The owner and lead fabricator, Joe Jaech, began his career in ornamental ironwork with Seattle-based Ballard Iron in 1991 after graduating from WWU in Bellingham, WA. Joe worked until the mid-nineties with Ballard Iron before deciding to switch careers into a sales and customer service oriented position in an unrelated field. In 2005 Joe built a shop on his property in Sammamish and started putting together the elements of a full-scale metal shop.
Some of the work Joe was involved with while at Ballard Iron include the exterior “wave” railings at the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle Center, the “seascapes” series of railings flanking the outside dining area at Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 56 on the Seattle Waterfront and the interior railings in the Loomis Trails Golf Resort in Blaine, WA. Some of his current work can be seen at Del-Teet Furniture in Downtown Bellevue and other retail locations as well as at the Issaquah Art Walk and Sammamish Farmer’s Market during the summer months.
Plateau Metal currently operates out of this location and does not have the overhead costs associated with larger shops. Joe prefers to keep the company small and to keep the focus on doing high-quality work at a reasonable price.