Hanson Brick Introduces Revolutionary VersaThin

CHARLOTTE, NC – March 8, 2011 – Hanson Brick, North America’s largest brick manufacturer, is introducing VersaThin, the most comprehensive palette of thin brick available. VersaThin is crafted from Hanson Brick’s existing selection of full-face brick, allowing customers to choose from any combination of size, color, texture and coating. This line provides varied styles that are easy to install, low-maintenance, economical and environmentally friendly.

VersaThin – stemming from four regional brick collections – allows for a superior match to existing brick for upgrades, retrofits and expansions. From rustic to contemporary, this flexible product line can be matched to any design or pattern, including roof tile, trim and landscape features by offering the following:
• Ten unique textures
• More than 200 colors in beige, brown, burgundy, grey, orange, pink, red, tan, white and yellow
• 12 coating choices
• ½ inch and custom cut profiles
• Flat and corner cuts

VersaThin is perfect for any project need, both indoors and out, including: precast and tilt-up, prefabricated panel systems, adhesive and mortar applications and masonry or steel framing. It requires no special foundations, supports or footings, so it can be used where full-face brick cannot. When used as siding, VersaThin requires no permits, allowing for lower installation costs and rapid installation.

“At Hanson Brick our goal is to offer innovative solutions for residential and commercial needs,” said Charlie Ward, senior vice president and general manager. “With VersaThin we are able to supply customers with a reliable, durable and extensive selection of thin brick that is unmatched in the industry.”

VersaThin is a sustainable choice, made primarily from natural, non-toxic elements. As brick has no life cycle end, VersaThin can be repurposed into other useful materials. Brick is not flammable, will not react with other materials and does not release chemicals into its surroundings. VersaThin meets ASTM C1088, Grade Exterior, Type TBS standards for durability, uniformity and quality.

Samples are available from your local Hanson Brick representative. Visit Hanson Brick to learn more about VersaThin styles and applications.

About Hanson Brick
Hanson Brick is North America’s largest brick manufacturer. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, our manufacturing facilities in the United States are located in Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas. In Canada, we operate facilities in Ontario and Quebec. Hanson Brick provides superior service and selection of more than 1,000 styles of brick in five regional brick collections.

About Hanson Building Products North America
Hanson Building Products North America is comprised of Hanson Pipe & Precast, Hanson Pressure Pipe, Hanson Structural Precast, Hanson Brick, Hanson Hardscapes and Hanson Roof Tile. Based in Irving, Texas, Hanson Building Products North America employs approximately 4,500 people and operates 150 facilities with products available throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Hanson Building Products North America and its divisions are part of Lehigh
Hanson. Lehigh Hanson is a member of the HeidelbergCement Group, the global leader in aggregates with leading positions in cement, concrete and heavy building materials. The company employs approximately 57,000 people across five continents.