Who We Are

Since 1955, Gaco Western has manufactured exceptional waterproofing and insulating products. This family-owned company was built on three fundamental principles: superior products; sold by experts; at competitive prices. Today, Gaco Western coatings and spray foam insulation cover millions of square feet of commercial and residential buildings. We have earned a reputation and trust in the construction industry as a producer of top-quality waterproof coatings and insulation products.

The company’s home 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. 

 

Our Philosophy

Gaco Western’s greatest resource is our employees! We are proud of our engaged employees who are committed to our customers and to 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. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Gaco Western developed our Core Values to uncover the synergy between our employees’ personal values and our commitment to our customers. Values are what unite people and organizations together. Our Core Values influence our vision, mission, strategy, culture, objectives, procedures and operations.

  • Empowering Our People
  • We Do The Right Thing
  • Results Driven
  • Passionate Workforce
  • Humanistic Approach
  • Collaborative Environment

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Headquarters

200 West Mercer Street, Suite #202
Seattle WA, 98119

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News & Press

Press Releases

Gaco Western Celebrates groundbreaking on 85,000 sq. ft. Expansion

November 2, 2012

Gaco Western, a technology leader in waterproofing and insulation products, celebrated the company's new 85,000 sq. ft. expansion with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, October 31, at their facility located at 1245 Chapman Drive in Waukesha. City of Waukesha Mayor Jeff Scrima commented, "The Waukesha family is delighted that Gaco Western is adding to the momentum of innovation and growth in our community."

 

Awards

GacoFireStop receives IAPMO Certification 

August 18, 2011

Gaco Western, a leader in innovative spray foam insulation, is pleased to announce a new evaluation report on GacoFireStop. Gaco Western's GacoFireStop 5500 passed the industry Appendix X flammability test for the second time last month. Now IAPMO Evaluation Service has issued IAPMO ES Evaluation Report Number 0233 certifying  that GacoFireStop meets and exceeds the building code prescriptive and performance requirements based on third party laboratory testing. Building code officials and contractors can have confidence in the Evaluation Report (ESR) released today and available on the Gaco Western website: Gaco Wall Foam. The report confirms that GacoFireStop can be installed in attics and crawl spaces without the use of an additional ignition barrier.

 

Fun

Gaco Western provides opportunities for interested individuals to visit their labs or production floor to learn more about the company and the products. 


The following activities and programs are offered to employees to help promote their health and wellness:

  • On-site showers / locker room
  • Biking and hiking trails nearby
  • Wellness reimbursement program for gym memberships, yoga, or weight management
  • Smoking cessation reimbursement program

Gaco Western provides employees the following amenities during meal times and/or breaks:

  • Cappucino/coffee bar - in Seattle
  • Upgraded coffee served - in Seattle
  • Kitchen available
  • Free coffee and lunches in Waukesha to celebrate company successes
  • Holiday lunches and summer picnics
  • Freezer stocked with ice cream in the summer

The following community building activities are available for employees:

  • Holiday parties
  • Birthday recognition
  • Work anniversary recognition
  • Goal achievement celebrations
  • Quarterly Patriot Award
  • 'Bell Ringer' company-wide email recognition for high sales
  • Gaco Bucks award program for peer to peer recognition
  • Quarterly newsletter to recognize employees living the company's Core Values

Gaco Western offers the following eco-conscious options for employees:

  • Access to public transportation
  • Subsidized public transportation - in Seattle

Employees have the opportunity to participate in the following options:

  • Personal music choices
  • Discounts on company products
  • Free or subsidized parking

Extreme Perks

Gaco Western pays almost 80 percent of the individual health insurance plans for eligible full-time employees.

Gaco Western offers employees who work over 30 hours a week full-time health care benefits.

Gaco Western offers up to a 4% match for employee contributions in their 401(k) program for employees prior to one full year of employment

Gaco Western offers more than one health care plan or insurance.

Tobacco free employees are rewarded with premium reductions!

In addition to health care benefits, the following benefits are offered for employees after a full 12 months of employment at the company:

  • Dental insurance - subsidized
  • Vision insurance - subsidized
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Domestic partner benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • We offer eligible employees both Short-term and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • The following voluntary benefit options are offered:
    • Term Life Insurance
    • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
    • Critical Illness
    • Injury/Accident
    • Pet Insurance
  • Cigna Secure Travel - provides protection and help when dealing with unexpected circumstances or pre-trip planning for both domestic or international travel

Employees at Gaco Western can accrue up to 240 hours of vacation time, 11 holidays including 2 floating holidays, 5 sick days, and up to 3 days of bereavement for the passing of a family member.

The following creative time-off opportunities are offered to employees:

  • Employees can utilize sick time to care for ill dependents
  • Flexible work hours by department
  • Extended leave with managers' approval

The following financial incentives are provided for employees at Gaco Western:

  • Monthly Wellness Reimbursement
    • Subsidized fitness club membership
    • Subsidized weight loss-coaching programs
  • Company product discounts

Corporate Responsibility

Gaco Western has a mission statement that highlights their commitment to corporate and social responsibility, philanthropy, ethics, integrity, and values.

The Core Values of Gaco Western:

  • Empowering our People
  • We Do the Right Thing
  • Results Driven
  • Passionate Workforce
  • Humanistic Approach
  • Collaborative Environment

Gaco Western is committed to the following values in all of its locations and operations:

  • Improvement of social needs outside of the company
  • Care and development of employees
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Human rights
  • Values, ethics, and integrity
  • Inclusion and diversity
  • Green practices

Gaco Western is committed to proper handling and disposal of waste as well as producing products that are environmentally conscious. All employees are trained on the proper safety procedures to ensure safety and utilize the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) required. Gaco Western also practices green habits in their facilities with light motion sensors and recycling of office papers and plastics.

The following reporting practices are applied to measuring the commitments and achievements that pertain to their Core Values:

  • Year-by-year results are measured
  • Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team reviews company goals and results
  • Employee Performance Management program measures employee attention to goals
  • Active Affirmative Action Plan for the hiring process
  • Company-wide harassment and compliance training
  • President sends out a monthly video greeting to employees with company updates

The following documents are available to all employees at Gaco Western:

  • Employee Handbook
  • Inclusion or discrimination policy
  • Harassment policy

Gaco Western has an informal program for employee suggestions. Employees are encouraged to offer suggestions and the Leadership Team is open to any ideas. Gaco Western sees itself as a 'work family' and views everyone's opinion as valuable.

Gaco Western believes in giving back and participates in annual company-wide fundraisers for the Northwest Harvest Food Bank.

The Quality and Customer Care Department is dedicated to customer concerns.

Green DNA

A word from Gaco Western:

"Our products meet the UL standards for quality, safe products, are Factory Mutual (FM) and Miami Dade County compliant, and meet the emissions standards for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) products."

At Gaco Western many products are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Qualified

Many of Gaco Western's products provide insulation to reduce energy consumption and directly contribute to the conservation of the environment.

The company's commitment to the environment include the following:

  • Environmental Health and Safety Policy
  • Activities and resources dedicated to waste reduction and recycling

Gaco Western measures their green policy through the following commitments at their Waukesha facility:

  • Employees are trained on waste reduction and recycling processes
  • Goal activities are documented
  • Year-by-year results are measured

All company facilities are located within a half mile of available public transportation.

Gaco Western's mission and environmental statement includes energy conservation.
We minimize the environmental impact of our operations in a manner that supports the sustainability of our business.

  • Motion sensitive lights

Gaco Western's mission and environmental statement includes water conservation. 

Gaco Western reuses rinse water from the clean out process production process to conserve water in the manufacturing process.

Recycling is included in Environmental Health and Safety Policy and programs are located in the offices and production facilities.

The total amount of the following products are tracked and disclosed to select leadership:

  • Paper
  • Plastic
  • Glass
  • Cardboard
  • Metal
  • Non-toxic janitorial products

Waste reduction is included in Gaco Western's Environmental Health and Safety Policy and Waste Minimization Program.

The following information related to waste reduction is tracked and released to the public:

  • As part of the Waste Minimization Program waste is measured annually and monitored by the Gaco Western's Environment Health and Safety Department
  • Amount of waste generated - disclosed to leadership
  • Amount of hazardous waste disposed
  • Toxic Release Inventory (TRI)

Gaco Western is a part of the advisory board Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA).

Gaco Western regularly works with their suppliers and business partners to monitor and positively affect the environment.
 

Inclusion

Gaco Western's Core Values include a commitment to the following:

  • Care and development of employees
  • Values, ethics, and integrity
  • Inclusion and diversity

Gaco Western measures the achievement it makes towards reaching the non-discrimination and inclusion goals within their mission statement by the following:

  • Goals are described
  • Activities towards goals are documented
  • Year-by-year results are measured
  • Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Team reviews goals and results
  • Employee Performance Management program measures employee attention and performance to goals

Employees' annual reviews are based on the company's core values.

The following groups are represented by Gaco Western's Core Values:

  • Men
  • Women
  • Racial minorities
  • Employees over 40
  • LGBT
  • Military / Veterans
  • Disabled
  • Gender Identity
  • Parents

Gaco Western has implemented their inclusion and diversity commitment for ALL groups in the following ways::

  • Equal employment opportunity policy
  • Targeted recruitment plans
  • Prominently displayed inclusive non-discrimination policy in recruitment materials
  • Ongoing management training for staff competency related to non-discrimination
  • Ongoing staff training for competency related to non-discrimination
  • New hiring programs related to non-discrimination
  • Written guidelines document supportive policies towards non-discrimination
  • Performance management plan includes accountability towards acceptance

Gaco Western has representation of women and employees over the age of 40 in the following positions or levels:

  • Senior management (VP and above)
  • Board of Directors and/or Executive Leadership Team
  • Company owners and investors

The following dependents are included in employee health benefits at Gaco Western:

  • Different sex spouse
  • Same sex spouse
  • Family
  • Partner

Gaco Western believes in parity between employees with different sex spouses and employees with same sex spouses.

Gaco Western

Number of Employees
26-100
 Locations: 2
Location Types
Urban (Downtown/high rise)
Suburban (office park/campus)
Business Founded
1955
Industry
Manufacturing
Products

Roof and deck coatings and wall foam insulation.