In the Spotlight
Employee in the Spotlight
Jeff Elder from Interstate Brick
In the Brick Industry, it is often said that Interstate Brick stands out from the other producers. Some say it is the breadth of products that Interstate produces at a single location and others say that it is because of the consultative approach Interstate offers to specifiers designing new projects, but either way, one person is most responsible for the expertise and direction of the Interstate Sales Team and that is General Sales Manager, Jeff Elder.
Jeff was hired by Interstate Brick in 1988 as a structural engineer and technical director focused on designing curtain wall systems for brick veneer. Jeff had just come from KKBNA Consulting Engineers where he successfully designed curtain wall systems of glass and metal in conjunction with masonry, especially brick . . .
Location in the Spotlight
Epic’s plant is located in Lodi, central CA wine country nestled right between the cities of Stockton and Sacramento. The property spans over 7 acres with about 120,000 square feet under roof. It was this site, along with the book of business and equipment, that the Pacific Coast Family agreed to acquire in September of 2007. Shortly after the acquisition, a new strategic plan took hold that included a renewed focus on product quality, customer channel diversification, and revenue growth.
Post-consumer recycled plastics that are diverted from landfills can be a very dirty and problematic feedstock to manage. Consequently, and with the help of a grant from CalRecycle, innovative Plastics Wash Line and Water Treatment equipment were purchased and installed at Epic allowing the standardization of raw materials through supplemental processing. This investment in product quality gave the leadership team the confidence to pursue big box store accounts and in January of 2012, the acquisition of competitor ADS’ edging book of business resulted in Epic supplying each of the 220 plus Home Depot stores in CA.READ MORE >>
In addition to serving Home Depot and Lowe’s, Epic warehouses at partner Basalite facilities in Dupont, Sparks, South Gate, Boise, Denver, and Vancouver, as well as at third party warehouses in Dallas, Houston, and Tampa. These strategic distribution points allow Epic to serve more than 1,200 customers, most notably international landscape distributors SiteOne Landscape Supply and Ewing Irrigation, across the U.S. and southern Canada. Epic is just now hitting stride and capacity expansions in the plant including recent upgrades to two of its extrusion lines will support growth into the near future. Plans to expand product line offerings are underway and having a Plant Manager in Navid Rezaei with wide ranging plastics manufacturing experience, will support diversifying into new plastic manufacturing technologies. Maybe even a second plant to help serve its business in the central and eastern US is in the cards!
None of these milestones would have come to fruition, nor would Epic’s future be so bright without the commitment of each and every one of Epic’s employees. Maintenance Supervisor Fortunado Mendez and Production Manager Lupe Salazar, can attest to the progress made as they were instrumental in the manufacturing of that first board in Richmond over 20 years ago and remain instrumental in each board manufactured today. Along with Lupe and Fortunado, 1/3 of Epic’s current employees have been on board since before joining the Pacific Coast Family in 2007 and more than half of Epic’s employees have been on for 5 years or more! Leaders like Olin Pettit, Dan Crownover Jr., Carlos Leon, Francisco Martinez, and Cindy Rhed continue to pave the way for newer employees and are leading the charge forward. With an outstanding balance of experienced and newer team members in place, diversified customer channels, efficient processes, a safety program that exceeds industry standards, and innovative ambitions, we can’t wait to see what the future has in store at Epic!
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