Press Release


FORT WORTH, Texas (August 15, 2017) – Texas Building Products (TBP), a member of The Hi-Standard Family of Companies and a leading manufacturer of concrete masonry, recently announced the March, 2017, acquisition of SpectraGlaze® from Burns & Russell Companies of Baltimore, Md. Along with new ownership, SpectraGlaze also has a new logo and completely redesigned website at

SpectraGlaze concrete masonry block has been produced for more than 60 years and set the international standard for glazed finishes integrally bonded to concrete block. It is an innovative, cost-saving, high performance pre-finished concrete block that has been used to construct all types of structures worldwide. Available in a wide variety of colors, SpectraGlaze concrete masonry units are resistant to soiling, chemicals, marking, impact, abrasion, urine, blood and acid rain. In addition, they are fire-safe, non-toxic and meet all national building codes, as well as USDA and OSHA requirements for sanitary walls. TBP has been a SpectraGlaze-licensed producer for more than 20 years.

“With the main manufacturing location for SpectraGlaze moving from Maryland to Texas, much of our product will now be shipped from a more central location – and freight will be less of a cost factor than in the past,” said Bruce Fowler, owner of The Hi-Standard Family of Companies. “We are also actively soliciting licensees to manufacture the product in other locations across North America, making SpectraGlaze more accessible than ever. We are fully committed to providing our customers with high-value products that also have an important future in the masonry industry.”

The new logo for SpectraGlaze was commissioned to establish the new brand’s identity and, with its colorful blocks, represents the wide variety of colors and applications for its use. The new website has been designed to provide a user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality, allowing designers, customers and contractors access to detailed product information.

The Hi-Standard Family of Companies is proud to add SpectraGlaze to their umbrella of masonry materials companies including Texas Building Products, Builders Cast Stone and Builders Equipment and Supply Company.