Local painting company celebrates 50 years with eye toward the future

On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, the award-winning SKIS Painting, a third generation family-run commercial painting company, is relocating its headquarters to Renton.

SKIS was founded in 1968 and has grown from a small company to more than 135 employees at two locations. Today it is merging into a new, uniform location and reuniting all employees under one roof.

“We loved being part of the Kent community,” said Jeff Ficks, owner and co-founder of SKIS. “We are poised for the next era of business and to develop working relationships with the Renton community as we continue to serve our customers and customers from across the Puget Sound.”

A unique part of the Seattle development boom, SKIS has brought its coating expertise to commercial and renovation projects such as the Starbucks Reserve Roastery, Washington Hall, Georgetown Squared Office Park and the Southport office complex currently under construction. They have built a legacy of executing commercial projects – from new construction and maintenance paints to historic renovations – with lasting results and professionalism. Their best customers and partners are some of the largest and most well-known companies from across the Pacific Northwest.

A company with a family-based vision

SKIS is committed to the positive development of the communities in Seattle and beyond, starting with investing in the well-being of its employees – a commitment that has been demonstrated in the company’s steady growth over the years.

SKIS believes that a career in the craft should really support your family and offer competitive compensation, a comprehensive package of benefits, training and a defined career path.

“We’re a family business built by painters for painters,” says Jesse Ficks, a third generation family member. “We are committed to putting our employees and their families first and offering an unparalleled product and service. After 50 years that hasn’t changed a bit. ”

SKIS is committed to excellence and challenges the general perception of what is expected of commercial painting as a career and as a service. Further information on employment opportunities at SKIS can be found at www.skispainting.com/careers.

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The McMenamins Elks Temple Tacoma, a current SKIS painting project with Andersen Construction.

Georgetown Squared office complex in Seattle, a SKIS painting project completed in 2017.

Georgetown Squared office complex in Seattle, a SKIS painting project completed in 2017.

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