$500,000 needed to save Saylor cement kilns

$500,000 needed to save Saylor cement kilns
Published: 19 November 2004

A group of people interested in saving Coplay’s kilns have formed an organization to raise money for the effort.  The Saylor Cement Kilns Preservation Society must raise $500,000 to save the kilns, which date to the late 1890s. The society has formed an interim board of directors and is seeking nonprofit status, said Coplay Borough President Beverly Miller, also a member of the interim board.  The group must raise between $200,000 and $230,000 by March 31, 2005, to receive matching funds from the county, Miller said. The group will also seek state grants and contributions from individuals and corporations.  Four of the nine kilns have already been refurbished through previous fund-raising efforts. One of the remaining kilns is in such bad shape it might have to be demolished, she said.