Rick Ellison operated as welder for local machine shop in the 1980’s. The thrill of tower work began when he started climbing and painting towers and grain elevators with a family member. An opportunity was found in the telecommunications industry when pagers came out. In 1991, Rick established Tri State Tower with a staff of two in Marion, Iowa. He began installing two-way communication systems, painting towers, and performing tower inspections. When the wireless phone technology and the need for the network function increased, Rick started building towers full turnkey.
Rick’s experience and passion for the industry has grown Tri State Tower into an established wireless and telecommunications company with a staff of over 50 and offices in 3 locations. His sincere care for his employees and customer satisfaction has focused the growth of Tri State Tower by adapting to the ever-changing needs of the telecommunication industry.