Business Achievement: International Expansion


The Vertex Companies Inc. (Weymouth Mass.) earned two high profile rankings in 2015, appearing 35th on ENR's list of Top Construction Management/Program Management firms and sixth on ZweigWhite's Hot Firm List. After beginning operation in Canada in 2014 as VTX Consulting Services in Toronto (joining Vertex's 22 U.S. offices and two Mexico offices), VTX's revenue in Canada grew more than four-fold in 2015. Two noteworthy projects in 2015 included a site remediation project in Ottawa and a large pre-acquisition due diligence portfolio analysis in Ontario. The remediation project involved source removal of subsurface petroleum hydrocarbon soil quality impacts followed by the application of in-situ chemical oxidation and enhanced bioremediation technology. The due diligence project was conducted to provide environmental risk profiles/risk ranking of 243 assets in a four week time-period.

International engineering and environmental consulting firm Antea Group (Gouda, Netherlands) for significant growth by acquisition in Brazil and France. Antea acquired a 47% interest in Angelbrasil Geologia e Meio Ambiental Ltda (Sao Paulo, Brazil), a provider of environmental services related to soil and groundwater remediation, sustainability and quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE). Angel has more than 30 scientists, engineers and consultants serving global multinational corporations and the industrial and transportation sectors in Brazil. In November, Antea France SAS acquired Groupe IRH Environnement (Paris, France), a €40 million environmental engineering company in air and water sampling and measurement; drinking water and wastewater engineering services; and contaminated soil and groundwater remediation.

RPS Group, a U.K.-based consulting and engineering firm, for strengthening its U.S. business through continued acquisitions. In February 2015 RPS acquired Klotz Associates, a $26.2 million, 116-employee engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firm with five offices in Texas. At the time RPS said it would add to RPS Group's North American operations, which accounted for one-fifth of RPS's total gross revenue of about $940 million in its latest fiscal year (RPS bought Chicago-based GaiaTech in 2014). In October, RPS acquired Iris Environmental (Oakland, Calif.), a $10 million, 35-person firm managing environmental liabilities and risk primarily for private sector clients in California, particularly technology companies in Silicon Valley.