Asphalt Coatings Engineering (ACE) is Proud of our 30+ Year History
Asphalt Coatings Engineering (ACE) is a manufacturer and supplier of asphalt maintenance materials. ACE supplies customers throughout the entire state of California as well as in parts of Nevada and Utah. Asphalt Coatings Engineering began life as franchise of Sealmaster and Wikel Manufacturing in 1985. In 1987 Don Forsyth purchased the franchise from Wikel Manufacturing and until 1995 the business was known as Sealmaster of California. In 1995 Don formally ended his relationship with Sealmaster and reincorporated as Asphalt Coatings Engineering, Inc. In 1998 Don’s son-in-law, Carl Reed, joined the company full time as a salesperson and welder. Don Forsyth officially retired in 2010 and Carl Reed took over ownership and day to day operations, though Don continues to make appearances from time to time. In 2020 Asphalt Coatings Engineering celebrated its 35th year of operations in its original Central California location and looks forward to many more years of serving the asphalt maintenance material needs of customers throughout the West.
Carl Reed started at Asphalt Coatings Engineering part-time as a welder in 1995 while in college. After graduating with a degree in Finance in 1998 he joined the company full-time and became the owner in 2012. He enjoys spending time with his wife Heather and with his three children Aubrey, Spencer, and Will. He also volunteers at his church and is an avid cyclist and saltwater aquarist.
Joe Clifford has been employed at Asphalt Coatings Engineering since the fall of 2008. Joe holds a degree in Agricultural Business and worked in Agriculture and Construction prior to joining ACE as a sales manager. Joe enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.
Robert Hernandez had been the chief compounder at Asphalt Coatings Engineering since 1988. With 28 years of experience mixing asphalt products, Robert has the expertise to ensure a quality product every time. When he isn't busy making asphalt sealer Robert enjoys fishing, working on cars, and shooting. He also tries to go to the races whenever he can.
Gilbert Solis grew up on a farm in Shafter, CA and began as a truck driver for Asphalt Coatings Engineering in 2010. Gilbert became the plant manager in 2018 following the retirement of long time plant manager Scott Hansen. When he is not at the plant Gilbert stays busy taking his daughter to softball games and working on his house.
Jess Hernandez has been the Office Manager at Asphalt Coatings Engineering since February 2020. She is native of Long Beach CA and has lived in Kern County, CA since 2017. She is married with three kids and her St. Bernard dog Milly. In her free time she enjoys all things Disney and having friends and family over for BBQ’s.
Assistant Plant Manager
Wyatt Griffith was born in Montana and grew up in Bakersfield, CA. Wyatt has worked at Asphalt Coatings Engineering since 2019, beginning as a shop hand and is now the assistant plant manager. He is working on getting his commercial driver’s license and in his free time he enjoys backpacking and fishing in the California back country.
Aldo Guttierez was born in Michoacan, Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 2001. He has been a commercial driver since 2006 and started driving for Asphalt Coatings Engineering in 2018. He is married and has one child. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.
Hector Meza got his commercial driver’s license in 2019 and began driving for Asphalt Coatings Engineering shortly thereafter. Hector grew up in Mexico and Arizona and has lived in California for the last twelve years. He has three children and in his free time he enjoys playing soccer and spending time with his family.
Eddy Fernandez has been a commercial driver since early 2019 and has been driving for Asphalt Coatings Engineering since that summer. He is a native of Delano, CA and is married with three children and number four on the way. In his free time he enjoys going to the coast with his family, and exploring the beach.