Glen-Gery was founded in 1890 during the height of the Industrial Revolution, in Reading, Pennsylvania, by A.A. Gery. Starting out with only 32 acres of land rich in fire clay near the Reading Railroad. (Yes, the same railroad on Monopoly!) Gery built two kilns, sold one large job known as the Wernersville State Hospital and began manufacturing brick. Read more about our history.

Over the years, Glen-Gery continued to grow by acquiring additional manufacturing facilities to develop one of the most diversified product lines in the industry. These products include extruded brick, molded brick, glazed brick, klaycoat brick, handmade brick, thin brick and paving brick. Today, we complement our vast line of brick products with Landmark Stone, Thin Tech, natural stone and color mortar.

As America's premier brickmaker, our 125th year signifies strength and longevity made possible by our valued customers and dedicated employees. We thank you for making this possible!

View our short 125th Anniversary video below.

 

 

 

 

View photos from our history by decade below.

1890's:

A.A. Gery, founder
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A.A. Gery, Founder Montello Clay & Brick Co circa 1890's Inside the plant circa 1890's
 1900's: 
Wernersville State Hospital Building 1 Wernersville State Hospital Original Building-250 WyomissingPlant
First order was for 1 million brick for
the Wernersville State Hospital,
Building #1
Original cornerstone at WSH, 1892
The original building still stands
today.
1898: Built Wyomissing, PA Plant
with the largest brick kiln in the US
at the time.

 1910's:

WyomissingPlant 1900-OaksFactory 1906-Kaaterskill
Wyomissing Plant was purchased.
Kiln cars lined up inside the Oaks 
Factory. This was our first plant
with a tunnel kiln.
Kaaterskill Plant in New York 
produced paving brick suitable
for streets and highways.
 1920's:
1900-ReadingShale 1900-ReadingShaleBank Black Tuesday
Reading Shale Brick Company
was
purchased from Yeager.
Reading Shale Brick Company's 
shale bank.
Stock Market Crash, 1929
 Shoemakersville    
Shoemakersville Plant temporarily
ceased 
operations in 1929.
   

 

1930's:

 

1930 - First Delivery Truck Purchased 1932 - Glen-Gery Shale Brick 1937 - Ephrata Plant
In 1930, the first company
delivery truck and machine to
make molded brick were
purchased.
Glen-Gery reorganizes as
Glen-Gery Shale Brick
Company.
The Ephrata Plant was purchased. 

 

1940's:
1940Beavertown-Plant 1940sMen-working 1940Advertising
The Beavertown Plant and
Middletown Plant were purchased.
Men working in the plant.  Glen-Gery slogan "One Hundred
to One Million Quick"
 
1950's:
1951---Packaging 1952---Map-of-Locations 1959---Berks-Building-Block
Glen-Gery introduced packaged
brick in 1951. Each pallet held
500 brick surrounded by
cardboard and secured with
steel wire.
A map of Glen-Gery locations 
in 1952.
Berks Building Block Company,
now 
a division of Glen-Gery,
located in Reading, PA
.
 
1960's: 

 

1960---Berks-Building-Block-Split-Stone 1968---Kertz-Gery 1968---Kertz-Gery-(3)
A new split masonry unit is
introduced into the industry.
Kertz-Gery Corporation is formed
with Kertz Precast Corporation.
Kertz-Gery trademarked Fabriwal,
a factory-made reinforced brick
wall section. 
1968---NATCO 1969---Locations-Map 1969---New-MidAtlantic-Plant
Glen-Gery acquired the assets of
NATCO Corporation.
Glen-Gery offices and divisions
as of 1969.
The new Mid-Atlantic Plant nears
completion in 1969.
1970's: 
1970s-Production-Photo 2 1977---New-Reading-Showroom-Reading-Eagle 1977---Tuscarora
Automatic setting machines position
the brick units on tunnel kiln cars
in readiness for drying
and firing.
The Glen-Gery Reading Showroom
opened in 1977 on the site of the
Reading Plant.

In 1977, the Tuscarora Coal Company
was formed as a joint venture
between the Gale Coal Company
of Port Carbon and Glen-Gery. This
joint venture and an in-house
operation fed the gas producers
at the plants and allowed Glen-Gery
to be 80% energy independent.

1980's:
marion handmade Midland
Glen-Gery merges with Marion
Brick company in 1980.
Handmade production begins at 
York in 1985.
Midland Brick Company forms
Glen-Gery's 4th division in 1988.
 
1990's: photos
PersonalizedBrick Oldcastle  
Personalized Brick production
began at our Bigler Plant in 1990.
Glen-Gery and Ibstock Johnsen
were purchased by CRH, Dublin,
Ireland in 1999 trading under
the name Oldcastle.
 


2000's:
2000 Bigler Thin Brick Glen144 Hanley Plant Modernization-Expansion
The Bigler Plant started producing
Thin Brick in 1990.
Our Marseilles Plant opened in
2002.
The $18 million dollar expansion
project was completed at Hanley
in 2003.


2010's: photos coming in December