When companies work from the outside in, they are positioned to serve and succeed. That’s the philosophy of Jeffrey L. McCain, a customer-first visionary who is designing essential products that solve problems for people and the planet.
An award-winning and passionate leader recognized for products and services in the traffic, transit and parking industries, McCain has spent 35 years building a line of brands with social innovation at the core. His flagship product, McCain Walls, are sustainable, modular walls that are made from over 90 percent recyclable metals. The structures, which come in 3,000-plus styles, are being used in various settings, from airports and hospitals to commercial buildings and corporate offices throughout North America.
But before he saw his modular walls in the office buildings of some of the world’s largest brands, like Apple and Starbucks, he saw a problem that needed a solution: keeping drywall out of landfills.
“Drywall is only thriving because there hasn’t been a good alternative,” says McCain. “Our aluminum walls are a good, flexible product that have a positive eco-impact on the lives of direct and indirect users.”
Not only are McCain Walls able to be relocated, reused, refigured or recycled per the customers’ requirements, they’re also reducing the amount of building material waste in landfills.
Now, McCain’s tackling another challenge: affordable housing.
He’s using his background in construction and expertise in modular wall systems to launch McCain Homes, a line of affordable accessory dwelling units (ADUs) that cost approximately 20 percent less than a traditional build, not to mention they can be built in one-third of the time.
As he enters this new phase in business, he adds, “We are maintaining our mission of helping to build a more environmentally-conscious future. Whether it’s as a passenger walking next to our walls inside an airport or the tenant inside one of our ADUs, we want them to know we’ve manufactured a green product with them and the environment in mind.”
The longtime San Diegan has a proven track record of creating turnkey solutions and building up employees. He was recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2009, and a decade later is continuing to put in the work.
“I have a job to do just like everyone else,” he says.