Poor Boy Lawncare & Landscaping, General Shale Recognized for King University Restoration Project

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — General Shale, one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers, and Poor Boy Lawncare & Landscaping received an honorable mention in the 2017 Hardscapes North America (HNA) Awards for a King University restoration project.

The awards are the North American Hardscape Industry’s top honors for outstanding, professionally designed residential and commercial outdoor projects. First-place and honorable mention awards are presented annually for projects featuring clay, concrete or porcelain pavers, segmental retaining walls, or a combination of hardscape products, including natural stone, masonry veneer and mortared walls.

Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, General Shale is the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world’s oldest green building materials.

More than 55,000 of the company’s wire-cut red clay brick pavers were used in the restoration of King University’s Oval, an iconic walkway and community space that occupies the heart of the school’s main campus in Bristol, Tennessee. The entrances to King’s Chapel, Parks Hall and the E.W. King Library were included as part of the project.

“We are delighted that our clay brick pavers have been incorporated into King University’s campus,” says Charles Smith, president and CEO for General Shale. “The Oval is a central feature of this 150-year-old institution, and it’s an honor that the timelessness and durability of our products were chosen to preserve and maintain the beauty of King’s historic grounds.”

BurWil Construction Company of Bristol, Tennessee, served as the general contractor for the project, and Poor Boy Lawncare & Landscaping of Johnson City served as the subcontractor. Representatives of Thompson & Litton in Bristol and the Brick Industry Association recommended the design for the restoration.

General Shale’s product played a key role in maintaining the 19th-century Georgian style of the Oval, which reflects the architectural theme of King’s campus. The walkway, which was first paved with bricks in 1962, had shifted and settled from decades of foot traffic and weathering, creating the need for repair and refurbishment.

“Over time, the Oval had deteriorated from long-term use and weather,” says Adam Dennison, owner of Poor Boy Lawncare & Landscaping. “King wanted the clay brick pavers to not only be durable, but also match the feel of the campus and its surrounding buildings, and General Shale had the perfect product.”

Restoration took place over a three-month period during the summer of 2015. The new surface does not incorporate the use of mortar, which makes the pathway more durable and easier to maintain.

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers. Founded in 1928, the company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures in a wide variety of masonry materials to complete any residential, commercial or specialty architectural project. These materials include brick, thin masonry, stone, outdoor living products, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft® Stone, Columbus Brick and Pipelife Jet Stream products.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates sales and manufacturing facilities in 15 states and provinces, in addition to a network of 31 retail showrooms and more than 300 affiliated distributors across North America. The company grew even stronger in 1999 when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is General Shale’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

General Shale is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

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General Shale Announces Acquisition of Columbus Brick Company

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — General Shale, a leading U.S. manufacturer of brick, today announced that it has acquired Columbus Brick Company, a family-owned manufacturer located in Columbus, Mississippi.

The acquisition adds a robust portfolio to General Shale’s extensive masonry lines, and expands the company’s presence into new geographic areas yielding high levels of brick wall share.

“Along with introducing a unique, premium brick line into General Shale’s product offerings, Columbus Brick Company brings a well-cultivated customer base that spans 18 states,” says Charles Smith, president and CEO of General Shale. “Columbus Brick delivers a long track record of high-quality products, as well as distribution channels that ideally complement our own delivery system. The acquisition provides General Shale with the opportunity to increase our U.S. footprint through additional locations in the Midwest and South, and we are excited to bring this outstanding company under our umbrella.”

Columbus Brick Company is a family-owned, fourth-generation company that manufactures a variety of face bricks and custom shapes in a broad range of colors, textures and styles for residential and commercial applications. Established in 1890, the company is the only U.S. brick manufacturer to offer genuine paper cut brick. Columbus Brick can manufacture a maximum of 140 million brick units annually and employs 75 individuals.

Going forward, Columbus Brick Company will retain its name as a subsidiary of General Shale and fall under the leadership of Charles Smith. Al Puckett, Columbus Brick’s former CEO, will serve the company in an advisory capacity, and Ed Thebaud, general manager, will continue to oversee day-to-day operations.

Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, General Shale is the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer. The company is one of the largest North American brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers. With a sizeable network of sales facilities, retail showrooms and affiliate distributors, General Shale is present in more than 15 states and provinces throughout North America. The company was founded in 1928 and currently employs 1,270 individuals.

“This acquisition demonstrates General Shale’s commitment to advancing our mission, which is to remain the preferred solutions provider of building materials in North America,” Smith says. “It also ensures Columbus Brick’s exceptional masonry products will remain in the marketplace for many more years to come. Both companies are committed to maintaining our solid customer and distributor relationships, and we will continue to support those relationships going forward.”

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers. Founded in 1928, the company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures in a wide variety of masonry materials to complete any residential, commercial or specialty architectural project. These materials include brick, thin masonry, stone, outdoor living products, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft® Stone and Pipelife Jet Stream products.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates sales and manufacturing facilities in 15 states and provinces, in addition to a network of 31 retail showrooms and more than 300 affiliated distributors across North America. The company grew even stronger in 1999 when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is General Shale’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

General Shale is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

 

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General Shale Introduces Industry-Unique Impressionist Brick Series

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — General Shale, one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers, announces the launch of its new Impressionist Brick Series, which provides architects with longer, thinner brick units for unique and sophisticated design options in both commercial and residential projects.

Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, General Shale is the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world’s oldest green building materials.

Offered in brown, gray and red tones with two distinct textures, the Impressionist Brick Series is defined by exaggerated unit lengths and shallow face heights. With demand for elongated bricks continuing to grow, this new product line enables architects to bring a fresh dimension to their projects by emphasizing the linearity of a building’s façade, resulting in a dramatic visual presentation.

“The Impressionist Brick Series delivers additional choices for establishing creative impact, and lends itself well to the rectilinear design trend seen in many of today’s architectural projects,” says Charles Smith, president and CEO of General Shale. “Longer, thinner brick units are striking elements for contemporary designs, and allow architects to achieve that aesthetic, whether by using them in a singular bond pattern across the entire façade or by combining varying patterns for a stunning effect.”

Whether incorporating the brick with matching mortar for a monolithic effect, using contrasting mortar for visual interest, or mixing brick sizes to achieve a multi-layered pattern, Impressionist’s wider profiles offer more opportunities for architectural designers who seek to establish a distinctively modern look, while retaining all the benefits of masonry walls.

Along with bringing timeless appeal to new residential and commercial builds, the Impressionist Brick Series may also be coordinated with older, historic brickwork to impart a more contemporary aspect to a project, allowing a renovation to successfully bridge the gap between traditional and modern design.

The Impressionist Brick Series is available in Andover, Rothwell and Wexford Fog in a wire-cut texture, and Bedford Brown, Keswick and Manchester in a smooth finish.

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers. Founded in 1928, the company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures in a wide variety of masonry materials to complete any residential, commercial or specialty architectural project. These materials include brick, thin masonry, stone, outdoor living products, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft® Stone and Pipelife Jet Stream products.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates manufacturing facilities in nine states and provinces, in addition to a network of more than 40 retail showrooms and over 300 affiliated distributors across North America. The company grew even stronger in 1999 when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is General Shale’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

General Shale is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

 

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General Shale’s North Carolina Locations Receive Top Honors in State Safety Awards

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Multiple locations of General Shale, one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers, recently received the North Carolina Department of Labor’s (NCDOL) top annual award for safety.

For the sixth consecutive year, the NCDOL presented the Gold Award, which recognizes outstanding health and safety efforts in 2016, to each of General Shale’s retail locations in Charlotte, Kernersville, Raleigh and Sanford. Additionally, General Shale’s retail location in Wilmington received the Gold Award for the seventh consecutive year. The company’s Brickhaven production facility, near Moncure, received a Silver Award.

Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, General Shale is the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world’s oldest green building materials.

“At General Shale, safety is one of our core values,” says Charles Smith, president and CEO of General Shale. “These awards are the direct result of teamwork and our company-wide commitment to workplace safety. I am proud of the dedication displayed by our North Carolina teams, and I commend them for their exceptional records of accident-free operations.”

The NCDOL Safety Awards Program recognizes private and public firms throughout the state that achieve and maintain good health and safety records. To qualify for a safety award, a company must have had no fatalities during the calendar year at the location for which the award was given, and must have maintained an incidence rate that is at least 50 percent below the average for its particular industry group.

“It is an honor to be recognized for excellence in safety,” says Brian Ogle, safety and risk manager for General Shale. “We have gone to great lengths to ensure our employees, who are our most valuable assets, are safe on the job, and our company remains committed to making safety a top priority.”

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers. Founded in 1928, the company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures in a wide variety of masonry materials to complete any residential, commercial or specialty architectural project. These materials include brick, thin masonry, stone, outdoor living products, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft® Stone and Pipelife Jet Stream products.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates sales and manufacturing facilities in 15 states and provinces, in addition to a network of 31 retail showrooms and more than 300 affiliated distributors across North America. The company grew even stronger in 1999 when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is General Shale’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

General Shale is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

 

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General Shale to Honor Local Educators at Fourth Annual History & Hero Night

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — General Shale is teaming up with the Johnson City Cardinals to honor local teachers and educators during the Cardinals’ matchup with the Princeton Rays at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 4.

The fourth annual General Shale History & Hero Night — to be held at Howard Johnson Field at the TVA Credit Union Ballpark — will recognize several of the area’s finest educators for their exceptional service to students in the community. The honorees will be presented with commemorative brick sculptures at each half-inning.

“By preparing the next generation for a successful future, teachers serve one of the most critical roles found in any town or city, and General Shale is proud to honor our own local heroes for their dedication to the students in our area,” says Charles Smith, president and CEO of General Shale. “We are delighted to pay tribute to these educators for their outstanding commitment to making a difference, not only in the lives of our students, but to this community our company is pleased to call home.”

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers. Founded in 1928, the company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures in a wide variety of masonry materials to complete any residential, commercial or specialty architectural project. These materials include brick, thin masonry, stone, outdoor living products, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft® Stone and Pipelife Jet Stream products.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates manufacturing facilities in nine states and provinces, in addition to a network of more than 40 retail showrooms and over 300 affiliated distributors across North America. The company grew even stronger in 1999 when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is General Shale’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

General Shale is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

 

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General Shale Wins Industry Awards for Brick in Architecture Projects

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Two projects featuring General Shale products have been recognized by the Brick Industry Association (BIA) as winners in the 2017 Brick in Architecture awards competition.

General Shale received a Gold Award in the Municipal/Government category for the Beardsley Community Farm Education Center, a nonprofit urban farm located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Completed in 2016, the education center is a design/build project that involved more than 50 students from the University of Tennessee School of Architecture and Design, and provides a valuable tool for teaching sustainable farming practices to the surrounding community. More than 30,000 General Shale brick units were used to construct triple-width brick walls for the education center, providing superior energy efficiency and helping the project meet the requirements for LEED Gold certification.

The company also received a Gold Award in the Residential: Multi-Family category for The Jefferson condominium building, located in New York City’s East Village. Situated on the former site of the city’s first vaudeville theater, the 115,000-square-foot project was constructed in 2013 — 100 years after its namesake — and was awarded LEED Gold certification in 2016. Reminiscent of a theater’s proscenium stage, The Jefferson’s prominent center frames the building’s façade with dark brick piers — a charcoal brick blend provided by General Shale. This brick accent offers a compelling contrast to the façade’s predominantly light brick, which echoes the beauty of masonry used throughout the neighborhood.

The nation’s premier architectural award featuring clay brick, the Brick in Architecture Awards have been held annually since 1989. Judged by independent design professionals, the awards recognize outstanding designs that combine genuine clay brick with aesthetics and sustainability.

“General Shale is honored to be recognized by industry professionals for these two exceptional projects,” says Charles Smith, president and CEO of General Shale. “Both of these projects are excellent examples of innovative architecture featuring brick, with outstanding results. We are pleased to see our products continue to be featured in award-winning designs.”

Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, General Shale is the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world’s oldest green building materials.

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers. Founded in 1928, the company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures in a wide variety of masonry materials to complete any residential, commercial or specialty architectural project. These materials include brick, thin masonry, stone, outdoor living products, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft® Stone and Pipelife Jet Stream products.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates manufacturing facilities in nine states and provinces, in addition to a network of more than 40 retail showrooms and over 300 affiliated distributors across North America. The company grew even stronger in 1999 when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is General Shale’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

General Shale is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

 

 

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General Shale Introduces New Additions to Denver-Based Architectural Classics Brick Series

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — General Shale has added three new products to its Denver, Colorado-based Architectural Classics brick series — providing builders, architects and designers with soft tones and natural hues for meeting contemporary design trends.

Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, General Shale is the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world’s oldest green building materials.

The new brick selections — Honeycomb, Java and Parchment — harness the soft colors provided by rich clays sourced at the base of the Rocky Mountains.

“General Shale is proud to introduce three all-new masonry colors to one of our best-selling brick collections,” says General Shale President and CEO Charles Smith. “These newest products provide homeowners and industry professionals with unique-looking and durable products, and reflect our commitment to meeting the design and fashion needs of the brick industry.”

General Shale’s Architectural Classics Series features a broad range of 23 modern color options that complement other General Shale products. The collection is suitable for designers and architects to use as a primary cladding or accent layer for residential and commercial projects.

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers, supplying a wide variety of masonry materials for residential, commercial and specialty architectural projects. These materials include brick, thin veneers, stone, outdoor living kits, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft Stone Products. The company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures to complete any building project. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is the company’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates manufacturing facilities in nine states and provinces, in addition to a network of more than 40 retail showrooms and over 300 affiliated distributors across North America. In 1999, General Shale grew even stronger when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer.

General Shale was founded in 1928 and is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

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General Shale Honors First Responders at Third Annual History & Hero Night

The third annual History & Hero Night ― held at Friday’s game at Howard Johnson Field at the TVA Credit Union Ballpark ― recognized several of the area’s first responders for their exceptional service to the community.

Headquartered in Johnson City, General Shale is the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world’s oldest green building materials.

“General Shale is proud to honor these dedicated local heroes for their outstanding service to Johnson City and Washington County,” said Charles Smith, president and CEO of General Shale. “The commitment each of these individuals makes every day to ensure our safety and well-being is a big part of what makes our community such a wonderful place to live. We thank them for their hard work and sacrifice to make a difference in this great place General Shale is proud to call home.”

General Shale presented commemorative brick sculptures to seven public servants representing law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics from Johnson City and Washington County. These include:

Scott Wiseman, safety assistant with BAE Systems and 17-year member of Washington County Rescue Services, holding the rank of captain. Wiseman serves on the agency’s specialty teams, including technical rope rescue, swift water rescue, and dive rescue and recovery, and is a board member of Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Medical Services.

Jason Honeycutt, master police officer 2 with the Johnson City Police Department. Honeycutt has worked for the department for 15 years. He also served in U.S. Army infantry for 13 years, with deployments to Bosnia and Iraq, and retired with the rank of sergeant first class.

Mark Finucane, who retired from his position as assistant chief with the Johnson City Fire Department and served as a firefighter for 27 years. He currently works as an instructor for the community emergency response team and as adjunct instructor for the Northeast Tennessee Regional Fire Training School. Finucane is also chair of the Tennessee’s Firefighting Personnel Standards and Education Commission.

Kevin Colbaugh, who has been a firefighter paramedic for 26 years. Colbaugh serves as a field training officer for new team members. He was awarded Tennessee’s highest honor ― Colonel, Aide de Camp, Governor’s staff — as a result of his numerous lifesaving efforts.

Adam Lunceford, master police officer with the Johnson City Police Department. A nine-year department veteran, Lunceford is an evidence technician, crisis intervention officer and field training officer on patrol for platoon three, and has also served on the department’s honor guard. He also serves as staff sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserves.

Jeff Stork, officer with the Johnson City Police Department for the past 24 years. Stork has served as past vice president of both the Fraternal Order of Police and the Police Benevolence Association. He was accompanied by his partner, K9 Officer Storm, a patrol and narcotics detective credited with more than 75 arrests during his 10-year career with the department.

Bobbie Ingram, EMT IV Tech with Washington County, Johnson City Emergency Medical Services. Ingram has served with the EMS for nearly a decade

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers, supplying a wide variety of masonry materials for residential, commercial and specialty architectural projects. These materials include brick, thin veneers, stone, outdoor living kits, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft® Stone Products. The company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures to complete any building project. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is the company’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates manufacturing facilities in nine states and provinces, in addition to a network of more than 40 retail showrooms and over 300 affiliated distributors across North America. In 1999, General Shale grew even stronger when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer.

General Shale was founded in 1928 and is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

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General Shale to Hold Regional Qualifying Event for World’s Best Bricklayer Competition

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — The region’s top masons will compete for a shot to earn the title of “World’s Best Bricklayer” during a qualifying competition on Saturday, Aug. 15, at General Shale’s Piney Flats, Tennessee, location.

General Shale will sponsor the East Tennessee SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® Regional Competition, where two-person masonry teams — each consisting of a bricklayer and a mason tender ― will take up their trowels and compete for the title of “East Tennessee’s Best Bricklayer.” The winner will earn a free trip to the World Championship event in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 2016.

Headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee, General Shale is the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world’s oldest green building materials.

The East Tennessee regional event will take place at 10 a.m. at General Shale, 909 Mountain View Drive in Piney Flats. Prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners, including the SPEC MIX TOP CRAFTSMAN® for the “most sellable” wall.

In addition to watching the battle for the title, spectators will have the opportunity to enjoy food, games, giveaways, cash prizes and more.

Since 2003, the best bricklayer in North America has been determined at the annual world championship competition. First-place winners from 20 regional competitions, to be held from August through November at locations throughout the United States and Canada, will put their skill, speed and stamina to the test on Feb. 3, 2016, in Las Vegas as they compete for cash and prizes valued at more than $100,000.

Fred Campbell of Greeneville, Tennessee, who won last year’s East Tennessee Regional Competition, went on to become the 2015 World Champion. Campbell has won the competition twice in the last three years.

“Last year’s event in Piney Flats featured the eventual world champion, so we know this year’s competition will once again showcase some of the country’s most skilled masons,” says Charles Smith, president and CEO of General Shale. “We are proud to sponsor this local qualifying event for what is recognized as the largest and most lucrative masonry competition in the world.”

To sign up for the regional competition at General Shale, contact Ryan Coyne at 404-702-5944 or at rcoyne@quikrete.com, or visit www.specmixbricklayer500.com.

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers, supplying a wide variety of masonry materials for residential, commercial and specialty architectural projects. These materials include brick, thin veneers, stone, outdoor living kits, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft® Stone Products. The company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures to complete any building project. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is the company’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates manufacturing facilities in nine states and provinces, in addition to a network of more than 40 retail showrooms and over 300 affiliated distributors across North America. In 1999, General Shale grew even stronger when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer.

General Shale was founded in 1928 and is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

 

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General Shale Honors Community, Military Leaders at Second Annual History & Hero Night

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — General Shale teamed up with the Johnson City Cardinals earlier this week to once again honor several local heroes.

The second annual History & Hero Night ― held at Monday’s game at Howard Johnson Field ― recognized community leaders who have contributed both to Johnson City’s success and to their country through the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Johnson City, Tennessee-based company presented commemorative brick sculptures to nine of Johnson City’s leading citizens from several disciplines within the city — including the banking, business, healthcare and higher education sectors — and from a variety of military backgrounds.

General Shale is the North American subsidiary of Wienerberger AG and a leading manufacturer of brick, one of the world’s oldest green building materials.

“General Shale is proud to honor nine heroes who have not only served our community through their careers and volunteerism, but have served our country through distinguished military service,” said Charles Smith, president and CEO of General Shale. “The many contributions and sacrifices of these individuals is what makes our community such a great place to live and work.”

General Shale presented the following individuals with a History & Hero award:

Col. Tommy Burleson, president of Burleson Construction Co., Inc., served in Desert Storm, and retired from military service after more than 30 years in active and reserve service in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He has served the community through service on a number of boards, including the Mountain States Health Alliance board of directors, the Johnson City Housing Authority board of commissioners, and the Milligan College board of trustees.

Phil Carriger began his military service in 1966 in the U.S. Air Force, where he received the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1970 with the rank of staff sergeant. He currently serves on the Bank of Tennessee’s board of directors after a nearly four-decade-long banking career. A former city commissioner and vice mayor, he has served the community through various boards and committees, including the ETSU Research Foundation board of directors, the Johnson City Power Board board of directors, and the Johnson City area board of directors for Junior Achievement of Tri-Cities TN/VA.

Capt. William A. Coleman, Jr. retired from the U.S. Navy after more than 27 years of service, including nearly 20 years at sea aboard eight different ships. He served as the commanding officer on four of those vessels, and was the youngest African-American commanding officer of a U.S. Navy warship. Following his retirement, he served as associate vice president and director of human resources at ETSU for more than 11 years. He has served on numerous community boards and committees, including chairman of the Johnson City Power Board’s board of directors.

Lt. Col. Harry Gibson served in the U.S. Army in Desert Storm and Desert Shield. His military honors include the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit and the Kuwait Libertarian Medal. Currently president and CEO of M & M Properties, Inc., his contributions to the community include serving as chairman of the Johnson City Schools board of education and the Johnson City Parks and Recreation advisory board, and support of area youth athletic programs.

Louie Gump, president of Impact Management, began his military service while a student NROTC battalion commander at the University of North Carolina, and continued as an officer in the U.S. Navy, serving two years of active duty on the USS O’Brien. He has served on numerous local boards and committees, including the president’s executive council at Milligan College and the ETSU Foundation board of directors, among many others.

Lt. Col. Lori Hagen, director of quality and improvement at the Mountain Home Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, served in Desert Storm and retired after 20 years of service in the U.S. Army Reserves and U.S. Air Force Reserves. With more than 30 years of federal service, she has helped the VA Medical Center obtain Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recognition. She has also served on various youth and high school soccer boards.

Lt. Gen. Ron Hite retired from the U.S. Army as a three-star general following a distinguished military career that began after his graduation from ETSU. He has commanded at all levels in the Army, with service in several U.S. Army installations across the United States and abroad. He has served on various community boards, including the ETSU Alumni Association board of directors, the ETSU Foundation board of directors, and more.

Lt. Col. Sue Reed is a staff nurse practitioner in ETSU’s College of Nursing, and a family nurse practitioner and director of special populations at the Johnson City Community Health Center. She retired from the U.S. Army last May after 26 years of service, where she was mobilized four times and deployed once during Desert Storm. She was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, five Commendation medals, six Achievement medals and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Rick Storey, senior vice president of Citizens Bank, served with the U.S. Army’s 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam as a platoon sergeant. He also served in Japan and at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He attained the rank of staff sergeant and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in Vietnam. He has worked in banking for more than 40 years. He currently serves as a Washington County commissioner and has been a member of various community boards, including the Johnson City Development Authority, the ETSU Center for Banking, and several others.

ABOUT GENERAL SHALE

General Shale is one of North America’s largest brick, stone and concrete block manufacturers, supplying a wide variety of masonry materials for residential, commercial and specialty architectural projects. These materials include brick, thin veneers, stone, outdoor living kits, concrete block and various building materials, which include Arriscraft Stone Products. The company offers an endless array of sizes, colors and textures to complete any building project. With a life cycle of more than 100 years, the sustainability of brick is the company’s commitment to responsible stewardship.

Throughout the U.S. and Canada, General Shale operates manufacturing facilities in nine states and provinces, in addition to a network of more than 40 retail showrooms and over 300 affiliated distributors across North America. In 1999, General Shale grew even stronger when it joined Wienerberger AG of Vienna, Austria, the world’s largest brick manufacturer.

General Shale was founded in 1928 and is headquartered in Johnson City, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.generalshale.com.

 

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