Five of Brickworks US plants forced to close in virus fallout

Five of the 12 brick making plants operated by Brickworks in the United States are to close immediately as fallout spreads from the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

The Sydney company announced today that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf had ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in the state to close their physical locations to slow the spread of Covid-19.

The closure deadline for closure was 8.00 pm Thursday, Pennsylvania time.

Only four days ago Brickworks downgraded its profit outlook for this financial year because of reduced profits in one of its investee businesses.

However at the time the company predicted higher returns from its US operations than in the previous corresponding period.

Brickworks told investors: “This means five of our 12 plants currently in operation will close.

“This includes our plants at Harmer (pictured), Bigler, Hanley, York and Mid Atlantic will close.”

The maker of Austral bricks and Bristile roofing has built up a premium brick making operation in the north-east of the United States, including the leading brand Glen-Gery.

Picture: Brickworks/Redland Brick

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