Business Achievement: Small Firms ($15-50 million)


Gold Medal ► PBS Engineering and Environmental (Portland, Ore.) for achieving significant growth and profitability milestones in 2016, marking the best year in its 34-year history. Combined gross revenues increased more than 60% from $17.5 million in FY 2015 to $27.5 million in FY 2016. Gross revenue has nearly doubled since 2012, and backlog heading into 2017 is at historically high levels. Management and staff achieved these milestones at a time of significant change, including acquisition, organic growth and a new office location. In April 2016, PBS acquired the regional engineering firm HDJ Design Group, growing the PBS employee count from 120 to 185; and 20 more staff were added through the end of 2016. In October 2016, PBS opened its 10th office (and second in Puget Sound), bringing all of PBS services to the Seattle market.

Silver Medal ► Rincon Consultants, a multidisciplinary environmental consulting firm with 10 offices in California, for growing revenues 106% from $13.8 million in 2014 to $28.4 million in 2017. Staff expanded from 95 to 180 professionals in 2015-2016. Growth has been fueled by an improving California economy and ongoing success in the transportation, water, and energy/utilities market sectors, as well as an expansion of its cultural and natural resources capabilities and contract planning services. In 2016, a Marine Resources group was launched and a 10th office, in Redlands, Calif., was opened. Founded in 1994, Rincon has offices in Ventura, San Luis Obispo, Carlsbad, Los Angeles, Monterey, Oakland, Fresno, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, and Redlands.

Bronze Medal ► Abscope Environmental Inc. (Canastota N.Y.) for increasing revenues to $25 million, a YOY increase of 8% and an increase of 26% since expanding into the Mid-Atlantic market with the addition of its office in Elkridge, Md. Profitability has remained consistently strong, and Abscope has increased its market share in both asbestos abatement and soil remediation, primarily serving Fortune 500 corporations and national and international engineering firms specializing in environmental design. Abscope has steadily expanded operations to include the northeast and southeast United States, with outliers west of the Mississippi River. In 2016, Abscope entered the deep soil mixing market by performing an in-situ stabilization project for an international power generation company. Abscope also entered the federal arena in 2016 by winning a multi-year, multi-million dollar PCB removal project at a government facility in Washington D.C.