Francisco Martinez, 48 Years of Dedicated Service


On June 4th, 2024 we had the privilege of thanking and honoring Mr. Francisco Martinez, WARCO’s Vice President of Manufacturing, for his 48 years of dedicated service, and congratulate him on his retirement. As a key member of our WARCO family, his unwavering efforts aided in propelling WARCO’s growth during the past five decades. We cannot fully convey our tremendous gratitude for Francisco’s contributions, dedication, and mentorship.

Due to the urging of his sister-in-law, Francisco began his career at WARCO as a Tuber Helper in the Extrusion Department in May 1976. He was then transferred to the Calender Department as a millman and was quickly promoted to Calender Operator by the end of that year. His work ethic and expertise easily recognized as he was promoted to Leadman in 1977 and then Foreman of the Calender Department in 1979. Franscisco had already achieved much in his career growing from helper to foreman in 3 short years. In 1985, he became the General Foreman of the Calender Department then the Business Team Leader in 2001. After nearly 30 years in the Calender Department, Francisco’s impact was expanded as he was promoted to Plant Superintendent overseeing all manufacturing departments – including Calender, Extrusion, Molded and Custom Mixing. Francisco was then elevated to Manufacturing Manager in 2013. In 2019, Francisco became an executive officer of the company when he was promoted to Vice President, Manufacturing, tasked with managing both our Orange, CA and Ripley, MS manufacturing operations. Francisco spent a year based full-time in Mississippi before returning to his home plant in 2020 at the height of the Coronavirus pandemic. He continued to manage both manufacturing operations until WARCO’s divestiture of Biltrite Ripley Operations in 2022.

Throughout his tenure, Francisco has played an integral role in building our company, shaping its culture, and nurturing its growth. His exceptional work ethic, expertise, care, devotion, and deep love for WARCO and its people have made an indelible impact on each of us and our company’s legacy. We are immensely thankful for everything Francisco has accomplished and wish the very best on his well-earned retirement.

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