WHO WE ARE
Supplying Canada with Building Products Since 1912
I-XL Building Products Inc. has been helping homeowners, masons, builders, designers and architects create beauty and value with our quality brick, stone and building products for over 100 years.
WHAT WE DO
I-XL Building Products Inc. is one of the largest importers and distributors of brick, stone and building products in Canada. With a particular focus on premier products from around the world, we are able to offer our customers one of the most comprehensive selections of building envelope products available. Over the course of our long history, we have established an unrivaled reputation for customer service, product knowledge and design expertise.
WHERE WE COME FROM
A History Lesson
The company was established in Redcliff, Alberta, in 1912 as The Redcliff Pressed Brick Company Limited. The Redcliff plant began shipping brick in 1913. General Manager Herb Sissons decided to use the I-XL trademark which was imprinted into the frog of his pressed brick. In his previous career selling hotel kitchen equipment, Herb handled the I-XL brand of fine cutlery from Sheffield in England. He thought the “I excel” message was appropriate to his product as well, and we’ve used it ever since.
I-XL grew, and we acquired and built several additional plants over the years, notably Medicine Hat Brick & Tile, which had been operating since 1886 on the same site. This plant was acquired in 1929 and we moved our head office to that location. For many years, the operating name of the company remained Medicine Hat Brick & Tile. Herb died in 1949 and his three sons, Gordon, Jack and Tom returned to manage the Company through a period of expansion in western Canada. The name of the Company was changed to I-XL Industries Ltd. in 1971 to take advantage of the well-known I-XL trademark.
Over the next 40 years, I-XL continued our growth and expansion in Western Canada. In 2003, the multiple names for our distribution companies were consolidated under the name I-XL Masonry Supplies Ltd.
In June 2010, the plant in Medicine Hat was flooded and we were forced to close the plant. I-XL donated the land, buildings and equipment directly related to the Brick and Tile production facility to the Friends of Medalta Society (who act as Stewards of the National Historic Clay District) in an effort to further preserve Medicine Hat’s industrial heritage. The vision for the site includes tours of the historic brick plant, the re-creation of a soft mud brick interpretive site, which will explain the brick-making process as it was done in the late 19th Century, as well as residence facilities for visiting artists to Medalta’s International Artists in Residence program.
The site is currently under consideration as a Provincial Historic Resource and is thought to be the oldest industrial site in Alberta. The “frozen in time” condition of the facilities represents the operation as it was in 2010.
In 2017, the company changed names to I-XL Building Products Ltd.™ to better reflect the range in our product assortment and our commitment to the continued delivery of superior products and new ways to advance building technology.
I-XL has seven showrooms located in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario.
WHERE WE ARE GOING
Ironically, the oldest of building materials also shows the greatest amount of innovative potential. By nature, brick and stone are evolving and cutting edge materials that can challenge and inspire the most innovative architect and designer.
I-XL Building Products continuously strives to remain the leader in masonry and building envelope technology. We source and provide both classic and cutting edge building products for projects of all sizes – from residential and commercial to industrial and institutional.