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HC Muddox 140th Anniversary Event
On a crisp, sunny Sacramento day in December, H.C. Muddox closed out the year with a lunchtime celebration of their 140th anniversary. A buffet luncheon was served under an outdoor tent lined with photos showcasing recent projects, along with a timeline that charts company milestones dating back to 1878. More than 150 customers, distributors and employees attended the open house style event.
Attendees eagerly donned hard hats for a plant tour that revealed the process of how Muddox blends time honored brick making traditions with current technology to create a beautiful, lasting product. People were also invited to “carve their own brick,” to be fired and delivered back to them.READ MORE >>
While the event was very casual, Erik Absalon, president of Basalite and Dave Lucchetti, President of Pacific Coast Building Products each spoke, welcoming guests. Dave talked of how maintaining quality while embracing innovation will help to ensure the continued success of a company founded nearly a century and a half ago. The event ended with guests picking up their H.C. Muddox anniversary “swag” as they made their way home.
H.C. Muddox is unique in that the company has only had three owners in its 140-year history. After initially learning the pottery trade in Illinois, English immigrant George Muddox moved his wife and seven children across the country to Sacramento. In 1878, on land purchased from the son of John Sutter, George established a pottery and sewer pipe factory on the corner of 30th & K Streets. He remained a part of the business until his death in 1899, when son Harry purchased the plant from his father’s estate.
After taking over the plant, Harry immediately began making improvements that increased production efficiency. After renaming the business The H.C. Muddox Company, he learned every aspect of the business, building it into one of the largest, most complete and modern sewer pipe works on the West Coast in the early 20th century. In addition to running the factory, Harry was involved in philanthropic endeavors and politics in the Sacramento area.
After Harry’s death, family continued to own the company until his wife died in 1958. In 1960, it was purchased by a partnership of shareholders. Pacific Coast Building Products acquired it in 1980. The acquisition included plant operations in Ione and Sacramento and 265 acres of rich clay deposits near Ione, ensuring a consistent supply of raw material for decades to come.
As H.C. Muddox closes the book on their 140th year, the company looks forward to the future and continuing the tradition of excellence that is the hallmark of their brick products.
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