Leonardo (Leo) Estrada started working in the Commercial Fishing Industry in 1989 as Chief Engineer and crew member. In 2007, after a very successful career working in various vessels both in Alaska and Washington, he decided to stay on land and build upon his on-board experience to start providing welding and fabrication services for the commercial fishing industry on his own, doing business as Leo’s Welding. This entrepreneurial spirit together with a superior knowledge of the marine industry, his expertise in the welding and metal fabrication trade, and an excellent customer service and quality which has earned him wide acceptance in the industry, eventually led him to finally establish Leo’s Welding and Fabrication LLC (LWF) in 2010. Late in 2009 he hired Mr. Atilio Gallardo a long-time Chief Engineer in the fishing industry and together they combine over 40 years of welding and metal fabrication in the commercial fishing industry.
Today the company employs over 10 certified welders and fabricators and supports the Pacific Northwest commercial fishing industry by performing all necessary repairs on crab boats, long liners, trawlers, salmon boats, gill-netters and seiners.
LWF is a welding repair and fabrication shop that services the marine and construction industries. We are proficient in refrigeration piping and hydraulic systems utilizing TIG, MIG and STICK techniques. We do custom fabrication in aluminum, mild and stainless steel. LWF operates out of a 7,126 sqft facility located in the Fishermen’s Terminal/Ballard region of Seattle which provides excellent and fast access to our customer base. This facility houses all the state-of-the-art equipment necessary to service the industry and in it we are capable of fabricating aluminum craft up to 50’ in size.