John Sisson watches as fresh 10-inch grey CMU come off the line at his Tupelo, Mississippi plant. It's a routine task the former owner of the company has done since 1995. The day of our visit is so cold that steam is coming off finished units leaving the warm kiln.
Even though a rare ice storm is threatening the area, the line has to keep running: thousands of these block are destined for a major automotive support building under construction roughly 100-miles away in Alabama.
Ultimately, they will serve as 44-feet high, three-hour fire rated walls protecting a plant that will make electric car batteries. Without a doubt, this order is a major job for the small regional producer.