published Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Acme buys Chattanooga Brick & Tile

Brantley Rivers is building back his concrete business from the Great Recession one brick at a time.

The latest building block came Monday when Rivers' Crossville, Tenn.-based company took over Chattanooga Brick & Tile Inc., which he bought from the Adams family on Friday.

Rivers' Acme Block and Brick, which operates outlets in Crossville, Kingston and Alcoa, Tenn., plans to expand the product offerings at the former Chattanooga Brick and Tile.

Located at Dayton Boulevard and Newberry Street in Red Bank, the local brick business was previously owned and managed by Wayne Adams, who will continue with the new owners as an outside sales person.

The 4,538-square-foot Chattanooga Brick building was erected in 1996.

"We're excited about bringing the concrete products and pavers we make to Chattanooga and we think there is a real opportunity for growth," said Rivers, the fourth generation president of the family-owned Acme Block and Brick. "The whole industry has gone through some tough years, but I think the market is coming back and there are some good signs for the future."

Acme dates back to the late 1800s but was acquired by the Rivers family in Roane County in 1942.

Eric Holmes is the new manager for the brick business in Chattanooga. Acme has about 35 employees, but Rivers declined to disclose terms of the sale.

Contact Dave Flessner at or at 757-6340.

about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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