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Feb 22, 2017

The Walsh Group



The Walsh Group in Seattle hired Rachel Mroz as assistant superintendent/project engineer and Clayton Ringer as assistant project manager. Mroz started as a trim carpenter working on high-end housing on Lake Michigan, then interned for a commercial construction company. Ringer started in construction in 2004 and has worked for CH2M Hill and PCL Construction, with an emphasis on heavy-civil infrastructure projects.

Associated Underwater Services


Michael J. Eakin joined Associated Underwater Service's management team as senior estimator and director of business development. Eakin has 25 years of industry experience and is working out of the Seattle office. Associated Underwater Services, which provides underwater construction services, is based in Spokane and Seattle.

PCL Construction Enterprises

PCL Construction Enterprises was ranked 19th on the list of 2017 Best Workplaces for Giving Back by the Great Place to Work Institute and Fortune magazine. This is the first time PCL has been named to this list. Last year, PCL volunteers built seven homes, renovated a senior citizen's residence and performed other charitable deeds.


Kent-based Novinium hired Michael Pines as a mechanical engineer and Kevin Laux as a field support engineer. Pines is focusing on 3-D modeling and design, and Laux is providing engineering services to the field team and supporting the help desk. Pines holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of South Florida, and most recently worked at a production facility in Kent. Laux holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and previously worked on a research project investigating the thermal properties of 3-D printed metals. Novinium rehabilitates underground cables.

Bigfoot Crane Co.

Ralf Notheis of Bigfoot Crane was recognized as 2016's Top Corporate Trainer in North America by Crane Hotline Magazine. The award is given to trainers making a positive impact on students, the work environment and the industry through the use of innovative training techniques or hands-on instruction. Bigfoot is based in Abbotsford, B.C., and operates its U.S. division out of Bellingham.

Feb 14, 2017

The Walsh Group


The Walsh Group in Seattle hired Troy Schmidt as project engineer for the AAC Black Hawk hangar project at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Schmidt previously was a project engineer in the Quality Control Department at Walsh's McConnell Air Force Base project in Kansas, where he tracked more than 5,000 submittals.

Oregon Door


Keith Spencer was named plant manager at Oregon Door in Winston, Oregon. Spencer recently managed all Oregon and Northern California operations for Reddyice Corp., and worked at Roseburg Forest Products prior to that. He holds a bachelor's degree in operations management from Concordia University in Portland, and is a Coast Guard veteran.

Flooring Association Northwest

Mike Ericson, architectural representative for Daltile, was named 2017 board president of Flooring Association Northwest. Other officers are: Heidi Cronin of Cronin Co., president emeritus; Bryan Goffe of Double Eagle Interiors, vice president; and Matt O'Haleck of Hammond Knoll, treasurer/secretary. Board members are Jack Bramson of Pental Marble, Russ Sanderlin of Seattle's Best Floors, Chris Sessum of E.C.S. Floor Coverings, John Gallup of Schonox HPS, Michael Goria of Prime Supply Flooring, Patrick Rooney of Division 9 Flooring, and Tish Gasparich, executive director of the association


The American Concrete Pumping Association elected its new executive board at its annual meeting last month in Las Vegas. Included was Roy Thompson of Champion Concrete Pumping in Hauser, Idaho. Thompson is serving a one-year term as a pump director.

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