PWI 25th Anniversary
milestone doesn't come along too often in the business world, so when
it does, it is cause to really throw a party and that is exactly what
the gang at PWI did! 500 guests converged on The Aquarium of the Pacific
in Long Beach for what would be a very memorable event.
dressed in beach attire were treated to the aquarium's displays as well
as ample food, drinks, dancing, fun and prizes. Lucky guests walked
away with prizes like a surfboard, a Mexican cruise for four, Jeff Gordon
racing jackets, and many more.
musical guests Jan and Dean with the Surf City Allstar Band treated
guests to a two hour concert and dance party inside the aquarium! Even
The Zima Bros. featuring PWI owner Dan MacLeith joined in with percussion
accompaniment. A special treat was having Dan's 13 year old son Ian
sit in on the drums when the band played "Little Old Lady From
Pasadena." What a treat for both him and all in attendance. Nice
You think we only
when you think you've hired the most sensible individuals to run things,
you learn more about them than you need to know! Seems several of our
gang enjoy the outdoors, at very high speeds! Here Junior (our Plant
Manager) and Tim (our Construction Division Project Manager) take a
break from a hard day of riding in the desert. They look cool at least!
Always Moving at
staff of PWI presented owner Dan MacLeith with a couple of unique gifts
at their 25th anniversary celebration in September of 2000. First, a
bottle of 1975 (when PWI began) Cabernet Sauvignon from Bealieu Vineyards
which Dan will certainly enjoy, and a quick twenty trips around the
track. Track you say? The
California 500 Speedway track that is!
Here is Dan cruising at 165 miles per hour! When questioned afterwards
if he enjoyed the forty mile joy ride Dan said..."At 300 feet per
second, you don't have time to enjoy it! You're too busy avoiding death.
It was awesome and a chance of a lifetime!"
PWI Garment "Wall
From the beginning of our firm, company logo T-shirts, jackets and hats have
been a staple. Worn with pride displaying our place of employment, they have
taken on many designs over the years.
Some time ago, we decided to round up as many different designs from the old
days as we could, frame them, then add to them with our new ones. Kind of a
PWI historical display.
Here you see a portion of them on display, from the very first when we were
called "Mac Cabinets". Worn and tattered, this one was donated by our
founder, from the bottom of some old drawer.
With each special event for our employees, we would also commemorate it with
a T-shirt. Here you see one from a river rafting trip back in 1997.
On a sunny Saturday in February, 120 PWI employees, families and friends
boarded a privately chartered boat on the Balboa Peninsula and headed out
to sea in search of the elusive California Gray Whale. OK, so it wasn't
much of a search and it wasn't so far out to sea, but it was a great time
Each guest was treated to a sack lunch and plenty of sunshine. The water was
on the calm side and as we motored up and down the Newport Coast, we saw a
handful of Grays on their way back to Alaska.
Tom Bright with daughters Sammy and Ashley, search the horizon for water spouts, signs of the great hump to follow!
we see the huge beasts breaking the water with their enormous backs
and fancy flutes.
Woodworking seems to run in the family!
Our owner Daniel MacLeith has four children, three of which have completed
courses in Junior High School woodshop in grand style at Ralston
Intermediate in Garden Grove. Eldest son Danny garnered a Certificate of
Excellence for his efforts a few years ago. Number three son Ian (shown here
with instructor Mr. Tran), also took home a Certificate of Excellence in the
seventh grade. Dan's daughter Aubrey, a natural it seems, won the big award,
a metal signifying her as the "Best in Woodshop" for that school year! Could
there be more MacLeith's in Pacific Westline's future?
Old Photographs are the Best!
Just when you thought no one was looking, up pops an old friend with those embarrassing photos from your past! Here is a beaut. On the left in the
white jumpsuit is one of our computer consultants TR Black way back in 1981. TR has written several programs for PWI over the years and fortunately for us no longer wears jumpsuits! On the right is our chief CPA Ginny Hankins. A very rare photo that will definitely get me in trouble for showing here.
Not long ago, PWI was asked by a local theme park operator to assist them in creating a very special retail store interior. One of the "props" was a salt flat jet car that needed a rack to suspend it over our heads as we shopped in the store. While creating this unique item, seems longtime member Dave Torres tried to take the car for a spin around the shop. Fortunately, it didn't have an engine! Nice try Dave.
Guide Dogs for the
Pacific Westline, Inc. has in it's midst a truly unique and very giving
family. Jim, Pam, Susan and Amanda Howard are a sponsor family who raise
& train guide dogs for the blind.
After receiving extensive training, the Howards receive their dogs
as puppies. They raise these pups, loving them as any of us would our
own pets, training them for their future role that is illustrated in
Each and every day, Jim and his family work through physical and emotional
challenges with their adopted family member. For up to fourteen months!
Can you imagine after such a time having to give up this new found friend
who has come to depend on you for love and companionship, as much as
you have them.
is both happy and sad to see one go", says Jim, "with no greater feeling
of joy when after more training and an emotional graduation and presentation
ceremony, your dog finds a new owner who really needs what the dog has
Pacific Westline, Inc. has become a financial partner with Guide Dogs
for the Blind, Inc. and the Howard family in this worthy endeavor and
offers its heartfelt thanks to Jim and his family for their commitment
If you would like to join in this effort, dial them up at www.guidedogs.com and become part
of a giving family to those less fortunate then us.