So the gamble was made with his retirement savings and a SBA guaranteed loan. Sons Wayne and Dana operated the plant and Ruth did the bookkeeping. From day one the business was in the black and the SBA loan was paid off years early.
The business thrived in Irwindale until 1977, when it was faced with condemnation and relocation via the CRA (community redevelopment act). This allows the local government to take your land/business and give it to a business that will provide the city with a higher tax base. A legal battle ensued. This led to the relocation of Lucas Specialty Rock to Fontana. Bill and Ruth retired in 1980 after the relocation.
Soon after Bill and Ruth were awarded, by the Southern California Roofing Contractors Association, the Roofing Hall of Fame Award, for their achievements within the roofing industry.
The company is now entering its 3rd generation and going strong.