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W.Va. brick company's land purchase recorded

January 04, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Continental Brick Co. appears to have purchased land in southwestern Berkeley County that the company has been evaluating for a viable shale supply for manufacturing brick, according to a deed filed Thursday at Berkeley County Clerk John W. Small Jr.'s office.

Three parcels of land off Dominion Road in Gerrardstown, W.Va., was purchased by the company for $2,608,824 from the estate of the late Helmi E. Carr, according to the deed, which was prepared by Richard R. Saunders Jr., a Leesburg, Va., attorney who also is co-executor of Carr's estate.

Seven days ago, Don Sult, vice president of operations for Continental Brick Co., would not elaborate on the company's intentions or whether the current available supply of shale used for making bricks at their plant site off Charles Town Road was running low.

"We haven't bought anything," Sult said on Dec. 28.

In the letter faxed to a property owner in Gerrardstown, W.Va., Sult said right-of-way access though the owner's property off W.Va. 51 would provide the company a more direct path from the Carr property.

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Sult said in his letter the company's evaluation was in a preliminary stage and "far from certain" that the shale on the Carr property was suitable for manufacturing brick.

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