Prime Minister David Cameron has been in Accrington this afternoon to see the advances at Hanson Brickworks, home to the world famous Nori brick.
Mr Cameron was at the factory in Huncoat with Chancellor George Osborne and said the plant was a shining example of how the government's economic plan was working.
The historic factory was reopened this month in a £1.4m move, creating nearly 40 new jobs.
The majority of employees at the site are those formerly employed by the plant, which closed in 2008.
Mr Cameron said: "I have just pushed the button restarting a brick making plant that has been lying idle for eight years.
"Few things in the last few months have given me greater pleasure than doing that because I want us to be making bricks and building more homes, helping young people to get on the housing ladder and it is great that we are making them here in Accrington.
"I think that the long term economic plan is working for this part of the country.
"I have met people who were working here eight years ago and have had eight years of trying to find work and struggling to support their families.
"They are now back at work and happy to be doing that and I am delighted we are seeing that growth."
Stewart Parker, sales manager at Hanson, said: "It has been a great coup. To have the Prime Minister in Accrington seeing what we do is a massive win."