home history mohawk clinker
 
 
When a fire box in a periodic kiln overheats, the brick around it can undergo a process that causes them to soften, bloat, and become misshapen. These bricks, called clinkers, were discarded as rejects until about 50 years ago.

At that time, an innovative salesman for Cayuga Brick Company (our predecessor) became interested in these clinkers. He laid up a panel and began to push them as a product line. Soon the sales outstripped the availability, and methods were employed to deliberately manufacture clinkers. This was the beginning of the Mohawk Clinker, which today accounts for 20% of our production. We also manufacture other colors of this brick.