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How It All Started

Built upon the lease of a single industrial sewing machine, WestCoast Pro-Pads was founded in 1982 by Leslie Malloy. For nearly four decades, WestCoast has established itself as a reliable and valued protective pad manufacturer for thousands of elevator companies, building owners and contractors worldwide alike, because clients count on our pads to protect their elevator equipment investment and promote a more professional look.

Since our first-ever sale to Westinghouse Elevator in Burbank, California years ago, WestCoast has refined its protective padding product to near-perfection. With protecting clients’ investments at the core of our business model, our pads can not only withstand the damage from bulk or sharp objects; they are all handcrafted with a true designer’s eye and are made specifically for each customer. At WestCoast, we are also proud to be ethical manufacturers, as our products are “Made in America” and most importantly, made with eco-friendly materials.

Though we are located in the historic city of Pasadena, with “West Coast” as part of our company name, we offer our pads globally. Because our product features an unmatched combination of customization, quality and everybody’s favorite—speedy delivery—we’ve supplied and continue to supply products to elevator contractors in Europe, Dubai, Australia, and other countries worldwide. While WestCoast is the international leader in protective covering for freight, passenger and residential elevators, we also provide innovative solutions to make hanging and storing our pads fast and easy.

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Associations

WestCoast Innovative Protective Padding is a proud and influential member of the following associations:

  • National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC)
  • Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF)
  • Elevator Industry Group of Southern California (EIG)
  • Chicago Elevator Association (CEA)
  • Elevator Conference of New York (ECNY)
  • Northern California Elevator Industry Group (NCEIG)
  • BOMA International
  • NAWBO
  • Pasadena Chamber of Commerce

About The Founder: Leslie Malloy

Working as a receptionist at Oliver & Williams Elevator Company at 23 years of age, our founder and CEO Leslie Malloy started WestCoast Innovative Pro-Pads after receiving calls from customers asking about elevator protection padding. With little information to provide these callers, Leslie took what she learned through her degrees in Fashion Design and Merchandising from FIDM and Business/Economics from UCLA, and took the initiative to provide this elevator protection everyone was asking about, herself. 

By designing and sewing these pads on her own through a single sewing machine, and a small $5000 loan, the seeds of what we now know today as WestCoast Innovative Pro-Pads were planted in her living room. Forever, a student of design and one who seeks to innovate; Leslie grew and nurtured WestCoast into a top-tier manufacturer through countless hours of researching fabrics, fillers, quilting vendors and  building and fire safety codes. But she never stopped there. She continues to seek out ways to reliably and most efficiently hang or use these pads. In addition to providing patented hanging solutions for her elevator pads, Leslie stepped aside from her competitors and substantiated WestCoast by going green. To this day, WestCoast is the only elevator padding company that manufactures its products with eco-friendly materials.

Those who know Leslie— friends and clients alike—describe our founder and CEO as a person they trust and respect and of course, a strong woman. As the founder & CEO of this company, Leslie understands the value and the need for more women’s voices not only within the elevator industry but within business overall. In fact, when she first started West Coast Innovative Pro-Pad, one of her biggest challenges was maintaining viability in such a male-dominated industry. Nevertheless, through her resilience, Leslie and her company still stand strong and ahead of the pack.

The Future: Marghi Malloy

Keeping it within the family, Marghi Malloy is WestCoast’s bright, impending successor to her mother, Leslie. Essentially raised inside the company’s four “padded” walls, WestCoast is in great, qualified hands looking down the road, as Marghi is seasoned for success.

 Marghi attended her first annual National Association of Elevator Contractors convention (NAEC) in Boston in 1989 as a four-month-old, and has been to every convention since, but now as a member of NAEC’s NexGen group, where she serves on their membership development committee and attends summit retreats.

Already proving to be a key cog and leading voice within the elevator industry, Marghi is passionate about getting to know people within the industry and of course, the customers who do business with WestCoast. She also enjoys traveling for work and visiting new places around the world.