This year marks Anvil’s 50th anniversary. Since our start in 1971, Anvil has come a long way in our employee growth, expansion into new industries, and opening of offices across 5 states. Join us in celebrating by exploring our company history, major milestones, fun facts, and employee interviews.
Larry Levorsen founded Anvil Corporation on February 2, 1971 to provide engineering services to Pacific Northwest refineries. Larry traveled extensively throughout his career, including to Washington State. In the 1950’s he helped build what is now the Phillips 66 Refinery in Ferndale and the Marathon Refinery in Anacortes. He fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and was ready to settle down and start his own company.
Ron Vekved was Anvil’s first employee. Larry and Ron had worked together on projects in Alberta. Ron had family in the Whatcom County area, so Larry hired him to help establish a local engineering company. They opened a small office in Ferndale, WA. Initially, their goal was to provide small project, maintenance engineering for local clients. Since both were Civil Engineers they focused on “seeing stuff get built.” They hired a few employees, including a mechanical engineer and a designer and added more people to the team as work allowed. In 1972 they started offering Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) services to clients.
In 1974, Larry Levorsen and W.M. Snelson established Snelson-Anvil, Inc. to serve companies who were developing Alaska’s Cook Inlet and North Slope regions. Snelson-Anvil provided multi-functional professional and skilled-craft services. Many of Anvil’s engineers and designers worked on projects that built and loaded large modules onto seagoing barges. The Snelson-Anvil marine yard in Anacortes, WA was the largest private yard for major construction projects. It became a leading marine yard for fabrication and assembly of process plant modules for the oil & gas industry.
Larry believed that “Our work, not our words, speak for us. If you do good work you’ll be rewarded with more work.” Thanks to his knowledge and extensive industry relationships, the Anvil team grew and in 1977 moved to its current headquarters in Bellingham, WA. We’ve continued to build and establish our reputation for providing client-focused, multi-discipline engineering and procurement services. We currently have over 300 employees and 5 branch offices and serve clients throughout the United States and Canada.