Jesse Co. has an experienced management team and structure in place that provides extraordinary leadership in coordinating diverse contracting efforts to deliver superior products of the highest quality. Members of our management team have extensive experience in the industry, with some members having in excess of 30 years of delivering high quality projects for Jesse Co..


Phil Jesse  - President

30+ Years in engineering related positions in manufacturing and steel fabrication.

A valued team member since 1992, including General Manager since 2017 and Machinery Division Manager since 2005. Responsibilities include department manager oversight, setting policies, operations, create and maintain budgets, marketing, sales, contract negotiation, product design and development, contract management, delivery, and after sales support. 

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Gonzaga University
MBA Seattle University

Licensed Professional Engineer, State of Washington, 1994 to present

Steve Bell - Production Manager
A valued team member since 1989 with increasing supervision and responsibility at Jesse Engineering as a Fitter/Welder, Shop Foreman, Project Manager, and current Production manager.  Primary responsibilities include supervising/ managing material and drawing control, ensuring proper weld procedure application, monitoring welder qualification status, scheduling equipment and personnel resources, managing fabrication schedule, coordinating logistics for fabrication, equipment handing, storage, and shipping to deliver quality products on schedule and budget.

High School Diploma
Jesse Ironworker Apprentice Program

Certified Welder


Jim Ripka  - Accounting Manager

39 years experience in Accounting and Finance in the construction, manufacturing, and public accounting sectors.

A valued team member since 2006 with responsibility for Accounting, Administration, Audit/Review, Human Resources, Information Technology, Insurance, and Treasury Management.  

B.S. with emphasis in Accounting, Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA
CPA - Inactive, State of Ohio


Matthew Cates  - Quality Assurance Manager

A valued team member since 2018.

Responsibilities include supervise and direct our group of in-house inspection staff, maintain our quality management system, develop and maintain all welding procedure specifications and welder qualifications, coordinate with outside 3rd party inspection, develop quality documentaion submittals, and facilitate our annual AISC audit. 

Texas State Technical College

AAS Welding Technology

Texas State Certificate in Advanced Pipe Fitting & Welding

AWS Certified Welding Inspector

ICC Structural Steel & Bolting Inspector


Jesse Co.      |      1840 Marine View Drive       |      Tacoma WA 98422      |      Phone (253) 922-7433       |      Fax (253) 922-1998