In 1978, NW Etch was established as Northwest Chemical Milling Company in Renton, Washington by Carl Whinery.

As the company matured, it became known for its willingness to undertake projects that were considered ‘impossible’ and ‘theoretically’ outside the scope of photo chemical machining capabilities.

During those early years, NW Etch was recognized by Rockwell International for its participation in the NASA manned spacecraft program with an Exceptional Company Performance Award in 1989. In 1990, the company moved operations to Tacoma with the purchase of a 22,400-square- foot building. The company demonstrated its concern for the environment by building the industry’s first waste water ion exchange recycling system. The system allowed the company to maintain a closed loop system where no discharge of waste water is made from the plant into the local municipal system. Carl Whinery retired in 2005 and sold to long time Controller, John Dooley, in 2006. Early in his ownership, John brought in his sons Sean and Glenn to learn and manage the business, continuing NW Etch as a family business.

After several years of “semi-retirement” for John, Sean and Glenn purchased the company in 2017. Both under John and on their own, Sean and Glenn built on Carl’s legacy and continued NW Etch’s knack for associating with some of the coolest projects on and off the planet. 2018 marks our 40 th Anniversary providing expertise in photochemical machined solutions and products to amazing customers all over the world.

Custom Metal Parts Manufacturing

Today NW Etch is a thriving company employing more than 35 employees, delivering products to 26 states and 10 foreign countries on five continents. With the capability of being able to laminate, image and etch thin metal product utilizing a 60″ etcher, NW Etch continues to occupy a unique place in the photo chemical machining market. In addition to the large etcher, an on-site 1/8 mil resolution laser plots produce high-quality tooling used to manufacture custom metal parts for our customers.