The Wicked Story
There is a story because two kids at age 5 met.
This was the starting point in which the two became friends and would soon
be joined at the hips to embark on a life long journey. From Elementary School
and on they explored life and enjoyed the ride. By the time there were 15, they
were riding their bikes everywhere. They would not think twice about riding
15-20 miles to and from the beach, or heading over to Jack Rabbit Hill for some
fun and adventure. But new adventure would come soon enough when they would
speak of the secret spot. Everyone who lived in or around the neighborhood
growing up knew of the secret spot aka "Barnes Plastics" Not everyone
was invited at first nor was it wasn't easy to find, even if you knew how to
And back in those days, you pretty much had to ride by memory as there was
no GPS and what kid would take out a Thomas Guide to find their way
around? Nope it was good old trial and error to figure out where it was.
Eventual the secret spot was being shared outside of the core group. It was a
treat to take knew people on the ride, never knowing at first what you would
get, but knowing it would be worth the hunt. At times there would be a string
of bikes rolling down to the plant to see what freebies or discarded parts
could be found. They knew that by digging in the old cardboard trashcan that
could turn up some nice rewards the youngsters. Yeah it was a little dirty in
the cans, but no one minded. An off color pair of grips, or discolored
skateboard wheels were not junk to the teens, it was like GOLD.
Tons of trips to the secret spot and tons of great scores week in and week
out, The press workers caught on to the weekly trips and finally stopped
throwing the bad or imperfect parts it in the trash cans and saved them in bags
for when they arrived. The duo enjoyed being there so much that took on
part time work during the summer doing piece work to earn spending money. When
they ran out of money the two would go to the Redondo Beach Pier and Scott
would dive for change. Dennis would stay up top and get passer byes to toss
some extra change in to watch Scott chase it and he chasing it he did. Scott
would wade in the water while spectator would watch people toss coins off the
pier into the water. Scott would time the coins hitting the water so he could
still see the shimmer quarters, dimes and nickles before they got to deep and
out of reach. Scott got pretty good at it. Sometimes they would score big, and
when they did it was Churros, Hot Dogs and sodas for lunch.
Through Middle School and High School the teens worked and played hard.
Camping in Glamis with Scott's uncle and his cousins. Many perks of working
there gave them 3 day weekends. There was a lot to learn being around heavy
machinery and fast turning drill presses and they were quick learners. It was
like their own TRADE SCHOOL on U.S. mold building and manufacturing. Seeing the
molds being built was fascinating and watching molds in action and producing
parts was the grand finale.
Chuck Walker the owner, and Scott's uncle was always building something
cool, tearing something apart or fixing a broken machine. With the plant having
a full machine shop with every tool imaginable a lot was going on during the
work day as well as weekends. Scott and Dennis were hooked life fish spending
more time at the plant more often then they even realized.
Scott and Dennis are both married and of course were the Best Man in each others wedding,
both raising families, Scott 3 and Dennis 2, and just like life itself they fast
forwarded into 2007 where the two started kicking around the idea of starting
their own business within the only business they knew. There was no doubt about
it, they were going to do it. It wasn't till late 2008 that the mills were turned on, molds were being
cut and products were being built. It was at that time that Wicked Eye Products, LLC was formed and the two have
been bringing new products to life ever since, at a place
they both consider their home away from home.
Scott Piepmeyer Co-Founder ( Scott@wickedeye.net )
Dennis Nelson Co-Founder ( email@example.com )