Our founder, Robert George Evans Jr. had deep loyalty and love for his country, his city, and his family. He had the entrepreneurial drive that made America, and he was proud to have created Con-Tech and developed its high standards of quality and service. Con-Tech routinely was featured in the City Business Top Private Companies in New Orleans. True to his roots, Robbie stated in a 2015 interview, “New Orleans is our home and we prefer to bring in and ship products from New Orleans whenever possible.” Robbie’s family and employees are proud to carry on with his company and his vision. He remains with us always in spirit.
Early Drum Roots
Robbie had drums in his blood. His Great Uncle Charles Evans was president of Chickasaw Barrel Company in New Orleans, where Robbie’s grandfather started as a cooper. He then converted his backyard stables into his own cooperage, where he purchased and repaired secondhand wooden barrels collected by wagon. Robbie’s dad worked there, at Chickasaw, and then formed Evans Cooperage Company. There Robbie, his twin brother, and his sister learned about manufacturing, reconditioning and filling steel drums. From the age of twelve, Robbie assumed various tasks at Evans, where he rose to the position of Vice President, eventually serving at Evans locations in Louisiana, Texas, and Missouri.
Founding of Con-Tech
Robbie graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management in 1976 and founded Con-Tech International in 1983. Robbie’s comprehensive knowledge of the drum industry was invaluable in creating Con-Tech. Initially, he positioned Con-Tech to sell industrial steel drum parts and related items, still a vital component of the business today. His vision is present from the first load of knockdown drums he imported from Venezuela in 1984 to the steel coils Con-Tech imports today.