Made in the USA for 150 Years


‘Made in the USA’ is not a phrase we take lightly – we have been saying it for 150 years.

As we look forward to the upcoming 4th of July Celebration, it is a great time for us at Ironrock to reflect on a very special anniversary -150 years of making the highest quality brick and ceramic products.

Ironrock is a fifth generation family owned company located in Canton, Ohio. We have a brick making heritage that dates back to 1866. We are the makers of Metropolitan Ceramics® Quarry Tile and two thin brick products – METROBRICK® and Royal Thin Brick®.

In 150 years, our company has seen a lot of the history that makes up the fabric of the United States, and we have made quite a bit of our own.

We are proud to have provided products along the way to help build our country, from road paving bricks that were the foundation of a budding road system, to durable and slip resisting ceramic tile used in countless buildings throughout the country, to thin brick used to clad a wide variety of buildings.

As we celebrate a storied history, we look forward to a bright future and are proud to say we are Made in the USA.

Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Ironrock.


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Next Stop – Coverings 2016

cratesAbove: The crates are in Chicago waiting on us to arrive and set things up for our booth at Coverings 2016 in Chicago April 18th-21st.

Metropolitan Ceramics® will feature the largest variety of unglazed ceramic quarry tile and a brand new tumbled thin brick product line – Royal Thin Brick® at Coverings 2016.

Metropolitan’s booth – #7205 – will display an assortment of grouted quarry tile boards including colors with shade variation, textured finishes, and added slip resisting colors. The booth will also have a waterfall rack of boards displaying the company’s newest product line, Royal Thin Brick.

Metropolitan Ceramics Quarry Tile features through-the-body earth tone color that won’t wear off. The tile is extremely durable and is a favorite for commercial kitchens and any commercial application where durability and slip resistance are primary concerns. Metropolitan Ceramics products are also naturally appealing and are used in homes for areas like walkways, patios, sun-rooms, mudrooms and pool surrounds.

Royal Thin Brick is a brick veneer product that can be installed like ceramic tile. Royal Thin Brick is tumbled after firing to capture the essence of worn reclaimed brick. The Royal Thin Brick® color palette consists of single tones and blends that capture the character of walls built in a bygone era – from rich reds and earthy browns to soft greys and charcoal. All colors are kiln fired and rugged enough to stand up to the harshest environments.

Locally owned and operated in Canton, Ohio USA, Metropolitan Ceramics® parent company, Ironrock celebrates a 150-year history of unmatched quality ceramic tile and brick manufacturing.  Visit

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Metropolitan Ceramics and LEED v4


By the fall of 2016, LEED Version4 will be implemented. If they haven’t already, architects will soon begin asking for product information as it relates to meeting this standard. Below is a brief overview of Metropolitan Ceramics and LEED V4.
LEED v4 and Metropolitan Ceramics by credit category


Building Life Cycle Impact Reduction – Metropolitan Ceramics products have a 60+ year lifespan and can last the life of the building.

Product Disclosure {Environmental Product Declarations} – Metropolitan Ceramics has taken part in an industry-wide EPD, available to download

Product Disclosure {Source of Raw Material} – Metropolitan Ceramics products contain pre-consumer recycled waste material. Metropolitan Ceramics products can be reused or salvaged.

Product Disclosure {Material Ingredients} – Metropolitan Ceramics products are fired in kilns at temperatures above 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit and meet the criteria of inert ceramic material.

Construction and Demolition Waste Management – Metropolitan Ceramics products are inert material after firing and can be reused or reclaimed as fill or road bed material. Sizing of the product is such that there is little job site waste of material.


Low Emitting Materials- Ceramic tile is cited as an “inherent non emitting source” for this credit. Metropolitan Ceramics may be used for this credit without testing.

Construction Indoor Air Quality – Metropolitan Ceramics products are VOC- free and are resistant to mold and mildew.

Indoor Air Quality Assessment – Metropolitan Ceramics products are inert. They are VOC- free and are formaldehyde free.

Thermal Comfort- The thermal mass of Metropolitan products allows them to aid in creating a more consistent indoor environment.

Interior Lighting- Metropolitan Ceramics makes light color quarry tile for both floor and wall use.


Open Space- The durability, freeze/thaw resisting, and slip resisting properties of Metropolitan quarry tile makes it an excellent paving material. The color palette consists of natural earth tones.

Heat Island Reduction- Metropolitan Ceramics makes light color quarry tile. Metropolitan quarry tile is an excellent paving material.


Integrative Process- Metropolitan Ceramics quarry tile is part of a flooring installation system, one that has been shown to be extremely durable and low maintenance.


Optimize Energy Performance – The thermal mass of Metropolitan Ceramics products helps in the moderation of indoor temperature swings.

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Metropolitan Ceramics is Now Offering an AIA CES Approved Course

Metropolitan Ceramics is now an AIA CES Registered Provider and is offering a new course worth (1) AIA Learning Unit (LU).


The course discusses the importance of using the appropriate floor covering products for demanding floor environments like commercial kitchens. The course gives participants important insight into: understanding what constitutes a demanding environment, examining the flooring options available, and setting criteria for a floor coverings suitability for use in these environments. Through comparison, discussing manufacturing processes, learning about raw materials, and viewing installation examples, attendees are better able choose the correct flooring for demanding environments.

Contact Clare Thomas – if you are interested in having this course presented to your group.

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Metropolitan Ceramics® Meets the Needs of These Demanding Applications

Industrial applications need an extremely durable floor product. These floors need to handle spills of all sorts- including chemicals. They need to perform in extreme temperatures with heavy industrial equipment and foot traffic moving over them. And through all of this they have to remain maintenance friendly and last for decades. Only one flooring product will meet all these demands at an economical price-point. Metropolitan Ceramics®, with its extruded and hard fired body is the right choice for industrial applications. And Metropolitan offers a 6” x 9” x 3/4” paver product – METRO®PAVERS for the most demanding areas. To follow are two examples of Metropolitan Ceramics products in use in industrial applications.


The Founder’s Brewery in Grand Rapids, Michigan installed Metropolitan Ceramics #310 Mayflower Red 6×6 throughout their brewery’s production area. This quarry tile will stand up to the harsh conditions and provide a maintenance friendly, slip resisting floor for decades of service.


Mission Foods® is the largest tortilla manufacturer in the United States, providing tortilla products for supermarkets and restaurants throughout the country. In their plant in Pendergrass, Georgia, Mission Foods installed 6″ x 9″ x 3/4″ METROPAVERS in their production facility. According to the plant manager, the pavers provide employees with an improved working area when compared with the existing concrete slab. Happy with the results, Mission Foods is now using METROPAVERS in other facilities throughout the country.

For more information about the complete Metropolitan Ceramics product line visit the Metropolitan web site.

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METRO® Pavers – The Most Durable Paver Tiles for the Most Demanding Jobs

Metropolitan Ceramics’ METROPAVERS are designed for heavy duty industrial and commercial applications. They will stand up to heavy abuse and give decades of service. METROPAVERS will resist impact and abrasion, chemical spills, thermal shock, cracking, spalling, and erosion. And METROPAVERS will remain slip resisting for decades of uncompromising service. METROPAVERS are perfect for any area with constant foot traffic, spills and moisture, and heavy industrial traffic. Think of METROPAVERS for your next demanding commercial application.


Download the METROPAVERS sell sheetMetro Pavers2015

Learn more about all of the fine products of Metropolitan Ceramics® @

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Ironrock Participates in North American Tile Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

front page of industry wide North America Tile LCA

Front page of industry wide North America Tile LCA

UL-Certified EPD for North American-Made Ceramic Tile Paves the Way for Points, Credits, and Compliance in Green Construction
December 10, 2014
The Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for ceramic tile made in North America, certified by sustainability leader UL Environment, is now available for use by architects and specifiers seeking to satisfy green building project requirements, such as those set forth by LEED and Green Globes.


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Metropolitan Ceramics adds two new Vertical Market Info Sheets

Metropolitan Ceramics unglazed quarry tile is the right floor covering for a variety of installations that require a slip resisting and durable surface. We have developed a number of vertical market information sheets highlighting some of these markets.


We have now added two new vertical market sheets, one for craft breweries and one for food processing.

craft brewery

food processing

follow this link to download any of our vertical market sell sheets,

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What Sets Quarry Tile Apart?

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Quarry Tile Care and Maintenance for Commercial Kitchens

An Illustrated Care and Maintenance Guide from Metropolitan Ceramics is now available. Download the attached pdf for tips on keeping your commercial kitchen quarry tile installation good as new.

Illustrated basic commercial cleaning and maintenance


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