A North Carolina brick maker has applied with the Texas Commissioner on Environmental Quality for an air quality permit, a necessary step in the proposed construction of a manufacturing facility in Clay County.
Triangle Brick Company, headquartered in Durham, N.C., is seeking an air quality permit that would allow construction on a site located approximately 10 miles south of Henrietta on Hwy. 287. Triangle Brick filed the application with TCEQ on March 19. The application became available for public review on Thursday, and has been posted at Edwards Public Library.
Triangle Brick Company purchased 1,000 acres located between Henrietta and Bellevue under the name SFN Associates from Terrill and Sammie Horton in August 2011. According to previous Pioneer Sentinel reports, the company faced challenges with water and infrastructure. The manufacture conducted feasibility studies last year. Brick manufacturing requires railroad access and water for production, which could be supplied from effluent discharged from the City of Henrietta’s south wastewater treatment facilities.
Rick Langford, economic development director for the City of Henrietta, has assisted the county by working closely with Governor Rick Perry’s office to offer assistance to the manufacturer. Langford said Friday he could not comment on new developments in the project due to a confidentiality agreement, but expects the company to announce plans in the near future.
A representative of the company was not available for comment.
The company could employ as many as 50 people in the proposed facility. Property taxes levied on the manufacturing site would benefit the independent school districts of Henrietta and Bellevue.
Triangle Brick was founded in 1959 and has plants in Carpenter, Merry Oaks and Wadesboro, N.C.