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June 29, 2010
Attorney Jason Wandler of Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker was named a "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics Magazine. To identify Rising Stars, the magazine asked the top 5 percent of the Bar Association membership in Washington to vote for the best attorneys they have observed in action who are either age 40 or under or who have been practicing 10 years or less. Wandler represents general contractors and subcontractors in public and private construction projects. Oles Morrison is based in Seattle.
Seattle's Andersen Construction Co. hired Paul Hackett, Jaime Puracal and Alec Thomas in its Special Projects Group. Hackett, a project manager, is a nine-year local construction veteran. Puracal and Thomas are project engineers. Puracal has been in the industry for five years.
Dan Fairbanks was appointed head of Veca Green in Seattle, and Chris Fryer was appointed sales and marketing associate. Fairbanks has worked with several startup companies and holds a bachelor's degree from the Marriott School of Business at Brigham Young University. Fryer has experience in sales and media marketing, helped several Internet startups and co-directed a feature film. He grew up working in the residential construction industry. Veca Green specializes in energy retrofits.
Two Northwest safety initiatives were recognized at the American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation's 12th annual Roadway Work Zone Safety Awareness Awards in Pittsburgh. CH2M Hill won an award for its Work Zone Safety Matters campaign to reduce job site accidents, injuries and fatalities. The campaign included a toolkit for employees nationwide and hosted the American Traffic Safety Services National Work Zone Memorial with the Washington State Department of Transportation. The Idaho Department of Transportation, Connecting Idaho Partners JV and The Langdon Group won an award for their efforts to notify travelers at the Boise Airport of ongoing construction activity on nearby Interstate 84. The partners created an information kiosk near the baggage claim area that had computer-animated simulations of the construction projects and how motorists should drive through the work zones.
June 22, 2010
Hartung Glass Industries bought Holcam Sales, a Seattle-based bath and shower enclosure manufacturer. Holcam continues to operate under its own name, with Rick Wenala remaining as the company's general manager. Wenala has been with Holcam for 28 years. Seattle-based Hartung, the parent company of Agalite Shower and Bath Enclosures, is a glass fabricator. A company press release says Hartung has a mission of controlled growth and increased presence as a leading supplier of fabricated glass products on the West Coast.
Donald A. DeVisser on July 1 will become acting executive vice president of the West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau in Portland. DeVisser is replacing Brad Shelley, who is retiring after 33 years at the bureau. DeVisser holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Michigan State University and an MBA from Portland State University. He is a registered engineer in Oregon. The bureau is a not-for-profit service organization benefiting consumers and producers of lumber.
Seattle Business Magazine named construction management firm KBA Inc. one of the 2010 “100 Best Companies to Work For.” The awards honor Washington firms with outstanding leadership, work environment and employee satisfaction. Bellevue-based KBA was ranked 21st in the Small Companies division and was one of four engineering firms on the list. Kris Betty is KBA's president.
June 15, 2010
Sam Hyatt became manager of Professional Service Industries' Wal-Mart Washington Special Project. Hyatt is WABO/ICC and nuclear densometer certified. He previously worked in PSI's Salt Lake City office and is now based in its Mountlake Terrace office. PSI is an independent engineering and testing firm headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.
Precision Door Service named industry veteran Rick Kennard to the new role of general manager of operations for its Commercial Division. Kennard is overseeing all commercial field operations in Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. He is initially focusing on Western Washington. The division repairs and maintains commercial and industrial doors, gates and equipment.
Darrington-based Hampton Lumber Mill completed the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Voluntary Protection Program, an audit that recognizes a company's significant commitment to safety, and received Star status. The rating is the highest VPP level. The VPP program is administered in Washington by the state Department of Labor and Industries.
Portland's Andersen Construction is marking its 60th year in business while its Boise office turns 10 years old and its Seattle office finishes up its first year of operation.
Cascade Windows, a privately held vinyl window and patio door manufacturer, donated windows to the Home Builder's Association 2010 Showcase Home in Salem, Ore. The Showcase Home, part of this year's 2010 Tour of Homes, is built and sold to promote affordable homes and housing in the area. The tour of 30 homes runs until Sunday. Cascade has production plants in Spokane, Portland and Salt Lake City.
June 8, 2010
The Parr Co. opened a new Parr Lumber location at 3808 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley. Tim Kellar is yard manager and sales are managed by Jason Behunin, Parr's director of sales. Kellar will report to regional manager Tim Jeffries. Parr has been serving the Spokane market for many years and the new yard will allow it to expand in the area. Parr operates 40 facilities in Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona and Utah which include pro/retail building material yards, contractor-focused facilities and cabinet outlets. It is headquartered in Hillsboro, Ore.
June 2, 2010
R. Kumar Grover was appointed independent sales representative for St. Cloud Window products in Washington and Oregon. Grover has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry and holds master's degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering and industrial design from the University of London. St. Cloud Window, based in St. Cloud, Minn., makes aluminum windows and doors.
Enterprise Washington and The Business Institute of Washington presented William Conner, founder of Conner Development Co., with the Business Leadership Star Award for helping improve the health of Washington state's business community. Conner, who started his construction company almost 50 years ago, has worked with professional peers to help them understand the importance of being politically active, according to Enterprise Washington and the institute, which are nonprofit, nonpartisan groups.