houses completed in 1924. Not many manufacturers can say that a large portion of their product sold over time is still in use today. Brick lasts a long time.