Our Staff

Tom Nelson:

President of West Coast Fab Inc., Tom has more than 25 years in the Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication business.  He grew up working for his father at West Coast Fab Inc., and spent over 10+ of his early years in the shop, starting at the bottom and working his way up, performing every job imaginable.  Because of this experience, he knows the ins and outs of what it takes to get things done.   Tom’s strengths are his ability to communicate freely with the customer in order to quickly and accurately determine their need(s), and then to come up with a competitive quote.  Customer satisfaction is foremost on Tom’s mind.

Karel Gray:

Operations Manager.  Karel has over 30 years of Precision Sheet Metal Manufacturing experience – the last 20 years being here at West Coast Fab Inc.  Karel’s wide experience allows him ability to effectively run the entire facility, from the Front Office to the Shop, as well as being in charge of all of the engineering and programming.

Scott Shelby:

Quality Control Manager.  Scott has over 20 years of Sheet Metal experience, and was brought into West Coast Fab Inc.  in 2011.   As Quality Control Manager, Scott does inspection of the parts from start (beginning of the fabrication of the part) to finish (the time the finished product comes back from outside processing).  Due to Scott’s years of experience, he can also assist in delivering accurate quotes, as well as liaise with Karel in Operations to assist in programming (15 years experience) and engineering.

Diane Burnett:

Office Manager.  Diane has 22 years of Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication experience working over 14 years in the shop and over 8 years in the Front Office.  Next to Tom she is our main Customer Service Rep.  Diane ‘s biggest strength is her knowledge and her experience,  which allows her to get back to our customers right away.  In addition, anything Diane doesn’t know, our customers can depend on Diane to get an answer to right away, as she can reach any of the other Department Heads by phone or text 24 hours per day.  Diane also acts as the go between Karel (Operations Mgr.) and the Vendors, as she has the knowledge and ability to answer questions on Karel’s behalf.

Our Shop Technicians

Several of our Key Shop Department Heads have long term Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication experience.  Most have 15+ years experience with West Coast Fab, as well as additional prior Sheet Metal Fabrication experience with other Fabrication companies and/or the Gov’t or military.  Our Press Brake operators have each been in the industry 15 to 20 years.  Our Lead Welder has 20 years experience at Mare Island Naval Facility plus 20 years here with West Coast Fab Inc.