Business Achievement: Mid-size Firms ($20 million to $100 million)


Gold MedalChambers Group (Santa Ana, CA), an environmental consulting firm with strengths in the core service areas of environmental documentation, biology, and cultural resources, for rebounding from the recession and growing revenue from $8 million in 2009 to $17 million in 2010 and more than $30 million in 2011. Over this period, profitability increased by 550% and staff from less than 50 employees to more than 220 employees. Prior to 2009, much of Chambers' revenue came from the real estate development market and school expansions. The company says that it basically "turned on a dime" and repackaged its core services to concentrate on offering them to the energy (traditional and renewable), mining, and transportation sectors, which were growing. A conscientious decision was to strategically hire specialists to service these market sectors and to concentrate on building depth of offering. Chambers has been successful in its make-over, demonstrated by its client list, which now includes over 50 mining companies, every major utility in California, plus many renewable energy developers. All offices have expanded and they open a new office in El Centro, California. to better serve the Renewable Market Sector.

Silver MedalDade Moeller & Associates, Inc. (Richland WA) for increasing revenue by 34% to $55 million, up from $40.9 million in 2010. Dade Moeller is an employee-owned company providing professional and technical services to 156 federal, state, and commercial clients in support of environmental, nuclear, radiological, and worker safety operations. Fifty percent of the company's 70 new employees in 2011 were hired to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) efforts to assess environmental damage in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP oil spill. Also in 2011, the company expanded in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and moved its radio-analytical and calibration laboratory there to support current and future operations, including its 104 commercial contracts, which contributed $2.3 million to the company's 2011 revenue. The firm's Dade Moeller Training Academy offers 30 courses at five locations, as well as on line, and is positioned for growth in 2012 with the advent of seven new worker safety training courses and 2 new training sites. In 2011, the ZweigWhite Hot Firm List ranked Dade Moeller as the third fastest growing environmental consulting firm in North America.

Bronze MedalTrihydro Corp. (Laramie, WY), for revenue growth of more than 15% in 2011 and average annual revenue growth of 10.5% over the last three years. Trihydro, which provides environmental consulting, engineering and surveying, air quality and process management, information technology, sustainable business solutions, and water and natural resource services to public and private clients, attributes the significant growth in 2011, to strategic hires and the acquisition of Denver-based Aquifer Solutions, which strengthened Trihydro's position as a leader in in-situ remediation and significantly expanded its footprint in the federal cleanup market. Net growth in employees in 2011 was 37%. Trihydro also continues to focus on increasing its international portfolio, completing 12 projects in South America. The firm implemented an exchange program with a key alliance in Brazil, whereby professional staff from each company spent time working at each other's offices in order to share technical and business knowledge and develop working relationships. In addition, recognizing the firm's expertise in mining closure and post-closure services, the Chilean government invited the company to attend a mining-focused conference in Chile.

Bronze MedalSovereign Consulting Inc. (Robbinsville, NJ), for approximately doubling revenue over the past five years, to $48 million in 2011 from $26.6 million in 2007. Also during 2011, Sovereign announced the opening of its first Pacific Northwest office (Seattle) and the expansion of its staff to include mine remediation and reclamation expertise. Sovereign's key partnerships with RE Invest Solutions, LLC, a brownfield redevelopment company, and Integrity Energy, LLC, a solar energy company, facilitated the initiation of major new brownfield and solar projects in the Northeast this past year. RE Invest/Sovereign acquired the former Carlisle Tire and Wheel property in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and will work with the municipality and the Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority to redevelop the property. In addition, Sovereign/Integrity is constructing a roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system atop a warehouse building in Branchburg, New Jersey. The $3 million system will produce enough energy to power 100 homes. In the federal market, Sovereign and its joint venture partner Tidewater Inc. won a $65 million multiple-award contract from the Navy for remedial construction, remedial operation, and long-term management services at sites in Virginia, West Virginia, and the Northeast. Sovereign's remedial technology group also expanded its capabilities in partnership with TRS Group, Inc. in winning a major project with the Maryland Department of Transportation to perform remediation via electrical resistance heating at a site in Easton, Maryland.

Honorable MentionMcKim & Creed (Raleigh, NC), for a return to revenue growth in 2010 and 2011 despite having had a significant presence in segments of the environmental market-land development and municipal water-that suffered badly during the economic downturn, and for enjoying its best year ever in terms profit on gross revenue. Revenue grew from $41.4 million in 2010 to a projected $45 million in 2011, after having fallen from $64 million in 2007 to about $40 million in 2009. McKim & Creed had acquired a land development specialist firm in early 2008, about six months before the global financial crisis hit the land development market hard. Over the period from early 2008 to late 2009, the firm cut about $10 million, or 40%, from a $28 million payroll. McKim & Creed's recovery is due in part to making tough business decisions, to success within its Geomatics Division-a unit that provides sophisticated subsurface and hydrographic data collection-to diversification into growing energy markets such as renewables and smart grid development, and to staying very close to energy sector clients that turned to the firm when major needs arose.

Honorable MentionERRG (Martinez, CA), for growing revenue from $58.3 million to $61.1 million during 2011 while increasing contracted backlog to more than $50 million. As a testament to the outstanding year the firm enjoyed ERRG was recognized with two prestigious industry awards. The Department of Defense (DOD) selected ERRG as a Nunn-Perry winner for exceptional performance in DOD's Mentor-Prot¨¦g¨¦ Program, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) selected the company as the Region 9 Prime Contractor of the Year for the successful completion of a high-profile project at the Former Hunter's Point Shipyard in San Francisco. The company was also successful in winning two new indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) contracts, one from the Army Corps of Engineers Seattle District, and the other from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest. These new awards are expected to provide ERRG with $75 million of additional contract capacity. ERRG also undertook successful projects for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the U.S. Forest Service, the National Guard Bureau, and the California Department of Toxic Substances (DTSC). In order to support the increased workload, ERRG opened new offices in Sacramento and Phoenix. The company now has eight offices and over 280 employees.