(Milford, NH) – With an intent focus on employing local craftsmen and becoming the region’s premier building materials provider, R.J. Finlay & Co. today proudly welcomed Vermont Brick to its rapidly growing family of companies. As the first Vermont manufacturer in 75 years to produce a distinctive style of brick known as “waterstruck,” Vermont Brick has built a loyal following, providing the face to many of the region’s most recognized public buildings and academic campuses.
Robert Finlay, Chief Executive Officer of R.J. Finlay & Co. said: “This is New England handcraftsmanship in the truest sense. The bricks produced by Vermont Brick are some of the most unique and lasting you’ll find anywhere on the market. Its production staff is among the hardest working. We are thrilled to have them as part of the R.J. Finlay & Co. team, making us that much stronger as a full-service provider of building services throughout the region.”
Shawn Kelly, Plant Manager of Vermont Brick, added: “We are excited to be joining a company with the reputation, resources, and commitment to quality that R.J. Finlay & Co. has. This partnership solidifies Vermont Brick’s viability for many decades to come, providing a foundation for future growth and enabling us to continue providing the absolute best product to our customers and builders.”
Located near picturesque Lake Champlain in Highgate Center, VT, Vermont Brick (www.vermontbrick.com) is among the region’s only producers of waterstruck brick, so named for its unique, centuries-old mud molding process, and known for its resilience and classic look. Today, the list of buildings adorned by Vermont Waterstruck Brick includes the University of New Hampshire, the University of Connecticut, Daniel Webster College, and dozens of libraries, municipal offices and corporate headquarters throughout New England.
In R.J. Finlay & Co., Vermont Natural Colored Stone joins a rapidly growing regional brand that spans nine companies and includes: Morin Brick, of Auburn, ME, another of the Northeast’s proudest and oldest brick making traditions; Keiser Industries, of Oxford, ME, a regional leader in modular construction; Vermont Natural Colored Stone, a century-plus-old manufacturer of the region’s finest slate products; Aûke Timberlands, a lumber provider committed to responsible cultivation and to fostering a healthy and sustainable ecosystem; A.B. Lloyd, LLC, a construction manager focusing on green initiatives and long-term sustainability for multi-family and commercial properties; and Tax Credit Asset Management, LLC, a Boston-based independent, specialty investment manager committed to the long-term sustainability of affordable housing.