In 1957, Leonce Millet realized his dream of owning his own business. Economy Brick Sales began as a business located on the porch of his home in Weber City. Leonce began by selling bricks from the Hammond Baton Rouge Brick Company while still moving houses with his father. The business was operated from this location for two years.
Soon Leonce realized the area’s need for a light-colored brick. He found this brick in Texas and began a relationship with Reliance Clay Products. This created a need to transport bricks, and Leonce realized the need to relocate his business near the railroad.
He purchased a small house near the railroad and turned the land around it into his brickyard. Future Mayor Nelson Roth was present to help Leonce open the first boxcar. It was not long before Economy Brick Sales purchased a truck for deliveries.
At this time bricks were delivered with tongs (10 at a time.) As business continued to grow, Leonce took advantage of the opportunity to purchase additional land where a cotton gin was once located on the corner of Edenborn Street. He built a new building on this property in 1963.
Because Leonce saw the need to provide his services to the LaPlace and Lutcher area, his wife, Joyce, would work in the office in the afternoon allowing him to make sales calls. The cost of Texas brick became more expensive as a charge was placed on the bricks crossing the Mississippi River; therefore, Leonce decided to branch out and buy brick from the Southeastern United States as well.
Realizing the growing needs of the community, he also traveled to Chicago and secured both Chicago and St. Louis used brick. Due to the successful endeavors of Leonce and his staff the new building received an addition in 1969 followed by further additions in 1993, 1997, and 2001. A fireplace line was introduced in 1974, and stucco was introduced in 1991.
Today, Economy Brick Sales includes a staff of 15 employees including his children, and carries over 15 lines of bricks. Leonce Millet would like to thank everyone who has supported Economy Brick Sales during the last 50 years including contractors, manufacturers, and local communities.
Today, Economy Brick Sales includes a staff of
15 employees and carries over 15 lines of bricks.”
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