Workshop of the World

stories of industry in & around Philadelphia

M.A.Bruder and Sons, 1935
52nd Street & Grays Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19143

John Mayer, Workshop of the World (Oliver Evans Press, 1990).

Michael A. Bruder started his paint business in 1899 with a single paint store on Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia. By 1926 the company had opened another store across the Delaware River in Camden and operated a paint factory at 17th and Mifflin Streets. 1 After the loss of the Mifflin Street factory, destroyed by fire in 1935, the company purchased the property at 52nd Street and Grays Avenue and built the existing factory.
This three story, concrete/steel frame and brick factory is the Philadelphia manufacturing facility for the MAB Company. Included in this plant are a chemical laboratory, paint making operations and warehouse space. Approximately 500 employees are engaged at the plant.
MAB paints are also manufactured in Terre Haute, Indiana and Orlando, Florida for distribution throughout the Mid-Atlantic and southeastern portion of the country. MAB continues today as a family owned, independent paint company.

1  M.A. Bruder and Sons, A 75-Year History, (Philadelphia, 1974).
2  MAB promotional brochure, no date.

Update May 2007 (by Joel Spivak):
No change.

See also:

MAB Paints - corporate website