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Frank Rizik
Farwest Steel
Frank Rizik

Frank Rizik saw opportunities for himself in the construction trades and started his on-the-job training as an apprentice. He worked hard to reach his current position as foreman and is proud to be able to support himself and his family through his work.

Frank works at Farwest Steel, a steel supply, distribution and fabricating company that contracts with the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) Addition project. Farwest Steel supplies and installs all the concrete reinforcements on the project and has been working on the site since the first foundations were poured.

Frank is a regular attendee at popular WSCC events, such as the PAX and ComiCon conventions, and he looks forward to the Addition providing more space for growing conventions. With more panels and centralized events, he thinks these conventions will bring more revenue to the city, as well as much-needed energy and excitement in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

As a foreman, Frank ensures success by leading his team to do quality, timely work. Making deadlines is a key part of the role, as is overcoming the inevitable obstacles.

“Everything changes last minute, and people have to adapt to the changing work conditions,” he says. “It’s the biggest challenge out here.”

Working with this team is one of his favorite parts about the job, Frank says. He’s been with the same core group on and off for about six years. This camaraderie makes it fun to come to work, he says. In addition, Frank says, his job at Farwest Steel has given him the financial freedom to purchase a house and take care of his family.

“It’s not always easy, but the all-around package of being in the trades is better than you’ll get anywhere else,” he says. “It’s ten times better than you’ll get working any other job.”


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