Anticipated uptick in regional construction spurs partnership between Lusco and ISP

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In response to an improving housing market, two well-established masonry materials companies form a strategic alliance to better serve home builders, architects and contractors in the Wichita, Kansas area.

The alliance of the two well-established players in the construction market gives Wichita’s brick and stone icon Lusco access to several additional lines of manufactured and natural stone, some of which were previously exclusive to ISP.

Wichita-based Lusco Brick & Stone Company and Innovative Stone Products, LLC (ISP), announce a strategic partnership between the two masonry material companies. The alliance of the two well-established players in the construction market gives Wichita’s brick and stone icon Lusco access to several additional lines of manufactured and natural stone, some of which were previously exclusive to ISP.

“The union prepares these two industry leaders for the inevitable influx of business as the housing market continues to rebound,” said Wess Galyon, president and CEO of the Wichita Area Builders Association. “Housing additional lines of thin stone and other products with Lusco’s already-substantial offerings ensures convenience for their home builder, architect and contractor clientele.”

Bruce Gilkeson, Lusco’s president, believes that the alliance will enhance customer service and lead to long-term growth for the company.

“Lusco is well-known for brick, of course, and has sold natural and manufactured stone products for a long time,” Gilkeson said. “The addition of the ISP lines, including the industry leader Eldorado Stone, extends our capabilities and should be a catalyst for growth of our company. As market conditions improve, we expect to expand our geographic territories, as well.”

ISP President Ken Havener agrees with Gilkeson’s assessment that the union will be advantageous for customers and suppliers alike. He looks forward to the partnership and shares an optimistic forecast for the housing market.

“We intend for this alliance to be a win-win situation for everyone involved,” Havener added. “Our shared goal is to provide added value for our customers. Lusco’s substantial masonry expertise and solid reputation in this market make them the undeniable industry leader in brick and natural stone. ISP has developed its reputation as the expert in thin stone veneer. Together, we should be an unbeatable team, as well as a one-stop-shop for all masonry needs.”

About Lusco Brick & Stone Co.
Founded in 1907 as The Lumberman’s Supply Company, Lusco Brick & Stone sells residential brick, architectural brick, paving brick, architectural concrete masonry units (CMU), natural and manufactured stone and “hardscape” products. The third-generation company has supplied Wichita and the region with brick from the premier manufacturers in the U.S. throughout its 105-year history. For more information, visit luscobrick.com.

About Innovative Stone Products, LLC
Innovative Stone Products (ISP) was founded in 1999 in Wichita, Kan. ISP serves the construction market with thin stone products, including several exclusive lines of natural and manmade building materials, such as Sunset and Capitol Products. ISP products have been used in residential and commercial construction projects all over the nation.

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