Mead & Hunt, a Middleton, Wis.-based architectural engineering firm, acquired EMR, an engineering and construction management firm headquartered in Fenton, Mo.

“Mead & Hunt’s business philosophy is to grow profitably while maintaining our focus on excellent service and preserving our culture. We diversify our business by expanding services offered in existing offices and starting new initiatives. This makes EMR the perfect fit,” says Andy Platz, president of Mead & Hunt. “Our success hinges on the principle that clients hire people. The EMR staff’s strong relationships with valued clients and teaming partners will play a large role in our continued success.”

Mead & Hunt is well positioned to help food and beverage manufacturers prepare for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations and Global Food Safety Initiative certification.

“We were looking to join a company that’s corporate culture reflected ours and was focused on growth in the food and beverage industry. We also knew how important it would be to provide our employees with long-term opportunities to excel. Mead & Hunt offered us that. This was further backed by Mead & Hunt embracing our client focused, entrepreneurial values,” says Jamie Horton, former principal of EMR and food and beverage market leader of Mead & Hunt. “Our engineers and construction managers live and breathe industrial refrigeration, mechanical utility systems and food plant construction. They work closely with our clients to develop custom engineered solutions to address process support issues. Add this to Mead & Hunt’s diverse services and locations, and it’s a great complement to our resources.”

Together, the two firms’ engineering and construction teams offer turnkey solutions for food safety and production efficiency.

“We need enough depth to quickly and nimbly address food industry drivers – manufacturing capacity, food safety, cost control and energy and environment,” says Greg Marconnet, business unit leader for Mead & Hunt’s food and beverage team. “The addition of EMR staff enhances our bench strength and allows us to better serve our clients.”

EMR delivers custom-designed refrigeration, HVAC and heat transfer systems to food and beverage manufacturers.

Mead & Hunt is an employee-owned firm with more than 600 engineers, architects, planners, historians, scientists and administrative and technical staff who provide professional consulting services to clients nationwide.