General Shale announces support of ETSU stadium
General Shale President and CEO Charles Smith (center) presents ETSU football coach Carl Torbush (left) with a commemorative brick representing the company's commitment to ETSU's new football stadium.
General Shale announces support of ETSU stadium
Monday, May 4, 2015

Johnson City-based company to provide half-million bricks to football project

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (May 4, 2015) – During the ETSU Department of Intercollegiate Athletic’s annual All-Sport Golf Tournament and Game Time Tour stop Monday at the Blackthorn Club at the Ridges, General Shale publicly announced its contribution of a half-million bricks to the program’s new football stadium.

“Our company’s contribution is part of our long-range plan to support ETSU’s outstanding athletic programs and its various capital projects,” said General Shale President and CEO Charles Smith. “We have been privileged to have an opportunity to assist ETSU with a number of campus building projects in the past. In keeping with the school’s tradition of using brick for its facilities, we are pleased to play a role in the development of this new, all-brick stadium.”

To signify General Shale’s contribution, company officials presented an oversized brick engraved with the university’s logo to ETSU head football coach Carl Torbush.

As part of a multi-year ongoing campus-wide enhancement, ETSU has worked directly with General Shale on recent building projects for their brick and other masonry needs. Additional ETSU projects that have used General Shale materials include the student parking garage, the ETSU Foundation Carillon and Alumni Plaza, the ETSU & General Shale Natural History Museum and Visitor Center at the Gray Fossil Site, and the future fine and performing arts center.

General Shale has also contributed brick for several campus athletic facilities, including ETSU’s soccer, softball and baseball complexes.

ETSU Senior Associate Athletic Director/COO Scott Carter said the program is grateful for General Shale’s generous support.

“We are very thankful to General Shale for their tremendous leaderhip for the new ETSU football stadium,” Carter said. “We especially want  to thank Charles Smith and Mark Kinser for sharing in the vision of this new stadium. Their provision of brick and material will insure the classic look of the ETSU campus is represented in the new home of the Bucs.”

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