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Gagne & Son History

Humble Beginnings

The Gagne & Son story begins in 1945, in a two-car garage on a quiet street by the river in Augusta. There, father and son team Alfred and Pete Gagne produced their first 8” concrete block. It would be the first of many, and it would lay the foundation for a Maine-based family business built on quality, integrity, and hard work.

Growth and Change

As demand for their product grew, Gagne & Son expanded and modernized their capabilities to meet the needs of the market. While keeping a critical eye on the highest-quality standards they were known for, they acquired new equipment, broadened their product offerings, and increased production. Gagne & Son now operates a 35,000 square-foot manufacturing plant, three warehouses, a quarry in Belgrade, and eight showrooms across the state, from Kittery to Holden.

Building for the Future

Modest beginnings set the groundwork for Gagne & Son to grow into a market leader, a trusted partner, and an integral resource in Maine’s commercial building and home improvement industries. With their commitment to providing only the best sustainable, locally sourced materials and unrivaled customer service, Gagne & Son will continue to pave new paths in stone masonry manufacturing for years to come.

1945

Alfred Gagne and his son, Albert ‘Pete’ Gagne, started the business in a two-car garage next to the family home on Washington Street in Augusta.

1952

The manufacturing plant is moved to Belgrade.

1959

Alfred Gagne dies in a car accident.

1960

Albert ‘Pete’ Gagne and Joyce have their first child, Linda. The company has 8 employees

1962

Gagne & Son starts making colored patio blocks, their first hardscaping product.

1963

Gagne Fuel Oil Co. is founded.

1966

Production increases to 4,000 blocks per day.

1970

The new office building opens.

1973-1974

Pete Gagne purchases two apartment buildings in Augusta, tears them down and builds a 30-unit complex with concrete block.

1975

Production increases to 6,000 block per day. Linda Gagne starts working for her father after school.

1981

The company opens a hardware supply store in Belgrade.

1982

Gagne & Son purchase Maine Cement Products in Veazie, renames it Gagne Precast. Fred Gagne, Pete’s son manages it for 19 years.

1985

A 40-by-60 foot, two-story warehouse is added to the main office. Later it would become part of the office complex.

1987

Peter Gagne starts working in the block plant.

1989

The company purchases Louis Caron Block inc. in Auburn.

1993

The company starts making Keystone retaining wall block systems.

1994

Production begins on 4×8 pavers. A new Thunderbird crusher goes on line.

1996

The company starts making the Dek-Block line.

The company purchases the retail store owned by V. Minnini Block Co. in Westbrook.

1997

Albert ‘Pete’ Gagne dies of cancer at the age of 61.

1998

The Calumet Club dedicates their Little League field and renames it Albert ‘Pete’ Gagne Sports Field.

2000

Manufacturing begins on Keystone soft-split retaining wall block.

2001

The third warehouse is built, measuring 80′ x 200′.

2003

Gagne Fuel Oil is sold to Downeast Energy.

2005

The company invests in a new 34,000 sq ft manufacturing plant with a state of the art automated concrete products machine to produce a full line of landscape product along with our traditional masonry products. 

 The company purchases the former Saco-Brick Company stores in Saco and Kittery.

2007

The company purchses former JK Sales in Topsham, ME.

2012

A brand new seventh location was built in the town of Holden. Now Gagne & Son covers from Holden to Kittery and has a strong hold on the state of Maine.

Gagne & Son installs a brand new Columbia Machine Tumbler at the block plant in Belgrade.  This enables Gagne & Son to unveil its Barrel Spun tumbled pavers and walls.

2014

Improvements were made to the block plant so that Gagne & Son could blend colors better in their patio stones and retaining walls.

New paving stone products are released, Federal Stone, Vintage Federal Stone, and Cottage Ledgestone.

2016

Gagne & Son releases its new Hollandstone Permeable and Brookside pavers.

2018

Gagne & Son releases its new and improved Cottage Ledgestone II along with the new grande size.