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Organ Company Undergoes Changes after a Century

Dan Warner
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - One hundred years ago, three brothers — a watchmaker, a cabinetmaker and a jeweler by trade — banded together to build a business from music, creating and servicing organs around the St. Louis area. Now, their business model is finally about to change.

Tuesday morning, Wick’s Organ Company will put up for auction organs, organ parts and its 81,000 sq. ft. building and the 7.7 acres of land on which it sits. The company has been based at its Highland, Illinois, location since 1910.

Mark Wick, the third generation of the Wick family to own the business, says that while the company is changing, it is not going out of business. In a move that he calls “smart-sizing,” Wick’s company will continue to provide services and build organs through sub-contracting and outsourcing with former employees.

The auction will take place from 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Wicks Highland location, and also can be accessed online at www.sbmac.com. Items can be viewed at the Highland location until 4 p.m. today.

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