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About The Lynch Company

About The Lynch Company

The Lynch Company Inc. is a diverse General Steel Fabrication Company dedicated to building relationships, as well as parts and structures, in the community and business sector in which we operate and thrive! Our philosophy is to build solid and long lasting relationships by promoting honesty, hard work and treating all involved, from our customers to employees, with the service and respect that encourages a partnership of mutually beneficial experiences. Following these beliefs have allowed us to grow and be of service for a long time, and we intend to be around for a long time to come.

The Lynch Company History

Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1919 by James R. Lynch, The Lynch Company Inc. was a successful heating contractor, until World War II when the company began providing steel fabrication for the United States shipbuilding industry at the Swan Island, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington shipyards. In 1946 The Lynch Company Inc. began manufacturing oil and gas furnaces, as well as fabricating and installing duct work for heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems in large institutional, commercial and industrial buildings.

Since 1960, The Lynch Company Inc. has developed into a formidable Steel Fabrication Contractor with a large capacity shop and state of the art equipment, to serve both light and heavy fabrication needs. Currently, The Lynch Company, Inc. regularly engages in a wide variety of fabrication and manufacturing for; New Construction, Food Handling, Aeronautical, Forest Products, Sewage Treatment, Marine, Steel Mills, Aluminum Mills, Pulp and Paper, Air and Dust Handling Equipment Manufacturers, Industrial Mill Maintenance Companies, HVAC and Ducting Contractors, Machinery Repair, Storm Water Handling, Bulk Handling, part runs for Manufacturers, and many others. If you're looking for competitive pricing, on time delivery, and quality workmanship using skilled craftsmen, think The Lynch Company, Inc.

Staff Backgrounds

Chris Haney

Chris Haney, Owner / President

In 2016 Chris Haney, who had been a long time employee and The Lynch Company General Manager for years, purchased the company in a seamless transition that guaranteed the consistent continuation of the successful service and outstanding reputation that the company had built over its first 97 years. Chris was born and raised in Forest Grove, Oregon. After graduating from Oregon Institute of Technology in 1990 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, Chris started his career at Industrial Alloy Fabricators, where he had worked his way through college as a machinist. He spent 9 years with IAF as both a Project Engineer and a Project Manager — designing, drawing, estimating, and managing the manufacture of high alloy pressure vessels and heat exchangers. Chris spent another 4 years working at Northwest Copper Works. At NW Copper, he was the fittings department manager — estimating, selling, and managing the manufacture of stainless and nickel alloy pipe and pipe fittings. From 2003-2007, Chris was the Production Manager for Precision Countertops — overseeing all aspects of production, purchasing, scheduling, and installation of Laminate, Solid Surface, and Granite countertops.

In 2007 he returned to the steel industry to work for the Lynch company as a Project Manager. Chris has over 25 years experience in steel fabrication, serving such industries as: Pulp & Paper, Chemical, Refineries, Geothermal Power, Hatcheries, Food Processing, Ethanol Production, Design-Build Contractors, Municipal Projects, and many others.

"I enjoy spending time outdoors with my wife and twin daughters — golfing, camping, hiking, cycling, and traveling."

Pat Prentice

Pat Prentice, General Manager

Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Pat Prentice began his career in the steel business while a teenager, working in both his fathers' fabrication company, Metal Tech Corp. located in Vancouver Washington and his Tool & Die Company, Western Tool & Die, in Portland Oregon. While working at Metal Tech Corp his duties varied, and grew. With time came more responsibility. From welding and fitting (earning several certifications), to estimating and purchasing, leading eventually to managing the 80+ employee shop.

Pat served as a machinist in the Air Force in the early 1970s and continued machining for several years there after. He sold steel and fabrication for American Steel Inc., in Portland Oregon for 9 years, and then went into the trucking business as a partner in Jeco Transport for 8 years. After selling his part of the trucking company Pat started his own business, Pacific Atlantic Trading Company, selling Real Estate and brokering fabrication and transportation until returning to the steel fabrication business with Ecklund Industries in 1999.

Pat has been employed by The Lynch Company since April of 2007, and is currently the Sales and Marketing Manager. "I have been happily married for over 40 years, have 3 children and 3 grandchildren, love travel, golf, music and good wine!"

Robert Brown

Robert Brown, Sales/Project Engineers

Robert Brown is a Native Oregonian, Currently living in Oregon City. After completing a Tour of Duty in Biloxi, Mississippi, while attached to the Oregon Air National Guard, he returned to Oregon, Married, has 4 children, 8 grandchildren. Attended School at Clackamas Community College and Portland State, and Community College of the Air Force. Worked in the Hazardous Materials Industry until 1985 as Project Manager and Estimator. Robert made a career change into the steel industry in 1996 as Project Manager. Started with the Lynch Company in 1999 as project manager.

Currently operating as Project Manager, Quality Control Manager, company AWS Certified Welding Inspector, and Safety Director, Robert spends his time off Surfing, Motorcycle riding, playing music with his garage band, and building go-karts and sand rails.

Don Goldthwaite

Don Goldthwaite, Sales/Project Engineer

Don Goldthwaite calls Kent, Ohio his home town. He was educated at Kent State University. In 1969 Don was employed at Buckeye Pipeline of Lynden, New Jersey as Pipeline Operator and Petroleum Storage Specialist servicing the underground transport of jet fuels, heating oils and gasoline to the greater New York area, Kennedy Airport, SAC Air Force Base and into the Midwest of America.

"I moved with my wife and two children to Portland, Oregon in 1972 because of our desire to raise our family in the Pacific Northwest." Don worked for Northwest Marine Ironworks for the next twenty years as Ship Superintendent and Machine Shop Superintendent. During this time he was involved in the construction of new vessels and was responsible for major ship repair projects including US Navy and commercial ships both foreign and domestic.

As Superintendent of their Main Machine Shop in Northwest Portland he was project manager for many major machining projects including a three year project for replacing twelve hydroelectric turbines on the High Aswan Dam. During this time he was instrumental in developing machining techniques that were later used to improve silent running submarine props for the US Navy. He was later consulted for these machining methods to help develop milling machines to produce turbines for large dam projects in China and South America. By learning to write machining programs Don was successful in solving lubrication problems on strut bearings for the construction of USCG icebreakers. During this time he developed a machining program, procedure and quality assurance program for the manufacture of eleven nuclear containment caps for storage of submarine reactors and their waste products. Don also served as project manager for major repairs and improvements to area dams including the Bonneville Dam and the John Day Dam. During his final year at NWMIW he also served as the chief designer for their Sawmill Machinery product line by converting and rebuilding older mills to more modern equipment.

After the sale of Northwest Marine Ironworks, Don served as sales representative and Shop Superintendent for several local machine shops in the Portland area. In 1999 he was recruited by The Lynch Company where he has been very happy to serve as one of the Project Managers.

Tom Bowman

Tom Bowman, Project Manager

Tom Bowman was raised in San Jose, California but began his childhood in Milwaukie Oregon. He moved back to San Jose to attend high school where he was involved in Agriculture and Farm Mechanics (FFA). It was there that his interest in welding became more than just a curiosity. Tom was to spend the next thirty years perfecting his skills and turned his curiosity into a successful career as a Fitter/Welder, installing stairs and railings for newly constructed apartment complexes in Arizona from 1981 through 1989. He worked in a local Portland shop when he returned to town in 1989 through 1990 as a fitter/welder building state highway signs throughout Oregon and Washington. In 1991 Tom joined the Local 16, Sheet Metal Workers Union, and spent two years with Star Metal Fab before joining The Lynch Company. He soon became, one of the most requested craftsmen working for the company, and was assigned to, and able to complete shop projects and run field crews successfully for some of their highest profile customers.

Tom's shop and field experience made him an obvious choice when an opportunity arose in Project Management within The Lynch Company. Always up for a challenge, he accepted the position of Project Manager in April of 2009.

Tom says that he "learned responsibility at an early age when he married his wife, Helen", with whom he helped to raise their four children. Happily married for over 20 years now, Tom enjoys go-cart racing at local race tracks, RC Airplane Building and Flying (he likes to refer to them as "Miniature Aircraft"), camping and fishing with his family.

Brian Lambiaso

Brian Lambiaso, Project Manager

Brian was born in Southern California and moved to Tigard Oregon in 1989. After graduation from Tigard High School, he attended Oregon State University where he received a Bachelor's degree in economics. During the summer months, while attending school, he worked for West Coast Steel Fabricators in Eugene. During that time working as a helper, he learned sand blasting, painting, grinding, drilling, layout, shipping, and reading blue prints. "I enjoyed watching the artistry of the process, the creativity, and being involved in projects from their inception, to seeing the end product. I learned as much as I could about all aspects of steel fabrication". After completing his college courses at the end of 1996, Brian went to work for Copeland Lumber in Hillsboro as an assistant manager for a retail lumber yard. After two years in the lumber business he found himself back at West Coast Steel Fabricators in Eugene working full time handling purchasing for the shop and managing projects from 1998 to 2000.

After having established a base knowledge and skills, he accepted an offer of employment with All American Fabricating in Eugene, where he worked as Purchasing Manager and Project Manager from 2000 until 2006. "I gained new skills at All American by working with new operations of fabrication like Laser Cutting, High Definition Plasma Cutting, Rolling, Forming, and fabrication with Aluminum and Stainless Steel". When the company was purchased by a local steel service center in 2006, Brian moved back to the Portland area and accepted work with Columbia Wire and Iron as a Project Manager. "At CWI I was exposed to the installation side of steel fabrication". In October of 2011 he was coaxed to join The Lynch Company. "Having used The Lynch Company as a steel subcontractor on previous projects, I now look forward to contributing my knowledge base and skills to a diverse group of steel professional ready to fabricate almost anything".

Pat Collins

Pat Collins, Project Manager

Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Pat Collins began his career in the steel industry during high school, fabricating motorcycle & car trailers out of a garage that would later become NW Drop Box Service.

Following high school Pat served in the US Army as a Military Policeman.

In the late 70s he returned to the steel industry as a helper at Portland Wire and Iron, moving up to the position of machine operator and welder. In the evenings Pat attended PCC taking blueprint reading and welding classes. In the early 80s Pat moved onto Canron Western (formerly Atlas Iron), holding positions of machine operator, journeyman and foreman. During the same period of time Pat was an apprenticeship instructor for the Local 516 Ironworkers.

In 1994 Pat made a career change accepting a position with Oregon Steel Mills in purchasing, managing a number of budgets and capital projects. This led him to the position of purchasing manager. In 2003 Pat worked for Ecklund Industries as a Project Manager, Sales and Estimating. By the end of 2004 OSM lured him back to manage purchasing and assist in the project management of their new large diameter pipe mill.

In 2007 following the successful completion of the pipe mill Pat and his wife moved to Seattle to be closer to grandchildren and lead Jorgensen Forge through a number of capital project as the Manager of Purchasing.

2012 finds Pat back in Portland, joining the Lynch Team as its newest Project Manager.

Pat enjoys time away from work traveling with his wife, Golfing and on Wine Tasting road trips.

Eric Nufer

Eric Nufer, Corporate Controller

Eric Nufer enjoys using his experience and skills to assure the financial success and stability of The Lynch Company. For him medium-sized companies such as Lynch provide a continuing variety of interesting challenges.

Raised in central California, Eric came to Oregon to attend Lewis and Clark College — and stayed. After completing his political science degree requirements, he needed employable skills, completed several accounting classes before graduating, and passed the certified public accounting (CPA) exam.

His work at Portland-area CPA firms for 5 years emphasized small business and not-for-profit entities, earning his CPA license.

To participate more closely in business strategy development and key decision making, he moved to private industry. He joined Tektronix, Inc. for 10 years, first as an internal auditor moving to its component manufacturing divisions as a financial analyst and manager. While there, he earned his MBA at Portland State University.

Eric progressed to corporate management, holding titles of Corporate Controller, Director of Finance, or CFO at a multi-state industrial supplier, a high tech contract manufacturer, and a corporate jet charter and servicing company. In November 2009 he became the Corporate Controller of The Lynch Company and related companies.

Eric and his wife live in Beaverton, where they raised two boys. He loves to travel, enjoys good food, and pretends to be a connoisseur of fine wine.

Houston Landrus

Houston Landrus, General Foreman

Houston was born and raised in Clarkston, Washington and moved to the Portland area in 1988.

He began his career in metal fabrication in 1994 with Star Metal Fab (a local Portland Fabricator). Houston attended the Local 16 Sheet Metal Institute, graduating from the program in 2002, finishing in the top if his class. As a result, upon graduation, He was selected to compete at a regional sheet metal competition. Houston also provided his expertise to the Institute as a part-time instructor for two years.

Joining The Lynch Company in 2002, Houston has held progressively more responsible positions and is highly respected by shop, management and office personnel. Houston worked his way up to Lead Foreman after showing his tenacity, leadership skills and the ability to “get the job done” correctly, on time and within budget! He was offered, and accepted the position of General Foreman in mid-2012.

Houston has been married for over 21 years and has three children. In his spare time, Houston enjoys riding and racing motorcycles with his son and attending his daughters sporting events.

Nancy Neher

Nancy Neher, Accountant

Nancy grew up in Walla Walla Washington and attended Washington State University. On a vacation to Hawaii one year, she fell in love with island living, and felt "this is where I want to live", and stayed for the next 17 years. While in Hawaii, Nancy worked in accounting for various businesses in several island industries, such as souvenir wholesalers, art galleries and construction.

Still loving everything about Hawaii "it will always be home", Nancy moved back to the mainland in 1992, choosing to live in Portland Oregon, to be closer to family, where she continued to work in the Pacific Northwest's construction industry. She began working for The Lynch Company in 2009.

Nancy is an accomplished knitter. She loves sewing, enjoys doing all kinds of art projects, traveling, the ocean, cats, and spending time with family and friends.

Alaina DiSanto

Alaina DiSanto, Accounting Assistant/Receptionist

Alaina was born and raised in St. Helena, California. While in high school, her family moved to North Carolina where she went on to graduate from Western Carolina University with bachelor's degrees in Sociology and Psychology in 2006. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Oregon to attend a sociology graduate program at Portland State University where she fell in love with cooking and made the decision leave PSU to attend Oregon Culinary Institute.

Alaina prospered in the restaurant industry for five years, working at notable restaurants such as: Oregon City Grille, Nel Centro, Belly Timber, and Equinox during that time. Having had two sons, she decided to change paths once more in order to have more time to spend with them, so she left the food scene to pursue a career with The Lynch Company. Her experience, people skills, technical knowledge and great personality made her a perfect fit!

Alaina enjoys cooking, hiking, travelling, and spending time with family.

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