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Engineering firm acquires company

July 30, 2019
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Jeffery Schumaker
Jeffery Schumaker. Courtesy Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber

A Grand Rapids engineering firm has acquired a company to expand its presence in the Midwest.

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber (FTCH) recently acquired Northwest Consultants, Inc., according to FTCH today.

The acquisition brings together two privately held consulting firms rooted in infrastructure engineering services in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.

“This acquisition is a fantastic opportunity for both Fishbeck and NCI, and I am excited to welcome a new group of accomplished experts to the Fishbeck team,” said Jeff Schumaker, Fishbeck president and principal. “NCI is a recognized leader in the industry with dedicated staff, a commitment to quality work and core values that closely align with Fishbeck.”

Established in 1985, NCI’s team of 37 employees includes several professional engineers and surveyors licensed within its four offices in Canton, Michigan; Toledo and Dayton, Ohio; and Indianapolis, Indiana.

“We are thrilled about this opportunity to unite with Fishbeck and mutually work with their team on engineering design solutions for today’s infrastructure and beyond,” said Jie Luo, PE and NCI vice president. “The work we do at NCI lends to the value of our expanded service opportunities with Fishbeck’s partnership.”

NCI is a recognized leader in the following concentrated disciplines:

  • Bridge inspection
  • Bridge, culvert and structural design
  • Roadway, street and freeway design
  • Civil, site planning and utility design
  • Storm and sanitary sewer collection systems
  • Water distribution systems
  • Construction administration/inspection
  • Survey/construction staking

NCI’s most notable projects include work with the Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Michigan, Toledo Public Schools in Ohio and the US-31 Kokomo bypass in Kokomo, Indiana. The Ohio Department of Transportation and American Council of Engineering Companies selected NCI as a 2019 ODOT/ACEC Partnering Award recipient for its role in the Union County SR 31 project northwest of Columbus, Ohio.

By acquiring NCI, Fishbeck will not only develop a greater presence in Ohio, but it will shape new opportunities to grow its services in the Midwest, including utilizing NCI’s surveying expertise for integrated projects, said Schumaker.

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