Belden Brick Buildings
Belden Brick in Stark County
Elementary schools: Lehman; Allen; Worley; Gibbs; Cedar; Belden;
Clarendon; Harter; Arts Academy At Summit.
High schools: Jackson; Timken; Louisville; Washington; Lake;
Northwest; Faircrest; North Canton; Minerva.
Colleges and universities: Walsh University; Stark State College
of Technology; Mount Union College; Malone University.
The Ralph Regula Federal Building
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Mercy Medical Center
In Northeast Ohio
University of Akron — more than 1.7 million bricks over the past
10 years, including Infocision Stadium
Canal Park (Akron Aeros)
London’s Candies, Green
Crocker Park Shopping Mall, Westlake
Marriott Hotel, Warrensville Heights
Several buildings for Case Western
Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia Phillies
Great American Ballpark – Cincinnati Reds
Miller Park – Milwaukee Brewers
American Airlines Arena – Dallas, Texas (Stars & Mavericks)
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Mo. St. Louis Cardinals
McDonald’s corporate headquarters – Oak Brook, Ill.
Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center – Boston, Mass.
Anheuser Busch Headquarters – St. Louis, Mo.
Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind.
Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, N.C.
Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Mich.
AT&T offices, Monmouth County, N.J.
Timeline: 125 Years of Belden Brick
July 4, 1840 - Henry S. Belden born.
1872 - Belden returns to the family farm due to illness and
discovers large deposits of coal, shale, and clay.
1876 - Belden sees a stiff mud brick-making machine at the
Centennial International Exposition in Philadelphia.
1885 - Belden starts The Diebold Fire Brick Company.
August 1895 - Company renamed Canton Pressed Brick Company.
1912 - The company consolidates under the name The Belden Brick
1915 - Belden builds two new kilns and a dryer in Canton plant.
1941-45 - Belden Acid Proof Brick becomes crucial to the war
May 1946 - The Belden purchased Plant #2 becomes the largest
face brick and building tile plant in the country.
February 1970 - Paul Belden dies and is succeeded by Paul
Early 1980's - Belden sells their Port Washington and
Urichsville plants amid a housing decline.
1985 - Belden Brick's 100th Anniversary.
1988 - Paul B. Belden, Jr. dies. His brother, William H. Belden,
Sr. takes over.
1993 - William H. Belden, Sr. dies. William H. Belden, Jr. takes
1994 - Belden achieves ISO 9002:1987.
1995 - Belden expands into Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut
and New Jersey.
1997 - Brian Belden becomes the first fifth-generation Belden
employed at the company on a full-time basis.
2009 - Belden achieves ISO 9001:2008 certification.
2010 - Belden celebrates 125th Anniversary.
BELDEN BRICK CELEBRATES 125 YEARS OF QUALITY
If you ask Brian Belden when the turning point for Belden Brick was, he'll take
you all the way back to the beginning. "I believe that would have been in 1885,"
he says, "when Henry Belden decided to manufacture brick pavers on his farm just
outside of Canton. It’s significant because Canton had no paved streets back
then and this need gave his new venture a jumpstart. Of course, the addition of
paved streets was of great importance to Canton, too."
The history of Belden Brick is on the minds of everyone at the company of late.
The company turns 125 years old this year and is showing no signs of slowing
down as they continue to build a national reputation. Their bricks have built
every building on Notre Dame University's campus since 1938, including the new
Jordon Hall of Science; they were profiled on the TV program John Ratzenberger’s
Made in America, and featured on the popular game show Jeopardy in a category on
brick making; and their shelves have been filling up with industry awards and
The 1885 founding of the company had its origins when Henry S. Belden moved back
to his family's farm for health reasons and discovered deposits of coal, shale,
and clay on the property. Inspired by seeing a stiff mud brick making machine at
the Centennial fair in Philadelphia, he decided to make paving and fire brick,
and the Diebold Fire Brick Company was born.
The company name would change two more times: to Canton Pressed Brick Company in
1895 and finally The Belden Brick Company in 1912. The company would survive two
world wars and the great depression by manufacturing acid proof brick, which was
crucial in the production of steel needed for the war effort.
The postwar years saw Belden expanding, including the takeover of a facility in
Sugarcreek, Ohio that would become the nation's largest plant for the production
of face brick and building tile. As time went by, Belden would become the first
brick company to achieve ISO certification. When the century turned, they opened
their first plant that broke with the Belden tradition of a five-day work week,
with a new facility that produces 10 hours a day, seven days a week.
But these things aren't as important to Brian Belden, the company's Marketing
Manager. Belden is the fifth generation of his family to work full-time in the
family business, and when he talks of the company's legacy, he prefers to
express it in terms of how the company has helped to build the community.
"Most of the schools in Stark County are built with Belden Brick," says Belden.
"From the elementary schools all the way up to our local colleges and
universities. We're also a part of London’s Candies in Green and the Pro
Football Hall of Fame. Our bricks make up both Mercy Medical Center and Aultman
Hospital. And the latest project we’ve worked on is the new Federal Courthouse
in Downtown Canton."
But Belden also has a national reputation that it is rightfully proud of. Their
products comprise the homes of the Cincinnati Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers, the
St. Louis Cardinals, and the Dallas Stars and Mavericks. They also lend a
dignified look to corporate headquarters for McDonalds and Anheuser Busch, along
with a host of other office buildings and college campuses.
What does Belden see as the reason for the company's success over the past
"Belden Brick has consistently focused on making a quality product that sets the
industry standard," Belden said. "This was our philosophy from the time Paul
Belden Sr. (Belden's Great Grandfather) joined the company in 1904. He was
dedicated to seeing that the company’s best efforts were placed on quality and
Belden explained that the company has great raw materials to work with and has
always supported their manufacturing facilities and the people running them with
the tools need to make a quality product. "That’s what has carried us throughout
our 125 year history."
What kind of change has the company seen during this time?
"Technology is the big change," said Belden. "The process of making brick has
significantly changed over the past century. The drying and firing process now
is much more efficient than 125 years ago. We’ve also moved to more of a veneer
product than a structural product. But what I think is more interesting is what
hasn't changed - namely the product itself. Brick is still a product of choice.
It's durable, it has a great aesthetic appearance, and the different colors and
styles let almost everyone find a brick style they like."
And what would Belden say to someone who might comment that, "It's just brick"?
"I would say there’s much more to it than you might think," he laughs. "At
Belden, we put in the extra time and effort to make the highest quality products
possible. And it's that commitment to quality and excellence that has seen us
this far, and will undoubtedly take us far into the future."