About Angelus Pacific Co.
The story of the Angelus Pacific Co. is a virtual history of the famous college and university mascots that are popular all across America.
The Angelus Pacific Company was established in 1932 by Hugh C. Waddell Jr. He started the business manufacturing imprinted tire covers. New trends in Detroit put the spare tire inside the trunk and with this created a need for change at Angelus.
Together with his lead artist, Arthur Evans and bookstore managers across the nation they designed and created original mascots that would represent the colleges and universities for decades. Among these classics are the USC Tough Tommy Trojan, the Purdue Boilermaker, the Auburn Comic Tiger, the Florida State Comic Seminole, the University of Florida Gator, the University of Mississippi Colonel, the Mississippi State Bulldog,the University of Oklahoma Cowboy, the Oregon State Beaver and many, many more. The millions of dollars worth of imprinted merchandise these mascots continue to sell are the hallmark of Angelus creativity.
In 1963 the founder's son, Stanton Waddell, left a career in Naval Aviation to carry on the family business. He modernized the Angelus screen printing plant with high speed cylinder presses, automatic guillotine cutters, and a computer system which he custom programmed to manage the business functions of the company.
After thirty years as President, Stanton Waddell turned leadership of the company to his son Timothy H. Waddell. He began with Angelus at age 15 and was trained at each and every position the company offered. In addition he graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a BS in Business Management and is now serving as president.
Now a fourth generation of Waddells and their families have overseen the development, originality and quality of Angelus Products. Today, continuing family pride, a staff of loyal skilled employees along with a modern printing plant assure that Angelus Products and top quality remain synonymous.