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Who Are Gaco Western Inc?


Gaco Western Inc. are an American based manufacturer who have been at the forefront of development of high performance, cold liquid applied, flat roofing systems for over 60 years. In this time their products have become the preferred choice for roof coatings that require guaranteed total waterproofing, even under permanently ponding water.


During the late 1930’s a rubber salesman, Ed Gates, began experimenting with liquid neoprene coatings for many potential uses. Enthused by his findings, he founded The Gates Company in Wilmington, Delaware. With support from the du Pont family, he began to manufacture coatings for various uses, including industrial corrosion protection.

The Gates Company had only moderate success under Ed Gates, as he was more of a tinkerer than a business manager, so in 1940 he sold it. The company was then re-named Gates Engineering Co., with the trade name “Gaco” being retained from GAtes COmpany.

In 1954 three partners, Hugh Mitchell, Aubrey Davis and Sid Collier, purchased Gates Engineering Co. for a total of $21,000 and reincorporated it Gaco Western Inc. Neither the Mitchell family nor the Collier family are involved any longer and the company is owned and operated by the Davis family.

Since its incorporation in 1955, Gaco Western has grown considerably in volume, variety of products created and in numbers of people employed throughout America.


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 in America. They have earned a reputation and trust in the construction industry as a producer of top-quality waterproof coatings and insulation products.

Gaco Western is a recognised leader in innovative silicone roofing systems, and offers best-of-class waterproofing and insulation solutions for a variety of commercial, industrial, and residential applications. The company’s administrative 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.

Gaco Western now wish to expand their business further by entering the UK market, Rawlins Paints are pleased to be exclusive distributors of the GacoPro product range throughout the UK and the products are already proving a success. If you are a facilities manager, commercial property owner, specifier or architect and wish to see case studies of projects carried out here in the UK or if you would like an approved and trained contractor to apply the coatings please do not hesitate to contact us. Alternatively if you are a roofing contractor and are interested in the GacoPro Roof Coatings we offer, please contact us for more information, training and to become an approved applicator.

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