Rockwerx Company Profile
Rockwerx is a major climbing wall manufacturer located in central Massachusetts. Led by CEO Cort Gariepy, the company has evolved from his own experience building and operating a climbing wall in southern California in the early 1990’s, to become a leading builder of hundreds of commercial and recreational climbing walls across the US. Rockwerx has helped create some of the most successful climbing businesses in the country in recent years, such as Metrorock, The Rock Club, and The Enclosure, with its primary commercial climbing wall product, Gym Rock. In addition to making the highest quality seamless textured walls, Rockwerx has grown its business with its Natural Rock and Modular Systems, and is constantly working to offer the best and most innovative products such as new flooring systems, handholds, playground boulders, as well as top-end consulting, routesetting and training services.
Rockwerx is a leading climbing wall manufacturer in the US, with a diverse history that began with Cort Gariepy, our founder and CEO, building a garage wall in Southern California. Almost two decades, and a few business iterations later, Rockwerx has a permanent 14,500 square foot fabrication headquarters in the rural woods of central Massachusetts, and a full line of climbing wall products and accessories, and hundreds of walls built.
Rockwerx’s earliest incarnation, Solid Rock Wall Systems, was a partnership between climber Cort Gariepy and builder Scott Hansen, who together started one of the early climbing wall businesses in the country, Solid Rock Gym in San Diego, California. In the early 90’s, as indoor climbing began it’s fast-paced growth, Solid Rock grew as well, beginning with wall construction projects on the west coast, and expanding quickly to become a leading builder with dozens of projects throughout the country.
In 2000, Cort brought climbing wall manufacturing to his hometown in Barre, Massachusetts and Rockwerx came into form. In the years that have followed, Rockwerx has continued to design and build the largest and highest quality commercial and recreational climbing wall projects in the US. We have grown quickly, building walls at a fever pace, and in 2007, we acquired Adventure Systems, doubled our sales force and management team, and have been working on new products and applications that will continue to drive our growth as a leader in the industry.
Click Here for a more detailed history and a few interesting stories from the early days of Solid Rock to where Rockwerx is at today.
The Rockwerx Team
At Rockwerx, we’ve got a diverse and enthusiastic team of professionals. We work hard building walls and take pride in our construction. Our goal is the same as it’s been from the start - to always be building really cool climbing walls and having a great time doing it. To that end, we work harder and faster than probably anyone in the business, but we also enjoy the finer things, like racing mini-bikes on our massive dirt track built just outside our headquarters.
It’s been said a day in the life at Rockwerx would make for very entertaining reality TV. Check out our cast of characters…
Cort Gariepy: Founder
Cort Gariepy got his start in the climbing wall industry early on in it’s history and has been a leader in the indoor climbing market ever since. Cort began rock climbing in 1983 in Southern California and developed his climbing while at San Diego State University, where he was soon guiding SDSU Recreational Department climbing trips to the best crags on the west coast, and led the SDSU program in the design and development of one of the first indoor climbing facilities at a University or College program.
From his first wall project with a few friends in a garage, in 1991, Cort went on to build one of the first National scale competition walls for the US Indoor Climbing Championships in Delmar, California. Soon after, he and a partner founded SolidRock Wall Systems. SolidRock was one of the first professional climbing wall builders in the country, constructing the first commercial climbing center in Southern California, SolidRock Gym, and dozens of projects to follow.
Click Here for a Company Interview with Cort to find out more about what makes us tick.
Ralph Rogers: CEO
Nancy Lindquist: Bookkeeper
Bob Begin: All Things Design
Adam Ploof: Sales
Kaci Holbrook: Sales and Office Manager
Joe Hamilton: Shop Foreman
Dave Treudson: Assistant Shop Foreman
Simon Rengo: Assistant Shop Foreman
Kevin Hood: In-house Mechanic/Fixes anything moving
Chas Brinks : Head Road Crew Foreman