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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 General Manager. "I have been happily married to my wife Candace since 1972 and have 3 children and 4 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.

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.

Jon Poirier

Jon Poirier, Project Manager

Born and raised in the Albany Oregon area, Jon went to school in Albany. After graduating, he spent some time going to LBCC where he studied welding and blueprint reading. In 1982 he joined the Navy where he was a boiler technician operating and maintaining boilers and spent 4 years living in the far east. Discharged from the service in early 1988, Jon went to work for a small family run steel fab shop for a few months and later went to work for Canron Western, a Portland based Steel Fabrication facility. While at Canron Jon held many positions, starting as a machine operator and welder, eventually raising to the position of shop foreman.

During his time a Canron, Jon completed the Ironworkers local 516 apprenticeship program. Usually a 4-year program, Jon completed it in just 3 years. He left Canron in 1998 for a position at Fisher Fab in Estacada as the shop foreman. In 1999 Fisher Fab was purchased by Oregon Iron Works (now Vigor). Jon was transferred to OIW where he was a journey man iron worker. He worked his way up to leadman and foreman by 2001. Jon left OIW in 2004 and moved to Denver Colorado to become the head foreman at Western Steel and Boiler.

Having accomplished what he had set out to do in Colorado, in 2006 he found himself back in Oregon returning to OIW where he assumed the duties of foreman over the entire prefabrication system where he scheduled and controlled the flow of material thru the department to ensure the production of projects in a efficient and timely manner. Jon accepted an offer to work with The Lynch Company in 2019.

In his off time, Jon enjoys spending a lot time with his grandson, remodeling his house, when he finds the time, and enjoys hunting and fishing.

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.

Steve Richardson

Steve Richardson, CFO

Steve joined The Lynch Company in September 2019. As the company's CFO, Steve oversees all aspects of Finance and Accounting. After earning his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting at the University of Oregon, Steve began his career with Georgia-Pacific Corporation. He eventually left the large corporate environment to pursue leadership opportunities in small to midsize companies. In the time since, Steve has held CFO and consulting roles for a variety of companies and industries. He also served as a Board Member for the Northwest High-Performance Economic Consortium.

Steve and his wife, Debra, make their home in Vancouver, Washington, where they enjoy road bicycling and spending time with their grandchildren.

JR (Pat) Prentice, Jr

JR (Pat) Prentice, Jr., Safety Compliance Manager

Being from the fourth generation of a family immersed in the Steel, Steel Fabrication and Manufacturing business', JR Prentice joined The Lynch Company team in early 2019 and has adapted quickly to become the Safety Compliance Manager that the company has needed. Born and raised in Portland, OR, JR graduated from Jesuit High School, then attended Oregon State University, Concordia University, Portland State, and PCC to obtain Two (2) Associates and Two (2) Bachelor's Degrees in various disciplines. He has completed several Safety courses and holds certifications in OSHA 30, CPR Training, Fall Protection's "Competent Person", and several certificates of continuing education in Safety related subjects.

JR married Cheryl, his fiance of 15 years, in 2018, has an adult daughter he raised as a single parent, and a stepson who he is raising as his own. He enjoys Family, The Arts, Hockey (Go Winterhawks!) and "tinkering" at home.

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.

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