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Colonial Brick ceases production and hits the market
The closure of a one-of-a-kind landmark in western Indiana could mean a triple loss for preservation. Colonial Brick in Cayuga has ceased production. Listed for sale, it could face demolition if a new owner/operator cannot be found.
As the last brick manufacturing facility to use coal-fired brick kilns, Colonial specialized in producing bricks used throughout the country to repair historic buildings. Since 1904, bricks were made from clay mined on site, cut with antique equipment, and laid by hand in the beehive-shaped kilns. The pain-staking process allowed the facility to accurately duplicate the colors, sizes, shapes, and face textures of early-twentieth century bricks.
Although Colonial Brick Corporation remains in business, its owners made the difficult decision to discontinue manufacturing and place the facility on the market. The sale will bring to an end the Swartz family’s longtime stewardship Colonial Brick. Owner Dan Swartz, Sr., has overseen operation of the brickworks since Colonial Brick acquired the business in 1965, eventually joined by his son, Eric.
The property is listed with The Swartz Group, the real estate company of Dan Swartz, Jr., for $750,000. This price includes the entire facility – a 50-acre tract, the shale mine operation, the factory featuring ten beehive kilns, all equipment, and the current inventory. Unfortunately, demolition for new development is a possibility.
Indiana Landmarks is helping The Swartz Group market the property in hopes of finding a new owner who will restart brick production.
Learn more about Colonial Brick on the company’s website or check out the sale listing here.