In the early 1900s, H.C. Spinks, who operated
a business that mined foundry sand and gravel in northern
Kentucky, learned of an area in Tennessee that held some
of the richest clay deposits found anywhere in the world.
Realizing the great potential that the land posed for his
business, Spinks purchased a sizable parcel of the property,
which was located in the northwestern region of the state.
Spinks soon learned that the rich clay
deposits weren't the only valuable resource specific to
the area. He noticed that his newly acquired land was equally
rich in natural beauty. So in 1916, he founded H.C. Spinks
Clay Company and began making these resources available
to the public.
The company has since grown to become
a leading producer of clay minerals for a number of industries.
But through the years, we've never lost sight of the same
scenic beauty that H.C. Spinks noticed nearly a century
That's why at Spinks Clay, we take extra
care in preserving the land we utilize.
Partners with the Land
In any successful business, high value must be placed on
partnerships -relationships with employees, with customers
and with the community. In the clay-mining profession, one
critical partnership must never be ignored - a working relationship
with the land and respect for all it provides. At Spinks
Clay, we are dedicated to preserving the environment in
which we work and live. This dedication means taking extra
steps to restore the land to its former appearance and productivity,
a practice we've maintained for decades.
From Clay to Cattle
By visiting the three counties in which Spinks Clay operates,
you can't help but notice the importance of agriculture
in the area. Fields planted with corn, hay and soy beans;
dense forests; and grazing pastures for cattle and horses
dominate the terrain. In fact, the Spinks family introduced
purebred Hereford cattle to Henry County in 1937. But what
you probably won't notice is that much of the land was once
mined for its rich clay deposits.
The key to achieving this metamorphosis
is in Spinks Clay's attention to the fragile cycle of nature.
From site selection through the entire mining process, we
keep on important fact in mind: The land was producing long
before we came, and it must be returned to its maximum utility
when we're finished. So to accomplish proper restoration,
we think in terms of a land-use cycle. At the beginning
of the land-use cycle, our mining crews excavate the site,
removing the overburden and setting it aside for future
use before removing the clay minerals. When the mining operations
are concluded, the earth is contoured to minimize erosion,
the overburden is replaced, the soil is prepared, and the
land-use cycle is completed. What remains will support new
life to meet the needs of man and nature. Understanding
the importance of our priorities, such as proper care for
the land, has been a hallmark of H.C. Spinks Clay Company