B/TEC, Ltd | About - B/TEC



Our mission at B/TEC is to provide our clients with the information and services they require to complete projects on time and on budget. We know that every project and client is different – each provides a unique set of challenges. We offer no canned or off-the-shelf solutions. We are always eager to follow our clients into unique circumstances and provide solutions that meet specific project needs.

B/TEC has fostered a strong collaborative environment of problem solving by establishing partnerships. We operate on the idea that great thinkers and ideas are around us at all times – we just need to work together to tap into them.



Started in the basement of a farmhouse in rural Oregon almost 30 years ago, B/TEC was formed in 1986 by two generations of engineers, related by family and a keen interest in engineering. The late Skip Breshears, its first President, got his first job as an agricultural engineer with Green Giant in Dayton, Washington.  From there he moved to a rival agricultural company in Woodburn, Oregon before eventually changing his focus to structural engineering as a principal engineer in a Portland area firm.  After eleven years at the helm of B/TEC, Skip retired and control of the company moved to his nephew, Gary Thornton.

Gary Thornton, initially the company’s Vice President, assumed the role of President in 1998 and held the position until his retirement in 2014.  Gary’s entire career was dedicated to structural engineering, initially working with a large Portland architectural/engineering firm before leaving that to form B/TEC with Skip and Larry Breshears. Gary retired after 27 years with the company.

Larry Breshears rose from Secretary to Vice President and finally President, after Gary Thornton’s retirement. Chris Lowry joined B/TEC in 2011 and was elected Vice President of the firm in 2015.


From the outset, the company found itself working on a growing number large industrial projects, working with the now defunct Western Kraft and later Willamette Industries. The legacy and success of these projects has helped in steering the company toward many of the other clients they continue to work with today. In 2011, the company moved its main office in Aurora, Oregon to Portland.