EBJ News October 16, 2018

October 16, 2018: TestAmerica to Eurofins


Chinese firm sells TestAmerica to Eurofins after two years
Eurofins Scientific (Luxembourg), a publicly traded global testing and laboratory services firm, has agreed to acquire TestAmerica Environmental Services LLC (North Canton, Ohio) from JSTI Group of China for $175 million on a cash-free debt-free basis. JSTI, an global environmental consulting and engineering firm, acquired TestAmerica in September 2016 for an undisclosed amount. The Chinese company said that the divestment was made “due to changes in the global trading environment.” According to a report by the Chinese news service, Caixin Global, TestAmerica had fallen into the red during its period of Chinese ownership. TestAmerica operates 24 full-service testing laboratories and 40 service centers in the United States, and ranks 1st on Environmental Business Journal’s list of top environmental testing firms. TestAmerica is expected to generate revenues of over $230 million in 2018.


Brown and Caldwell awarded water treatment contract in Portland
Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, Calif.) has won a contract to provide program management services for Portland Water Bureau’s (PWB) $500 million Bull Run Filtration Project. Triggered by traces of Cryptosporidium in the water supply and revocation of PWB’s treatment variance by the Oregon Health Authority, the project involves the design and construction of a new water treatment system, including a filtration plant with 160 million gallons per day capacity. Brown and Caldwell will lead pilot testing and serve as program manager. The Brown and Caldwell team includes water quality specialist Confluence Engineering Group. Following pilot testing and design, construction is expected to start in late 2022, with the new facility operational by October 2027.


TRC awarded environmental contract for Midship Pipeline Project
TRC Companies Inc. (Lowell, Mass.) has been awarded a pair of contracts from Midship Pipeline Company LLC, one for environmental consulting, engineering and field services and the other an engineer, procure, and construct (EPC) contract for three compressor stations. The Midship Pipeline Project in Oklahoma consists of a new 36-inch mainline natural gas pipeline that stretches 199 miles through the state. TRC will perform engineering, mapping, civil surveying, environmental, and other services. Once completed, the Midship Pipeline will have the capacity to bring 1.44 million dekatherms of natural gas per day from the Anadarko Basin in Oklahoma to the Gulf Coast and Southeast markets.


TRC expands presence in power market with acquisition of IJUS
TRC (Lowell, Mass.) has acquired IJUS (Gahanna, Ohio), a power and utility engineering firm specializing in tech-enabled engineering design, attachment services, field services and project management. Founded 13 years ago, IJUS has 320 employees and 15 offices in Ohio, California, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin. “By acquiring IJUS, TRC is now one of the leading power distribution engineering and consulting firms in the country,” said TRC CEO Chris Vincze. “This is a sector of the power market that is primed for strong growth over the next decade, with utilities looking to improve grid reliability and resiliency and harden their infrastructures.”


EA Engineering wins solid waste engineering contract with City of Baltimore
EA Engineering, Science, and Technology Inc. PBC (Hunt Valley, Md.), a provider of interdisciplinary environmental services, has been awarded an on-call solid waste engineering services contract by the City of Baltimore. The four-year contract is valued at $2.5 million with the option of a one-year extension. EA Engineering will provide engineering and professional services to prepare engineering design and contract documents related to solid waste facilities including landfills, transfer stations, convenience centers, and other solid waste facilities. EA Engineering is a 100% ESOP-owned public benefit corporation with 450 professionals and a network of 24 commercial offices across the continental United States.


Willdan Group to acquire Lime Energy
Willdan Group Inc. (Anaheim, Calif.) is to acquire Lime Energy Co. (Newark, N.J.) for $120 million in cash or approximately 10 times Willdan’s estimate of Lime Energy’s anticipated adjusted EBITDA for 2018. Willdan anticipates that Lime Energy’s 2018 revenue will be approximately $145 million. Lime Energy designs and implements direct install energy efficiency programs for utilities that target energy savings for commercial customers. This allows utilities to delay investments in transmission and distribution upgrades and new power plants while complying with increasing environmental regulations. Lime Energy has delivered energy efficiency programs for 10 of the 25 largest electric utilities and five of the 10 largest municipal utilities in the United States, according to a news release.


B&V sees growth in Asian solar market
Combined solar capacity additions are expected to triple in the next five years in Taiwan, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand, while wind capacity additions are expected to grow five-fold in the same period, according to Black & Veatch (Overland Park, Kansas). Three countries—Taiwan, Philippines and Vietnam—could become the fastest growing markets for renewable energy in Asia. “The opportunity for clients, including power producers, is in implementing technologically advanced, cost competitive and bankable engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) solutions,” said Mitesh Patel, new leader for Black & Veatch’s international renewable energy business. Potential solutions include the use of drones to reduce schedule times and cost, microgrids, and off-grid technology. A key area for Patel is improving the bankability of renewable energy projects through hybrid power systems that incorporate multiple sources of renewable energy with battery storage and smart distribution technology to stabilize fluctuating output from renewable energy sources.


Timber Creek expands Raba Kistner’s environmental division
Raba Kistner (San Antonio, Texas) has added Timber Creek Environmental (Conroe, Texas) to its environmental division. Timber Creek, which also has offices in San Antonio and Dallas, strengthens Raba Kistner’s position in the industrial sector. Timber Creek was founded in 2013 with core competencies in environmental compliance, geosciences, and natural resources management.


Vecta Environmental acquired by private equity firm
Cotton Creek Capital acquired Vecta Environmental Services LLC (Gonzales, La.), a provider of industrial and environmental services to chemical, industrial, utilities, and oil and gas midstream customers along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Operating from three facilities in Louisiana and Texas, Vecta specializes in hydro-blasting, vacuum truck, tank cleaning, hydro-excavation and insulation and scaffolding services for routine maintenance, planned outages/shutdowns, regulatory compliance and emergency call outs. Vecta will be led by its current executive team.


Ramboll acquires Vertix of Singapore
Ramboll (Copenhagen, Denmark) has acquired Vertix Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd. (Singapore), a transport consultancy that specializes in master planning, innovative technology solutions, and pedestrian modeling and simulation. Vertix has worked on more than 500 projects in Singapore and Southeast Asia over the last eight years and employs 15 technical consultants. “Urbanisation and population growth are stressing our transport systems causing externalities such as air pollution, congestion, accidents and climate change,” Ramboll said. “Digitalization, electrification and connectivity will play an increasing role in creating sustainable mobility systems of the future.” Peter Heymann Andersen, Ramboll’s managing director for transport, described the acquisition as “an important step in our internationalization process and in realizing our strategy of becoming the leading consultant in the Smart Mobility domain.”


EnergySage assesses costs of Trump tariffs for residential solar
The seventh Solar Marketplace Intel Report by EnergySage (Boston, Mass.) concludes that the cost of solar increased by an average of $0.16 per watt nationally as a result of the Trump Administration’s tariffs on imported solar panels. For an average homeowner installing solar, the tariffs resulted in a $960 increase in the cost of a standard 6-kilowatt (kW) solar energy system. Across all of the residential solar installed throughout the country from October 2017 through June 2018, the Trump tariffs imposed a $236.5 million tax on residential solar customers. According to the report, Panasonic and LG are now the two most popular solar panels comprising 46% of all quotes submitted to shoppers on EnergySage in the first half of 2018.


Hayden Consultants joins GEI
GEI Consultants Inc. (Woburn, Mass.) announced that Hayden Consultants Inc. (Dallas), a civil engineering consulting firm, has joined the company. The merger will strengthen GEI’s operations in Texas by adding depth in the transportation, infrastructure, and water resources markets. Hayden was founded by Rachel Hayden in 2000 and has grown significantly over the past 18 years, serving clients in the public and private sectors. GEI delivers integrated water resources and environmental, ecological, geotechnical and waterfront engineering solutions nationwide.


Cannon merges with a SoCal engineering and survey company
Cannon Corporation (Irvine, Calif.), a full-service engineering consulting firm, has merged with PENCO Engineering, a civil engineering, land development, planning, and surveying firm with offices in Irvine and Corona, Calif. Founded in 1988 PENCO clients include Disney, Irvine Company and Los Angeles Department of Public Works. “PENCO Engineering has provided reliable solutions to clients in development and public infrastructure for 30 years. When combined with Cannon’s four decades of serving clients in transportation, land development, water and wastewater, energy and industrial sectors, Cannon’s ability to provide reliable responsive solutions continues to expand throughout California and the western United States,” said Cannon’s president Michael Cannon. Cannon now has offices in eight locations.


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