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Port Elizabeth-based EP Brick celebrates 80 years this December

Dec 1, 2016
Port Elizabeth-based EP Brick celebrates 80 years this December

Established in 1936 by William Martin, this December sees EP Brick and the third generation of Martins celebrating 80 years of business.

Mining, manufacturing and distributing clay bricks across the Eastern Cape from its Swartkops plant, in Port Elizabeth, three Martin brothers Billy, John and Bruce manage operations today and have done since 1985.

“We are proud of the business we have inherited and continued to grow,” remarks Billy Martin. “Over the years we have ridden the waves the South African economy has endured and stand today with a sustainable business supporting the local community.”

Manufacturing 12 million bricks per annum, its plant it has a team of 74 employed from the local community, working across all its operations. “Our team deliver our high-quality product, and we invest in training for machine operation and handling,” advises Billy.

“We serve the construction industry and the DIY enthusiast and pride ourselves on our product and service.”

And it’s this that the family put their success and longevity down to.

And it’s longevity it knows its plant will see for another 30 years, “we can mine for another 30 years at our Swartkops location,” adds John Martin.

“And come 30 years the next generation will be mining from neighbouring land which we’re looking to secure to keep EP Brick in our family.”

Image: EP Brick was established in 1936 by Bruce, Billy and John Martin’s grandfather William Martin, and the three brothers at the helm since 1985.