Our Staff

Precision Iron Works, Inc. has an experienced and accomplished team capable of producing any of your structural and miscellaneous steel projects. We employ 35-40 steel fabrication craftsman and specialize in design build stairs, conventional-complex steel structures and H-pile shoring. We believe successful projects are due to good team chemistry and experience.

President / General Manager

Steve Leighton

Steve was born and raised in the Seattle area, he attended high school and college in the Pacific Northwest. Steve studied Structural Engineering and has worked in the Structural Steel Fabrication Industry since he was 14 years old.  Steve Founded Precision Iron Works, Inc. in 1991 and has conducted business in the Pacific Northwest since its inception.Steve’s background includes estimating, managing, H Pile Shoring, Sand and Gravel Equipment, and Structural/Miscellaneous Steel Fabrication. Steve is an active member of the American Institute of Steel Construction, American Welding Society, Northwest Steel Fabricators Association and the Structural Steel Painting Council.

Steve was nominated for Small Business Person of the Year in 2012. He enjoys golf, softball, camping and traveling with his family.

 

Project Manager / Estimator

Cade Marshall

Cade Marshall began his career at Keochner Manufacturing Company in Tipton Missouri. There he became proficient with electro static paint systems, welding and fabrication. He has been with PIW since 2001 and has worked as Project Lead, Detail department, Fitter/Welder, Shipping/Receiving and Erection and Coatings. Cade was promoted to Shop Superintendent in 2005 and then to Project Manager/Estimator in 2010.

 

Project Manager / Estimator

Tim Spahr

Tim started in the steel industry as a shop helper in 1989. In 1995 he completed the journeyman apprentice program for Local 16 in Portland, Oregon. During his 20 years on the shop floor, he worked his way from Fitter/Welder to Shop Foreman and finally Production Manager. In 2009 Tim transitioned into the office as a Project Manager/Estimator before joining the Precision Iron Works family in the spring of 2014.

 

Project Manager/ Estimator

Don Allen

Don entered the Steel Fabrication trade in 2004 as a shop helper, he earned his WABO certification at Green River College the same year. He was then promoted from welder to fitter before leaving in 2007 to manage a Bridge Crane Manufacturing division. Don was promoted to Shop Foreman, then Shop Supervisor before receiving his promotion to Project Manager in 2011. He started estimating in 2012 and moved on to reputable Steel Fabrication Shop in 2014 to gain more skills as a Project Manager/ Estimator. Don Joined the Precision Iron Works team in 2016.

Shop Foreman

Dave-Brunette

Dave Brunette

Dave is a 40 year veteran of the structural steel industry. He is a graduate of SOIC Technical College and began his career as a Welder/Helper, building sub tanks for underground vaults. He moved to structural steel at D & D Welding, became WABO certified and began Welding/Fitting. Dave has been with Precision Iron Works, Inc. since 2003.

 

Purchasing Agent

Rachael Brunette

Rachael began her career in the steel industry at Precision Iron Works, after attending college in 2009. She started at Precision Iron Works as the Front Desk Receptionist, doing clerical work for the company. In 2013 Rachael was promoted to Purchasing Agent. Her work experience includes, drawing documentation/control, importing of drawings and takeoff sheets, purchasing material, and she has attended Fabtrol training.

 

Vice President / Project Estimator / Coordinator

Waylon Owens

Waylon served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps as a Combat Engineer including tours in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He has done extensive studies in both drafting and structural engineering. Waylon started working for Precision Iron Works in 1998. He has extensive experience as an estimator and project manager on both structural and miscellaneous projects. He has managed multiple projects exceeding 2000 tons all over the northwest as well as Alaska and Hawaii. He is and active member of the Northwest Steel Fabricators Association, the American Institute of Steel Construction as well as the American Welding Society. Waylon is formally trained and proficient in Fabtrol software and AutoCAD as well. He is experienced with Tekla modeling software and has managed many successful projects requiring BIM model integration.

Project Administrator

Suzanne Owens

Suzanne graduated from Federal Way High School in 1989. While High School Suzanne started her career in the retail industry, she spent 19 years ensuring Customer Satisfaction. She transferred her skills to the Precision Iron Works team in 2006. Suzanne has attended Fabtrol software training for drawing and material management. Other duties include, running shop and bid packages, purchasing of office and shop supplies, contract drawing management, and project assistance.

 

LEED GA / Purchasing Agent

Amanda Marshall

Amanda Graduated from Sumner High School in 2001. She attended college for two years working towards her business/law degree. She became part of the Precision Iron Works team in 2003. Amanda is experienced in purchasing, drawing control and FabTrol efficiency. In 2011, Amanda received her LEED credential as a Green Associate.

Quality Control Manager / Q.C.1 / Weld Inspector

Corey Wecker

Corey Wecker attended Clover Park Technical College 1992 where he became a certified welder. He worked as an apprentice fitter for 10 years before going to work in the ship yard as a fitter until completion of the contract. Corey spent the next 12 years installing conveyor systems at local warehouses, his job duties included mechanical assembly, welding, hanging conduit for electrical, and installing air lines.

Corey started working For Precision Iron Works, Inc. as a welder/ fitter in 2003. Two years after welding and fitting Corey was promoted to the QA position and began working under the Quality Assurance Manage/C.W.I. to assist in dimensional quality and weld quality inspection. In 2007 he attended an AWS week long course where he learned more about AWS and D1.1 code for structural steel. Corey became a certified Q.C.1 and weld inspector in 2007.

Maintenance

Mitch-Mercill

Mitch Mercill

Mitch has worked as a welder in the oil fields of Wyoming for 4 years, Ship Fitter in the United States Navy and a welder/fitter on offshore oil rigs for The Whittaker Corporation in Southern California. He moved to Washington State in 1990 and has worked many aspects of Structural Steel as a Welder/Fitter, Shipping/Receiving and as a Lead Man in the Detailing Department. Mitch has been with Precision Iron Works, Inc. since 2003.

Bookkeeper

Ben Rowland

Ben was born and raised in the Seattle area. He earned his BA from Western Washington University in 1996 and MBA from DeVry’s Keller’s School of Management in business and accounting in 2007. Ben joined the Precision Iron Works team in 2015 after spending the previous 17 years working in the healthcare industry. Ben is proficient in statistics, streamlining processes, payroll, QuickBooks, non-profits and budgeting.

He enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter & son, golfing and bowling.