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According to U.S. government statistics, North Carolina is now known as the â€œBrick Capital of the Nation.â€ One-tenth of all brick produced in the country, roughly more than half a billion brick, comes from the state.
Boren Clay Products Company, founded in 1946 by Orton and Addison Boren, has headquarters in Pleasant Garden near Greensboro. The privately-held company makes over 320 million brick a year. Boren makes one of every nine brick produced in the country, and one out of every four produced in North Carolina.
North Carolina ranks as the nation's leading producer of brick. In 1983, nearly 840 million brick were produced, compared to 5.8 billion nationwide. About 57 percent of North Carolina's production is used within the state.