QUINCY – Josh Paul, owner of Raceways Technology, is proud to have already broken all records as a third generation family business.
Today, the Tacoma-based business has expanded to Quincy with help from the Port of Quincy, creating 30 to 35 jobs in the area.
Paul said that Raceways, which was founded in 1979 by his grandfather, Steve Paul Sr., opened a 50,000 square foot Quincy facility to provide fittings, elbows and scans primarily to data centers in the region and the Grant County Public Utility District, as it cables the county for fiber optic internet.
Quincy Harbor Commissioner Curt Morris said the harbor was happy to work with Paul, but it took some time to come to an agreement that the harbor and Paul could work with.
“We have taken the lead in expanding the facility in this area,” Morris said. “Has our due diligence started to talk about how we do things? “
Morris said the port began work on the $ 2.2 million building at 1302 NE Intermodal Way in 2021, but completion was delayed last winter due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Paul agreed to a long-term lease with an option to purchase, an arrangement which Morris says has worked well so far.
“Absolutely, it went well,” he said. “It is developing as it expected, and we look forward to further expansion. “
When Paul’s father, Steve Paul Jr., passed away in 2014, and Paul inherited the business, he said he discovered that few family businesses were successfully passed down to the third generation.
“I learned on probate when my father passed away and took over the business that only 10% of family businesses are going to the third generation,” said Paul.
“Back then, CPAs and bankers were trying to make me feel good, and they were like, ‘Hey, if you’re not doing it, don’t feel bad,’” Paul said. “But luckily I grew up in the industry, I grew up in this business.”
“I managed to maintain myself and we are still there,” he added.
Raceways opened in Quincy earlier this year and celebrated with an official ribbon cutting on August 19, also hosting the monthly Business After Hours meeting of the Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The company he works in is, Paul admits, a very specialized company: making custom PVC fittings and bending PVC and fiberglass pipes into elbows and elbows (very long elbows) as conduits mainly for pipes. underground electrical cables, although Paul said the company’s products can fit just over any type of cable or pipe.
“Everything for the pipes,” he said. “It is used everywhere.
The Quincy plant employs around 30 to 35 people who heat the pipes in long flat furnaces, then carefully bend and cool them to maintain their shape. The process is the same whether it’s PVC plastic or fiberglass, Paul said, although fiberglass requires a lot more heat and needs to be machine bent, not hand folded.
The company even designs and builds most of its manufacturing equipment in Tacoma, which Paul said his grandfather did when he started the company 40 years ago.
“With the exception of the saws, all of that, even the racks that hold the pipes, the racks, the ovens, the molds, all of that, we do it ourselves,” he said. “We will buy all the steel and all the necessary components and just do all the custom manufacturing. “
Paul said things have been busy since the official ribbon cutting at his new facility on Aug. 19 and with two drivers he was busy making deliveries himself to Ponderay, Idaho and Pendleton, Oregon.
That’s why Paul said it’s located in Quincy – it’s located in central eastern Washington.
“For Quincy, it was just the central location. And for the resources of the Grant County utilities and being next door to all of these data centers, ”he said.