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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.

Learn more about our parent company by visiting Andgar.com.

History

Every company has a history. We invite you to learn where we’ve been because we want you to be a part of where we’re going next.

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1973

Andy(left) and Gary (right) purchase a heating and sheet metal company in Lynden, WA. The company started with two employees.

1974-1980

Bought our first piece of property in Lynden, WA and built a 10,000 sq. ft. building, which housed our first hydraulic metal cutting shear and first metal press brake

1976

Hired our first full-time office employee, Bev Weidkamp. She celebrated 40 years with us in 2016.

1982

Changed our name to Andgar, a combination of Andy’s and Gary’s first names. (Andy won the coin toss.)

1985

Expanded operations by purchasing a neighboring property and created four divisions of the company: Architectural Metals, Electrical HVAC, Residential HVAC and Industrial Metal Manufacturing.

1996

Created our Commercial/Industrial Plumbing Division and were featured in Business Pulse Magazine.

1999

Moved company to our current location in Ferndale along the I-5 corridor to accommodate continued growth.

2004

Built our first anaerobic digester to capture methane from manure and turn it into clean electricity.

2005

Northwest Business Monthly named Andgar one of their finalists for Small Business of the Year.

2010

Delivered and installed food-processing equipment to the furthest point south we go—Chile.

2011

Expanded our ownership team from within the company by promoting Todd Kunzman, Bryan VanLoo and Aaron Smith (and giving Andy and Gary a little more time to fish).

2012

Andgar’s first employee and America’s Quietest Hero, Joe Moser, honored at Safeco Field for his heroics as a fighter pilot and concentration camp survivor during World War II. Read Joe's Story

2014

Celebrated a decade building anaerobic digesters and our first unit in California as we renamed the division Regenis to signify the rebirth of reusable resources.

2017

43 years and still going strong thanks to our family of customers and employees.
Keith Hovdesven

Keith Hovdesven

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

Dean Vander Hoek

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.