In 1977, a beekeeper from Upland California with a knack for inventions named Paul Pierce was tired of his wood frames with wax foundation. He was constantly spending time tending to the frames instead of his bees and they were easily mangled during transport and harvesting. Paul thought; why not make the frame and foundation all in one, out of a durable material that could withstand the rigors of commercial beekeeping? And that is when the idea for the one-piece Pierco frame was born. Paul contacted renowned Southern California plastics expert Edward Fleming and the two collaborated to develop the industry's first plastic frame. The rest, as they say, is history.