Ed Pawlack tiles’ origins started September 6, 1934 with the marriage of Tony A. Pawlack of Polish Heritage and Cora A. Cazares of Mexican Heritage, in East Los Angeles, California in the middle of the great depression. Unable to rent a home in the area due to being a mixed marriage, my parents bought a little piece of property on Duncan Street in Lynwood California and started to build their home and family. The following year on September 5th, 1935 my brother Ron was born and the Pawlack clan was on its way. At that particular time in my fathers life, Tony had two jobs running a bad in East Los Angeles and working in construction but due to the pressures of owning a bad he sold the business and entered the construction industry full time. On August 25, 1938 he became a licensed tile contractor under the name Pawlack A G Tile Lic. #58164
In 1950 my parents moved the growing family to East Los Angeles, close to Montebello on Findlay Ave., between Whittier and Beverly Blvd. At that time the company name was changed to Belverde Tile. The company worked on tract homes and storefronts as far away as Pomona, La Habra and Riverside. Many of the tile fronts can still be seen today along Atlantic and Whittier Blvd. Tony, at the age of 55 and Cora at 42 years young had their last addition to the Pawlack family when Antonia “Cookie” was born October 8th, 1952. During this period in my life, due to my mother having 2 teenagers, the twins and a new baby, my parents sent me to live in Avalon, Catalina Island with my Aunt Viola for the next 9 summers. This gave me a love for Catalina Island and all the beautiful classic “Catalina Tiles” on the island. My life long passion of the tile industry started on the “Island of Tile” in the early 50′s. To this day my entire family all has a passion for Catalina. During the late 50′s jobs became scarcer and the tile business slowed down due to the more laminates, Formica, plastics, and metal tiles entering the market.
My brother began working for my father in 1961 and the company added carpet and linoleum to its installation services. In 1963 after high school, I, “Ed”, went to work for my father and over the next few years I concentrated on being a great tile setter and learning as much as I could. On April 1, 1968 my father at 69 years of age decided it was time to retire and handed over the tile company to me. With a red Ford pickup, only $200.00 in the bank, and with John Carney, my friend and first employee, I was on my was. The company name was changed once again on July 12th, 1968 to its present name, Ed Pawlack Tile.
On August 5th, 1972 I married the beauty from Glendora, Carol. In September of that year my brother Ron, with his growing carpet business and I, with my ceramic tile business growing, bought a piece of property on Brea Blvd. Over the next year we completely remodeled the 2 story 1920 redbrick building. In the next 8 years Ed Pawlack Tile grew to a crew of 9, a total of 17 people. The types of work dealt mostly with remodeling kitchens, bathrooms and flooring, custom homes and small commercial installations. Meanwhile, Carol and I kept very busy over the next few years and by December 1974, our family grew to a family of 5, including Carol, Jerry, Jennie, Heather and I.
Ed Pawlack Tile later moved to the corner of Brea and Birch where the Old Navy clothing store is now. Times were tough in the early 80′s due to the recession and interest rates at 22% Ed Pawlack Tile struggled. I became worn and burnt out and decided in 1984 to close the tile and carpet installation sides of the business. Ed Pawlack Tile went into selling ceramic tile only over the next 8 years as the retail ceramic tile business grew.
On April 1, 1992 with the development of downtown Brea in early 1990, Ed Pawlack Tile once again moved, this time into its present location. Over the next rough 3 years we stayed in business during the recession that toppled many of the great leaders of the tile industry in Southern California. Working 7 days a week with 15 house days during 1996 and 1997, Ed Pawlack Tile survived and set out to be even better than before. We added new displays, top of the line products including, stone and setting materials and maintained a great staff. Each year the team sets out to be better than the year before.
With the beginning of the new century my daughters Heather and Jennie joined our increasingly knowledgeable staff. Ed Pawlack tile keeps on growing and changing with some of the best tile and stone products on the market. In 2005 and 2006, the company also took on the distribution of Senio Ceramic of Italy. Ed Pawlack Tile sees more growth for the tile industry and itself.
We are proud to say that 2006 and 2007 were banner years, with excellent sales & profits. During this time of growth we continued to add new products, a better showroom and a larger warehouse for exclusive inventory, all to provide our customers with the highest quality service possible.
2008! What a year that turned out to be. The first 2 quarters were strong, but by July business started to soften, with what we now know was the start of the great recession. We firmly believed in our products and commitment to service, and although we made a lot of adjustments and trimming of excess where we could, we’ve been able to stay fit and healthy. Because of our experience throughout the years, now, as of December 2009, Ed Pawlack Tile can still offer clients the highest quality service and products in all phases of our business, and we are looking happily to the future to continue this.
The wisdom and integrity of Ed Pawlack and all the dedicated staff have helped make the company in the past and stronger for the future. The sales staff, order department, warehouse and bookkeeping are a true dedicated team.
The partial grand total of years of our tile staff is 187 years in the industry. We want to recognize our talented staff and the years of experience they offer to our customers:
Edd – 44+
Mark – 30
Pete – 18
Valerie – 18
Bob – 13
Carol B – 20
Al – 5
Heather – 11
Joe – 8
Margie – 13
Manny – 3
Captain Blue, our mascot – 4
Ed Pawlack Tile is a family oriented business. We’ve been blessed with a total of 4 grandkids– Torry, Calib Samson & Levi, and a new son-in-law, Mark, who has worked for Ed Pawlack Tile since he was 14 years of age.
The Motto To Live By: Live For The Day, Learn From The Past, Look Forward To Tomorrow.
Ed “Eddie” Pawlack
As July 2014 begins, it is time to reflect back over the years but mainly to focus on the previous 7 ½ years. A time of great struggles and the unknowingness of what the future held for us. Business sales were down 59% from previous years. 2010-2012 were by far the most devastating, but by 2013 and 2014 we had started to make modest increases, hopefully a sign of things to come.
Over the past 7 ½ years we’ve had to make many changes to survive, learning to tighten the belt at every turn. Employees have had to learn to do more than one position and become more efficient in every aspect. Some months we barely broke even if at all, it had been difficult but we survived!
We lost a great number of employees, especially our Bookkeeper Carol B. who lost the fight with Cancer last October. More than an employee, a friend, family…. She will always be greatly missed!
In the last year we have started to expand again, with the addition of two previous employees that returned. Manny who returned after 2 ½ years away and Roz after 1 ½ years, both are energetic and dedicated sales people ready to assist you. The original concept of showing great quality and innovative styles has not changed but grown stronger with the arrival of many new Fine Italian products and Magnificent American made products. Go USA!!!
With the partnering of Great customers, dedicated sales people, competitive pricing and a long history in the industry, we will be your one stop shop for all you hard surface needs.
In closing we would like to thank all of our loyal customers who stood by us during times of need and all the new friendships we have made on this journey.