Amtec Human Capital
In 1959, Robert Underwood took over what was then a floundering, debt-ridden staffing company, with the mission of finding the right candidates for its customers. Renaming it Amtec Engineering, Inc., Bob worked hard to pull the company out of the red and honor his predecessor’s debts. With God’s help and a lot of elbow grease, he succeeded, and the little staffing agency company grew under the leadership of Bob and a new partner, Peter Van Dyken.
At first located on Commonwealth Avenue in Fullerton, California, the company served mainly technical companies like Beckman, General Dynamics, Honeywell, and Rockwell. Without the invention of computers or fax machines, candidates hand-delivered or mailed in their time cards and resumes, which were coded and painstakingly filed so they could be retrieved for the right direct hire or contract job. Each week, many contractors came in to pick up their checks, and they were always greeted by name.