Monday morning the Times reporter, on invitation, visited the Brick Plant of Thomas Cisler. On arrival we found that Mr. Cisler was running his plant to its full capacity, employing from twenty-five to thirty men.
His new pressed brick machine turns out some fine bricks, which, when they come out of the machine, seem almost hard enough to use without burning. This machine is of the Boyd pattern and has a capacity of 10,000 brick daily. The dry clay is shoveled into it and, after being ground, is run through sieves and carried into the press by buckets and a chute, where it is, in the mold, subjected to a pressure of three hundred tons. From the press the bricks are carried on trams to the kiln.
When the reporter visited the plant the workmen were busy putting in the last bricks in the kiln and preparing it for burning, which was begun that afternoon. In this kiln there are about 200,000 common brick and 100,000 pressed brick. It will be ready to open about Christmas.
In making his pressed brick Mr. Cisler uses red clay which he gets from "College Hill," which he recently purchased from the college. This clay contains considerable iron, which gives color and strength to the brick.
The building in which both the common and pressed brick are made is about 200 feet by 50 feet, and contains all the machinery, engine, boiler and dry room for the common brick.
It is Mr. Cisler's intention to build another kiln, making three in all, in the spring and should trade justify it will put in another pressed brick machine.