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 project 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 in 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.

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