GFA merges with Pearson & Case

TRAVERSE CITY – A $5 million merger with Pearson & Case of Kingsley and Lake City will add more brawn to Gourdie/Fraser & Associates’ already strong niche as a complete municipal, development and transportation consultant company.

Pearson & Case provides engineering, surveying and geotechnical services and employs 16 people at its two offices. The addition will bring Gourdie/Fraser’s workforce to 70.

Pearson & Case will keep its name for about one year, and then be referred to as Gourdie/Fraser & Associates, Inc. William Pearson, former president, will oversee the company’s Lake City office and Phil Case, former vice president, will manage the Kingsley location.

“This merger fits in very well with our strategic plan of expanding into new geographic markets, and bolstering our presence with geotechnical and surveying expertise,” said Lee Grant, CEO of Gourdie/Fraser. “Under the direction of Bill Pearson and Phil Case, Pearson & Case has a great track record of supplying professional service in Grand Traverse, Wexford and Missaukee counties and we’re excited to continue that pattern with our team approach to providing comprehensive services.”

Grant says Gourdie/Fraser looks forward to building on Pearson & Case’s technical strength by working with municipalities, developers and transportation officials.

“We think of ourselves as complete municipal, development and transportation consultants–not just an engineering/surveying company–and Pearson & Case will help strengthen our niche,” Grant said.

Pearson called the merger “a good match” for the two companies.

“By combining our resources, we will be able to provide even better services for our clients,” he said.

Pearson & Case has been involved with such projects as the Young Life Timberwolf Lake, a Christian camp in Lake City geared toward high school students, as well as communication towers, oil and gas surveys, geotechnical projects, landfill designs and hydrogeological studies.

Gourdie/Fraser has been a leader in the consulting, engineering and surveying field in northern and central Michigan since 1948. During that time, the firm has been involved in many public and private projects.

Examples include municipal water and sewer systems, highway projects for the Michigan Department of Transportation and county road commissions, Interlochen Arts Academy, the Grand Traverse Resort, Sugar Loaf Resort, Crystal Mountain Resort, NMC, the extremely low frequency (ELF) Polaris defense communication system in the Upper Peninsula, and quality residential developments. BIZNEWS