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HESS BRICK COMPANY. Begun by Bob Hess, the business was sold in 2013 but kept the original name for its name recognition in the community. In addition to the company's name recognition, one of the features benefiting the company was its exclusive access to Acme Brick, a national distributor of brick manufactured in many locations including Colorado and Arkansas.

Hess Brick Company maintained on average between 20,000 to 40,000 brick in a variety of colors and textures.

The 1983 through 1989 Dubuque City Directory listed 315 E. 3rd.

The 1993 through 2016 Dubuque City Directory listed 800 Garfield.



Kruse, John. "At Home in 'Brick Town," Telegraph Herald, May 22, 2016, p. 1D