Our Story | History of Triangle Brick Company

Our Story: History of Triangle Brick Company

Read on to learn more about how Triangle Brick Company got its start — and how we’ve grown in size, capacity and innovation over the past 50+ years that we’ve been in business!


1959 - Triangle Brick Company was incorporated by three veterans of the brick industry in North Carolina.

1960 - The original manufacturing facility, with a capacity of 25 million bricks a year, opens on Highway 55 on the southern edge of Durham.

1965 - Manufacturing expansion doubles annual production capacity to 70 million bricks.

1968 - Triangle Brick is one of the first brick companies in the US to completely automate the manufacturing process.

1973 - A second plant opens in Carpenter near the Durham-Wake County line, two miles from the original plant. Total capacity increases to 105 million bricks.

1979 - Triangle brick is purchased by Wilhelm Roeben, a fourth-generation brick manufacturer.

1991 - A new plant, with an annual capacity of 50 million bricks, opens at Merry Oaks on the Wake-Chatham County line.

1993 - A second kiln at Merry Oaks goes into operation, doubling the plant’s production capacity.

Early 1990s - The Merry Oaks manufacturing facility is regarded as the most technologically advanced in the industry, using automation and computerization to improve the way brick is crafted, fired, inspected and delivered. Meanwhile, the original Durham plants are phased out of operation.

1999 - The second plant at Merry Oaks opens with an additional capacity of 100 million bricks a year. The company’s total production capacity reaches 240 million. The new plant has one of the largest kilns ever built in the US, and two of the world’s highest capacity industrial robots are used in dehacking and packaging.

2000 - At the turn of the century, 40 years after beginning operation, the company is selling bricks to customers in over 30 states and Canada. The majority of Triangle Brick products continue to be bought and used in North Carolina.

2001 - A new plant, with an annual capacity of 110 million bricks per year opens in Wadesboro, NC in Anson County. With the opening of this plant, the company becomes the fastest-growing brick manufacturer in the country. By mid-year, the new plant is at capacity, and all production is sold as it comes off the line. Triangle Brick’s Half Pack™ Technology is also introduced.

2004 - Construction is completed and production starts at the second plant at Wadesboro.

2011 - The company’s new, state-of-the-art Design Center, Brick Garden and Headquarters were completed.

2014 - Ownership was passed down to Wilhem Renke Roeben, fifth-generation brick maker.

2014 - Construction begins on our Clay County Plant in Henrietta, Texas.

Since 1959, Triangle Brick has been the brick manufacturer of choice for residential and commercial customers in over 30 states across the US. Questions about our company, products or services? Take a look at our FAQs page.