Philosophy & History
As we continue to learn and gain deeper understanding into the meaning of sustainability, a great part of our history becomes more significant. Sustainability not only describes a company that has been in business for 85 years, but also a committed group of employers, and most importantly, employees that have worked together over time and through change to insure that the business has stayed viable. We have been excessively blessed by the fact that our history is rich with products, services, and traditions that are now being recognized as providing tremendous value. This value is based on the overall benefits to our company, our community, and our environment. These values, often referred to as the triple bottom line, are being touted around the country and in our community as what the “new economy” is going to be built on. We feel very fortunate that with everyone’s help and commitment we will keep improving and working towards more sustainable solutions in the way we conduct business.
We are committed to partnering with and improving the community by providing environmentally sustainable choices and solutions, and giving back to those who support our very existence.
Rexius employees are not only our most valuable resource, they are responsible for our longevity and success. Most importantly, the employees are the life-blood that let us work and contribute throughout the community. At Rexius “community” is not tired, uninspired rhetoric that we draw from – it’s who we are.
We believe that every problem is a character building opportunity and that life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it…We are in charge of our attitudes.
This philosophy of good soil stewardship has committed Rexius to focusing on the long-term benefits of providing environmentally responsible products and services in landscape, environmental restoration, and erosion and sediment control industries. Good soil stewardship is an important step in keeping our plant life healthy and our water clean.
“A Nation that destroys its soils destroys its self.”
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Rexius was founded in the 1930’s and then incorporated in 1945 as Rexius Fuel Service by Solomon and Lillian Rexius. Prior to this, Sol Rexius was involved in the wood products business dating back to the pre-depression years, delivering recycled 4’ slab wood for commercial fuel into Eugene-Springfield. Since 1945, the company has experienced significant growth in sales and product lines yet it still remains a family owned and operated business.
In 1959, Sol became a partner in Rexius Fuel Service with his sons, Ray Rexius and Marv Rexius, and his daughter, June Rexius Sutton. In 1967, Sol passed away after a battle with cancer.
In 1994, Rexius branched into the manufacturing business with their innovative Express Blower Trucks. For eight years the company sold and built a strong national brand with the equipment they invented back in 1950. Blower application has now become a national phenomenon and has revolutionized the landscape industry. In 2002 Rexius sold the division to a company in Ohio and maintains a strong relationship with Rexius in its promotional efforts.Ray and Marv continued to operate the business, with June as a limited partner. Rexius Fuel Service became Rexius Forest By-Products, Inc. in 1986 and is known today as Rexius. Today, one sibling from each of the previous generation remains as officers of the company; Co-Presidents Rusty Rexius and Arlen Rexius, and Senior Vice President Dan Sutton.
In February of 2003, Rexius moved its corporate office from its long term home of 7th and Chambers and joined it to its production and shop facilities on Bailey Hill Road in west Eugene. In July of 2012 Rexius moved its production facility to a new location just north of Coburg, Oregon. This new location is home to all wholesale divisions traditionally known to Rexius, but the entire Landscape Construction, Irrigation, and Maintenance divisions (once known as Grant’s Landscape Service), home office and Conveyor Application Systems remain at the Bailey Hill location. In addition, Rexius moved its retail sales and yard debris collection center to 150 Hwy 99 in west Eugene. Rexius continues to expand its company into new and growing markets within the industry.