Today we’d like to introduce you to Katrine Eyer.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Weldco Inc. is a manufacturer of truck bodies used to deliver glass. Established in 1946, the company started out as a welding shop until the original owner began making glass racks for trucks in 1949. Since then, Weldco has shifted its focus to specialize in glass racks and has prospered as a premier supplier to the glass installation industry. Now owned and operated by my mother, Rochell Eyer, Weldco is a female, minority owned manufacturing company. A naturalized citizen, Rochell worked her way up in the company and purchased it during the recession. From there Weldco saw a turnaround for the better as it flourished under new management. Her experience as an electrical engineer greatly improved the already high quality of the product while her experience as a single mother of two very different children immensely defined and solidified her relationship with her employees, all of whom have an unfounded loyalty both to her and the company.
Weldco is actually currently undergoing expansion as it is moving to a new location in Santa Fe Springs that is twice as large as where it currently operates in Sylmar.
Having fulfilled the proverbial American Dream, Rochell exemplifies the endless possibilities and opportunities for those who put their whole heart and mind to something. Her success only proves to show the importance of small businesses in our communities as she has helped so many customers and employees along the way to where she is now.
Has it been a smooth road?
Speaking on behalf of my mother, the road to Weldco’s success has definitely been a rough one. When the recession hit, business slowed down for us just as it had for many others. People made do with the glass racks they had or found someone who was selling an old one. In addition, not too many people were able to afford renovating their homes and did not buy as much glass, thus decreasing the need to transport glass in the first place. Rochell bought Weldco when I was only in middle school, and I distinctly recall her working two other jobs just to make ends meet. She had been sending my brother and me to private, Catholic school and did her very best to not pull us out of that environment as she believed it to be crucial to our development and academic careers. With the economy so slow, there came a time where she had to pay her then few employees out of her own pockets just so that they could still provide for their families. Raising two children on her own and all the while learning the ins and outs of the business and reverse engineering the product herself to gain the best insight on how to best design it, there is no question as to why people- from our family and friends to our accountants and lawyers- to this day continue to remind me that my mother is Wonder Woman. She shares her success and prosperity with those around her, hosting catered birthday lunches for employees and an annual Christmas party that everyone looks forward to, showing that a company is about so much more than just profits.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Weldco manufactures glass racks for pickup trucks and vans. They are truck bodies for delivering panes of glass safely and efficiently from location to location. We specialize only in glass racks and its constituent parts. Weldco’s niche in the industry is that we proudly custom-build every rack, each one catered and designed specifically for the vehicle it will be on to maximize strength, durability, and capacity. We are constantly improving upon our design, evolving to the needs of the customers. At the end of the day, these products are not for us, it’s for them.
Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Every city is different from one another, and it really does depend on the kind of business you wish to run. There are some areas that make it easy for startups, while others make it difficult to run a manufacturing company. However, overall, Los Angeles is a fantastic city for exposure as its surroundings and people are unlike any other.
- Address: 10124 Romandel Ave. Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
- Website: glastrk.com
- Phone: 818-506-5490
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org