Gaco Western Today

Gaco Western is a recognized leader in innovative silicone roofing systems, and offers best-of-class waterproofing and insulation solutions for a variety of commercial, industrial, and residential applications. The company’s administrative office is located in Seattle, Washington and all products are proudly Made in the USA at the company’s state-of-the-art manufacturing, research and development facility in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Between these two locations and a sales force located throughout the United States, Gaco Western employs over 100 people and continues to grow.

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Our History

During the late 1930’s a rubber salesman, Ed Gates, began experimenting with liquid neoprene coatings for many potential uses. Enthused by his findings, he founded The Gates Company in Wilmington, Delaware. With support from the du Pont family, he began to manufacture coatings for various uses, including industrial corrosion protection.

The Gates Company had only moderate success under Ed Gates, as he was more of a tinkerer than a business manager, so in 1940 he sold it. The company was then re-named Gates Engineering Co., with the trade name “Gaco” being retained from GAtes COmpany.

In 1954 three partners, Hugh Mitchell, Aubrey Davis and Sid Collier, purchased Gates Engineering Co. for a total of $21,000 and reincorporated it Gaco Western Inc. Neither the Mitchell family nor the Collier family are involved any longer and the company is owned and operated by the Davis family.

Since its incorporation in 1955, Gaco Western has grown considerably in volume, variety of products created and in numbers of people employed throughout the country.


Gaco’s Executive Leadership Team, July 2015

(Left to right)

Tom Sojak Vice President, Sales – GacoWallFoam Division
Chuck Skalski President
Dan Nelson Vice President, Research & Development
Vicki Campbell Vice President, People Strategy & Development
Eric Peterson CFO
Eric Zimmerman Vice President, Operations
Peter Davis Chairman and CEO

Inside Gaco

Gaco Western’s greatest resource is our employees! We are proud of our engaged culture of employees who are committed to our customers and creating superior and innovative products. We are looking for people who are driven, collaborative, enthusiastic and love what they do. If you enjoy working hard, having fun and being a part of a high-growth company please review our open positions. Gaco Western is a Drug Free Workplace and an Equal Opportunity Employer of veterans and individuals with disabilities.