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About Northwest Mechanical Group

Northwest Mechanical Group’s main focus is on what we value— our customers, our vendors, our employees, and our community. We believe in doing the job right the first time, every time, standing by our workmanship, and providing warranties on our products and services. Northwest Mechanical Group specializes in commercial refrigeration, HVAC, and plumbing. We pride ourselves in our expertise in low temp grocery store refrigeration construction / service and HVAC / refrigeration maintenance agreements.

Northwest Mechanical Group is proudly owned and operated by Chris Howard who has an extensive, well rounded mechanical background. Since the time he was a young teen, he has worked alongside his father, who was a proud co-owner and operator of Douglas County Refrigeration and Ice in Southern Oregon. After high school, Chris attended and graduated from Universal Technical Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. He moved to the Portland, Oregon area and became a building trades journeyman at the age of 23 and foreman at the age of 26. For many years Chris worked alongside a great friend and mentor, Ken Vandegrift, who co-owned a highly successful mechanical contracting business.When Ken suddenly passed in 2003, Chris stepped into managing and operating the refrigeration construction and service department for the business. In 2008, Chris ventured out on his own, and Northwest Mechanical Group was born.

Our mission is to keep it simple for the customer– educating them and providing installation and service with care by well-rounded mechanics. We are Local 290 Union mechanics with journeymen licenses received after a 5 year apprenticeship. Almost all of our mechanics have over 20 years individually in the industry. Northwest Mechanical Group proudly goes above and beyond to obtain all licenses and certifications for all cities and states where we perform work.

Plumbers / Steamfitters Union / North Clackamas Chamber MembersSpecifically, we hold multiple specialized licenses for:

State of Oregon Low Voltage Electrical License LEA
State of Oregon class 5 Boiler and Pressure Vessel
United Association BTJ Pipefitter
Confined Spaces Entry Card
State of Idaho HVAC Journeyman
State of Washington HVAC/Ref Limited Energy
State of Washington Electrical Administrator
ACCA Refrigerant Certification
City of Seattle Refrigeration Journeyman Mechanical Class A