Over beers and peanuts at Carter’s restaurant in Brookfield, Wisconsin, Pat Copps and RWB form a partnership to produce epoxy crusher backing. Both being very familiar with the product, RWB provides manufacturing and operational know-how and Pat Copps offers sales and financial backing. Copps Industries incorporated shortly thereafter.
Copps 1.0 begins. Copps Industries leases a 5,000-square-foot space in a multi-tenement building on Fountain Boulevard in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, scrounging for used equipment to start operations. The company hires 18-year-old Chris Miller as its first employee, who continues with Copps today.
In anticipation of potential growth, and in an aura of optimism, Copps purchases a 10,000-square-foot building nearby on Commerce Drive in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. The additional space supports product development and manufacturing, ushering in Copps 2.0.
In May, Copps moves to a new building, starting the era of Copps 3.0. The facility includes the company's first bulk resin tank and dedicated R&D laboratory. Private label products continue to grow with the addition of several major distributors.
Sales jump with private label construction and grout products, reaching an exciting new company sales record. Major R&D efforts result in the development and introduction of new technology: Copps' first polyurea product, which the market eagerly anticipates.
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, 2020 proves to be a transformational year for Copps Industries. The Copps team quickly adapts and begins to work remotely under new pandemic protocols while maintaining excellent customer service and support.
The company officially enters the craft epoxy arena through private label internet entrepreneurs. Record grout sales and craft epoxy growth propelled corporate sales to a heretofore unheard-of level.
Today, Copps begins another 30-year growth plan by moving into a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing and R&D facility. The company continues its commitment to providing clients around the world with high-quality epoxy resins and Polyurea, environmentally friendly solutions, and superior customer service.