Weckesser in the Community Written by: Tom Weckesser Many people are aware that Weckesser Brick Company has been selling brick in the Rochester and surrounding areas for decades, in fact since 1934. We will sell brick to anyone including homeowners, contractors, home builders… everyone, from 1 brick to millions. In 1968, when the Rochester Institute of Technology decided to relocate from Main Street in Rochester to Henrietta, they made the wise decision to use the most durable and aesthetically pleasing product available, which was brick, for the exterior walls of all buildings on their new campus. Joe Weckesser Sr. and Jr., the first two generations of the family business, were able to secure the order for approximately 7,000,000 standard size brick plus another 800,000 special shape brick. This was, at the time, the largest single brick order in the United States. Of course that was all well and good but the challenge was – how to supply and service an order of this magnitude to six different contractors at once? Fortunately the architects and owner selected a high quality, beautiful ironspot brick offered by The Belden Brick Company who had a plant capacity to stay ahead of the aggressive construction schedule. Then, how do you get the brick from the plant near Canton, Ohio to the job site in Rochester? By truck… more than 700 tractor trailer loads. Of course this was easier said than done, as during the height of demand for the brick, several loads per day were needed. Coordination was key and all went well as long as communications were precise. Since the original campus was built in 1968-69 many more buildings have been added, to the tune of almost 8,000,000 more Belden Ironspot brick (another 700 plus truckloads). The running count is now at 15,747,443 brick, including special shape brick. No wonder R.I.T. affectionately calls itself BRICK CITY. Written by Tom Weckesser Quick TipThe calendar says its spring, but the temperature says it’s still winter. Pretty soon it will be getting above the freezing mark on our thermometers during the day time hours, but at night it may still be dropping below 32⁰ F. Early spring and late fall are tricky times of year when it comes to laying brick, block, stone and other types of masonry with mortar. Please remember that although it seems warm and sunny by day, that the mortar must not freeze at night or the strength, color and bond may be compromised. If there’s a possible risk of freezing, either winter-protect and heat the area or start the project by including a winter admixture in your mortar. HAPPY SPRING!!!
LOCATION Weckesser Brick Co., Inc. 450 Trabold Rd. Rochester, NY 14624