Welcome to West Coast Corporation
The story of West Coast Corporation represents the true essence of American ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit. In 1948, while working as a train conductor, Russ Lummis noted that railway switchmen, at risk of being caught while mounting and dismounting moving rail cars, lacked a safe and secure way to carry dangling keys. With that small — but by no means insignificant — discovery, Russ Lummis developed the Original KEY-BAK® self-retracting key reel and subsequently founded the company that would become West Coast Corporation out of his garage in sunny Pasadena, California. Nearly 70 years later, WCC designs, builds and distributes high-quality products that provide security and convenience to our customers in the U.S. and around the world.
Our proximity to a growing manufacturing industry together with a profound desire to innovate enabled WCC to work with major aerospace manufacturers like Caltech and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories to access the best engineering, tooling and materials on the market. An early adoption of these state-of-the-art technological advancements ushered in the evolution of the original self-retracting key reel to the one we know today. After outgrowing our facilities in 1985, WCC moved 40 miles east to Ontario, California, where we currently call our corporate headquarters – home.
Today, we create, manufacture and market unique and durable products for businesses, healthcare, safety, public security, and outdoor recreation, for both work and play. An employee-owned business, Our entrepreneurial DNA makes us a great business partner and a terrific place to work in Southern California. We are proud of our history, the products we manufacture and distribute, and we look forward to serving you with innovative, quality products, excellent customer service and most importantly the priceless feeling of first-rate security and convenience.
Our Core Purpose
We believe that a great business is made up of a diverse group of people who enjoy their work, who strive continuously to make their customers happy and who grow and benefit as the company prospers. Our Core Purpose is employing American ingenuity to help working people live more productive lives. Every day at West Coast Corporation we work hard to uphold our Core Purpose and Values, which are:
- Wow our Customers
- Keep our Promises
- Support the Team
- Be Proactive
- Deliver Results
- Be Positive
The WCC Employee Stock Ownership Plan
As an employee owned company eligible employees own equity in the company in relation to their compensation and tenure through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The ESOP is an employee retirement plan fully funded by the company that is designed to encourage employees to contribute to the best of their abilities as they share in the ownership and success of the company. We believe the WCC ESOP gives the company a competitive advantage in the marketplace; both as an employer and in the market for our goods as an efficient, entrepreneurial enterprise. Our team of employee owners is our top asset.
West Coast Corporation recognizes that proper management of health, safety and the environment is a key factor in achieving sustainable development. We are committed to the implementation of management policies that comply with applicable environmental laws and regulations; the development of high quality products that add value to our customers while optimizing re-usability and recyclability, and the performance of manufacturing practices that ensure the well- being of our employees and the environment.
Why Join West Coast Corporation?
We work together in collaborative teams to make great things happen. Our company is entrepreneurial and you’ll likely have opportunities to accomplish goals you’d never get to do in a large and highly structured company. We support our employees in their success, giving them lots of room to grow and to contribute. We reward our people with company ownership via our Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP)