WRS is a locally owned, 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 diverse range of core competencies allows us to self perform all aspects of our projects and allows increased control of safety, budget, schedule and quality.
WRS takes pride in our 200 plus employees, we truly feel as though we have the best of the best in their respective fields. Prior to commencing any construction activity, all employees receive industry specific training through our on boarding process which includes innovative programs, safety and communication training. This integrated philosophy gives new employees a clear vision of the culture that makes WRS so unique.
An important part of the culture we maintain is safety. Our health and safety department consists of 8 full time employees performing audits, training, and providing oversight to ensure all employees are performing their tasks safely.
Community is another core value at WRS, our employees live here, raise their families here, and we are proud to be a contributing member of the local community through sponsorship’s, workshops and volunteer work. The first page of our company 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.”
Bill VanZanten is a Whatcom County native and is actively involved in the community.
He started at Western Services in 1982, and became a partner in WRS in 1992, becoming CEO in 2001 and continuing in that capacity today.
Ryan was born in Lynden WA and grew up on a small dairy farm. Aside from a break to study business and accounting in Michigan, he has been involved with the company since graduating from Lynden Christian in 1990.
Jerry has been in the refinery maintenance industry since 1982 when he founded Western Services, the company branched out into civil construction and paving in 1990. In 2000 Jerry sold controlling interest of the company but stayed actively involved as CFO.
Manager – Civil Division
Kyle leads civil construction operations for WRS and been in the heavy civil construction industry since 1992. Kyle earned a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington and strives to provide our clients with the highest quality projects in a safe, ethical and economical manner.
Manager – Industrial Services
Craig is a lifetime Whatcom County resident and has been with WRS since 1990. Craig has fulfilled numerous roles here at WRS including laborer, operator and site manager. In his current role he has been afforded the opportunity to work with a wide range of clients primarily in the oil and gas sector.
Manager – Human Resources
Tim heads up our human resources department and has been with WRS since 2013 prior to which he specialized in activity therapy with at risk youth. Tim is passionate about working with our employees and loves to see them develop as employees and as people.
Manager – Paving Division
Entering the paving industry in 1990 and joining WRS in 2010. Loren brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the WRS team.
Having started working in the equipment industry at 17 Randy brings a vast amount of experience to the team. Having run the WRS shop since 2014, Randy’s role as shop manager covers our ever growing fleet of heavy equipment and trucks, as well as all contract maintenance and repair.