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World’s Best Brick Layer

  • February 12 19
SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500®  Who is the world’s best bricklayer? The SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500® competition at the World of Concrete/World of Masonry in Las Vegas answered Read More
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Happy New Year!

  • January 2 19
Another year has passed, and another wealth of memories made. People have come and gone. The months have flown by. Thank you to everyone who has made the past year a success. Many people, at this time Read More
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Happy Holidays

  • December 17 18
My favorite part of the holiday season is Christmas Eve. Pajamas on and hot chocolate in hand, my family gathers in the living room. Our sparkling tree lights up the room. We have a mad dash to claim Read More
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Outdoor Fireplaces

  • November 26 18
Watching the leaves turn colors signals that start of winter in my mind.  Enjoying the cooler weather and the fall foods brings you to a special place. This is my favorite season to explore Read More
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Happy Thanksgiving

  • November 19 18
Turkey, stuffing, and pie are a few pieces of the traditional Thanksgiving meal. This Thursday, many of us will be sitting down to this feast and celebrating this year’s harvest. In doing so, we Read More
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NP What?

  • November 12 18
Lately, one of our most popular products has really been flying off the shelves. Caulking, a sealant, is used to keep moisture out of cracks in masonry, window seals, and other areas. It is a vital Read More
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RidgeRock and Nursery Stone

  • October 29 18
RidgeRock retaining wall block is manufactured at our location in Joplin, Missouri. These interlocking blocks can be used to build retaining walls over 60 feet high. Manufactured in five colors, Read More
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Halloween is Drawing Near

  • October 22 18
Halloween is one of those fun times of year where anything can happen. You can dress up as a character for the day. There is free candy and fun decorations everywhere. Now that I’ve got my own Read More
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Cold Days

  • October 15 18
As the calendar ticks closer to the crest of winter, the thermometer ticks lower and the fireplace gets brighter. I’m very glad that we have a beautiful red brick fireplace to center of Read More
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Masonry Tools

  • October 9 18
Joplin Building Material prides itself on serving the Joplin area masons. Of course, we stock a warehouse of mortar. Our block plant is on location, and we are distributers of both brick and Read More
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Locomotion Location

  • October 1 18
Have you ever noticed the railroad that neighbors our office on the corner of 15th and Illinois? I’m sure you have if you have been stopped by a train. Sometimes the whistle blows at the wrong Read More
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Manufactured Stone

  • September 17 18
Manufactured Stone is made from casting concrete. It is then painted to resemble real stone and mortared onto a structure as a veneer. It has the beauty of real stone and an easier installation. Read More
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  • September 10 18
One of the special things about JBM is that we strive to be experts in our field. However, there is so much to learn that we specialize in our experiences. For example, nobody knows cast stone like Read More
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Dreaming of Cast Stone

  • September 4 18
Have you ever had one of those weeks where you are too busy to think? You go from one activity to the next with no time to stop and breathe. I believe everyone has those types of weeks. This past week Read More
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Coffee Pot

  • August 27 18
Personally, I don’t drink coffee. When I do have it, I’ve added enough milk and sugar that I can’t reasonably call it coffee anymore. However, my taste buds aside, I love the Read More


  • August 20 18
Here at Joplin Building Material, we pride ourselves on being a premier brick distributor in the Joplin and Springfield area. With over a dozen companies represented in our selection, we have a wide Read More
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All I want for Christmas is a…Glass Block?

  • August 15 18
A few years ago, I was giving a beautiful Christmas decoration. Simple and elegant, it was a glass block with a bow on it. It lights up when plugged in and gives the impression of a glowing gift. Ever Read More
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Signs of Change

  • August 3 18
As a kid, Joplin Building Material was a constant part of my life. I’d visit the office to leave notes on my Dad’s desk and eat Grandpa’s chocolate mints. I’ve been to JBM Read More
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Summer’s End

  • July 30 18
With the weather today, I would never guess that it was still summer. As it is my last week as Joplin Building Material’s intern, my summer is drawing to a close. After two months, I finally Read More
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Parking Barriers

  • July 23 18
The other day, I was running errands around town. My list was a mile long with places to stop, things to pick up, and activities to complete. In an attempt to finish it all before my deadline, I was Read More
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Pop Machine

  • July 16 18
Have you ever visited our location at the corner of 15th and Illinois and noticed the old pop machine? Our vintage vending machine sits right inside our front entrance. It's not only decoration, Read More
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Around Town

  • July 9 18
If I have a little extra time, I like to drive through local neighborhoods and look at the homes. Sometimes brick patterns catch my eye. The other day, I noticed an apartment village. At first, the Read More
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  • July 2 18
I've been researching good walking shoes lately. As a student, I walk all day long from class to class. Campuses are convenient, everything is steps away.  I love walking on our campus. It Read More
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JBM Showroom

  • June 25 18
I always enjoy when homeowners-to-be come in and browse our brick samples. Out of chatter on colors, prices, and styles comes the origin story of a home. Although this story is only just beginning, Read More
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Backyard Beach

  • June 18 18
When I was a kid, I could float in a pool all day long. I was sure that I would be a mermaid when I grew up. Even as an adult, swimming in the pool is, by far, the best summertime activity. When last Read More
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Rainy Morning

  • June 12 18
We recently cleaned and re-sealed the cast stone accents at our home. For over a decade, these accents have surrounded our raised flowerbeds. Now, with the recent maintenance, they look brand-new to Read More
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Commerce Bank - Joplin

  • March 22 17
If you haven’t seen the Commerce Bank building on the corner of 20th and Connecticut, you have missed a really cool looking building.  The tumbled modular brick and Cast Stone Split-face Read More
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Old Chicago Pizza Blog

  • March 15 17
MEAT ME! The exterior of this business is so inviting.  The red brick and a Cast Stone base give this business the feel of luxury and yet the quietness of home.  Working directly with the Read More