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Royal Thin Brick Company History

Corporate History

Ironrock Capital, Inc. is a manufacturer of high quality indoor/outdoor unglazed ceramic quarry tile, and thin brick. Located in Canton (Stark County), Ohio, Ironrock uses Ohio clays and shales that are considered to be some of the best in the country. Ironrock operates a facility of 370,000 sq ft, with a workforce of 100 employees. Ironrock has three product brands – Metropolitan Ceramics®, METROBRICK® and Royal Thin Brick®.

While each brand targets a specific need of the design community, a common thread of commitment to quality and innovation runs throughout. Just as Ironrock is well known for its commitment to quality, the company is also regarded for its family tradition. Today, Ironrock is led by the fifth generation of the Renkert family, with Guy F. Renkert as its President and CEO. Ironrock blends quality craftsmanship with more than 150 years of family tradition and ceramic manufacturing experience. Brick and Tile Makers Since 1866.

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Royal Thin Brick

With the introduction of Royal Thin Brick, Ironrock brings a product to market that captures the much sought after appearance of distressed brick. Royal Thin Brick is tumbled to wear and chip the edges of each brick to create a worn, well-used feel. Ironrock adds to the appeal of the product line by manufacturing the bricks in the queen size. The queen size resonates with the quality and character expected in high-end residential and commercial applications. Royal brick also combines flashed, or colors with range, with uniform single tone colors,  as well as blends of each for a wide variety of design options.


TBX Grade Architectural Thin Brick used in precast concrete panels, tilt-up concrete panels, prefabricated metal panels, field applied systems/applications and cast in place concrete elements. METROBRICK® offers the aesthetics of full facial brick with a number of benefits associated with the use of a thin "architectural brick" product. METROBRICK® is the direct result of a commitment to producing innovative ceramic products using state-of-the-art equipment.

Metropolitan Ceramics

America's Indoor/Outdoor Quarry Tile, Metropolitan Ceramics is recognized as the leading producer of unglazed quarry tile in North America. Metropolitan Ceramics produces high quality, unglazed 1/2" thick ceramic quarry tile for demanding commercial and residential, indoor and outdoor applications. Metropolitan tiles are made from a mixture of natural ingredients including clays and shales, very similar to that used in the manufacture of brick products. They are extruded through a die and cut. This extrusion process creates a much tighter/denser body than can be achieved through other processes. Once extruded, the low absorption tiles are sent through a drier and then hard fired in a kiln. Metropolitan quarry tile is a natural product with through-the-body color that won't wear off. Metropolitan tiles are offered in a variety of colors and sizes with trim options.