Our Story

Rino was born in 2007, when 18-year-old Jason Wood spent his entire savings on an excavator that a local logger had for sale. Armed with heavy iron, he landed his first land-clearing contract totaling 23 acres. Unfortunately, the economy crashed in 2008, and development in the Seattle area ground to a halt. Rather than giving in, Jason found a logging opportunity in New Mexico and worked harder than he ever had before. He spent his entire life savings again (see a theme here?) on a forwarder and harvester, and he hit the woods. Within a year, the mill he was contracted with was so full of logs that they had to pay Jason for an entire year after he called it quits.

Hungry for more, he found another logging opportunity in Colorado, where he and his small crew lived out of tents, and then moved to a clearing opportunity in Oregon. Thanks to his hunger and drive, he made it through the recession and finally came back to the Seattle market in 2011.

Back into town with a vengeance, Jason began aggressively growing Rino. Thanks to a few changes ― one being the name of the company, from PAMF Excavation to Rino Construction ― the company began to grow into what it is today. What did PAMF stand for, you ask? “Pancakes Are My Favorite.” We can’t make this stuff up.

Rino’s values are simple and rooted in humility. No one is better than anyone else here. We all put our pants on the same way, and Jason is still out in the woods every week, chainsaw in hand. We don’t actually expect our accounting staff to fell trees, but we do expect them to always remain humble.

These days, we build an enormous variety of projects from basements to subdivisions to public works, entirely in-house. Take a new subdivision for example. We clear the land, move the dirt, lay the pipe, grade it all to plan, pave the roads, and pour the sidewalks. We’re not kidding when we say we do it all. Thanks to building everything in-house, we only wait on ourselves, meaning schedules and budgets are more streamlined and reliable.

Where’s Rino headed? We’re well on our way to becoming the best heavy civil contractor in the Pacific Northwest. Our team is young, hungry, and unafraid to try new things. Not only do we have the right team, but we also have a top-notch fleet of iron, equipped with all the best technology currently available.

It’s been a long and challenging road, but today, we are fully prepared to do whatever it takes to be the best company to work for, and to build the best projects. Even with our extreme growth and changing company structure, we will never forget where we came from.

Our Team

When you have fun working together,
work is a great place to be.

We are Rino

Rino started out as humble as can be in 2007. From a one-man operation in the beginning, to nearly a 100-person team now, we have grown considerably since our inception. What has not changed is our humble attitude, and our willingness to do what it takes to get the job done. We may be a young, ambitious team, but no one is above anybody else here. We treat each other with dignity and respect because we all put our pants on the same way. We are all human. We aren’t afraid to have fun while we work, and our team is set on creating a great company where people want to come to work every day.Companies talk about being a team all the time, but how many of them really operate as a team? At Rino, we truly collaborate with each other, striving to utilize each other’s strengths to get the job done. We communicate effectively between operations and field teams, and review projects in a very transparent way, always looking to celebrate our successes, and also finding areas where we can improve. Striving to over-deliver for our clients, and working ahead of schedule is our standard operating procedure. Our results speak for us and our capabilities as a team and growing company. When you have fun working together as a team, it makes work a great place to be. We are Rino.

Leadership Team

Jason Wood

Jason Wood

President

Derrick Sas

Derrick Sas

Operations Manager

Tom McLoughlin

Tom McLoughlin

Chief Estimator

Greg Cross

Greg Cross

Project Manager

Eric Sawin

Eric Sawin

Project Manager/Estimator

John Wilson

John Wilson

Project Manager

Chris Modine

Chris Modine

Shop Manager

Roger Westby

Roger Westby

Controller

Aaron Roche - Estimator

Aaron Roche

Estimator

Eric Anderson - Project Engineer

Eric Anderson

Project Engineer

Kai Ness - Project Engineer

Kai Ness

Project Engineer

Dominique Brooks - Project Engineer

Dominique Brooks

Project Engineer

Annie Tooley - Human Resources

Annie Tooley

Human Resources

Charlene Heutmaker - Accounting Manager

Charlene Heutmaker

Accounting Manager

Sophorn Hernandez - Accounts Payable / Admin

Sophorn Hernandez

Accounts Payable / Admin

We Work Safely

Safety is no joke in the construction industry. While there are thousands of safety rules and regulations to follow for legal reasons, our people are why we invest in working safely. Our goal is always to send each Rino team member home safely at the end of the day. How? We give our team whatever tools and training they need to do their jobs safely. We encourage everybody on the team to watch for unsafe conditions or behaviors and to speak up when they see them. We practice mindful work and safety practices on our sites daily. In addition to receiving site-specific safety training, we bring in safety professionals to train our team on critical safety standards and ensure that our people achieve all necessary certifications. We have a strict incident reporting program that our team adheres to — not for disciplinary reasons, but so that we can learn from our shortcomings. Continuous improvement toward our goal of no accidents is everything to our business.

On-Site Safety Training

Continuous safety training on our sites to ensure everyone goes home in one piece.

Professional Safety Training

Professional training on critical safety standards and certification.

We are a team

Safe work is only achieved as a team. We are all in this together.

Have a project? Let’s talk

We are rooted in logging and land clearing, but we have evolved into a full-service site development contractor with an experienced team. Contact us today to learn how we can partner on your next project.

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