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About Us

The days of the Gold Rush had long passed when the earth yielded yet another treasure. This time in the form of "potter's clay" in Lincoln, California. In the fall of 1874 Charles Gladding of Chicago was visiting California when he read the news of the clay find. He traveled to Lincoln, took samples of the clay and sent them back to Chicago for testing by ceramic experts. The results surpassed his expectations.

The clay proved to be of excellent quality and was in abundant supply. On May 12, 1875, along with new partners Peter McGill McBean and George Chambers, Charles Gladding returned to Lincoln with a group of skilled craftsmen and Gladding, McBean and Co was born. Soon Gladding, McBean began shipping clay sewer pipe to towns throughout the state of California.

About Gladding, McBeanIn 1884, the company built a two-story office building on Market Street in San Francisco, using terra cotta trim made at the Lincoln plant. The building attracted a lot of attention and in the ensuing years Gladding, McBean and Co became a leader in producing architectural terra cotta facades for some of the most significant historical landmarks in the world.

By the early 1890's the company had expanded its line to include fire brick, roof tile, chimney pipes and ornamental garden pottery. An early clay roof tile project was Stanford University, one of the countries most prestigious and architecturally stunning campuses. To this day Gladding continues to provide its signature clay tile to Stanford University for any campus additions, as well as residential and commercial buildings worldwide.

About Gladding, McBeanGladding, McBean and Co. operated until 1962, when it merged with Lock Joint Pipe Co. and formed what was known as Interpace Corporation. However, in 1976 Interpace announced their intention to cease operations at the Lincoln plant. After so many years, no one ever expected to lose "the Pottery". At this crucial time, Pacific Coast Building Products emerged to purchase the company and restore the famous name of Gladding, McBean.

Today the plant is thriving, with proven clay reserves assuring operations for decades to come. Gladding has combined the old world craftsmanship with new technology such as laser scanning and sophisticated computer-aided design to provide customers with infinite creative possibilities.

We are proud of our contributions to American Architecture. The State of California Library now houses over 6,500 of our late 19th and early 20th century job files which include correspondence as well as photographs of some of our most significant work.

Corporate Headquarters
601 7th Street
Lincoln, CA 95648-1828
Phone: 800-776-1133

Map/Directions

Terra Cotta

Manager, Architectural Products: Jamie Farnham
E-mail: jamie.farnham@paccoast.com

Sales: Mike Moraes
E-mail: mike.moraes@paccoast.com

CLAY SEWER PIPE

Customer Service: Frankie Bullard
Phone: 800-776-4785
Phone: 916-644-9317
Fax: 916-645-9538
E-mail: Frankie.Bullard@paccoast.com

Sales Manager: Dan Cross
Phone: 916-343-2466
E-mail: Dan.Cross@paccoast.com

Sales - Northern California:
Gerry Andre

Phone: 916-343-1795
E-mail: Gerry.Andre@paccoast.com

Sales - Ventura/LA Counties:
Ron Kaelin

Phone: 818-482-9789
E-mail: Ron.Kaelin@paccoast.com

Sales - Orange, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino Counties: Gary Futral
Phone: 626-676-0902
E-mail: Gary.Futral@paccoast.com

Locations:

601 7th street
Lincoln, CA 95648

4301 Firestone Blvd.
South gate, CA 90280

3725 Temescal Canyon Rd.
Corona, CA 92883

 
RAW CLAY PRODUCTS

Jack Allendale
Phone: 916-645-3595
Fax: 916-645-2594
Email: jack.allendale@paccoast.com

GARDEN POTTERY

Lynn Haines
Phone: 800-964-2529
Phone: 916-644-9304
Fax: 916-645-1723
E-mail: lynn.haines@paccoast.com

Sales Manager: Dan Cross

Clay Roof Tile, PIAZZA FLOOR TILE, CHIMNEY TOPS / CAPS

Lynn Haines
Phone: 800-964-2529
Phone: 916-644-9304
Fax: 916-645-1723
E-mail: lynn.haines@paccoast.com

Sales Manager: Dan Cross

Associations PhotoAssociations Title

We feel it is important to be involved in the organizations that develop and maintain the high quality standards for products and personal conduct. As such, we are proud members of many major building industry trade organizations. Along with membership, many of our employees are in leadership positions with the associations in their region.

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Media and EventsMedia & Events

Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award presented to Gladding McBean
We were honored to receive the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award in recognition of our role in the restoration of the Brooklyn Historical Society building and Curtis High School. This prestigious award is given to projects that demonstrate excellence in the restoration, preservation, or adaptive use of historic buildings, streetscapes, and landscapes that preserve commercial, residential, institutional, religious, and public buildings. For more information, see www.nylandmarks.org.

Our Customers
Clay Roof Tile

Mrs. Julianne Dahlen, Stockholm, WI
"I own a training business that specializes in customer service training. We teach that statistically you can build customer loyalty faster when you handle problems with excellence than when you just do a good job. That's because so few companies show they care and work hard when thing are NOT going right. We're impressed, and will be in touch for our future needs."

Cortus T. Koehler, Ojai, CA
"I've had an opportunity to work with Ms. Lynn Haines while purchasing your Monterey Blend, Piazza floor tile for our home and I think it appropriate to share that experience with you. Consistently, and with an exceptional degree of competence, Ms. Haines made the right things happen at the right time to meet our needs. Clearly, in today's world, Ms. Haines has a unique understanding of what service ought to be and knows how to provide it. Consequently, I wanted to bring Ms. Haines' qualities of diligence and reliability to your attention."

Joseph H. Nelson, KY-KO Roofing Systems, Phoenix, Arizona
"I personally like [Gladding, McBean clay roof tile] because it is much stronger and denser when doing an installation making it more durable and more walk-able. Breakage is minimized compared to other clay roofing tile. For this reason too, our custom homes lead roofing estimator, Bruce Bartelt, likes bidding the product because you don't have to build in as much allowance for breakage - which means he has a competitive edge when going up against other bids.

...Because of this and many other reasons, Gladding, McBean is our favorite tile to use."

Andy Campbell, PALCOR, Osoyoos, B.C. Canada
"I want to thank you for your exceptional service as it has been truly above and beyond. Even under pressure you have been a pleasure to work with. Especially coming through in the crunch for us so we could complete our project on schedule. I will recommend Gladding McBean to everyone looking for a superior roofing product. Once again thank you so much."

Piazza Floor Tile

Vincent Cullinan, President, Classic Tile & Mosaic, Los Angeles, CA
"Classic Tile & Mosaic has created a name in the architecture, design and building community by offering top-of-the-line products to our customers. From the beginning, our partnership with Gladding, McBean has been a cornerstone to our success and growth. Backed by years of experience and exceptional materials, Gladding, McBean offers consistently proven quality."

Cortus T. Koehler, Ojai, CA
"I've had an opportunity to work with Ms. Lynn Haines while purchasing your Monterey Blend, Piazza floor tile for our home and I think it appropriate to share that experience with you. Consistently, and with an exceptional degree of competence, Ms. Haines made the right things happen at the right time to meet our needs. Clearly, in today's world, Ms. Haines has a unique understanding of what service ought to be and knows how to provide it. Consequently, I wanted to bring Ms. Haines' qualities of diligence and reliability to your attention."

Terra Cotta

Mike Fletcher, Projects Manager, Stoneguard, Manchester, UK
"We have been impressed with not only the product itself but with the excellent standard of communications, and personal service we have received, which considering our geographic locations has been vital in ensuring the success of the [Orient House] project.

We would have no hesitation in recommending your company for similar projects, and would be happy to promote your services where possible, and would welcome the opportunity to work together on future projects."

John Stacom, Sr. Vice President, WDF INC., Mt Vernon, NY
"Gladding, McBean, its staff of artisans, managers, on site agent and administrators have worked diligently and tirelessly to complete this project on time and with the highest quality. In our opinion Gladding, McBean has met both objectives to date, as we are approximately 75% complete with this project. They have been responsive to all of our needs and have most importantly allowed us to meet the obligations and promises we have made to our customer, the New York City School Construction Authority.

Based on the above, WDF Inc. would consider working again with Gladding, McBean Company on any terra cotta project as well as highly recommending them for your next terra cotta project."

Daniel V. Rodriguez, P.C. - Architects, New York, NY
"I am the Architect of record for the New York City School Construction Authority Public School 215 in Brooklyn, NY. Gladding, McBean is the supplier of terra cotta stones to be installed as replacement items for damaged, weathered, etc. stones at the existing school. I would like to thank your local representative, Mr. Tom Parsons, for his extremely professional and valuable cooperation and input in the design and construction process. Given the opportunity, I will specify and work with Tom on any applicable job in the future."

Joe Fuller, Jr., AIA, Fuller and D'Angelo Elmsford, NY
"The company is very responsive to architects throughout the construction process."

Steve Brubaker, HOK Architects St. Louis, MO
"There's no question that Gladding, McBean is the premier terra cotta group. They retain the tradition of craftsmanship, quality, and responsiveness."

Chris Martin, AC Martin Partners Los Angeles, CA
"Our 90-year history working with Gladding, McBean is especially important now that we are renovating some of this firm's early works. In many cases, Gladding, McBean can go into their files and find the original shop drawings and color formulas. We're not replicating terra cotta, we're ordering new pieces from the original manufacturer."

Peg Breen, President, New York Landmarks Conservancy, New York, NY
"On behalf of the members of the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards Committee, I am delighted to enclose these award certificates in recognition of your role in the restoration of the Brooklyn Historical Society building and Curtis High School. It is a pleasure to acknowledge your efforts to preserve the beauty and utility of these great New York Landmarks."

Maria Porges, Words & Pictures, Oakland, CA
"I am writing to thank you once again for the wonderful experience I had working with everyone at Gladding, McBean on the terra cotta pieces I designed for the new CALpers headquarters in Sacramento...

From the talented draftsmen who interpreted my hand lettering, to the highly-skilled, patient and good-humored craftsmen who created the molds, I was impressed by the high level of dedication and willingness to go the extra mile...

I don't know if or when I will have the opportunity to work on a public art project again, but if I do, I hope that I can incorporate terra cotta in the design. I would love to have another chance to work with Gladding McBean again."

Garden Pottery

Dennis Sakstrup, Sakstrup Associates, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
"With six months of snow and cold, the brightly colored Gladding, McBean planters become our winter architecture. We had looked for 15 years to find a product line with colors that could withstand our harsh Midwestern winters. We evaluated many products that we liked, but none were durable enough. We have sold Gladding, McBean for 8 years and have experienced zero problems."

Helie Robertson, San Anselmo, CA
"[I] wanted to mention to you how thrilled I was with the 88-33 large oil jars that I picked up on my last visit. I know that Turquoise can sometimes be an unpredictable color and my customer was informed of that at the time of ordering, but they came out beautifully and a perfect match, which has added greatly to the entryway of her home in Tiburon. I truly appreciate the extra mile to which you and your crew went to get a matching pair for my customer. Several of my customers buy [Gladding, McBean pottery] because they remember that Gladding, McBean pots graced the gardens and estates of their families and friends from their childhood and they are thrilled to find that they are still able to buy those wonderful pieces for their own gardens. They do not want the imports. They want it because it is from Gladding, McBean and has a long history behind it."