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Jun 26, 2020 | Source: Hermanson Marketing Foreman Focus Friday

It was the pandemic that helped John Lopan make the decision to retire from his role as Foreman for Specialty Metals after 26 years at Hermanson.  “I had planned my retirement for the end of June,” notes John from his home in Enumclaw, “But when furloughs were imminent due to the COVID-19 slowdown, I decided to bow out earlier so some of the younger guys could stay employed.”   John started his post high school education at South Seattle Community College studying auto mechanics and worked as a machinist before a friend told him about a union job. He went to work for... Read More


May 29, 2020 | Source: Hermanson Marketing Foreman Focus Friday

As Sheet Metal Foreman on one of Hermanson’s most challenging projects to date, John Eckerson has spent the last year dedicated to a successful outcome at the University of Oregon Knight Campus for the Acceleration of Scientific Impact (KCASI) project in Eugene. While John is new to Hermanson, he is not new to the trades. A member of Oregon’s Local 16, John has spent the last seventeen years in sheet metal at projects across the state. His experience includes working as Sheet Metal Foreman at Intel D1X Mod 2 Utility in Hillsboro and PeaceHealth Hospital in Springfield. “I have always been mechanically... Read More


Apr 24, 2020 | Source: Hermanson Marketing Foreman Focus Friday

For Sheet Metal Foreman, Shawn Coman, interacting with customers and ensuring they are happy with a project’s outcome is the best part of his job. Shawn’s attention to customer service makes him an ideal Foreman to be working with the Tenant Improvement Group (TIG) where he is regularly in contact with owners, owner’s reps and general contractors.  “I know if the subs are not successful, I’m not successful. The better they perform the better I look,” recalls Skanska Superintendent Jason Anderson who worked with Shawn at the iStream project, “Shawn has a great attitude [and] when a worker’s attitude is good it... Read More


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

“I am naturally creative, detailed oriented, work well with my hands, and excel at problem solving, so following in my father’s footsteps to become a pipefitter was an easy career choice,” recalls Hermanson Fitting Foreman Ken Flores.  However, Ken’s skills as a pipefitter are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg for this Renaissance man.  Ken grew up in Chicago, in a multi-ethnic neighborhood filled with authentic cuisine and colorful cultures.  Through this background, he developed an appreciation for cultural diversity, different languages, and flavors.  A self-described “foodie”, Ken and his wife/soulmate/life partner of fifteen years enjoy the flavor offerings close... Read More