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Working in Clark County: Ted Boudreaux, professional assembler

By , Columbian staff writer
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Ted Boudreaux of On-Site Assembly Pros says he can put together "anything that comes in a box." (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian)
Ted Boudreaux of On-Site Assembly Pros says he can put together "anything that comes in a box." (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

So, is that home gym you bought to achieve your New Year’s resolution still in the box? Is your resolve fading due to fear of following printed instructions or a lack of time or ability? Ted Boudreaux of On-Site Assembly Pros could be the answer to your dilemma. He has the tools, patience and expertise most of us don’t when it comes to assembling all types of equipment for the home and yard, as well as electronics and furniture. “Anything that comes in a box, I can put together,” he says.

Name: Ted Boudreaux

Residence neighborhood: Burnt Bridge Creek

Business name: On-Site Assembly Pros, 360-818-4039, www.onsiteap.com

Age: 43

Educational/professional background: I was born in New Orleans and grew up in Corvallis, Ore., where I worked in my family’s sporting goods store. I received a business degree from the University of Oregon and spent the first 20 years of my post-college career in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. I’m associated with the United Assemblers Network out of Columbus, Ohio, which gives business advice, networking and support through monthly conference calls.

How — and when — you got started in your business: I have always wanted to be in business for myself. I started looking in earnest for a business opportunity about three years ago. After evaluating several options, I asked myself, ‘What are you good at?’ I have always enjoyed building things, and figuring out how things work. When I was younger, I would often disassemble items just to see how they functioned and had a passion for fixing things that most other people would have thrown away. So this business seemed like the natural fit for me. Basically I decided: I’m 42; If I don’t do it now, I probably won’t. I didn’t want to regret not taking the initiative.

Personal/business philosophy: Make a commitment, then over-deliver. Always be looking for an opportunity to exceed your customer’s expectations.

Most rewarding part of job: Being able to actually see the physical results of my efforts at the end of a project.

Most challenging part of job: Building a large play set in the rain. I made a commitment to complete the project in time for Christmas, and, as you know, there were not many rain-free days in December.

One thing you’d like people to know about your work: I don’t just assemble new products. I also disassemble and prepare fitness equipment for moving, and set it up at the (local) destination. I can deliver medium-sized items (such as barbecue grills) in addition to assembly. I’m a local guy with a business license and insurance.

Your favorite travel destination and type: I traveled to Japan several times for work (in the semiconductor industry) … Great culture, architecture and food!

Best feature of your Clark County community: There are many. Good neighbors; we’re close to the coast and the mountains; good camping is only a short drive away. Plus, you can enjoy all that Portland has to offer, while still living in a smaller town.

What would make your community a better place? More food carts would be a nice addition. There are many under-used parking lots in which to locate them.

Favorite restaurant/pub/coffee shop/store: It’s hard to pick just one restaurant. My wife and I have a list of favorites which we visit frequently. Namaste, Gustav’s, pho places are among them.

Hobbies: DIY projects of all types, keeping a 30-year-old Fiat alive, making tools that make my job easier. I am in the process of setting up a small machine shop in my garage as well.

Most enjoyable book/play/movie/arts event in past 12 months: I’ve been re-reading many of the books I enjoyed years ago. A couple of highlights: “The Forever War” and “Forever Peace” by Joe Haldeman, and “Accelerando” by Charles Stross.

Something you’d like to do this year/within five years: Since I’m still building my business, growth is good. I’d like to have the need to hire a few people in the next couple of years.

One word to describe yourself: Tenacious. If I encounter a project difficulty, I will work through it, no matter how long it takes.

Person you’d most like to meet: Buckaroo Banzai. neurosurgeon, test pilot, scientist, adventurer. What’s not to like?

Columbian staff writer

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