Thinking outside the box

Mukilteo’s own Dillon Works has specialised for 25 years in making anything you can imagine, from 12′ stylised parrots that decorate a mall in Lisbon, Portugal, to an 8′ sculpture of books that hides an electrical box at the Hoyt Avenue Library Place condos in Everett.  They’re not limited to sculpture, though; one of their studios, called “Smoke and Mirrors”, specialises in making things light, or rain, or look like fire. And they’ll give you a UL certification on the lights, too.

From learning to sew at a young age, to a stint at Disneyland, Mike Dillon has always worked in creating the unexpected. The roots of his business are clearly tied to his move to the Northwest; after leaving Disney in 1985, he and his wife moved to Lake Forest Park, and he started building things in his garage, like running clams for Ivar’s, or the costumes for Red, of Red Robin fame, and the Mariner Moose.  The only direction the company has gone since is up.

With their 3.9 million sq. in. workshop in Mukilteo, and a staff of 30, Dillon Works has built and installed things around the world.  And not all of it is whimsical; the company has a “Healthcare” portfolio on their website, showcasing the things they’ve developed for children’s hospitals.

Okay, a lot of that is still whimsical. But for a very serious purpose.


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