Knoxville Brick Factory to Close at End of Year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- A Knoxville plan that's been in operation since the 1950s is shutting down.

General Shale Brick says they will close their brick manufacturing plant on Riverside Drive at the end of the year.

65 employees will be laid off.

Mark Kinser, General Shale's Vice President of Corporate Development and Marketing cites U.S. housing starts at a 15 year low and the hurting demand for brick as reasons for the plant's closing.

Kinser says the block plant and shipping facility in Knoxville will remain open.

General Shale Brick is based in Johnson City, Tennessee, but has factories and operations across the country.

The Knoxville manufacturing plant's last day in operation will be December 31st.

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