RCP Block & Brick has been providing the highest quality concrete masonry and hardscape supplies since 1947. The story of growth from our humble beginnings to where we are today is one of commitment to the core values on which the company was founded.
The years following the end of World War II dawned a new age for San Diego County. The war had brought an influx of new residents into the area, largely due to the presence of the United States Navy. Most who came because of military service or wartime jobs, made the decision to put down roots and stay in the beautiful surroundings they now found themselves in. This created a number of opportunities for the men and women who had served their country.
A natural growth industry in this up and coming town would be construction. More homes, schools, churches and stores would need to be built to support the increased population. Lumber, plaster, brick, “BLOCK” and mortar were necessary to provide shelter and shops, and these needs could provide a new way of life for those coming home from far away lands.
In 1947 Marvin Finch was one of those young lads. At the age of 20 years he was returning from Germany after months of helping in the War clean-up effort. His service had taught him many things. Taking orders as a private, he learned that he wanted to be his own boss and didn't want to work for someone else. A high school pal discovered that Marv had $400 pay from the Army Air Corp. burning a hole in his pocket. That, along with a strong back, bought him an ownership interest with his friend and a couple of other fellows in a concrete block making business. Revolutionized Concrete Products was born. It started with only four employees and made only one size of concrete block, an 8x4x12 that was cranked out by hand. Sales for the first 12 months totaled $8,000. Hard work, small returns and tough times eventually took their toll on Marv’s three partners and by the early 50’s he was a sole proprietor.
In 1948 the Chubb Family of La Mesa (Harry, Jane and their sons Wayne and Gene) established La Mesa Block Company, which, similar to R.C.P. Company, manufactured a limited line of concrete block using very basic methods. As time went on, each business continued to prosper. La Mesa Block Company expanded, with stores in Lemon Grove, La Mesa and Santee. Also in Santee, a modern block manufacturing plant was built, and in 1966 La Mesa Block and R.C.P. Company merged to become what is now RCP Block & Brick, Inc. Since that time, growth in the San Diego building industry and at RCP has been tremendous.
At present, RCP Block & Brick serves contractors, homeowners, dealers, municipalities and government agencies throughout Southern California from Six Complete Masonry Centers located in Chula Vista, Lemon Grove, Santee, Encinitas, Escondido and Murrieta. Using the latest technology, RCP’s two state of the art manufacturing facilities in San Diego County produce thousands of concrete masonry units in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and textures. The RCP line of products includes not only basic concrete block, but attractive architectural units, interlocking pavers, Keystone segmental retaining walls, tumbled pavers and tumbled landscape wall block, plus pumice flue liners, turf-block and several hardscape items. Products such as clay brick, glass block, stone, porcelain tile, barbecues and more, round out the line of building materials available at RCP. Also available is delivery to customer’s homes or job sites on RCP’s fleet of GPS guided, radio dispatched trucks.
A dedication to honest business practices, outstanding quality and friendly, personal service is the foundation on which RCP was built and management continues to be dedicated to those founding principles. The untimely passing of Marvin Finch in 1998 and brother Chuck Finch in 2010 were sad times for family, staff and customers alike. However, Marvin’s sons Mike and Tom Finch, daughters Kathy Finch Olsen and Sharon Finch Regano, brother Dick Finch and partner Gene Chubb, remain committed to Marvin’s ideals and values. That commitment can also be seen in RCP’s 250 plus employees, many of whom have been with the company for 20 or 30 years and longer.
Numerous business honors have been awarded RCP Block & Brick including “San Diego County Small Business of the Year” from the State Senate in 1986 and “Large Family Owned Business of the Year” in November 2003. RCP also strives to be a good neighbor in the community through sponsorship of youth sports, donations of time, material and money to many worthwhile organizations and its annual Christmas food and toy drive. The company also belongs to State and National Concrete Masonry Associations and participates in their extensive testing programs to ensure high standards of block strength and quality.
With two state-of-the-art block manufacturing facilities located in East and South San Diego counties, and 6 Columbia block production machines, RCP Block & Brick has the ability to manufacture upwards of 3.5 million concrete masonry and hardscape units per month. From basic concrete block to distinctive architectural units, to the entire Bella Vista line of hardscape products; RCP Block & Brick products can be seen on many commercial and residential projects throughout California, Arizona, and Mexico.
The two 50,000 square foot buildings at the Otay Mesa Plant house three Columbia block production machines capable of producing 2.5 million units per month. This fully automated facility includes computer controlled machines and a rail system for moving product from machine, to curing rooms, and finally to the automated pallet wrapping machine. The Otay Mesa Plant also boasts a Granumat Color Mixing System which enables uniform color distribution, resulting in bright, consistent colors throughout the products.
The Santee Plant was established in the mid 1950’s and has gone extensive upgrades over the years. Currently, with three Columbia Model 16 machines, the Santee Plant is capable of producing 1 million units per month. The machinery, along with aggregate loading and color batching systems, are computer controlled, ensuring an accurate mix for each production run. Santee is responsible for the production of RCP’s line of specialty architectural masonry units.
Other specialized machines located at RCP’s manufacturing plants include block related machines such as: In-line tumblers, splitters, shot-blasting and other specialized treatments. RCP also runs a sacking operation which bags such items as sand, gravel, decorative rock and more.
RCP currently operates a fleet of 25 well maintained trucks, most of them based out of the Otay Mesa location. The trucks are equipped with web-based GPS systems and average over 60 deliveries per day. The majority of trucks carry their own forklifts which increases efficiency when unloading at the job site or receiving yard. 90% of all drivers hired by RCP stay with the company until retirement and maintain excellent safety records. Inspected regularly by the California Highway Patrol, RCP is proud to have received eleven consecutive ‘Satisfactory Safety Compliance Ratings’ from the CHP. The dispatching office, located at the Otay Mesa Plant location, oversees all customer deliveries, transportation of products from vendors, and the stocking of RCP’s six retail store locations.
In addition to the two manufacturing plants, RCP Block & Brick operates 6 retail outlets in the Southern California area. With 5 locations in San Diego County and 1 location in Southwest Riverside County, RCP Block & Brick is able to provide the highest quality masonry and hardscape products to homeowners and contractors alike.
Open Monday through Saturday, these retail locations are open to the public and staffed by knowledgeable sales associates who are able to help customers find the right products for their projects. The selection of products available includes full lines of: Concrete Block, Brick, Landscape Walls, Interlocking Pavers, Stone Veneer, Decorative Natural Stones, Artificial Turf, Tile, Bulk Products, Stepping Stones, Garden Edgers, Tools, and all the odds and ends needed for the completion of any masonry or hardscape project.
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