Bellefield Office Park labAmTest Inc. is a full service analytical laboratory that offers a myriad of testing services in the environmental, food, industrial and biological fields. The laboratory has been in existence since 1977 and in its current facility (Kirkland, WA) since 2008.

AmTest Inc. is a privately held Washington corporation and fulfills the criteria of a Small Business Concern. AmTest Inc. is also a Woman-owned business with 51% ownership belonging to its President Kathleen Fugiel and 49% to its Vice President Aaron Young.

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The laboratory originated as an in-house facility owned by CH2M Hill Inc. It was located in Bellevue, Washington and had a staff of four. Analytical services were provided to their own engineering group with only a few outside clients. In 1977, a 55% interest in the laboratory was purchased by Can Test Ltd. in Vancouver, Canada and the name was changed to AmTest Inc.

The laboratory grew to a staff of seven over two years and at that time AmTest Inc. bought out a small laboratory in Ballard, Washington (Food Chemical and Research) and the two laboratories were combined into the Food-Chem building. The laboratory grew quickly and by 1985 there were seventeen employees and a severe shortage of space. In 1986, the laboratory operation was moved to Redmond, Washington and a new 13,000 square foot laboratory was designed specifically for a diversified and safe working environment. In 1999, majority ownership was sold to Kathleen Fugiel when Can-Am laboratory group sold all of its American holdings. In 2008, AmTest purchased a building in Kirkland Washington where it currently resides. The space was renovated and redesigned for the current AmTest needs.

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Contributed by Constantin Zadorojny, November, 2010