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Columbus building new jobs with arrival of sustainable brick maker

COLUMBUS, Mississippi – Sustainable building products maker CalStar is setting up manufacturing operations in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park. The company will hire 17 workers when the plant opens in the first quarter of 2014 and increase to 58 employees over three years.

CS_Logo_Final_4C_1Wisconsin-based CalStar is putting $8 million into a 100,000-square-foot building shell in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park with plans to build out the facility beginning this summer. The plant will produce the full line of CalStar’s masonry products, including bricks, pavers, Thru-Wall units and cast stone.

CalStar needs the new capacity to accommodate its expanding product offerings, said CalStar CEO Joel Rood. “Columbus is an ideal setting for the new plant, with a central location in the South, an able labor force and a strong government and business leadership.”

The Mississippi Development Authority helped with site preparation and the completion of the building. Lowndes County provided help as well.

Founded in Silicon Valley, CalStar makes masonry products that include up to 37 percent recycled content and eliminates the need for kiln-firing, typical or traditional clay brick or the use of Portland cement, which is used to bind concrete masonry products. As a result, each product requires up to 81 percent less energy to manufacture while emitting up to 84 percent less carbon dioxide, the company says.


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