James Wiltshire has definitely risen through the ranks. Having started out as a laborer 25 years ago, he has held almost every position in the concrete cutting industry from deep core drilling to operations manager. For the last 4 1/2 years James, better known as Jim, has been Penhall Company’s Division Service Manager in Seattle, WA.
Before getting into the concrete cutting industry Jim served in the military for 5 years. He spent 3 years with the 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper and 2 years in Korea with the 2ND Infantry Division.
When his service ended Jim returned to Southern California. Jim had some friends in the industry and they helped him secure a position. From there the jobs got bigger and more technically advanced, as did the series of companies he worked for. Eventually Jim decided to join Penhall Company’s Reno branch in 2007 as the Company was pioneering in its approach to the industry. Having spent 20+ years in the concrete cutting industry, he knew the work was difficult and a lot of times risky but seeing a Company take a zero accident approach was something he had to be part of. Jim craved a challenge, and Penhall Company provided more opportunities with its extensive availability of assets and large-scale projects.
Jim definitely got his wish when he was called into Sacramento to help manage the “Interstate 5 Boat project” that took 30 diamond trucks from all over the west coast in order to run 15 saws around the clock cutting nearly 100 miles of concrete in 3 weeks. Jim also is very proud of how he and his colleagues Scott Galloway and Joe Metcalf have helped grow the Seattle branch over the past 4 years. Jim Wiltshire enjoys managing personnel. He personally hired all 23 people working in the field at the Seattle location. Having cut with both flat saw and wall saw, and of course core drilling, he possesses a keen understanding of the job that helps him connect with his employees. When Jim hires a worker he explains to them that “I don’t hire short term, I’m hiring you to be at my retirement party.”
In regards to future plans, Jim will feel most accomplished when he gets his three kids through college. His two girls are attending college now, and his son is in high school. Jim met his wife years ago when stationed in Georgia. She was an operating room technician for the military, and they have now been married for 23 years. The family likes to spend every weekend of the fishing season on their boat in Puget Sound catching Dungeness crabs and stocking up on Salmon. Jim and his son also archery hunt for Deer and Elk in the late summer and fall.