ENVIRONMENT: EC&S acquires Advantage Land Surveys

TRAVERSE CITY – EC&S is nearly tripling its surveying capabilities with the recent acquisition of Advantage Land Surveys (ALS) of Traverse City,

EC&S is a full-service company that provides environmental consulting, civil engineering, and land surveying services. The merged operations will be run from EC&S’ Traverse City office.

“This acquisition is a major development for EC&S because it increases our capacity for additional survey work,” said EC&S CEO Lee Blodgett. “We will immediately be able to field five survey crews instead of two, which is a significant benefit to our clients. The experience and expertise that the ALS employees bring to EC&S further demonstrates our commitment to growth by providing quality, value and timely results to our clients throughout the state.”

Four key employees from ALS have joined EC&S as part of the acquisition. The four, and their new EC&S positions, include: Dennis Everson, Survey Project Manager; Robert Duranczyk and Robert Lockman, Survey Crew Chiefs; and Charles Hauser, Survey Crew Assistant. ALS owner Beth Knol, P.E., will be available to provide consulting services to EC&S.

“I feel very good about this acquisition for three important reasons,” Knol said. “One is that my employees are joining a company that in a few short years has established an excellent reputation for providing a full range of surveying and civil engineering services.

Secondly, the employees will have the opportunity to play significant roles in continuing to bolster EC&S’ growth and reputation in the market. And finally, ALS has built up an excellent customer base and I’m confident that the professionals at EC&S will be able to continue to provide the quality of survey service those customers deserve and expect as well as the ability to service their other land development needs.”

Since 1995, the EC&S workforce has expanded from 12 to 35. In 2000, EC&S posted net service revenues of $1,576,000 and projects an increase to $2,160,000 for 2001.

Blodgett said that with the addition of the ALS employees, he projects $2.7 million in net service revenues in 2002, a 25 percent increase.

Blodgett credits the growth to the company’s commitment to personalizing solutions for customers by tailoring services to any size project.

“We have been able to build relationships with our clients by earning their trust by focusing on quality, value and timely results,” Blodgett said.

EC&S was established in 1990, and initially tailored its environmental consulting services to Underground Storage Tank owners, the oil and gas industry, and to parties involved in real estate transactions.

EC&S subsequently expanded its services to include compliance and regulatory consulting, hydrologic and geological investigations, storm water management, wetland services, remedial design, civil engineering and land surveying.

EC&S began offering survey services with the acquisition of Walker Land Surveying of Traverse City in 1999.

Survey services that EC&S provides include: platting and subdivision surveys; condominium surveys; property surveys; topographic surveys; utility surveys; GPS; pipeline surveys; mortgage surveys; construction staking; and well location surveys. Civil engineering services include design, geotechnical and construction engineering services. Staff includes professional engineers and surveyors; computer aided drafting (CAD) technicians, construction inspectors and certified construction testers.

EC&S’ corporate office is located at 2748 Garfield Road in Traverse City.

The company also has offices in Alpena and Kalamazoo; www.ecswebsite.com; (231) 941-2366. BN