In the Spotlight
Employee in the Spotlight
The Perfect Fit - PCCI’s Dan Yanagihara
Back in the early 2000s, our company was (and still are) doing business with a law firm headed-up by Belan Wagner. Belan, along with Jim Thompson, Chairman of the PCBP Board of Directors, oversaw making sure our companies were protected and defended from all the legal issues that come with operating a large and diverse business.
One day I made a call to Belan and explained that we were very interested in hiring our own in-house attorney. I recall Belen telling me that he had someone who would be a perfect fit, but he wasn’t too happy about losing him. That “perfect fit” was Dan Yanagihara, a young, ambitious lawyer who had been working for Belan’s firm for the past two years. I knew Dan a bit since he had done some work for us and was impressed with his competence and work ethic. Jim knew Dan well by then and seconded Belen’s endorsement. Both men agreed that Dan, who was at the time a father of one young child, would benefit from working for our company with our more reliable working hours. Convincing Dan to come to work for us was put in the hands of Belan, who, after convincing Dan that the move would be to his and his family’s benefit, agreed to join our company.
On November 10, 2003 Dan became our first full-time in-house attorney. In the beginning he was doing most of the work himself – finding the right fit for a legal assistant turned out to be much more difficult than finding the right attorney. It became something of a running joke as they came and went.
Seventeen-years later Dan not only has legal assistants, but two other attorneys to oversee. He is no longer managing just our legal issues but oversees the Risk Management Department as well.
As busy as Dan is on any given day, he will take time to help our subsidiaries with legal advice. They have come to trust him and count on his advice. They know that he will take complicated legalese and break it down into easy to understand English.
Dan’s fellow lawyers view him as a very bright, skilled, and a compassionate manager. They enjoy his sense of humor and value his friendship.
Since Dan joined our company, he and his wife Kerri have added to their family. They now have two daughters and two sons and are very proud of all of them. The oldest, Zoe, worked at Pacific Coast Companies as a summer intern during the summer. I’m pretty sure the other three will follow in her footsteps.
I was impressed with Dan before he joined our company, and now, 17 years later, am even more so. Thank you, Dan, for not only the considerable legal skills you bring to our company, but your integrity and dedication as well.
Location in the Spotlight
Customer Service and Quality Products are at the Core of Basalite
The Basalite-Boise facility became part of the Pacific Coast family of companies in November 1999. Basalite became the third owner of the facility which originally opened its doors in 1978 as Producers Pumice. We currently sit on 25 acres in the town of Meridian and are virtually in the center of the Treasure Valley, making jobsite delivery access easy. When the plant first opened it was in the middle of a farm field and now the city has grown around us.
We are the most unique Basalite facility as we operate a retail business in the front of the property and manufacture concrete products in the back. Most Basalite facilities are shipping plants that do not sell retail. But because we are in a small market we need to be able to sell to multiple types of customers.
On the manufacturing side we make CMU, concrete pavers, segmental retaining walls and garden line products. On the retail side we sell CMU, concrete pavers, segmental retaining walls, stucco, brick, mortar, manufactured stone and garden line products. We aim to be the most complete masonry yard for contractors and homeowners in the Boise area.
We are fortunate to be in a growing market that still builds schools out of masonry, whether they are brick or block. It is safe to say that we have products on every school in the valley. The Boise metro area has experienced tremendous growth over the last seven years —some cities have nearly doubled in population in that time. This is a very desirable area to live and raise a family, which is why I moved here 16 years ago from the Sacramento area. The strong residential growth helps our pavers and stone sales while driving the commercial work like schools, grocery stores and waste water treatment facilities.READ MORE >>
Over the last 10 years we have contributed to the football stadium expansion at Boise State University, built Ridgevue High School, built the new Hugh Nichols Public Safety Building Nampa in downtown Boise. What really helped us bounce back from the Great Recession was The Village in Meridian. This was a new shopping center that featured several of our products, most notably our CMU and STO Stucco. This was a three-year build out from 2011 to 2014 and really sparked our comeback.
We are fortunate to have four employees still here from the Basalite acquisition in 1999. Our Plant Superintendent, George Morgan, Hardscape Salesman Jeff Chapman, Delivery Driver Jack Givens and Customer Service Representative John (Curt) Stephens. All four employees had at least five years or more with Builders Marketplace prior to Basalite.
Right behind me, in the position of Operations Manager, are Greg Brethauer, Work in Progress Supervisor and Laura Jensen, Finance and Admin Rep, each with 20 years with Basalite in 2020. We currently have 34 employees onsite and a handful of temporary seasonal employees.
With excellent customer service and quality products, the Basalite Boise facility will continue to build the community around us with masonry for decades to come.
Our Family of Companies
- Alcal Specialty Contracting, inc.
- Alcal Home
- Alcal Glass Systems, inc.
- Fireside Home Solutions
- Spilker Pacific, LLC
- Anderson Lumber
- Diamond Pacific
- Hawaii Supply
- Pacific Supply
- P.C. Wholesale
- Pioneer Builders Supply Co.
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AIA SeminarsPacific Coast Building Products is pleased to provide American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education workshops and tours. PCBP has developed these seminars for the specification community covering relevant topics.
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