Made in the Northwest: Lloyd Pans
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — All of the top pizza chains in America use Lloyd Pans to bake their pies.
Domino’s, Pizza Hut, “Little Caesar’s, Papa John’s, all of those,” said Lloyd Pans CEO and President Traci Rennaker.
But the Spokane Valley company wants you to know it’s not just about pizza pans anymore.
“We opened it up to different markets,” explained Rennaker. “Bakery, food service, also the industrial side for medical, telecommunications, solar, construction.”
Basically, Lloyd looked around at all the machines in its 80,000 square foot facility and realized it could make just about anything out of sheet metal.
“We felt like we need to expand. We have the core competencies to do so. And so, we just want to continue growing,” said Rennaker.
In fact, Lloyd has grown over 200 percent since 2011 and is now ISO certified. It has about 40 full-time and 20 part-time employees.
Rennaker said art of the company’s growth can be credited to customization.
“You name it, we make it for our customer. We are partnering with them to get them to where they need to be to be competitive with their customers.”
Lloyd even has design and food science engineers who develop products, and try them out, in their test kitchen.
“Our customers actually send us their recipes or their products, so that we can develop a pan just for what their needs are,”
One product line that’s been taking off lately is Lloyd’s Detroit Style Deep Dish pizza pans.
“There’s been many stories written about our products here for the quality of the pan.”
Another is landscape pans for things like paninis.
“They put them in the speed cook oven and they’re in there for a minute or two and there’s a panini.”
But whether it’s a pizza pan, a cake pan, or anything else, the entire manufacturing process is done in house – from the laser cut and punch machine to the spinning lathe to the anodizing line, which coats the products with chemicals to reduce corrosion. Lloyd’s current anodizing system is massive. But by the end of 2019, they’ll have a brand new one in place two and a half times its size to keep up with demand.
It’s all part of an effort to be a one stop shop for customers all over the world, as Lloyd continues to expand past pizza pans in the future.
Rennaker said her goals for the company include, “Growing and be the innovators that we are and continue in different markets and gain more market share.”
Taking an even bigger slice of the pie.
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