PSF Mechanical, Inc. Commemorates 120 Years in Business

Seattle, WA, June 06, 2018 –(– PSF Mechanical, Inc. (PSF), a leading-edge full-service mechanical design-build contractor and one of Seattle’s oldest surviving business enterprises and industry pioneers, adds to its many company milestones the celebration of 120 years in business. Set against the backdrop of a building boom across several of its verticals, including healthcare, life sciences and high-rise residential, the company’s growth has long reflected the growth of Seattle itself.
“It’s amazing to think what PSF has been and accomplished over the last 120 years,” said PSF’s President, Kevin Beardsley. “Throughout that time the company has had a tremendous impact on the community, city, and region and we plan to celebrate that legacy.”

David W. Bowen founded the company that would become PSF in 1898. Known then as Puget Sound Sheet Metal Works (PSSMW) the company, like many of its era, took advantage of the fervor created by the Klondike Gold Rush. PSSMW fabricated and sold items needed by prospectors headed to Alaska such as compact, folding stoves and gold pans.

As Seattle grew and the business climate evolved, so did PSSMW. Over its 120 years of existence, the company would find work in nearly every one of the city’s dominant business sectors – aerospace, maritime, and even brewing. Today, PSF serves clients in online retail, high-end retail, mixed-use residential high-rises, life sciences, and hi-tech. In addition to helping build or outfit many iconic Puget Sound structures, PSF’s early leaders were heavily involved in establishing such critical local organizations as Seattle Children’s, Bloodworks Northwest, and Harborview Medical Center in addition to sitting on various Seattle City boards of directors.

In the next century, PSSMW would change its name multiple times to reflect the markets it served. The name changed to Puget Sound Fabricators in 1955 and eventually became PSF Industries in 1967. In the early 1970s, PSF Industries established the mechanical contracting department and in 1991, became a separate company, PSF Mechanical, Inc. (PSF). The company has experienced steady growth ever since, recently surpassing the milestone of 350 employees it reached in February 2018. A reasonable degree of that growth is attributable to health and life sciences sectors. The company has performed recent projects for Seattle Genetics, Gilead Sciences, Juno Therapeutics, MultiCare and CHI Franciscan Health. PSF’s notable mixed-use residential high-rise projects include 970 Denny, 2116 4th Avenue and Premiere on Pine, among others.

Three years ago, after nearly 40 years in Seattle’s South Park neighborhood, PSF moved from a 19,000-square foot facility to its current 33,000-square foot headquarters on East Marginal Way South. The move allowed for a significant expansion of the company’s sheet metal and pipe fabrication shops and provided additional accommodation for PSF’s rapidly expanding workforce.

The company’s head office, finished in early 2015, boasts many features designed, constructed and installed by PSF’s people, including its reception and conference room tables, lobby logo signage inside and outside of the building and the railings along the stairways and mezzanine. PSF also fabricated 1,952 linear feet of steel into standards to support the ductwork and lighting and provided all HVAC and plumbing systems. The project team that worked with PSF on its headquarters involved the following companies: Stock & Associates, Ellsworth Builders, Inc., Case Engineering, Holmes Electric, PCS Structural Solutions, and Fluid Concepts.


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