Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Company

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<p>Rising from the horizon on the edge of the Elmhurst quarry is the massive structure that is Elmhurst-Chicago Stone Company. Elmhurst's oldest continuing business was established in 1883, and today is a bustling ready-mix concrete operation. Trucks come and go from the plant all day long. An asphalt plant operates on the west side of Route 83.</p>
<p>In its early years, the company mined limestone under the leadership of Adolph Hammerschmidt and Henry Assman. Old photos on the walls show mules pulling limestone-filled carts along tracks at the base of the quarry. As recently as the 1970s, residents of Elmhurst can remember the weekly blasting that took place in the quarry, causing homes to shudder. Today, that giant crater belongs to DuPage County, which uses it as a storm water collection basin for several communities along Salt Creek.</p> <p>The company has grown tremendously. In addition to the Elmhurst ready-mix plant, aggregate production takes place in Plainfield, Kaneville, Marengo, Belvidere and Bolingbrook, and the company operates a concrete pipe plant in South Elgin. Still led by a Hammerschmidt—Charles Hammerschmidt is chairman—the company is looking forward to another 125 years. </p>
400 W 1st St, Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 832-4000
  • Fax: 630-832-0140
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