Companies in this industry set stones, lay bricks and cement and glass blocks, apply stucco, prepare foundations, and perform other masonry work. Major US companies include Western Construction Group, McGee Brothers, C A Lindman, Sun Valley Masonry, and Dee Brown; other leading companies include Hallett Brick (Australia) and Sekigahara Stone and Yabashi Marble (both in Japan).
Demand is driven by residential, commercial, and government-funded construction activity. The profitability of individual companies depends on accurate cost estimation and efficient project management. Large companies have economies of scale in marketing and purchasing. Small companies can compete effectively by specializing. The industry is fragmented. About 70% of US masonry contractors have fewer than five employees.
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Major sources of revenue for masonry contractors include single-family homes, as well as educational, commercial, office, multi-family, and institutional buildings.