A Word From our President, Les Burch
What is Sashco All About?
Every week it seems, I learn about something else that technology allows us to do with the touch of a screen. Yet, that amazing technology often puts us alone in a crowd. People still want to know who they are dealing with and if anyone is listening on the other end. For a little help on that score, we invite you to take a behind-the-scenes look at Sashco. If you have more questions, contact us and you’ll get a real answer with a real person behind it.
What Do We Do?
The people at Sashco manufacture and market sealants, caulks, and stains for housing; some for frame homes, some for log homes. Sometimes they are used to remodel and repair and sometimes to build from scratch. We manufacture all our products ourselves, right in Brighton, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.
What’s the Motivation?
That is what we do but it isn’t why we do it. We’re driven by several passions. One is making the best performing products we can. That gives us energy. Personally, I hate products that don’t work. We’ve all bought them: toys that break, screw drivers that bend, cutters that don’t cut, and stickers that don’t stick. Things that work poorly aren’t worth our time and trouble.
We’re inspired by the motto Collis Huntington carved in stone in the early 1900’s and placed in front of his Newport News Shipyard, “We Shall Build Good Ships Here; At A Profit If We Can, At A Loss If We Must, But Always Good Ships.”
Our byline, “Products That Work”, carries the same determination and spirit.
Our Lexel 5 oz. squeeze tube is a recent example. The product was great but for a long time we couldn’t find a package that would keep leftover material from drying out. As a user myself, I was frustrated at tossing out the rest of a tube in a matter of weeks. We finally found a tube technology that would preserve the product longer. Of course, it cost more money and decreased our margin, but we didn’t hesitate to make the switch because it made our product work better. Now I’m getting 6-9 months after my first use and smile every time I grab the tube. (You can see one of the uses to the right here, and more are on our Lexel® page.)
We want you to have great experiences with Sashco products. You will not find a ”good, better, best” quality range of products from Sashco. What you will see are products that are the best at the jobs they do. Things like patching a roof leak, sealing a window, filling in a driveway crack: each job has its own special brand best suited to fix the problem.
A Different and Better Way
Something else stirs our passion: inventing new products and finding fresh ways to package them. Check out our eXact color® sealant and you’ll see what I mean. We have a lot of fun bringing cool stuff to the market.
As part of our yearly celebration, we give a deserving member of our team a Chrysler Prowler (we call it the Cheetah Express) to drive for one year. Co-workers nominate each other, and the winner is selected by a team of past winners. It’s my favorite event of the year. Why a Prowler? It was an experimental vehicle in both style and engineering design. It still turns a lot of heads when you drive it down the road. We use it to keep inspiring us to innovate, to believe that there is a fantastic idea just around the corner. We love it!
Who is Sashco Really?
You know what we do, you know why we do it. Now how do we go about it? “How” gets to the core of who we are and that is wrapped up in our relational values. Several years ago, all employees met weekly in many small teams to reinvent how we managed.
Out of those groups came our 4 key values: truth, trust, care, and forgiveness.
Then we asked, “Who do we have to demonstrate these values to?” As one of our sage members put it, “We’re asking who we have to be nice to!” Just ourselves, customers, vendors, our neighbors? The obvious answer was yes, to all of these.
Values built from the ground up by the employees themselves make a deeper impact than missions plastered on the wall by a small group of planners. We have a great team of people that believe in and do their best to live them. Our values can never be completely achieved but they are always our north star, what we want to be.
If we live them well enough, perhaps our legacy will answer this question:
Can you run a successful company and hold to integrity?
We’re out to prove that you can.