History

History

  • The Birth of Ludowici Roof Tile
    1888
    The Birth of Ludowici Roof Tile

    Occured in Alfred, New York, with the organization of the Celadon Terra Cotta Co.

  • Ludowici Roof Tile opens Manufacturing facility in Chicago, Illinois
    1893
    Ludowici Roof Tile opens Manufacturing facility in Chicago, Illinois

  • Celadon Terra Cotta purchases Imperial Brick Plant in New Lexington, Ohio
    1902
    Celadon Terra Cotta purchases Imperial Brick Plant in New Lexington, Ohio

    After the acquisition, the plant is converted into the largest clay roof tile plant in the United States.

  • Celadon Terra Cotta opens second manufacturing facility in Johnstown, Georgia.
    1904
    Celadon Terra Cotta opens second manufacturing facility in Johnstown, Georgia.

    Johnstown is later renamed Ludowici, Georgia

  • Ludowici-Celadon is formed
    1906
    Ludowici-Celadon is formed

    Ludowici-Celadon is formed when Ludowici Roof Tile acquires Celadon Roofing Tile Co. and Western Roofing Tile Co. in Coffeyville, Kansas.

  • New York and Chicago Plants Destroyed By Fire
    1909
    New York and Chicago Plants Destroyed By Fire

    Because of the processes required in firing clay tile, fire was an ever present danger to the manufacturing facilities. Both the Alfred, New York and the Chicago, Illinois plants are destroyed by fire.

  • Ludowici, Georgia plant closes and moves all operations to the Ohio facility.
    1914
    Ludowici, Georgia plant closes and moves all operations to the Ohio facility.

    Ludowici furnished over two million square feet of roofing for the government buildings in the Panama Canal Zone.

  • World War II
    1941 — 1945
    World War II

    During World War II roof tile production was very minimal due to the US economy and The Depression. Factory workers resorted to producing terra cotta cookie jars in order to stay busy and employed.

  • Kansas Plant Closes
    1945
    Kansas Plant Closes

    Coffeville, Kansas plant closes and moves all operations to the Ohio facility.

  • CSE, Inc. of Chicago purchases Ludowici-Celadon
    1958
    CSE, Inc. of Chicago purchases Ludowici-Celadon

  • Real gold on the New York Life Building in Manhattan, NY
    1960
    Real gold on the New York Life Building in Manhattan, NY

    Ludowici was selected to reproduce all the interlocking terra cotta roof tiles that were glazed in real gold on the New York Life Building in Manhattan, NY.

  • Ludowici-Celadon sold to CertainTeed, Inc. a division of Saint-Gobain
    1976
    Ludowici-Celadon sold to CertainTeed, Inc. a division of Saint-Gobain

  • Pennsylvania State Capital Building
    1980
    Pennsylvania State Capital Building

    Ludowici was selected to reproduce all the historical terra cotta on the Pennsylvania State Capital Building.

  • Ludowici Introduces Impressionist Series
    2003
    Ludowici Introduces Impressionist Series

    The Impressionist Series (special glaze application) was introduced by Ludowici to allow brand new roof tiles to have an aged appearance with a spectacular color range.

  • Management of Ludowici Roof Tile transferred to Terreal another division of Saint-Gobain
    2003
    Management of Ludowici Roof Tile transferred to Terreal another division of Saint-Gobain

  • 2003 Ludowici introduces NeXclad
    2003
    2003 Ludowici introduces NeXclad

    2003 Ludowici introduces NeXclad, the industry's most economical terra cotta wall cladding system.

  • Colorado University at Boulder Hires Ludowici
    2007
    Colorado University at Boulder Hires Ludowici

    Colorado University at Boulder is one of many examples of higher learning Institutions that select Ludowici terra cotta tiles to crown their buildings.

  • Grand Opening of the Factory of Ideas
    2007
    Grand Opening of the Factory of Ideas

  • Plaza Hotel Renovation
    2008
    Plaza Hotel Renovation

    The Plaza Hotel was originally built with Ludowici Roof Tile in 1910 and the roof was renovated in 2008 with tiles that were exact replicas of the original.

  • Duke University Renovation
    2009
    Duke University Renovation

    Duke University was originally built with Ludowici Roof Tile in 1927 and the roof was renovated in 2009 with tiles that were exact replicas of the original.

  • Ludowici Introduces First Ever Light-Weight Tile
    2012
    Ludowici Introduces First Ever Light-Weight Tile

    Ludowici introduces the industry first light-weight terra cotta roof tile in a slate and shake texture.

  • Ludowici Introduces First Ever Recycled Tiles
    2014
    Ludowici Introduces First Ever Recycled Tiles

    Ludowici introduces the industry first recycled product that meets and exceeds performance levels of terra cotta tiles produced with 100% virgin clay.

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