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Our Company

A piece of food processing equipment is more than just stainless steel and welds. It’s the story of the high quality craftsmanship and dedication we put into everything we do. Andy and Gary didn’t just start a company 43 years ago; they launched a culture that prizes honesty, integrity, humility and teamwork that lasts to this day. Success to them is about more than just dollars and cents; it’s about the pride of standing behind the equipment Andgar builds and the people who build it.

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Food Processing Team

Dave McCarty – Director of Operations

Dave recently joined the Food Processing team in 2019 and is a long-time resident of Whatcom County. Originally from North Dakota, Dave served in the Navy on Whidbey Island and then earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Operations from Washington State University. When not at work, Dave enjoys spending time with his wife, Sunday and their five children. He also enjoys motorcycles and has a black belt in Taekwondo

Keith Hovdesven – Estimator/Project Manager

Keith’s proud family farming heritage in Minnesota goes back six generations. He joined our team ten years ago after graduating from the Art Institute of Seattle because he wanted to raise his own family in a farming community. When he’s not managing projects for our food processing division, he enjoys recording music, camping and spending time with his wife, daughter and son.

Dean Vander Hoek – Design and Technical Supervisor

The solutions Dean engineers for our customers are based on his innate ability to identify a problem, love of all things mechanical and his experience as a raspberry-farming hobbyist. The only thing he loves more than machines that go fast and get muddy is his wife, Jen, and their three children.

Peter Benne – Drafter

Peter grew up and went to high school in Blaine before crossing the mountains to get his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Washington State University. As someone who started his working life in the berry fields of Whatcom County, Peter has a deep understanding of the relationship between the processing equipment he designs and the efficiency of the family farms and food processors that drive the local economy. When he’s not at work, Peter is an avid biker in the summer and skier in the winter.