Independent fabricator PJ’s Rebar Inc. offers top-quality products and services to West Coast contractors
Since opening its doors in 1985, family-owned PJ’s Rebar Inc. (originally PJ’s Lumber Inc.) has been providing its customers everything they need when it comes to rebar. Evolving from a modest lumber, concrete building materials and rebar company, PJ’s, which moved to its present 6-acre facility in Fremont, California, in 2004, has consistently increased its rebar fabrication efforts for concrete, masonry, precast, drilling and rebar installation contractors throughout the West Coast.
By offering the highest quality rebar products and competitive pricing, PJ’s has earned its reputation as one of the go-to independent fabricators in California, and one of the few with the ability to supply rebar and preassembled rebar (cages) throughout the 25 Western states, with a goal of saving customers time and money.
The Virtues of Independence
Jeff Veilleux, Vice President in charge of sales & marketing/business development (as well as the son-in-law of the original owners), explains the benefits of using an independent fabricator as opposed to a “too big to care” mill-owned fabricator, noting PJ’s is one of the only rebar fabricators on the West Coast that can handle high-rise buildings in the production weights that customers need. Additionally, PJ’s stud rail department, which is fairly new, has made them one of only three West Coast fabricators to estimate, detail and self-perform the fabrication side of stud rails.
Jeff adds, “We are also unique in the fact that we are not owned by a steel mill. We are independent, which means we can go after whatever we want. We do try to stay in our lane, and we know the mill-owned fabricators are going to do bridge work and massive projects, so we try to stay away from that work. But, at the same time, we are unique in doing the size and weight that we do as a family-owned business.”
Nate King, account executive for PJ’s Rebar Inc., further explains that what separates the company from other mill-owned rebar fabricators is PJ’s commitment to on-time deliveries, flexible scheduling, and fast fabrication. “We have the capacity to fabricate or pre-assemble, which is a big differentiator for us.”
The company’s slogan, “Rebar Redefined,” lets customers know that PJ’s is not your average rebar fabricator. Jeff shares, “We built our company from the very beginning to be a business that is forward-facing to our customers.” He adds, “Most rebar fabricators tend to focus on how many tons they can ship out, whereas we focus on value-added solutions for our customers, whether it’s a concrete contractor looking for a unique solution to do something better or the drilling contractors where we instituted some high-strength bar and offer different designs to give them a more versatile product. Basically, we focus on solutions rather than on tons, and we think that’s what has defined us in the market.”
Jeff stresses that the team is dedicated to figuring out the best solution for each customer. He says, “Our employees are the best in the industry and they are passionate about the quality of the product and the experience of the customer. So, when you have everybody march in the same direction, whether it’s your shop manager or the guy running the company—and everybody in between—it makes for a unique company. What we really offer is expertise and the ability to get a job done right the first time, whether it’s the fabricated rebar, preassembled cages, stock rebar or stud rails.”
Continuing a Rebar Legacy
Today, a second generation—two sons-in-law and the son of the founder—run the day-to-day operations, continuing to build the legacy of the original “P” and “J” –Patti, who has since passed away, and her husband, Jerry, who is still involved as company chairman. Jeff shares that much of PJ’s success was born of Jerry’s ability to hire good people and to bring his passion for the industry to the team.
Jeff says, “Jerry is somebody who’s passionate about machinery and equipment, innovation, technology, measurements, and getting the right employees on board. He’s really pretty much a hands-off chairman except for the board meetings where he gives us his input. My brothers-in-law and I are running the company as a team. Charles Sharp is Vice President of operations, I’m sales and marketing—more like VP of business development now—and then Shane McMillan, Jerry’s son, is our general manager. So, we each have our own areas of the business that we focus on, but mostly we have really great people who share our passion for exceptional customer service. Ultimately, we let them do their thing…and then just watch them have fun as they solve problems and build the business.”