ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers Inland Empire Section


Luncheon and Post Fals Dam TOur
5/21/2019 :: 11:00

Picnic & Avista Post Falls Dam Tour


March 2019 Luncheon

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019
Time: 11:45 AM
Location: Luigi's
Address: 245 W Main Ave, Spokane, WA 99201 (Map)

Ron Nilson – Groundforce Worldwide -Chief Executive Officer/Chairman ofthe Board

Ron Nilson, Owner and CEO of Ground ForceWorldwide (GFWW) and his wife of 47 years,Pamela Nilson have lived in Kootenai County for 18+ years. Ron and Pam are originally from theSeattle area and are blessed with (5) children and(14) grandchildren (all living in the Spokane area).

Ron has over (48) years in the manufacturingindustry, owning several companies over the years.  GFWW builds mine support equipment for bothopen pit and underground mines and currently exports 70% of their products, employees 155 people in the USA and is the leading manufacturerin the industry. Currently, he has a factory in Post Falls and does contract manufacturing in England and Indonesia. Also has a business and office in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ron has spent over 40 yearsworking directly with the CATERPILLAR® and their dealers worldwide and has built a reputation forquality and commitment to his customers. Ron serves on several boards across North Idaho including; Kootenai Technical Education Campus(KTEC), Boys and Girls Club of Kootenai County, North Idaho Manufacturing Consortium, and hasserved as President at PF Chamber and the Chamber BOD of Coeur d Alene. Ron was alsoelected to the NIC Board of Trustees and was appointed by Governor Otter to the PNWER (Pacific N.W. Economic Region) Board. In 2007, Ron was awarded “Citizen of the Year” and also United States Commerce – “Export Achievement Award”; 2008, Ron was awarded the Inland Northwest Partners “Hall of Fame” award; 2009, GFWW was awarded “Company of the Year” bythe Chamber of Commerce and also received theGovernors Choice Award – “Lifetime Achievement Award”. In 2013, Ron was awarded the “Idaho Businessman of the Year” Award.


Date: Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 13th by Noon to


Time: Noon to 1:00 PM, check in around 11:45 AM


Cost:  $15.00 attendees (please invite non-member colleagues)

            $10.00 Students

Can pay (1) Using PayPal in advanced (2) Square/credit card) at the door (3) Cash or Check payable to "ASCE IE Section"

Price: $15 per attendee
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