Business Achievement: Mid-size Firms ($25 - 200 million)


Gold Medal ► Cascade Drilling LP (Woodinville, Wash.) for growing revenue from $26 million in 2010, and $103 million in 2014, to an estimated $200 million in 2015 and earning the number 87 spot in Engineering News-Record’s ranking of top 200 environmental firms, a jump of 39 places. Founded in 1991, Cascade Drilling has grown from a specialized regional drilling provider to a national, full service provider for site investigation, remediation and drilling. Cascade’s workforce has grown from 5 to more than 850 employees. The company achieved aggressive growth through strategic acquisition to provide geographic coverage and logistical support for clients across the United States and enhance its fleet of drill rigs, support vehicles and specialty equipment. The company’s growth strategy also focused on patented, leading edge technology offering clients a wide range of integrated, in-situ remediation technologies and field services for the cost effective cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater.

Silver Medal ► Willdan Group Inc. (Anaheim, Calif.), a provider of professional technical and consulting services, for growth of more than 30% in 2015. Total contract revenue for the nine months ended October 2, 2015 increased 33.1% to $103.6 million compared with $77.8 million for the same three quarters in 2014. The increase was due primarily to a 55% increase in contract revenue for the Energy Efficiency Services segment and a 15% increase in contract revenue for the Engineering Services segment. Growth in Energy Efficiency Services was attributable to $18.5 million of contract revenue generated by acquired companies 360 Energy and Abacus, as well as organic revenue growth. Contract revenue for Energy Efficiency Services, Engineering Services, Public Finance Services, and Homeland Security Services was $58.3 million, $33.9 million, $9 million and $2.5 million, respectively, through the third quarter.

Silver Medal ► NV5 (Hollywood, Fla.) for growth of more than 40% to $112.3 million in revenues through the nine months ended September 30, 2015, compared with $79.6 million for the same period in 2014. Net revenues through the third quarter were $88.9 million, an increase of 46%. Increases in gross and net revenues were due to organic growth from NV5’s existing platform, as well as to contributions from acquisitions in 2014 and 2015. Organic growth for the period was 11%. NV5 expects full-year 2015 gross revenues, including the impact of acquisitions closed through October 31, 2015, to range from $155 million to $162 million, which would represent an increase to 50% from 2014 gross revenues of $108.4 million.

Bronze Medal ► David Evans and Associates Inc. (DEA, Portland, Ore.) grew 16% in 2015 to $144 million primarily due to expansion in the Southern California market and organic growth in all of DEA’s service areas. Founded in 1976, DEA employs more than 950 professionals in offices in nine states. The company is a leader in the design and management of complex transportation, land development, water resources, and energy projects, combining the talents of architects, engineers, landscape architects, planners, scientists, and surveyors to provide a complete range of services. In 2015 DEA also acquired Triad, a 50-person, multidisciplinary design firm based near Seattle.

Bronze Medal ► Maser Consulting (Red Bank, NJ) for growth of 21% in 2015 due to geographic expansion and branding as infrastructure, private development, industrial and telecommunications markets all were strong. The firm also acquired two small New Jersey-based firms in 2015: ECI Environmental Engineers in February and Kernan Consulting Engineers in June. On January 4, 2016, Triangle Surveying and Mapping, a 47-person surveying company based in Miami, Florida joined Maser Consulting as a strategic move toward providing new opportunities and expansion options for both entities. Maser Consulting is a 600+-person, privately owned, multi-discipline engineering firm with a balance of work in the public and private sectors. New project highlights in 2015 were a $10 million 5-year term contract with the FAA to provide multiple services at a training facility in Atlantic County New Jersey and a 3-year contract with New York Department of Design and Construction for $6.5 million.

Bronze Medal ► EORM (San Jose, Calif.) for its fifth straight year of double-digit revenue increases. Strong organic growth of its core environmental, health, safety and sustainability consulting services, combined with a strategic acquisition of Texas-based Hill Country Environmental, led EORM to 2015 revenue growth of more than 10% from $30 million in 2014 to nearly $34 million in 2015; net service revenues grew by nearly 25% to more than $27 million in 2015. Operating profit grew 20% in 2015 and more than tripled over the last three-year period, and EORM’s headcount is now over 200 employees. In January 2015, EORM was acquired by BSI, a UK-headquartered global business standards company founded in 1901 with over 80,000 clients in 172 countries. Now an operating subsidiary of BSI’s Professional Services business in the United States, EORM serves as a platform for leading BSI’s global expansion of its EHS consulting and compliance services.

Bronze Medal ► ACT Environmental Services grew 25% in 2015, due to growth in both new and existing client accounts. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, ACT provides hazardous and biological waste management, remediation, recycling, disposal, treatment, health and safety, and compliance services for a diverse set of customer industries including Pharmaceuticals, Manufacturing, Research, High Tech and many more. ACT has over 500 U.S. clients that range from small businesses to local, state and federal government agencies to well-known, multinational Fortune 100 firms.