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KJWW Engineering Consultants acquires Michigan-based facilities engineering services firm


KJWW Engineering Consultants acquires Michigan-based facilities engineering services firm

FES Group is particularly strong in the automotive industry.

By John Caulfield, Senior Editor | May 11, 2016

The KJWW Engineering Consultants division of IMEG Corp. has expanded its footprint in the state of Michigan by merging with FES Group, a facility engineering services and architectural firm based in Wixom, Mich., with 25 employees.

KJWW, based in Quad-Cities, Ill., was already one of the country’s largest engineering firms specializing in high-performance building systems, infrastructure, and construction-related services.

The acquisition comes seven months after KJWW and TTG Engineers merged and formed IMEG Corp., a holding company that owns both engineering firms, headquartered in the Quad-Cities. The two U.S.-based firms operate independently and have retained their original names. Together, they have a global footprint of nearly 1,000 employees. With the addition of FES Group, IMEG will have 26 national offices as well as six international locations, according to the Quad City Times.

The merger was finalized on May 1. Its terms were not disclosed.

FES’s services include Structural, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering, Architectural Engineering, and BIM modeling. Its website says that FES operates a branch office in Auburn Hills, Mich., suburb of Detroit. Its primary markets include commercial, healthcare, R&D, and industrial. 

Paul VanDuyne, KJWW’s President, stated that the merger with FES Group gives his company a stronger presence in Michigan. He lauded FES’s technical prowess, attention to high-quality design, and client-centric focus. “FES Group’s strength in the automotive industry brings added value to KJWW’s extensive industrial and process portfolio and expertise.”

FES Group, which was formed in 2002, will operate as FES/KJWW, at least for now, and the Wixom office will remain open. Joe Droze, FES Group’s President, is staying on to run that office as a principal with KJWW. In a statement, Droze said he was impressed with KJWW’s reputation, national recognition for sustainable design, and education/training programs.

On the sustainable front, KJWW has engineered more than 150 LEED-certified projects in a wide range of sectors including aviation, corrections, education, entertaining, mission critical, science and technology, and sports and recreation.

Aside from its offices across the U.S., KJWW has locations in Dubai, India, and Lebanon.


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