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  1. Our 15th Anniversary

    Our 15th Anniversary

    Rock West has been in business for 15 years! The business was started by Jim Gormican and Keith Loss, two former colleagues, who decided to pursue an entrepreneurial endeavor together in Jim’s garage in late 2006. Since then, Rock West has grown into a business with four locations and nearly 200 people. From the Garage to the New Headquarters in 15 Years The initial work was centered around aerospace engineering and the commercialization of carbon fiber composites, which had been historically expensive, too expensive to use beyond specific, highly demanding applications. The business grew in 2009 through the acquisition of the former Maclean Composites in Salt Lake City, and the Rock West Composites brand was born. The new office pursued the online sales of carbon tubing and pioneered ecommerce for composites. Ecommerce Pioneer: flashback from a decade ago (left) to our current site (right) Ecommerce operations are located in our Salt Lake City facility (bottom Read more...

New Products: G10 Fiberglass Plate and Expanded High Temperature Plate Selection

We're always adding to things to our store to provide our customers more options. Here are some brand new additions. EXPANDED HIGH TEMP PLATES We are expanding our high temperature plate selection with new thinner options. We've added 0.060” and 0.125” to the lineup but still offer 0.250” and 0.500” if you require thicker plate. These are press cured, balanced carbon fiber & epoxy resin prepreg laminates. The laminate plates (panels) are made with a nylon (green) peel ply co-cured on both outer surfaces of the laminate, which can be removed before application. It can be used

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Test Driving at the Fastest Race Track on Earth

Several of our team members are into racing and not just as spectators. Some even go out to test their metal at what is billed as the “fastest racetrack on earth,” the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. One of the Rock West team, Nick Montoya, is part of a local group, Bean Bandits Racing Team Est. 1949, and has raced with them for five years. He has worked on cars since he was a kid and raced at Bonneville before, but in 2021 he joined the Bean Bandits team at the famous track to test a car they built. Nick said, “We built this car from scratch in Barrio Logan in San Diego. The body is

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A Day in the Life… Quarterly Meetings

Working at Rock West is always fun, but sometimes challenging because we are a rapidly growing business. One of the strategies we use to help our team succeed and address challenges is to treat every employee like a business owner, which they are. Today we had our quarterly meeting which covers our company’s financials and business direction. We celebrate our successes, recognize key contributors, discuss our challenges, and review our plans to maximize growth. Everyone has the opportunity to ask questions throughout the presentation to clarify information or better understand the "why"

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Taking Another Step Towards the Paperless Office

In 1975, Business Week declared that office automation would make paper redundant and predicted with the introduction of the personal computer, we would soon see a paperless office. Fast forward nearly 50 years and it seems quite the opposite has happened. The advances in spreadsheet software have generated thousands of new ways to look at the data. And rather than look at that data on our screens, we print it out, scribble our notes, then update the electronic version for another round of printing. All this printing, and the subsequent storing of documents, contributes to the continuing

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Diving while Snowing

Ethan is a Manufacturing Engineer who works on our marine programs. Like so many of our Rock West team, he enjoys outdoor activities of all types. While experienced in several ocean sports, Ethan is relatively new to diving and has jumped into the action with the focus and passion of a new convert. He’s been instrumental in our composite fins’ manufacture and has enjoyed taking them out for real-life testing in San Diego's coastal areas. On a recent weekend trip to the mountains, Ethan went out to Big Bear Lake and decided to test our Rock West-designed, medium-flex, carbon fiber fin

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