Midwest Block & Brick Adds Satellite Showroom And Yard

St. Louis-based Midwest Block & Brick is developing a 10,000-sq.-ft. office and warehouse facility in Gray Summit, Mo., scheduled to open in early April.

St. Louis-based Midwest Block & Brick is developing a 10,000-sq.-ft. office and warehouse facility in Gray Summit, Mo., scheduled to open in early April. The Midwest Products Group division is investing more than $2 million for site acquisition and building development. Located on seven acres in Franklin County, the facility will include offices and a warehouse, plus 2,000-sq.-ft. showroom.

The Gray Summit location will be the largest brick dealer/distributor in the Franklin County region, and geared to meet masonry and landscaping needs of the growing communities in Franklin and West St. Louis Counties. The facility will service the Franklin County communities of Augusta, Labadie, Pacific, St. Clair, Union and Washington; and, the St. Louis County communities of Eureka, St. Albans, and Wildwood. The company will continue to maintain its other area locations in Wentzville, Mo., and Waterloo, Ill. Midwest Products Group also has several divisions in the St. Louis region, including Kirchner Block & Brick and St. Louis Retaining Wall Co.

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