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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


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