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SOLUTIONS HELP MAKE ACCESS
EASIER. BY ALAN DORICH
or 34 years, EZ-ACCESS has helped
people move beyond barriers. "We
believe that people can enjoy life
the most when they have the ability
to obtain accessibility," co-owner and CEO
Don Everard says.
Algona, Wash.-based EZ-ACCESS has
provided that accessibility through many
products, including aluminum ramps,
decks, walkways, steps and multi-story stair
systems. Everard's mother and sister, President Glenda Everard and Vice President
Deanne Sandvold, started the company in
the summer of 1984.
The two initially operated the company
out of their home with a staff of three and
began serving the home healthcare market
with products for people with disabilities.
Don Everard, who brought his marketing
skills to the family business in 1988, notes
that most of the company's sales at that time
were from portable ramps.
All that changed when Congress passed
the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
of 1990. "As the ADA came into effect, we
saw an increase of more semi-permanent
ramps used for residential, commercial and
industrial applications," he recalls.
EZ-ACCESS began manufacturing alu-
* Headquarters: Algona, Wash.
* Employees: 170+
* Specia y: Aluminum amps, decks,
walkways and mu i-story tair ystems
"We believe at people can enjoy life e most when ey have
- Don Everard, co-owner and CEO
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maintains a leadership position
with many customers that have been with
the company for 20-plus years.
minum modular ramps for homes with the
vision that they would replace DIY wood
ramps, which allowed them to expand into
the commercial and industrial sector. "Now,
we manufacture ramps for all different
types of commercial facilities," Everard says.
The company, he adds, has come a long
way since its humble beginnings. EZ-ACCESS now employs a staff of 170-plus and
operates from locations on the East and
West Coasts to serve the nation.
Leading the Way
EZ-ACCESS' facilities in Algona, and
Morganfield, Ky., provide it with multiple
supply sources to execute reliable and
sustainable distribution. They also feature
more than 250,000 square feet of manufacturing and distribution space, which
includes 20,000 square feet recently added
at its Morganfield location.
"We're definitely an industry leader in all
facets of our business," National Vice President of Sales Mike Johnson says, noting that
the company has strong relationships with
its general contracting clients.
"Some of our customers have been with
us 20-plus years," he adds, noting that their
clients often repeatedly order the same
products from EZ-ACCESS or make a point
of calling the company first when they have
a unique access project.
"We do OSHA stairs and ramp systems
for all the major portable building providers," Everard says. "They use us for other
needs they have as well, [ranging] from
temporary to permanent access to a building. As our product lines grow, so does our
The company's status as a family- and
woman-owned small business for more
than 30 years also makes it attractive to