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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 2003-2006, 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 2006 he returned to the steel industry to work for the Lynch company as a Project Manager. Chris has over 30 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.

Chris enjoys spending time in the great outdoors of the PNW — playing golf, hiking, and cycling — as well as traveling with his wife.

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 blueprints. "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 professionals ready to fabricate almost anything".

Houston Landrus

Houston Landrus, Project Manager

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.

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.

JR (Pat) Prentice, Jr

JR (Pat) Prentice, Jr., Safety Director/Catch Basin 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.

David Cooper

David Cooper, Project Manager

Born in England and raised in the Bay Area, David began his journey in metal fabrication in the late 90s. After having a couple of kids, he decided to move to the state of Washington to further his career in stainless steel fabrication supporting the food industry.

After a couple more kids and a grueling couple of years of 12-hour workdays while attending Renton Technical College, David graduated at the top of his class in Engineering Design Technology and entered the field of mechanical and architectural drafting.

David moved to Portland Oregon for an opportunity in the brewing manufacturing industry. He moved up quickly with his new skills in design. As that industry cooled, David became a general contractor and worked in a variety of industries as a consultant in design and estimating.

David has been married for 21 years to the love of his live and high school sweetheart. He loves spending time with his wife and four amazing children. Camping on the Oregon coast is a favorite!

Pat Collins

Pat Collins, Sales and Customer Relations

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 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 several 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 several capital projects as the Manager of Purchasing.

Pat returned to Portland in 2012 to join The Lynch Company as a Project Manager.

After a very successful 11 years as a Project Manager, Pat will be enjoying a well-earned retirement while still supporting The Lynch Company as a consultant in his new role in Sales and Customer Relations.

Pat enjoys time away from work traveling with his wife, golfing and on wine tasting road trips.

Ryan Bowman

Ryan Bowman, General Foreman

Ryan was born in Oregon City, Oregon. Raised in California and Oregon, finally planting his roots in the Portland area in 2003.

Ryan began his career in the construction industry at the age of 17 doing everything from framing and electrical to concrete work, plumbing and painting. Eventually focusing his skills on finish carpentry. Thanks to his meticulous attention to detail and dedicated work ethic, he excelled in the industry, advancing quickly into leadership roles.

He is a second-generation employee joining the Lynch Company team in 2011 following his father's footsteps who spent 20 years with the company. Entering the Local 16 Sheet Metal Unions apprenticeship program in his first year of employment, he graduated in 2016 at the top of his class. Spending 8 years as a Shop Foreman, Ryan accepted the General Foreman position beginning in January of 2024.

Married since 2005 with 2 children, he enjoys the outdoors, time with his family, and many forms of artwork including painting, sculptures, and music.

Dan Buck

Dan Buck, Quality Control Manager

Born at a military base in Tacoma, Washington and raised in Portland, Oregon. Dan was born into a tradesman's family and started working summers and evenings at a very young age doing concrete work between 2 of his uncles' companies. He learned the value of hard work and acquired a strong work ethic while putting pride into the projects he did. After finishing school, he took on a full-time role as a concrete journeyman, quickly learning all aspects of the trade. The seasonal aspect of concrete work drove Dan to seek out a trade that would keep him busy all year.

He landed at The Lynch Company at the beginning of 2008 with his ambitious work ethic and positive attitude. Starting with a broom in his hand at the bottom he quickly excelled through the ranks. He was noticed as an easily trained employee that could take on any task thrown at him and as such has experience in all aspects of fabrication, manufacturing and operations. From a safety specialist and trainer, certified welder, and process control analyst, he gets it done with quality and safety in mind.

Dan spends his free time with his 4 children going on adventures, working on projects, and having fun in the great outdoors as much as possible.

Nicole Dudevoir

Nicole Dudevoir, Accounting Manager

Nicole earned her B.A. from Humboldt State University while working in accounting throughout college. After graduation, she moved to Germany and worked for the US Army recreations center in the Bavarian Alps. During her time there, Nicole worked for a US military and NATO conference center and then moved into the accounting department.

She returned to the US in 2006 where she worked as a construction accountant and commercial property manager.

In 2009, Nicole established GoBooks LLC., a full-cycle bookkeeping business, and then went on to work for the Internal Revenue Service. In 2011 Nicole moved into the aviation industry as a Senior staff accountant while completing master's coursework in business law, risk management, and forensic accounting. She is currently the Accounting Manager for The Lynch Company, Inc. whose free time is spent with her family, traveling, and exploring the great outdoors.

Alaina McDonough

Alaina McDonough, Accounting Assistant

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 kids, 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.

Julia Stephen

Julia Stephen, Accounting Clerk

Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Julia started her career as a martial arts instructor for 4 years. Upon graduating high school, she moved over to Corvallis where she attended Oregon State University while working part time in retail, food service, warehouse, and medical billing. In 2023 she returned to Portland and began working at The Lynch Company.

In her free time, Julia enjoys trying new food, gaming, and spending time with her boyfriend and dog. When she is able to, she also enjoys visiting the rest of her family in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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