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Community Highlights: Meet Evan Patterson of Linco

Today we’d like to introduce you to Evan Patterson.

Hi Evan, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Linco’s doors first opened on April 1, 1974. The company was the brainchild of a few recently unemployed salespeople from Greens Material Handling Equipment, a company that had just shuttered its doors weeks earlier. One of those salesmen was Harold Patterson, a stoic Korean War Veteran whom we would eventually call Grandpa. Harold disliked his given name to the extent that he insisted everyone call him “H”.

“H” was an ornery cuss. The third born of ten kids. He was a hardworking product of the Great Depression, and while he wasn’t the original owner of Linco, H was ambitious enough to eventually work his way into the Owner/CEO role. It’s a great story actually. One that is charged with accusations of embezzlement and secret payouts that’s best told over a few beers. Under H’s watch, Linco grew into one of the largest and most respected caster distributors in the entire US.

Eventually, Harold would enlist the help of his middle child, Steve. While Steve didn’t have a cool one-letter nickname, he did have a great business mind and a willingness to adapt to the world that was changing around him. Linco went from a company that mainly relied on local suppliers to support local customers to a company that had an internationally recognized brand. Linco ‘s presence grew in Mexico, Canada, Europe, and Asia. He also grew the company’s market share across the US. Under Steve’s watch, Linco rooted themselves in the promise to be the most dependable Caster, Wheel, and Handtruck supplier to an expanding and elite list of customers throughout the world.

Now that we have our history out of the way, we’d like to talk about Linco’s current team. Steve is still a daily fixture at Linco’s corporate office. However we – Ryan and Evan Patterson – have taken the helm, and are steering this ship down, what we think will be a fun and exciting course! Our first venture has been the creation of ShopLinco.com.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
It’s been a pretty smooth road for us until covid. We service a lot of hospitality and food service related customers in San Diego, and we saw a major drop off in that market over the past 18 months. Luckily, our business is rebounding strongly and is back on track to where we were in 2019.

As you know, we’re big fans of Linco. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
We specialize in the manufacturing, design, and distribution of casters and wheels. Linco primarily services OEM & MRO clients. Our dedication to quality and service is what sets us apart from our competitors. We are also the only business of our kind with a physical presence in San Diego.

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
The easiest way to find out more about us is @ Shoplinco.com. You can also call into our office @ (858) 278-9904

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