A new family business in town brings a local and personal approach to manufacturing and design projects.
Stroker Customs’ Jadd Jacox started welding and fabrication at Elam Construction and has been Regional Plant Manager for five different locations in the region. When the local construction company was bought by a larger company, it changed the culture of the organization and Jacox focused on other activities.
Jacox said he wants to spend more time at home with his family and focus on the things that are close to his heart and that he really loves to do. This is how Stroker Customs was born.
Jacox originally started out working with decorative gates, handrails and custom signs, but then turned to sandblasting and etching.
“It opened up a number of possibilities for me,” Jacox said of etching artwork into glass, wood, stone, cement, and other surfaces.
The various media enable Jacox to work individually with customers in order to realize creative ideas. He can use a number of different methods to etch accents and designs into floors, walls, doors and just about anything else a client can think of.
Jacox said he will consider any type of creative fabrication project for homes, commercial and industrial buildings, and even make protective coatings for smaller projects like vehicles.
“It’s just the art form of it,” Jacox said. “Whether it’s a floor or plasma cut, it’s a way to get creative and feel free.”
Stroker Custom does pretty much anything and everything, and that’s exactly how Jacox wanted to start the company, open to any ideas a customer might come up with.
“I didn’t want to pin down a product and say, ‘That’s all I do,'” he said. “If someone has an idea or a drawing of something, I would find a way to implement it.”
For protective coatings, Jacox uses a new technology that has proven to be more versatile and durable than many other coatings on the market.
The epoxy coating is currently the most popular, but can become brittle and crack with prolonged wear. Jacox explained that he uses an aliphatic coating, which is more flexible and durable than an epoxy coating. The aliphatic flooring is also UV resistant while the epoxy is not.
Jacox explained that if someone left his or her epoxy coated garage door open, the sun would eventually destroy the flooring. The UV resistance of aliphatic flooring protects against this type of sun damage.
Aliphatic flooring can be used to coat many different materials including wood chips, subfloors, concrete and stone.
“Everything is fully customizable. So if someone wanted a large tiger etched into their floor, it could be embedded with wood chips and sealed in the floor,” Jacox said.
Jacox added that every aspect of his work is environmentally friendly. He explained how sandblasting gets a bad rap, but said it can be used for everything from cleaning bricks to removing graffiti. Jacox also said he does sandblasting using natural materials that leave no chemicals in the air or on surfaces.
Jacox said there were even a few posts in the community chat about graffiti on a local landmark near the Yampa River and he offered to clean it up with the eco-friendly sandblasting method, which protects the organic surface, once he’s done is.
“The most important thing for us is to help the community. That’s what we want to do,” said Jacox.
Stroker Custom is a family business with Jacox, his wife and 14 year old son. The shop is off their home, which has acreage and is partially designated as a commercial zone, giving him the ability to design and manufacture from his home base.
But the goal is to be fully mobile and be able to get to the customers, collaborate with the community and offer services.