WRS is a local Ferndale based company that has been doing business in the local refineries as well as other industries in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years.
Excavation, asphalt paving, concrete work, land clearing, fencing, site preparation, demolition, environmental cleanup and transportation services are just a few of the services we provide.
This diversity of our work gives us the ability to self-perform a large percentage of our work allows us to maintain better control of safety, budget, schedule and quality.
These services are provided to many Pacific Northwest companies such as BP Cherry Point Refinery, Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery, Shell Puget Sound Refinery, Tesoro Anacortes Refinery, Puget Sound Energy, Alcoa Intalco, Olympic Pipeline, Kinder Morgan to name a few.
WRS takes pride in our 200 plus employees. We believe we have hired some of the best in their respective fields and have provided them with some of the best possible training to prepare them for their work at WRS. All employees take safety very seriously and understand that safety takes precedence over schedule or budget or any other pressure. The health and Safety Department has 8 full time employees performing audits, training and working to ensure all employees are performing their task in a safe manner.
Our on-boarding philosophy includes innovative programs combined with comprehensive site specific awareness training that allows us to be successful at each individual site.
2014 was our largest year yet completed, with over $45 million in revenue and close to 500,000 man hours. We hire locally; our employees live here, raise their families here, make their homes here and care about this community.
We have volunteer firefighters, we sponsor sports teams, contribute to non-profits and clubs and volunteer within the companies that we work for. The first page of our employee handbook states “The growth of any business like ours depends on its employees: people with initiative, ambition and enthusiasm, working in an atmosphere of harmony for our common success”.
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Mr. Likkel was born in Lynden Washington and grew up on a small Dairy Farm. He graduated in 1990 from Lynden Christian School and started working for WRS in the fall of that year.
Starting as a general laborer he worked for a year and then left for 2 years of college in Michigan.
There he studied business and accounting and returned to Lynden and WRS in the winter of 1993. In the spring of 1994 he accepted an office manager and bookkeeper position. In 1998 he was given the opportunity to become an owner in WRS and moved out of the office manager position and assumed the responsibilities for Health & Safety.
In 20011 he accepted the role of Project Manager and Spill Response Manager cleaning up petroleum spills all around the Pacific Northwest.
In 2008 Mr. Likkel became the Chief Operations Officer and continues in that capacity today. In his time with WRS he has seen the growth from 5 employees to 250. He works hard with the management team to provide a great work environment for our employees and a quality product for our customers, all while striving to maintain the ethics and integrity we believe we are called to.
He has been married for 17 years to his wife Traci, they have three sons, Sam 14, Max 14 and Jack 12.
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Manager Civil Division
Kyle Zender leads the Civil Construction operations for WRS and spent the past 23 years working in the heavy civil industry as an estimator and manager. Kyle has worked with numerous clients including BP, Tesoro, Shell, Phillips66, Alcoa, NAVFAC, Washington State Department of Transportation, GSA and many city and county agencies. He believes in providing a quality product for our clients in a safe, ethical and economical manner. He earned a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. Kyle is married with four children and lives in Whatcom County.
Manager Industrial Services
Craig VanZanten leads the Industrial Maintenance operation for WRS. He has been with WRS for 25 years and all in this field, from a laborer, operator to a supervisor now manager.
Mr. VanZanten has work with many clients including Tesoro, Shell, BP, Phillips 66, PSE, GEO engineers and many local municipalities.
Mr. VanZanten believes in safety, quality and integrity and providing turnkey opportunities and long term relationships with clients.
Craig attend Skagit Valley College where he earned is AA degree and is a life time resident of Whatcom County. Craig is married to his wife Lisa and has two children (Ali, Devin) and resides in Lynden. In Craig’s time away from work he enjoys watching his kids do different activities and golfing.
HR & Safety Manager
Mr. Fransen has a wonderful wife, Lori, and two great children, Cody and Sofia. He started his career as an educator in the school system, then continued working with youth as an Area Director with Young Life on the west side of Portland Oregon. Mr. Fransen then moved to Whatcom County where he worked at two local churches as a Youth Pastor.
Mr. Fransen made the transition to WRS in 2006 where he took on the role of Human Resource Manager. Mr. Fransen’s position in the company has grown and now includes responsibilities for management of the Safety Department.
Greg believes that people are important! He is committed to helping people grow both professionally and personally at WRS.
Bio Coming soon!
Bio coming soon!