Rupert Hohls and Garry Bielefeld from GB Masonry say they are still very much in business.
Rupert Hohls and Garry Bielefeld from GB Masonry say they are still very much in business. Renee Pilcher

GB Masonary still going strong

THE great American author Mark Twain once remarked that “rumours of my death are grossly exaggerated”.

And the people at Gympie's GB Masonry operation know exactly how he felt.

Like Mark Twain before them, they wish it to be known rumours of their company's demise are similarly incorrect.

In fact, things are busier than ever at the Kybong block works, which over many years has both suffered and benefited from confusion with their smaller competitor, Gympie Blockworks.

The recent announcement that Gympie Blockworks has now closed made the confusion somewhat alarming for GB Masonry customers who suddenly jammed the phone switchboard with inquiries about that pallet of blocks they hoped was still on the way.

“GB Masonry is alive and well,” sales manager Garry Bielefeld said yesterday.

Not only that, but it is actually bigger than ever, having been bought out by Brickworks Ltd, making them part of the Austral Bricks, Austral Masonry, Bistile Roofing and Auswest Timbers network.

“There has been this confusion for the past 20 years,” he said.

“Sometimes we have lost out because some of our customers went to Gympie Blockworks by mistake and sometimes we've won out because some of their customers accidentally came to us.

“But we do need people to know we are actually in a good financial position and we're still very busy.

“Brickworks Ltd paid $17.4 million for us, so they wanted us pretty badly,” he said.

“We've got more than 100 re-sellers in Queensland and New South Wales and we go as far as Cairns now. We've got links to other blockworks in Caloundra, Ayr, Proserpine, Silkwood and Yatala, as well as Port Kembla Bricks and Blocks in New South Wales.”

The firm employs about 30 people most days and is open from 7am to 7pm, seven days a week, according to plant manager Rupert Hohls.

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