John Morris can see quite well – just not with his eyes. The owner of John Morris Heating and Sheet Metal in Santa Rosa routinely beats out competitors for duct work on construction projects in Sonoma County and beyond.

“In seventh grade, I was always fascinated with metal,” Morris said. He took metal shop and wood shop in high school in Santa Rosa. “I could already weld.”

He learned that he could earn several times as much in sheet-metal work as he was making as a kid working at a gas station. He passed the necessary tests and became a journeyman in a sheet-metal union, working in San Francisco, Petaluma and Santa Rosa.

“My eyes started to go bad in 1985,” Morris said.

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