Pacific Coast Building Products’ origins go back to February 17, 1953, the day Fred Anderson opened the doors to Anderson Lumber Company in Sacramento, California. In preparation for that day, Fred and his wife Pat put all they owned up for collateral in exchange for a bank loan. After leasing a piece of property, they bought an old delivery truck, enough inventory to last them a couple of months, and placed a small ad in the Sacramento Bee newspaper announcing the opening of Anderson Lumber.
PABCO Gypsum began manufacturing gypsum board after its 1972 acquisition of an idle gypsum plant Newark, California that was built in 1955. Five years later, PABCO expanded its gypsum manufacturing capabilities with the acquisition of a Johns-Manville gypsum plant and quarry north of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas facility was expanded and modernized in 1998 and again in 2005; and Newark was updated in 2009. The acquisitions continue with the purchase of QuietRock in 2013, which brought the world's first sound reducing drywall panel into the PABCO family. Our complete line of gypsum products is used in virtually all types of construction from residential to high-rise structures.
PABCO Paper joined the PABCO family in 1984. The plant however, began making paper in 1912, over one hundred years ago as Southern Board and Paper Mills in the industrial city of Vernon, California, southeast of Los Angeles. In the 1920's it became a division of Fiberboard Products and sold again in 1977 to Pacific Coast Packaging Company. After sitting idle for several years, the plant was acquired and upgraded to enable production of high quality paper initially for our gypsum board products. Today in our historic building, PABCO paper turns pre-and post consumer recycled content into new paper products used as gypsum board facing and backing paper, packaging paper for bakery boxes and other paper goods.
PABCO Roofing Products got its start as another acquisition of idle plants. The 1984 roofing products acquisitions included a plant in Richmond, California, whose production dated back to before WWI and a Tacoma, Washington plant dating back to 1955. Both plants were operated and eventually made idle by the CertainTeed Corporation. Within 24 hours of the acquisition, the Tacoma facility was back online producing shingles. Over the years our roofing product line has adapted to changing technologies and customer teste. We made the swtich from organic felts to fiberglass core to laminated shingles. Today the Tacoma plant produces 10 different lines of asphalt shingles including our patented Cascade shingle.
Our company ‘house’ logo was designed years ago with the sides not touching. The slight separations signify that our company is never complete, but always evolving, open to new products, innovations, and ideas. Those beliefs were important factors in building our business and remain critical to our future success.
One of the most important company values in each of our subsidiaries has been to develop and maintain a safe workplace for each of our employees. Safety training, seminars, mentor training, incentives, awards, partnering with OSHA, positive reinforcement, and a host of other formal and informal programs have been used over the years at our facilities to promote one important goal - to send our employees home every night in the same condition they arrived in. While our record isn't perfect, we have set the bar high to exceed the industry average and have been recognized nationally for outstanding safety performance.
This unwavering focus has helped PABCO Building Products earn an exceptional reputation for safety.
PABCO is sensitive to its environmental responsibilities and works hard to keep its impact on the environment and natural resource base to a minimum. PABCO treats the environment as it does its customers, employees and suppliers – with care, consideration and respect. The company has a long tradition of being environmentally aware at all of its sites and in all of its operations. When the company added manufacturing to its portfolio of businesses, it established a corporate environmental department to provide oversight of company environmental programs and to correct potential problems before they became an issue. Through training and information programs, employees are encouraged to minimize waste, recycle, and protect wildlife that inhabit company property.