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Whitacre Greer’s Waynesburg, OH Plant Circa 1900

The Whitacre Greer plant as it looked in 1905.  Organized in 1902, it set on top of a big basin which at one time connected to the Sandy-Beaver Canal.  The Canal ran thru Malvern soon after 1834, and can clearly be seen on Route 183 to Waynesburg.

Just above the old R.T. Hawke farm it emptied into Big Sandy where there was a dam.  There was evidence of it some 70 years ago.  It proceeded west from the plant near the bridge and thru flat at John Brown Mill, and crossed near the bridge.  The old football field was another basin, and the next was just above the dam.

Rocks from up at the old stone quarry which is visible for miles around atop of Whitacre hill were used for the solid foundation to the machine shop.  Many area residents used this basin to ice skate on and good fishing for bass, when use was discontinued of the canal after railroads came in 1853.  Thanks to F.C. Orland for story and pictures.  (Local Waynesburg newspaper, 1972.)

Whitacre Greer Waynesburg Plant 1900

Whitacre Greer Waynesburg plant

The photo below was taken in 1972 from the same location on the hill above the plant.

Whitacre Greer Waynesburg plant in 1972

Whitacre Greer closed the Waynesburg plant in 1989.  Production of dry-pressed paving brick and low-duty firebrick are now located in Alliance, OH.

Construction Continues on Whitacre Greer’s New Grinding Facility

Construction Continues on Whitacre Greer’s New Grinding Facility

In September, Whitacre Greer began a $3 million dollar improvement project that will replace the 100 year-old manufacturing company’s raw material processing facility.

The project is scheduled for completion March 1 to coincide with the start of production for the the 2012 season. The facility replaces equipment that was a regular bottleneck in the manufacture of both firebrick and paving brick.

The new facility, designed by MECO The Manufacturers Equipment Company includes a McLanahan primary crusher, Hazemag secondary crusher and Bivi-tec screens.

Whitacre Greer New Grinding Facility

McLanahan primary crusher is installed in Whitacre Greer’s new grinding facility.

Ledden Palimeno Landscaping Creates Beautiful Outdoor Living Spaces

New Jersey-based Ledden Palimeno Landscape & Irrigation Contractors provided these terrific photos of two of its projects.  Established in 1986, Ledden Palimeno is one of the Delaware Valley’s most sought after residential design-build landscape contractors.  Contact Joe Palimeno at Ledden Palimeno for additional information.

Ledden Palimeno Landscape Co.
102 Barnsboro Blackwood Road
Sewell, NJ 08080
(856) 468-1700

Products used in these projects were suppled in part by Rock Products / Church Brick South.

Church Brick South / Rock Products
1675 Crown Point Road
West Deptford, NJ 08086
(856) 848-7934

Ledden Palimeno Outdoor Room With Fireplace

Ledden Palimeno Outdoor Living Space With Fireplace


EPA Qualified Fireplaces Reduce Fine Particulate Emissions in Wood Smoke

November 2, 2011

The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that existing wood-burning fireplaces emit on average 12 grams of fine particulate per kilogram of fuel burned. Phase 2 Qualified fireplaces under the EPA’s Voluntary Fireplace Program emit 5.1 g/kg or less, an emission reduction of more than 70%. To date, seven manufacturers have qualified fourteen fireplaces with emission levels varying from 0.68 to 4.8 g/kg. Qualified fireplaces include those of all types of construction, including manufactured metal fireplaces, modular masonry and a site-built, brick and cinder block, masonry fireplace.

According to EPA, wood smoke emissions pose significant health risks.  The construction and use of EPA Qualified fireplaces can reduce the health risks of wood smoke emissions.
Established in 2009, EPA’s Wood-Burning Fireplace Partnership Program promotes the manufacture and sale of cleaner wood-burning fireplaces over other wood-burning fireplace models. The program was undertaken to encourage the development and sale of a new generation of lower-emitting fireplaces that burn cord wood.
Voluntarily, manufacturers desiring to participate in the program sign a partnership agreement with EPA indicating the manufacturers’ interest in developing a cleaner burning fireplace. When a new cleaner burning fireplace model is developed, emission test reports, compiled with data gathered from independent testing facilities is submitted to EPA for review. The submitted information is reviewed and, if accepted, the fireplace is added to the Phase 2 Qualified Fireplace List.
Emissions are tested under ASTM E-2558, the industry standard for particulate emission testing of wood burning fireplaces.
The intent of the Voluntary Fireplace Program is to reduce wood smoke emissions from fireplaces more quickly than what could be achieved through federal regulation.
In 2010, and in the opening months of this year, it was expected that federal regulation would be used to reduce wood smoke emissions through the inclusion of wood-burning fireplaces in the Federal New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) revision. However, with input from industry representatives and the Hearth Patio and Barbeque Association, EPA ultimately decided in the spring of 2011 to exclude wood-burning fireplaces from the NSPS. Had they been included, the construction and installation of new fireplaces nationwide would have been limited to those meeting established emission standards.
Though now not included in the standard, wood-burning fireplaces may still contribute to nonattainment of air quality goals in certain regions of the country. These regions, once predominantly or exclusively in western states, are now found throughout the country, including, but not limited to, areas of the Midwest and New England states. Construction of EPA Phase 2 Qualified Fireplaces over the construction of conventional fireplaces can help reduce the health risks of wood smoke emissions from new fireplaces.
Air quality districts across the country are tasked with achieving air quality goals. The methods used to achieve those goals are left to the discretion of the district. With regard to wood-burning fireplaces, some districts have developed their own emission standards and in some instances banned the construction or installation of new fireplaces completely.
The establishment of the EPA Qualified Wood-Burning Fireplace Program creates a framework that may be adopted by air quality districts faced with nonattainment of air quality goals. Districts may introduce more stringent regulations, but with the EPA program in place it is hoped that those areas faced with the necessity of reducing wood smoke emissions will first look to the existing voluntary program.
Why should this be of importance to masonry contractors – especially considering that wood-burning fireplaces are not being restricted under the revised Federal NSPS?
Areas in many regions of the country are facing added pressure to improve air quality. Wood smoke is a contributor to degraded air quality and its elimination or reduction is being considered as one tool to meet this added pressure. Outright bans of the construction or installation of new wood-burning fireplaces is one method that could be used to reduce wood smoke emissions.
Masonry contractors who build fireplaces, masonry dealers who sell block, brick and other fireplace components and manufacturers who produce the same items suffer when regulation prevents the construction of new masonry fireplaces.
The adoption by air quality districts of the EPA program will restrict, but not eliminate the construction of new fireplaces. Included in the Phase 2 Qualified fireplace list is a site built, cinder block and brick masonry fireplace. Its inclusion means that masonry contractors, dealers and manufacturers may continue to participate in new fireplace construction even as emission standards expand to new areas across the country.
The Whitacre Greer MFR-100 Series fireplace is a site built EPA Phase 2 Qualified fireplace with tested emissions of 4.3 g/kg. It uses Clear Skies Unlimited catalytic technology to exceed the emission standard. The technology is completely passive. It requires no external power and is invisible to the homeowner. MFR-100 Series fireplaces are constructed with components; cinde r block, firebrick, refractory mortar and clay flue liner; purchased at local masonry dealers.
A list of EPA Phase 2 Qualified fireplaces and links to air quality agencies throughout the United States can be found on the EPA Burn Wise website

EPA Qualifies Whitacre Greer MFR-100 Site-Built Masonry Fireplace

Below is an excerpt from a recent letter received from EPA:

We are pleased to acknowledge that your MFR-100 Series masonry fireplace with the Hearthcat catalyst meets the Phase 2 emission level and is now considered a “Phase 2 emission qualified model” under the EPA Wood-Burning Fireplace Program.  Thus, you may use the qualifying labels and hangtags in accordance with the Partnership Agreement Guidelines.  Information regarding this model has been posted on the EPA website

This acknowledgement is based on your signing the Phase 2 Partnership Agreement; our review of the report that Omni-Test Laboratories submitted to EPA regarding the testing of this unit, dated January 2011; and the submittal of an appropriate owner’s manual.  The test report indicates that this unit has an average emissions level of 4.3 grams of fine particulates per kilogram of wood burned.  This emission level is well below the qualifying Phase 2 emission level of 5.1 g/kg.

We have provided you separately by e-mail the Phase 2 qualified hangtag for this fireplace model.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at …

Thank you for your participation in Phase 2 of EPA’s Wood-Burning Fireplace Program and you interest in improving air quality.

Join Whitacre Greer at the 2011 American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting & Expo

Join Whitacre Greer in San Diego at the 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo October 30 through November 2.  Learn about exciting recent projects to which Whitacre Greer has been fortunate to contribute.  Discuss permeable clay pavers and Boardwalk pavers with Andy, Mic and Colby.  Whitacre Greer will be located near the bookstore in booth 1846.

ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo

Whitacre Greer MFR-100 Fireplace Qualified by EPA under Voluntary Fireplace Program

The Whitacre Greer MFR-100 series fireplace has been qualified by EPA under the Voluntary Fireplace Program.  The site-built masonry fireplace easily meets the EPA phase 2 requirement with emissions of just 4.3 grams per kilogram.

The clean burning MFR-100 series fireplace is the only site built masonry fireplace to earn EPA qualification.

The EPA Clean Wood-Burning Fireplace Program was undertaken to encourage the development and sale of a new generation of lower-emitting fireplaces that burn cord wood.  EPA’s fireplace program covers new masonry and prefabricated (low-mass) fireplaces.  These wood burning fireplaces are over 70 percent cleaner than existing wood burning fireplaces.  While EPA does not endorse one qualified fireplace over another, they do encourage builders and others to install cleaner burning fireplaces like the MFR-100 Masonry Series from Whitacre Greer.

The MFR-100 series fireplace uses patented catalytic technology to capture particulates before smoke and dilution air travel up the chimney.  The technology is completely passive and has no moving parts.  It does not require power.  Additionally, the catalytic system is invisible to the homeowner.

Please visit the EPA’s Burn Wise website – – for additional information on the Voluntary Fireplace Program and Qualified fireplaces.

For additional information on the MFR-100 series fireplace, please visit –

American Gardens Installs Permeable Chicago-area Driveway with Whitacre Greer Permeable Clay Pavers

Lurvey Landscape Supply & Garden Center supplied the 4x8x2-1/4 Permeable Clay Brick Pavers for this attractive project.  The blend of colors includes Whitacre Greer shades 33 Dark Antique, 34 Mulberry and 36 Red Sunset.  Elmhurst, IL landscape architecture and construction firm, American Gardens designed and installed the project.  Thanks for sharing your work!

Permeable Whitacre Greer Clay Brick Paver

Permeable Whitacre Greer Clay Brick Paver

Permeable 4x8x2-1/4 and Permeable Boardwalk 2-1/4x9x3 Clay Brick Pavers from Whitacre Greer:

  • ADA Compliant
  • Available in all standard colors
  • Colorfast clay brick
  • May help with achieving LEED credits
  • Storm water management best practice
  • Reduces runoff
  • Traps pollutants
  • Eliminates water ponding

When installed using industry standard best practices.  Consult an engineer for hydrology and load-bearing design considerations.

Whitacre Greer Company Awarded The Refractories Institute Chairman’s Safety Award

The members of the The Refractories Institute congratulate the winners of the TRI Chairman’s Safety Awards for achieving the best company safety records within the Institute membership in 2010.  Winners include:

  • The Nock and Son Company
  • Whitacre Greer Company
  • Magnesita

Whitacre Greer went more than three years and more than 500,000 hours without a lost time accident.

2011 Brick in Architecture Awards Honor Excellence in Style and Sustainability

RESTON, Va., July 18, 2011 — The 2011 Brick in Architecture Awards have honored the highest level of brick design excellence that offers style and sustainability spanning all building sectors. Awarded by the Brick Industry Association (BIA), six of the eight Best in Class winners achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold or Silver certification including the first LEED Gold certified project in Tennessee. Winners’ reasons for choosing brick include its quality, long-term durability, environmental friendliness, aesthetics, low maintenance, increased seismic safety, thermal mass and design flexibility through color, texture, rhythm, human scale, pattern and repetition. Additionally, award-winning projects came from 25 states, which reflects the national reach and stature of this program.

“This year’s winning projects showed a growing trend toward brick as the main element in sustainable design that delivers aesthetic flexibility that matches the architect’s imagination and desires,” said BIA President and CEO Gregg Borchelt, P.E.

Judges include Eugenia Brieva, QPK Design, Syracuse, N.Y.; Bobby Eichholz, Rialto Studio Inc., San Antonia, Texas; Walter Jennings, Maurice Jennings Architect, Fayetteville, Ark.; and Paul Matheny, Matheny Goldmon Architects, AIA, Huntsville, Ala.

Paving & Landscape Architecture – Pittsburgh, Pa.
PNC Triangle Park
Landscape Architect: LaQuatra Bonci Associates
Builder: PJ Dick Inc.
Manufacturer: Whitacre-Greer Co.
Mason Contractor: Cost Construction

As the first new high-rise building in downtown Pittsburgh in 20 years, PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. erected a 752,000 square foot, 23-story Gold LEED-certified building. This building includes office space, an upscale hotel, a luxury condominium, a restaurant, retail, and a parking garage and has become the signature green building of the company that has the most LEED-certified properties of any company in the world. Situated at its prominent front corner is a new public park designed by LaQuatra Bonci Associates.

Located at the corner of Fifth and Liberty Avenues, this park provides ample seating and shade and sound-dampening from drought-resistant shade and woodland plantings that require little water. This passive setting serves not only as a public amenity but as an extension of the company’s corporate campus. Tracing the spine of the park and segmenting its formal and informal traits is its custom shade structure and seating that both welcome visitors and draw the eye to the entrance of the building.

Gold LEED-certified building • Recycled inner city site • Transit oriented development • 100% capture and infiltration of on-site storm water • Reduction in heat island effect – over 50% of the site will be shaded within 5 years • Durable and local (within 300 miles of site) materials • 84% site permeability – planting beds and brick pavers • Primarily native plantings • Silva Cell technology enhances soil capacity for long term growth and health of trees

Whitacre Greer Boardwalk Clay Pavers

Whitacre Greer Boardwalk Clay Pavers

Whitacre Greer Boardwalk Clay Pavers

Whitacre Greer Boardwalk Clay Pavers