Veneklasen Brick Company
In 1848 Jan Veneklasen and his family emigrated from the Netherlands to Zeeland, in Michigan's Dutch Kolonie. A brickmaker by trade, Veneklasen founded a brickyard within a year of his arrival - one of several he would eventually operate in Michigan,including the one formerly at this site. the mainstay of the Veneklasen Brick Company was its architectural bricks. Used primarily in houses, the color of these bricks - red, white, orange and brown - reflected the local clay of the yard where they were made. Veneklasen's brickworks operated under several names over the years. It was a family business, with founder Jan Veneklasen's descendants involved in the company until it ceased operations in the mid-1920s.