Ted Shideler, owner of Holland Iron, has lived in University Place, WA for 30 years – so when he had the opportunity to start a new business venture, he knew he wanted to stay local. Having owned other businesses in the past, Ted spread word to his local network that he was looking for something new. The recession hit the area hard and in 2010 Ted found Holland Iron – a long standing, locally owned business that was struggling. He made the deal to take over the business and the rest, as they say, is history.
The Holland Iron business itself has been around for over 50 years, and with Ted’s guidance over the last 5 years, it is sure to last many more. Ted loves coming to work every day; when asked why, he explains that tinkering in the garage has always been fun for him. Holland Iron works on variety of projects, from the EMP in Seattle, to a new apartment building in Tacoma, to a private oasis on the islands around Gig Harbor. There’s a little bit of everything here, with something new every day. That keeps the job fun and motivating.
In 2012, a couple years after Ted took over the business, Ted’s son Will was done with college over at Gonzaga and wanted to join the family business. Not only does Will work on projects in the shop, he trains new staff, manages inventory, and is working his way into a full-fledged management position.
The team here is a close-knit group of family and friends, with a work hard and play hard lifestyle. When not working at Holland Iron, the guys go camping and enjoy the beautiful Pacific Northwest. You can even find some of the guys in the shop on the weekends working on side projects like custom gifts for family. Looking for something unique? This is the shop for you. If you can think it, they can weld it!
(Most of) the guys...
From left to right: Charlie, Jason, Trent and Will