History of Apex


In 1949 Harry Truman was president, America had 48 states and gas cost 27 cents a gallon. In Los Angeles county, a businessman named Al Nelson formed “Apex Painting” with a half dozen trucks and a crew of six. For a quarter century, Apex made its name painting independent gas stations in the southern California market. Many of Apex’s first clients – Black Gold, Flying A, Rio Grande, Seaside – have been acquired, merged or no longer exist.

In 1984 Randy and Kathleen Hargrave acquired Apex. The following year, their son Hal was hired and the company relocated to Pomona, CA. In the late 1980’s, Apex expanded its scope of work to include lead abatement and water reservoir work. As a former Mobil distributor, Hargrave’s oil industry connections (basketball games between Mobil engineers were a common sight on the Pomona lot for years) established Apex as a reputable contractor for large scale industrial re-imaging projects.

Renamed Apex Imaging Services in 2000, the company expanded into a full-service, national brand imaging contractor with offices in five states and W-2 employees located throughout the country.

In 2005, Apex built its corporate office around the corner from where it all started in Pomona, CA.

In 2013, Apex gained added notoriety for being heavily involved in the world’s largest retail rollout of Starbucks “La Boulange” program.

Currently, Apex successfully provides remodel, reimage and rollout solutions to over 20,000 stores per year for industry greats like Home Depot, Starbucks and Walgreens among many others.

Today the corporation looks forward to additional growth into the 21st century while keeping an eye on its history as a guide for moving forward.