Peter Novak - founder
The company was founded by Peter Novak in 1973. Peter was a lifelong tool and die maker, first learning the trade in his native Yugoslavia. He later worked in the trade in Italy, France, Australia, and Canada. Peter did all jobs related to production including draftsman, tool designer, and tool maker. Peter started South Coast Mold with one machine working alone but he quickly acquired more equipment and also skilled toolmakers came to join his operation. Peter’s narrative is an immigrant success story – coming to America with nothing and establishing a business that continues into a 2nd generation. Peter worked daily in the business until his passing in 2004.
Paul Novak - director
Peter’s son, Paul Novak, worked part-time in the shop while in high school. In 1990, Paul joined South Coast Mold full-time. Like his father, Paul did all operations within South Coast Mold including tool design, tool maker, CNC programming, CNC operation, quality control, sales, estimating, accounting, etc. In 1995, Paul bought full ownership of South Coast Mold. Paul has a BA in business from Brigham Young University and a MBA from Pepperdine University. Paul has also been an expert witness in patent litigation regarding toolmaking. He volunteers in the AMBA trade organization.
David Townsend - general manager
David is the general manager at South Coast Mold. David has worked all his life in toolmaking. He also has foundry experience. Peter and David worked together at a tooling workbench in the 1970's. Peter says that David was the best man he's ever worked with in toolmaking. David is a self-taught CAD/CAM expert, even from the 1980's. Now, he's an expert tool designer using NX Unigraphics. David enjoys the outdoors including camping, cycling, and gardening.