Meet The Team
Our team lead and visionary of Action Craft Experts, Leeland Thompson started from humble beginnings. When he began his plumbing journey, he was making just over $7 an hour as an apprentice. He was struggling to take care of his family and saw an ad in the local newspaper, the Spokesman-Review talking about a career in plumbing, and how a shop was hiring apprentices. Leeland responded to the ad swiftly and bugged the owner until he got an interview. Once he got an interview he started his plumbing journey right away.
The shop he worked for was small at the time. Leeland didn’t know how to read a tape measure or read a level when he started. He got in, worked hard, and learned fast to become one of the top apprentices at the shop. He worked Saturdays to work with other journeymen at the shop to expand his learning curve.
Leeland was working with and learned from some of the top journeymen within the shop. He worked in residential housing, and as a journeyman he was the shop’s go-to for Custom houses. Leeland also got a taste of commercial projects, working out of town on several large projects for the company. The small humble shop Leeland worked for grew into one of the largest non-union shops in the U.S. and the largest on the west coast.
Growing into one of the largest non-union shops in the U.S. created a competitive atmosphere with the workers. They were always competing to be the best, and they created the industry standard in plumbing in doing so.
Leeland received his Journeyman license and continued working within residential and custom homes. His shop at the time was plumbing seven out of ten houses that were going up in Spokane.
Shortly after, Leeland got moved to the commercial side of the shop. He lead several big projects and did many apartment complexes during his time in the company’s commercial side. His first project was as foreman on the Forest Creek Apartments, a 252-unit project north Spokane near Wandermere Golf Club and highway 395.
When the 2008 crash hit, a group of guys left the largest non-union industry-standard leading shop to go work for the local union. It was a step up and a whole different set of challenges and learning curves.
Leeland then started his union plumbing journey into big commercial and industrial work. His very first project was the Northern Quest Casino Hotel. He also worked on projects such as the Davenport Grand Hotel in downtown Spokane, Spokane Tribe Casino, several schools, and misc. commercial and industrial jobs.
More recently he worked on the new Complex on the Pullman campus, the $66 million building, which was funded by the Washington State Legislature. Construction began on this project in 2018, and was completed this last fall.
The four-story, 82,400-square-foot building supports Washington’s $51 billion food and agriculture industry by providing a modern research venue for the faculty, staff, and students in the Institute of Biological Chemistry, WSU’s Molecular Plant Science Program.
Approximately five years ago, Leeland got into the service and repair side, making him a well-rounded team leader in the plumbing profession. Leeland was a foreman on several jobs throughout his career and has gained a keen eye for paying attention to detail.
Working with several investors and real estate agents, Leeland has seen the influx of new workers coming into the area as well as new builders and investors. He has been on several remodels, new builds, custom homes and apartments during this influx of new people coming to Spokane. Leeland sees a lot of work out there that isn’t up to par with a team’s industry craft standard and eye to detail workmanship.
Action Craft Experts offers their passion in the community to instill industry-standard craftsmanship at a competitive price to the community of Spokane and the surrounding areas with a leader of 20 + years of experience in the trade.
Whether you’re local or new to the area, you can be rest assured that the Action Craft Experts team will deliver industry-standard craftsmanship to your projects.
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