|ORCO and the Muth family are willing contributors and
participants in a wide variety of civic projects and charitable activities
in Orange, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In 1986,
its 40th year, it was honored for those contributions by the Sales
and Marketing Executives of Orange County and the Orange County Register,
which named it one of "Orange County's Top 50" companies.
In 1989, Pete Muth and Orco Block were named
Manufacturing Entrepreneurs of the year by Arthur Young and Inc. Magazine
for L.A. County.
Since 1982, ORCO has
consolidated its Orange County operations into its Stanton facility,
expanded its Riverside plant, purchased competitors in Oceanside,
Banning, and opened a new Romoland/Perris
facility. As a result, the company now operates 12 block-making
machines in five locations that can use 80 semi-truckloads of raw
materials a day to produce enough block in one year to build a six-foot
high wall more than 900 miles long - or from San Diego to Eugene,
ORCO currently employs 150 people, many of whom have been with
the company for more than 20 years thanks to the company's progressive
entrepreneurial management style that provides independence and
allows workers and their duties to grow.
Orco's commitment to service, leadership and the community is evident
by Rick's 1995 Chairmanship of the National
Concrete Masonry Association. He is the first son to follow
in his father's footsteps as leader of the organization. Pete
served as the elected chair in 1966.
Tribute to Peter Muth (3/26/14 – 12/10/03)
Orco Block Company experienced a great loss
in 2003. Our company’s founder, Peter Muth, passed away
from natural causes on December 10, 2003. Peter Muth lived
an interesting and full life and will be greatly missed by
all that knew him.
Pete was born on March 26, 1914 in Montana. As a child, Pete
grew up on an Indian reservation in Montana. “He loved
to tell stories about growing up on the Crow Indian Reservation
in Montana,” said his son, Rick Muth. “Dad knew
the scout for General Custer. His name was Curley. As a child,
Dad sold the Indians, that were in the battle with Custer,
hot dogs and Cokes at the battle’s 50th anniversary
Montana-born Peter Muth grew up in the cold country. “In
World War II, Pete served in the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor and he
was delighted with the weather there,” said Rick. “So
California was the place for him.” Peter and Mary Muth were
married in 1939 and celebrated 64 years of matrimony. They came
to California in 1946 and helped launch the Orco Block Company.
Pete Muth , his father, George Muth, and brother-in-law, Frank
Hertz founded the Orco Block Company in 1946. At that time there
were 253 block-making companies in California, now there are “10
or 11” left. And Orco is growing. “He always enjoyed
his block-making and associations, “ said Rick. “He
was proud of the fact we were the only father and son team to both
serve as presidents of our national associations.” Rick has
followed his dad as president of Orco Block Company for 35 years.
“Dad never formally retired,” said Rick. “He was
still the chairman of the board.”
“Dad also loved to fly his own plane. He flew the Arctic
Circle and flew around the Statue of Liberty and to Costa Rica.
He flew from 1949 until he was 79 in 1994.” Pete also loved
to give back to the community. Pete and Mary Muth are well-known
philanthropists. They have donated generously to many foundations
such as the Providence Speech and Hearing Center in Orange, the
Boys and Girls Club of Stanton, and many other charities and community
Pete and Mary had four children: Rick, Mitzi and Kathleen, who died in 1988. There are
nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Other survivors
include Muth’s brother, Carl, of Bishop and his sister, Anna,
of Canyon Lake.
Pete was loved and admired by many that knew them and will be dearly