Who We Are


Thompson Metal Fab is a Veteran-Owned Small Business located in Vancouver, Wash., USA. We employ more than 250 people in our administrative, shop, paint, and maintenance departments. We are a union shop and proud to be signatory with the following: Local 16 Sheet Metal Workers, Local 16 Sheet Metal-Production Workers, Local 10 Oregon and S.W. Washington Painters

In addition, we hold the following contractor licenses: State of Washington, State of Oregon, State of Alaska, State of California, City of Vancouver (Wash.), and the City of Portland.

At Thompson Metal Fab Inc. we have long taken pride in the diversity of our projects, our skilled and determined work force, and our prime location on the Columbia River and the quick access to barges, rail lines, interstate freeways and an international airport that entails.

The proof is in the product.

Looking for the traditional in our portfolio? How about the oil rigs we build for companies on the Alaskan North Slope.

Want the unique? Consider the Delta IV Rocket launch pad — all 1.2 million pounds worth — we created for Boeing Co. and barged to Vandenburg Air Force Base in California.

Or futuristic? Try the towers for the Portland Aerial Tram that connects the city’s south waterfront with the Oregon Health Sciences Center in the hills.

Or environmental stewardship? We built the high-strength carbon-steel frame that held the old Trojan nuclear reacter as it was barged to its final burial on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation 270 miles away in Washington state.

For more than 70 years, Thompson Metal Fab has been synonymous with innovation and quality. The projects mentioned above are just a smattering of the thousands we’ve completed in the metal fabricating industry since our start in 1937 in Portland.

We owe our existence to that diversity as well as our skilled workforce and location.

Simply put, we’ve never spotted a piece of metal we didn’t like.

Our impacts go beyond the finished product.

We help local economies by purchasing material from local businesses. We also look to hire subcontractors whenever feasible.

And we have never forgotten the place we call home — the Portland-Vancouver area. Since relocating to the 15-acre Columbia River waterfront spot in Vancouver in 1974, we have employed hundreds of people at union wages. We also donate annually to more than two dozen community organizations. We have taken steps to help local economic revitalization efforts.

It all goes back to standing up tall over what we produce.