Jewell, an Oldcastle Company, announced the opening of a new state-of-art 23,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Burnet, Texas, expected to be operational by the end of December 2017. The new plant will service Central Texas, including the Austin and San Antonio markets, and is located on 15-acres with an on-site quarry providing raw materials.

Founded in 1936 with manufacturing operations based in Katy, Waco, Hurst and Rosenberg, Texas -- Jewell services the Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma markets as part of the Oldcastle APG network of companies. Jewell also operates seven distribution facilities in the areas of Houston, Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth.

“Jewell is pleased and excited to bring employment opportunities to the Burnet community with the addition of this new manufacturing business,” said Jewell President Dan Hamblen. “This addition to our existing production facilities will serve a critical role in supplying high growth markets in the residential and commercial sectors throughout our region.”

The facility will be dedicated to Oldcastle’s market-leading concrete and mortar brands, which include Sakrete, Techniseal and Amerimix, serving the DIY, commercial masonry and professional contractor markets. “The new plant allows us to produce our product lines in a very safe and efficient manner and to continue Jewell’s growth in our respective markets,” said Pat Miller, Jewell’s vice president of operations.

“This new, strategic investment in Oldcastle APG/Jewell manufacturing is the latest example of our sustained commitment to masonry and the concrete dry mix industry,” said Tim Ortman, President of Oldcastle APG. “The new facility will help support and grow our Sakrete, Amerimix and Techniseal brands, making them available on a wider scale and fuel continued growth in key markets. Masonry – a time tested and effective solution- remains a central cog in our Architectural Products Group portfolio capable of meeting the needs of today’s market few others can match.”

The plant will support the successful platform that brings Echelon’s Amerimix WRM to the pro masonry market, which now features an ongoing campaign urging contractors to “Ditch the Sand Pile” to save time and job efficiencies with a quality pre-blended mortar. 

Amerimix mortars can be mixed 50 percent faster and are available in a portfolio of masonry colors. 

When used with concrete masonry units that contain Oldcastle’s partner RainBloc GP, the system creates a superior moisture barrier that inhibits water penetration. Sakrete is the company’s easy-to-blend, easy-to-use DIY bagged concrete mix that helps any homeowner complete their outdoor projects.

Techniseal is the perfect complement to Oldcastle’s Belgard concrete pavers as a preferred jointing material. It seals paver joints but remains flexible to prevent cracking.

As Hamblen notes, there have been few concrete dry mix plants constructed in the past few decades, so this state-of-the-art, ultra-modern concrete production facility is very meaningful to the industry, as well as to worker safety, the environment and the local community. “The new plant represents future sustained growth and confidence by Oldcastle, not only in our company and brands, but in the entire industry. We are excited for the future of masonry, both here in Texas and nationwide.”

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