2022 Inland Empire Economic Forecast Jan. 25th at 2pm

Join us virtually for the 30th annual presentation of the Inland Empire Economic Forecast, presented by Dr. James L. Doti of Chapman University. Dr. Doti will be reviewing the economic impact of 2021 and offering insight into the forecasted trends of 2022. Dr. Doti will also review how these predictions may influence businesses in the Inland Empire, U.S., and California.


Dr. James L. Doti, Ph.D. 
President Emeritus and Donald Bren Distinguished Chair of Business and Economics

Hosted by ORCO Block & Hardscape, the forecast utilizes the Chapman Econometric Model to analyze the Inland Empire, state of California, and the U.S. economies to provide local businesses and organizations with the information they need to make more effective planning and investment decisions for their businesses.

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Hear Economic Trends for:

              • What to Expect in 2022               • Employment Trends
              • Housing Demand /  Prices               • Interest Rates / Stock Market
              • Supply Chain Crisis               • COVID-19 Impact & Recovery


As done in the past, a comprehensive assessment of the accuracy of the last year’s forecast will be presented. The growing recognition of the Anderson Center’s activities help explain why its research results are quoted in the:

              • Wall Street Journal               • Press Enterprise
              • New York Times               • San Bernardino Sun
              • Bloomberg Business Week               • Los Angeles Times
              • Time Magazine               • Orange County Register



Ranked #1 among forecast agencies for the 15-year span of 2004-2018, Chapman’s Economic Forecast has provided unrivaled insights into the economies of the Inland Empire, California, and the U.S. Between 2004 and 2016, Chapman’s real GDP forecasts were more accurate than the forecasts issued by all 22 agencies participating in the Blue Chip Economic Indicators surveys. Chapman also ranked #1 for its forecasts of four variables that significantly influence the overall U.S. economy:  real GDP, the unemployment rate, inflation (as measured by the GDP price deflator), and housing starts. Over the most recent 10-year period from 2007 through 2016, Chapman stood at #2 in both the real GDP and four-variable forecast rankings. Learn More.


Dr. James L. Doti, Ph.D.

James Doti earned his B.S. degree in economics from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. He was an Edward Hilman and National Science Foundation Fellow while at Chicago. He joined Chapman in 1974 and in 1978 founded the University’s Anderson Center for Economic Research which, under his leadership, has become nationally recognized for its scholarly research and economic forecasts. Dr. Doti’s articles have appeared in many academic journals as well as business publications such as The Wall Street Journal. He also co-authored books entitled, Econometric Analysis – An Applications Approach and The Market Economy – A Reader, which received the Templeton Honor Award for Scholarly Excellence. Dr. Doti is a leading figure in the Orange County business and academic communities. He also serves on the boards of several corporations headquartered in Southern California.


Sponsored by ORCO Block & Hardscape.

Fastest Trowel on The Block 2019

What is the Fastest Trowel?

The Fastest Trowel on the Block Competition is a showcase of industry craftsmanship and a testament of both the speed and skill of our industry’s workforce. Only those journeymen masons who have the skill, confidence and courage to face-off with the industry’s best are invited to compete. This is a contest that also proves how important teamwork is in accomplishing a final product.

The competition will pit journeyman masons, accompanied by their two favorite tenders, against one another in a show of both speed and craftsmanship. Each contestant’s goal is to complete as much of a 24-foot long wall as possible, using 8″x8″x16″ CMU and the provided mortar in a twenty-minute heat. Contestants must have a high degree of workmanship using normal masonry practices and hand tools.

The contest promotes quality training and pride in workmanship among journeymen and contractors, as well as promoting the craftsmanship, speed and versatility of masonry systems and the masonry workforce. This contest also rewards and highlights the country’s best mason journeymen for their hard work and dedication to the trade.

More information below!




1st Place: $2,500*

2nd Place: $1,500

3rd Place: $1,000

*1st Place also wins entry and 1 night accommodations at the upcoming National Competition in Las Vegas, NV. 

Other Competitions

  • High Schools Most Accurate Trowel Competition
  • MITA Apprentice Masons Skills Challenge Competition

Event Forms

For more information, please contact Vannesa.Gonzalez@ORCO.com or call (714) 889-1284

Customer Appreciation and Live Product Installations!

We are hosting an event dedicated to our customers! This is a special invitation to come visit one of our three locations for lunch and live product installation demonstrations.

Learn the Best Practices for Installing:


Please join us for lunch, plant tours, raffles & new product displays! Demonstrations start at 10:00am and lunch will be served from 11:00am to 1:00pm. For your convenience, the event will take place at each location. Details when you click below. We look forward to seeing you there!

10:00am – 1:00pm
ORCO Stanton – 11100 Beach Blvd, Stanton

For more information, please contact Ryan.Hills@orco.com (714) 889-1290

From the Desk of Rick Muth


To Our Customers:

I want to start by thanking many of you for your kind words and unconditional support during our on-going union labor negotiations.  Unfortunately, the Union representing our Production / Yard staff has targeted some of your companies by passing out flyers and putting up signs in front of your stores . . . all done with the hope of disrupting your normal business and influencing your customers to buy our competitor’s block.  The flyers encourage your customers to call me to voice their support for better pay and working conditions.  It’s an informational campaign – THERE’S NO STRIKE.

THOSE INDIVIDUALS IN FRONT OF YOUR STORES ARE NOT ORCO EMPLOYEES – they come from the Union.  How can it make any sense for our staff to convince customers not to buy ORCO products?  As we all know, lost sales mean that we adjust staff accordingly.  Additionally, our ORCO workers have complained to us about the Union leaving them in the dark and more than once have been answered untruthfully by their Union.

WE CAN’T GET THE UNION TO THE TABLE.  We met with the Union in late January and they originally told us they couldn’t meet for another 2 months.  When we protested, they insisted the best they could do is 1 month.  I have tried to meet regularly with the Union, but they are difficult and nonchalant about meeting.  The Union is clearly not representing the best interests of our staff.  We’d like to continue the discussion on pay rates, but we are having a hard time getting the Union to the table.


• We have offered the best wage package in the last 30 years – certain wages increasing $2 per hour.

• We paid $1.2 million to take over the underfunded Union pension for our workers. 20+ years later, in 2019, the Union led retirement fund is still underfunded while ours is 100% funded. 

• We offer a new defined contribution pension, which is modern, up to date, guaranteed by ORCO assets, and works in tandem with the prior pension.

UNION FLYERS CLAIM “WORKING CONDITIONS.”  I can’t find anyone who can explain what that means.  There’s been no issue or conversations about working conditions.  Since the union began this flyer campaign on February 9th, I have received exactly one call from a person that would not say their last name and left a fake phone number. 

To those that have experienced the aggravation of union flyers and signs, I want to thank you for both your patience and support.  We have always done our best to treat our customers and staff with honesty and integrity.  ORCO hasn’t changed.  We can’t stop the Union from these shenanigans, but YOU DON’T HAVE TO ALLOW THEM ON YOUR PROPERTY.   Some of you have asked what you can do.  Simply, if they appear at your company, please let the Union know how ineffective the campaign has been.  More importantly, ENCOURAGE THE UNION TO GET BACK TO THE BARGAINING TABLE AND MEET WITH US. 

To help bring this to a head, ORCO filed a complaint against the Union with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on February 20, 2019.  I don’t blame our workers.  And I have a tremendous amount of respect for the entire ORCO team – including those represented by the Union.  Moving forward, we hope the Union will show up to finalize a contract and quit hurting our loyal staff.

Rick Muth
ORCO Block & Hardscape