What's New at Missouri Brick Company?

Missouri Brick has won the nearly $1 million contract to supply the bricks for the new ballpark

By Margaret Jackson
St. Louis Business Journal

The St. Louis Cardinals' new ballpark will have more than 2 million bricks - the most used in any recent project in town, said Don Marquess, president of Missouri Brick & Supply Co.

Missouri Brick has won the nearly $1 million contract to supply the bricks for the new ballpark. The 44-year-old St. Louis company has done most of the large brick structures in town including The Plaza in Clayton, currently the building with the most bricks at 1.8 million. Other Missouri Brick projects include St. Louis Place, the Wainwright Building, Anheuser-Busch Cos. Inc. headquarters and student housing at Washington University, St. Louis University and Webster University.

"We are the smallest brick company in town, but we do the biggest projects," Marquess said. Missouri Brick has annual revenue of about $3 million and eight employees, he said.

Missouri Brick, a distributor, will get the brick from Belden Brick Co. of Sugar Creek, Ohio, and deliver it to Milwaukee. There, International Concrete Products will install the brick in precast concrete panels as much as 30 feet in length, which will be transported to St. Louis and hung on the exterior of the ballpark. The more intricate work, which will include more than 600,000 bricks, will be hand set by a local mason to be named later, Marquess said.

Ken Johnson of Hunt Construction Co., general contractor for the ballpark, referred questions concerning the brick to the St. Louis Cardinals. John Lloyd, project director for the Cardinals, could not be reached for comment.

Don Marquess