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New Baltimore Design Studio

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Brickwork’s Third U.S. Design Studio to be Located in Baltimore, Leveraging the Success of Glen-Gery’s L&L Supply Location

WYOMISSING, Pa.May 20, 2020 Glen-Gery is pleased to announce that its L&L Supply location in Baltimore, MD will now operate as a design studio, effective immediately.  The search to find a new location that combines the character of Baltimore with the style of our unique Design Studio spaces is currently underway. The Baltimore location will be the third Design Studio in the United States, following the Philadelphia and New York City studios currently under construction. Our Design Studios provide architects, designers and other trade professionals a space to collaborate on projects, learn about our products and attend a wide range of thought-provoking and entertaining events. This decision will allow us to immediately align activities that focus on the architectural design community and build off the hard work and dedication of the L&L team.

Jeff Charles
Jeff Charles, Baltimore Design Studio Manager

To drive the success of the Baltimore Design Studio operation, Jeff Charles has been promoted to the role of Design Studio Manager. Jeff has over a decade of experience in the construction industry holding various positions in sales and management. Jeff also has extensive experience assisting architects and designers with material specifications on large scale projects in both the public and private sectors and will be well-suited to lead the team in the Greater Baltimore Area. Reporting to Jeff will be District Sales Managers Holly Bennett and Ken Mistovich. Holly and Ken are both highly experienced and have been instrumental in building a strong network in Baltimore; their support will be invaluable driving the success of the Design Studio. Further support for the Design Studio will be provided through Business Development Managers Al Higgins and Ben Safren. The L&L Yard will continue to operate under the management of Wendell Carr to fulfill the masonry requirements of the Greater Baltimore Area.

 

 

 

 

Design Studio and Business Development Team

In addition to Design Studios, Glen-Gery’s Business Development team was created to focus on strengthening relationships and providing value-added services to architects and designers, while continuing to support our network of architecturally focused distributors. This team will be responsible for generating awareness and promoting technical capabilities for all Glen-Gery products. Some of the important services offered by this team include:

  • Seminars and technical presentations
  • New product introductions
  • Design services and technical solutions
  • Design and installation assistance for Thin Tech®, Tru-Brix®, and Terracade systems
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Lara Robertson, Director, Design
 

The Design Studio and Business Development teams are led by Lara Robertson who joined Glen-Gery in November 2019.  Lara formerly held the position of National Design and Specification Manager for Brickworks in Australia and was responsible for managing the design and specification team nationally. 

Lara has a Bachelor of Ceramic Engineering degree from the University of New South Wales and an Executive MBA from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Contact us today to learn how we can assist with your next masonry project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brickworks Invests in Premium Design Experience

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Brickworks Invest in Premium Design Experience -

New High-End Studios Opening Soon

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New York Design Studio (Exterior Rendering)
 

WYOMISSING, Pa.April 29, 2020 -- Since entering the North American brick market through acquisitions of Glen-Gery, Sioux City Brick and Redland Brick, Brickworks North America has driven forward the company’s vision of bringing unique and exciting brick design possibilities to architects, designers and building professionals.  Brickworks is set to launch spaces for the architectural and design community to view, select and collaborate on these products through two new design studios. These modern, high-end spaces are currently under construction on Walnut Street in Philadelphia and 5th Avenue in New York City.

“This is a significant investment in the U.S. brick market,” said Mark Ellenor, President Brickworks North America. “Products that meet the high-end style needs of architects are a focus for Brickworks in the United States. We are excited about the opportunity to showcase our premium products and brands through these signature design studios in Philadelphia and New York City.”

In addition to positioning brick as a stylish and high-end material, design studios will assist in driving an increase in brick wall share in the market. They are also intended to drive specifications through our existing distribution channel and provide our partners a resource for selecting brick with their clients. The space will also be made available to local and national associations to host events.

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New York Design Studio (Interior Rendering)
 

The 3,500 square foot space in Philadelphia will feature premium products like Venetian Glass Brick and Klaycoat® Brick, as well as products that are synonymous with the city and provide the old-world charm, including authentic handmade brick and Cushwa premium wood molded brick. The Philadelphia Design Studio is expected to open this summer.

In New York City, the 5th Avenue location will boast a 16,000 square foot space and will be considered the worldwide flagship design studio for Brickworks.  It will feature the latest technologies for selecting brick, provide an intimate space for color consultations and display products that will appeal to local design and architecture. The New York Studio is expected to open in late 2020.

Brickworks currently has six design studios across Australia built with premium materials from around the world. Each design studio effortlessly transforms into a fully functioning event space to engage and educate the architectural and design community. Suitably, it is set to be the home to regular industry events with industry experts including local and international architects.

 

About Glen-Gery

Glen-Gery, part of Brickworks Limited of Australia, is a premier brand and award-winning manufacturer of brick and stone products, and a distributor of in-house manufactured and globally sourced exterior/interior building products. Through expansive manufacturing and sales facilities, and a dealer network across North America, the company offers a broad product portfolio, when and where needed, to meet the growing demands of the building industry. Founded in 1890, Glen-Gery is headquartered in Wyomissing, Pa. www.glengery.com

About Brickworks Limited

Brickworks Limited is a publicly listed Australian-owned company (ASX code: BKW), Australia’s largest brick maker and one of that country’s leading building products companies. Brickworks traces its history to 1934, today offering products including bricks, masonry blocks, retaining wall systems, pavers, roof tiles, precast concrete panels, timber products and more. The company distributes its products throughout Australia and New Zealand. Through Brickworks North America Corporation, Glen-Gery is the fourth largest brick manufacturer in the United States. www.brickworks.com.au

Demand Increase for Molded Brick

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Glen-Gery Creates 30 New Jobs at Shoemakersville, PA Factory as Demand for Wood Molded Bricks Increase

Bob Hess
Bob Hess, Plant Manager, Mid-Atlantic Plant
 

WYOMISSING, Pa.April 28, 2020 -- Glen-Gery has announced plans to startup a second brick kiln at its Mid-Atlantic manufacturing plant, as demand for its authentic wood molded facebrick and shapes is on the rise. This increase in production will make an additional 40 million bricks per year and create 30 new jobs at the facility located in Shoemakersville, Pennsylvania.

“We are excited to create new job opportunities through our investment in Glen-Gery,” said Mark Ellenor, President Brickworks North America. “Demand for wood molded brick, including our premium Cushwa brand, has seen an increase as we expand our marketing and develop new innovative colors.” Ellenor also said, “We have great distribution partners throughout North America who have helped create demand for our products and we value these relationships.”

Glen-Gery wood molded brick, with purposefully irregular shape and iconic soft edges, are capable of enhancing architecture, both classic and modern. Cushwa Molded Brick includes the renowned “Calvert” frog on the bedside of the brick. This imprint has been synonymous with Colonial America and its rich heritage that has passed from generation to generation. View the Cushwa promotional video here.

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Cushwa Molded Brick
 

Glen-Gery is the largest manufacturer of wood molded facebrick and shapes in the United States.

 

About Glen-Gery

Glen-Gery, part of Brickworks Limited of Australia, is a premier brand and award-winning manufacturer of brick and stone products, and a distributor of in-house manufactured and globally sourced exterior/interior building products. Through expansive manufacturing and sales facilities, and a dealer network across North America, the company offers a broad product portfolio, when and where needed, to meet the growing demands of the building industry. Founded in 1890, Glen-Gery is headquartered in Wyomissing, Pa. www.glengery.com

About Brickworks Limited

Brickworks Limited is a publicly listed Australian-owned company (ASX code: BKW), Australia’s largest brick maker and one of that country’s leading building products companies. Brickworks traces its history to 1934, today offering products including bricks, masonry blocks, retaining wall systems, pavers, roof tiles, precast concrete panels, timber products and more. The company distributes its products throughout Australia and New Zealand. Through Brickworks North America Corporation, Glen-Gery is the fourth largest brick manufacturer in the United States. www.brickworks.com.au

Brickworks Investments

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Brickworks Invests $10 Million in Glen-Gery Hanley Plant Upgrade to Increase Capacity by 25%

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Carmel Place in New York, NY showcasing Hanley’s signature Klaycoat® Brick.
 

WYOMISSING, Pa.April 27, 2020 -- Brickworks Building Products, Australia’s largest brick manufacturer entered the U.S. market in November of 2018 through the acquisition of Glen-Gery. The objectives were simple; invest in people and manufacturing technologies while promoting brick as a stylish, modern material. Brickworks has moved quickly on these promises; recently announcing a $10 million dollar investment in facility upgrades at Glen-Gery’s Hanley Plant located in Summerville, Pennsylvania. 

These upgrades include modernization to equipment that will improve the quality of products and increase capacity by 15 million brick per year. Additional upgrades include updated work spaces for employees and an architectural showroom for customers to view and select products. The project will commence in May and be complete by early 2021.

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Truck being loaded with brick at Glen-Gery’s Hanley Plant in Summerville, PA.
 

The Hanley plant was built in 1924 and purchased by Glen-Gery in 1986. In addition to the color palette that includes cool greys, natural tans and deep burgundy colors, Hanley is known for its endless selection of glazed and klaycoat® brick.

“Hanley is the brick industry’s premier architectural brick plant with products used on many well-known projects across the U.S.” said Mark Ellenor, President Brickworks North America. “This investment will ensure opportunities for the next generation of brick makers and allow us to continue supplying high quality products and meet future demand.”

About Glen-Gery
Glen-Gery, part of Brickworks Limited of Australia, is a premier brand and award-winning manufacturer of brick and stone products, and a distributor of in-house manufactured and globally sourced exterior/interior building products. Through expansive manufacturing and sales facilities, and a dealer network across North America, the company offers a broad product portfolio, when and where needed, to meet the growing demands of the building industry. Founded in 1890, Glen-Gery is headquartered in Wyomissing, Pa. www.glengery.com

About Brickworks Limited
Brickworks Limited is a publicly listed Australian-owned company (ASX code: BKW), Australia’s largest brick maker and one of that country’s leading building products companies. Brickworks traces its history to 1934, today offering products including bricks, masonry blocks, retaining wall systems, pavers, roof tiles, precast concrete panels, timber products and more. The company distributes its products throughout Australia and New Zealand. Through Brickworks North America Corporation, Glen-Gery is the fourth largest brick manufacturer in the United States. www.brickworks.com.au

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