A Fort Worth, Texas-based brick manufacturer is closing its sole Colorado facility, in Castle Rock.
Acme Brick Co. told the Colorado labor department in late October it will lay off 42 employees who work at its facility at 401 Prairie Hawk Drive in a four-month period starting Jan. 5.
Acme took control of the Castle Rock facility in 2001 when it purchased Denver Brick Co., according to Acme’s website. Plant operations were halted for part of 2009 and 2010 due to the collapse of the housing market.
In a Friday interview, Acme spokesman Bill Latham attributed the pending closure to soft local demand for brick, and the high cost of shipping brick from Castle Rock to markets with more demand.
Despite Colorado’s recent development boom, Latham said the demand for brick hasn’t rebounded as much locally since the recession as it has elsewhere in the country.
Latham said Acme has about 25 plants producing bricks around the country, with the Castle Rock facility being the only one west of Texas.
Latham said Acme plans to sell the site of its plant in Castle Rock.
CBS4 ran a story on the Castle Rock facility in February, reporting that the plant produces 25 million bricks a year, the majority of which are sent out of state.
Acme notified the state in an effort to comply with the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires large employers to provide advance notice of plant closings and significant layoffs.