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Belden Brick Company Donates Pavers for New Logo during
Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Largest-Ever Expansion
and Renovation Project

The Belden Brick Company, a manufacturer of brick and masonry-related construction products and materials, donated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s $27 million expansion and renovation project, a 20-foot diameter custom Hall of Fame logo composed of clay pavers. The company also supplied 60,000 face brick and 27,000 pavers for the 2-phase project that is scheduled for completion in June 2013, the same year the Hall of Fame celebrates its 50th anniversary.

“Belden Brick has been an instrumental part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame since its inception,” said William Belden Jr., Belden Brick’s chairman and Pro Football Hall of Fame board member. “My father, William Belden Sr., was a founding member of the Hall of Fame Board of Trustees, and we’re proud to continue giving to this influential fixture in our community with both construction products as well as support from our family.”

The 2-year expansion and renovation project began its initial phase in September 2011, and it was completed in June 2012. The first phase focused mainly on external expansions which added 37,000 square feet to the building. This included the addition of the Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center, named in recognition of a generous gift from the Buffalo Bills’ founding owner and pro football Hall of Famer.

Michael Lombardi, project manager for the Fred Olivieri Construction/Welty Construction Manager Team and lead contact for the renovation, expressed how important it was to match various existing exterior brick from several generations of expansions. “The consistency of the exterior brick is important for the visual experience of the hundreds of thousands of visitors the Hall of Fame has every year and the 94,000 vehicles that drive by the Hall of Fame on Interstate 77 on a daily basis.”

Speaking on behalf of the Pro Football Hall of Fame ‘s members, trustees, staff and volunteers, Stephen A. Perry, president and executive director stated that, “Everyone associated with the Pro Football Hall of Fame is sincerely grateful to the Belden Brick Company and the Belden family for their longstanding and continued strong support of America’s premier sports museum and showplace.”

The initial expansion also included a spectacular new main entrance and grand lobby, a large events center and an administrative office wing. Belden Brick supplied brick that matched that of the earlier expansions in the 1970s and 1990s. Phase two, which consists primarily of internal renovations, began the day after Labor Day this year, and it will be complete in June 2013. This phase will include renovation of the exhibit galleries in the original iconic rotunda building, internal construction, new exhibit galleries and renovation of the museum store.

The Belden Brick Company traces its roots to the Diebold Fire Brick Company organized in Canton, Ohio, in 1885 by Henry S. Belden and four associates. The Belden Brick Company owns and operates six plants in Tuscarawas County, employs approximately 500 people and has an annual production capacity of nearly 250 million standard brick equivalent (sbe). In the US brick industry, The Belden Brick Company is the sixth largest (by production volume) manufacturer. Belden Brick is the largest family owned and managed brick company in the United States.

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