What a Beautiful Place to Work

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METROBRICK® and Tilt-Up Construction combined to create the right combination of pleasing aesthetics and functionality for this TAMS computer sales and recycling facility, located near Mount Timpanogus in Lindon, Utah. METROBRICK® was used on a majority of the exterior of the building featuring #507 Empire in a velour finish. The single tone color choice was the perfect compliment for the surrounding scenery.

METROBRICK – Colors, Finishes and Blends to Fit any Design www.metrothinbrick.com

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Thin Brick Advantages – Compared to Full Face Brick

Here is a simple comparison between full bed brick and thin brick. This infographic was created to show potential energy and resource savings when using a wall system that includes thin brick.

This information does not contain all of the factors that come into play when comparing the complete full and thin brick wall systems. Instead, this is designed as a visual representation to show some inherent advantages in using thin brick.

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80% of full brick is never seen. Thin brick allows for more building
options like added insulation and more interior space.

insulationAre you losing energy through your walls? METROBRICK® walls
allow for continuous insulation and create lower utility bills.

Images provided by Thermomass Insulation Systems.

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METROBRICK® requires 8 fewer semi trucks to deliver 25,000
sq. ft. of modular surface coverage as compared to full brick.

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To fire 700,000 pieces, METROBRICK® uses nearly 1/5 the amount
of natural gas than the same surface coverage of full brick.

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METROBRICK® uses 1/5 the amount of material needed to
manufacture the same surface coverage as full brick.

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METROBRICK Important Part of Cancer Research Center Design

Located in Columbus, Ohio, The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute is the patient-care component of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. A combination of METROBRICK® colors and sizes were blended to create the brick pattern on this dynamic and vital building. Over 125,000 square feet of METROBRICK was used throughout. METROBRICK Gallery

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METROBRICK Expands “Fast Ship” Thin Brick Offering

The METROBRICK® Fast Ship Program has always provided customers with an excellent opportunity to get popular METROBRICK  Thin Brick colors fast – many times shipped within five days of placing the order.

Now a great program has gotten even better with the addition of three new colors and a brand new texture.

All fast ship colors have been switched from a velour textured finish to the more popular wire cut texture. Also, three new colors – #505 Monument, #507 Empire and #710 Charcoal have been added to the product line, bringing the total to seven colors..

These changes create a fast ship program that allows customers to meet thin brick needs quickly with both traditional and trending colors. They can use the Fast Ship Program for small to midsize jobs whenever they need thin brick fast.

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Go to metrothinbrick.com/fast-ship-program to learn more.

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Visit us at the 2016 TCA Convention

Visit us at the TCA Convention next week in Denver, Colorado October 10-12. Stop by the METROBRICK table top display at the TCA Convention and see all that METROBRICK has to offer. www.metrothinbrick.com

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Made in the USA for 150 Years

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‘Made in the USA’ is not a phrase we take lightly – we have been saying it for 150 years.

As we look forward to the upcoming 4th of July Celebration, it is a great time for us at Ironrock to reflect on a very special anniversary -150 years of making the highest quality brick and ceramic products.

Ironrock is a fifth generation family owned company located in Canton, Ohio. We have a brick making heritage that dates back to 1866. We are the makers of Metropolitan Ceramics® Quarry Tile and two thin brick products – METROBRICK® and Royal Thin Brick®.

In 150 years, our company has seen a lot of the history that makes up the fabric of the United States, and we have made quite a bit of our own.

We are proud to have provided products along the way to help build our country, from road paving bricks that were the foundation of a budding road system, to durable and slip resisting ceramic tile used in countless buildings throughout the country, to thin brick used to clad a wide variety of buildings.

As we celebrate a storied history, we look forward to a bright future and are proud to say we are Made in the USA.

Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Ironrock.

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New National Sales Manager – Thin Brick

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Rob Schrock

Ironrock is pleased to announce Rob Schrock as the new National Sales Manager – Thin Brick. The National Thin Brick Sales Manager is responsible for meeting and exceeding annual thin brick sales goals, creating and growing a strong national channel of distribution and establishing METROBRICK® and Royal Thin Brick® as leaders in the thin brick market.

In his new role Rob will make presentations to architects and specifiers, distributors, precasters & tilt-wall companies, field applied systems companies and other users and influencers for both the METROBRICK® and Royal Thin Brick® product lines.

Rob has over twenty-five years of construction industry experience. He has extensive experience working in the area of thin brick sales and management, having held positions with both Tabs Wall Systems (2006-2011) and most recently Glen-Gery Corporation (2011 to present).

In his work with thin brick, he has developed new and existing sales markets, increased territorial distribution, helped create and implement new products, worked in customer training, facilitated job site resolutions, and lead numerous architectural presentations.

Rob has a complete understanding of the technical aspects of thin brick construction, having been responsible for construction details, technical management, testing plans and the coordination of ASTM testing.

Help us in welcoming Rob to Ironrock.
He can be reached by phone 616-888-0066
or by e-mail – rschrock@ironrock.com
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METROBRICK in the Windy City

While in Chicago for the Coverings Trade Show, we traveled around the city and its suburbs to take the following pictures of METROBRICK® installations.. These are a few of a number of buildings in the Chicago area that  are finished with METROBRICK Thin Brick.

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Aurora Police Station, Aurora, Illinois

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Oakwood Shores Medical Center and Apartments, Chicago, Illinois

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Naperville Yard Sports Complex, Naperville, Illinois

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Little Company of Mary Hospital, Evergreen Park, Illinois

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METROBRICK, Built on 150 Years of Excellence

This year is a special one for METROBRICK’s parent company Ironrock. This year – 2016 – marks the anniversary of 150 years of high-quality brick and tile manufacturing.

In 1866, Jacob Renkert, the company’s founder, began his career in brick manufacturing. Today, Ironrock remains a fifth generation family owned company located in Canton, Ohio. The company is now under the direction of Guy Renkert, President, and CEO.

As is likely to happen in a span of time that includes two world wars and a great depression, the product focus has changed over the years to meet the demands of the day. For example, Jacob Renkert began his career making fire brick for the iron industry. By 1889, he turned his attention to making paving bricks for an ever expanding roadway system. At one time, the Metropolitan Paving Brick Company was the largest road paving brick manufacturer in the world. The company’s heritage also includes the production of structural glazed facing tile and refractory brick.

In the 1970’s the company saw the need for a durable slip resisting tile product for demanding applications and began to focus on the production of extruded quarry tile. Today Ironrock is well known, under the Metropolitan Ceramics® brand, as the largest quarry tile manufacturer in the United States. It was also at this time that the company began its first inroads into manufacturing thin brick with the development of a thin brick panel system that may have been a bit ahead of its time.

With the introduction of METROBRICK® in 2002, Ironrock built on its heritage and returned to the production of thin brick. This time, Ironrock found the market ready for thin brick solutions. Back when Ironrock entered into quarry tile manufacturing they did so with a brand new production facility, one that was designed to extrude and fire thin material. Having a plant that was designed to extrude thin was a great advantage in manufacturing thin brick.

The system was already in place to give the market the type of thin brick it required, one that was consistent, durable, and dependable. Today, METROBRICK® is specified on buildings throughout the country. And METROBRICK® continues to add to its product offering with additional colors and finishes. The most recent examples are a charcoal color and a vertical wire cut finish available in modular size on both flats and corners.

Ironrock is able to celebrate 150 years in brick and tile manufacturing because of a commitment to doing things the right way combined with a willingness to adapt to the needs of a changing market. METROBRICK® is the culmination of those years of experience and dedication.

One visible example of Ironrock’s commitment has been the addition of automation and robotics over the last number of years at key intervals throughout the production process. And as a visible way to pay homage to generations of family leadership over the years, the company has taken to naming various robots on the production floor after key figures. Names such as Hal, Steve, Harry, Amy, and, of course, Jacob can be seen in bold block letters on various robotic arms. Ironrock continues to provide quality products like METROBRICK® because of this commitment to look forward while still honoring the past.

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METROBRICK Launches New Updated Web Site

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The new responsive website design offers audiences easy navigation of the site on a variety of different media forms. This completely redesigned lay-out makes access to the site on the web, tablet and mobile devise easy.

Metrothinbrick.com also now features an exclusive METROBRICK® Blend Generator. This addition will allow the user to create virtual, custom, color blends in real time. Other features of the blend generator include the capability to create and save a PDF of any custom blend as well as request a sample board of the design.

Information specific to architects has also been condensed and relocated within the newly launched site allowing for a more direct and convenient search experience. The new design and relocation of information has now placed all downloads, specifications, detailed drawings, test results and METROBRICK® product literature in one central location.

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