Prominent among the important industrial concerns to which Santa Clara County is indebted fro much of the rapid, yet sound and permanent development which has of late media this section one of the most progressive of all the counties of the gold gate, is the Pacific manufacturing Company, for the past thirty-five years under the able management of its president, James H. Pierce.   His father, the late James P. Peirce, had been president before him, and ever since the latter's death James H. has had the reins well in hand.  Associated with him are J. G. Kennedy, manager of the San Francisco office; Herbert J. Quinn, manager of the Los Angeles bank, and R. T. Pierce, secretary and treasurer, another dependable official with a record of thiry-five years of service.  The directors are:  James H. Pierce, J.G. Kennedy. R. T. Pierce (son of R. T. Pierce), of San Jose, L. L. Morse and F. A. Birge San Francisco , and W. F. Hayward.  The concern employs five hundred men, the year around, and has its main office at Santa Clara, and is, without doubt, the most substantial industry in Santa Clara , and the largest manufacturing concern of its kind in the State of California.

This company, founded with such foresight by the late James Pierronett Pierce, and guided so admirably by James Henry Pierce, his son, and those happily associate with him, has a most interesting history, as recently outlined in the Pacific Factory Developer. 

In 1875, the Pacific Manufacturing company started with a small planing mill and lumber yard to supply the local needs of the town of Santa Clara, and ever since this progressive company has steadily enlarged its scope of work and field of operations, until now, its business covers all of California, the Hawaiian Islands and extends as far east as Utah.  The company for many years has been a prominent factor in the building up of San Francisco, particularly so since the great fire in 1906.  Many of San Francisco's principal buildings bear convincing evidence of the quality of the work turned out by the Santa Clara mill.  Also we  may mention the St. Francis and Palace hotels. the Humboldt and First National banks, and the Southern Pacific and Balfour-Guthrie buildings as testimonials of its handicraft, and several of the many buildings which are now under construction in the Bay Cities.

The company ranks high among the sash and door factories of the state.  However, its specialty is fine, hardwood, interior furnishings, and the quality of the work it turns out in this line is recognized  by different architects throughout California as being unsurpassed.  The company maintains a mill and lumber yard at Santa Clara, covering an area of twenty acres, and a private switch connects with the Southern Pacific Railroad, so as to facilitate the handling of its large output, and for receiving lumber and raw materials. In a recent interview W. F. Hayward, the popular representative of the Santa Clara office, said that his company had been doing a capacity business for some time past, which necessitated the employment of between 500 and 600 people.  During the war the Pacific Manufacturing Company made a specialty of airplane parts, and received much praise from the Government on the quality of the finished work.  Pioneers in their line, the Pacific Manufacturing Company are always in a position to render excellent service,  and all work turned out by them is known only as the best.

Transcribed by Carolyn Feroben from Eugene T. Sawyers' History of Santa Clara County,California,  published by Historic Record Co. , 1922. 
[note- the Pacific Manufacturing Company closed in the 1960's]