In 1902 The Tennessee Paving Brick Company sold its Robbins operation to the Southern Clay Manufacturing Company of Jersey City, New Jersey. This was the same year that the community of Robbins, Tennessee was granted a town charter. Southern Clay Manufacturing imported and applied mass production machinery and techniques to the clay products industry at Robbins. The Robbins plant then began to produce and sell SCM paving bricks, fire and chemical bricks, clay sewer pipe, various construction bricks, and square-2,6, and 9-sectioned telephone line conduit.
The plant was originally powered by steam but in 1925 this system was replaced by diesel engines. Production, which had formerly been at about 3,000 bricks per day rose tremendously. By 1933 at the peak of operation production figures were 80,000 bricks per day, or 50 tons of ... read more