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Nov 20, 2020 | Source: Hermanson Marketing Foreman Focus Friday

For Fabrication Foreman, Tina Dannewitz, shifting her first love of fashion design to sheet metal fabrication was an easy transition.  “Watching sheets of metal being molded and formed into functional pieces is highly satisfying—sheet metal is now my design medium,” says Tina. After studying fashion design and working twenty years in the food service industry, Tina took a friend’s advice, finished ANEW’s pre-apprenticeship program, joined Local 66, and was dispatched to Hermanson in 2013.  Except for her apprenticeship rotation, Tina has worked at Hermanson ever since.  Tina runs the assembly department at Hermanson’s Kent fabrication shop where you will find her managing... Read More


Oct 30, 2020 | Source: Hermanson Marketing Foreman Focus Friday

A willingness to teach is what led Oregon Fitting Foreman, Bryan Oguri, to Hermanson one year ago and his teaching skills continue to benefit the apprentices and journeyman working with him. Following his father’s lead, Bryan apprenticed with the Plumbers and steamfitters Local 290 right out of high school and was working as a Superintendent by the time he turned 27 years old. Beginning in 1999, he spent almost twenty years as a project manager before returning to field work in hopes of achieving a healthier work and family life balance. A self-described workaholic, Bryan has also been teaching through Local 290... Read More


Sep 25, 2020 | Source: Hermanson Marketing Foreman Focus Friday

Over the course of Sheet Metal Foreman Loren Hopen’s career, he has spent twenty years working for Hermanson.  Loren has worked elsewhere but has always made his way back to Hermanson.  “Hermanson treats their employees exceptionally well and the quality of craftsman assembled here is bar none,” says Loren.  After high school, Loren attended a three-year sheet metal program at Bates Technical College and began his apprenticeship with Local 66.  Loren’s training and experience is the basis for his Sheet Metal Foreman role.  He is currently working at the JBLM jobsite.  Loren is drawn to unique projects and recalls a few of his... Read More


Aug 28, 2020 | Source: Hermanson Marketing Foreman Focus Friday

It has been twenty years since Van Staten first joined Hermanson as a Plumber’s Helper, but he has since worked on many complex projects as Lead Plumber and now Foreman and has become a vital part of the Hermanson team. “I enjoy most the feeling of accomplishment from having been involved in complex mechanical system project—from design, construction, to close out,” says Van, “I am fascinated by all the tools, materials, and machinery involved in making a project come together.” Van experienced firsthand many of Hermanson’s recent fabrication shop upgrades during the early days of the COVID crisis.  He was on the... Read More


Jul 31, 2020 | Source: Hermanson Marketing Foreman Focus Friday

It was an electrician’s end of life musings that led Jake Herron to start his pipefitter apprenticeship in 2002.  “I was working as a pipelayer when my ex-father-in-law mentioned that if he had a do over, he would join the Local 32”, recalls Jake, “I didn’t even know what a pipefitter was.”  But Jake learned the trade quickly and has been running piping work since 2006. Now, with over 18 years of experience, Jake has worked on different types of projects including public works, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and tenant improvements.  He particularly likes the challenge of Special Projects because every day... Read More