Engineering firms in Toronto and Indianapolis merge to create 21-office firm with more than 800 employees

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Toronto-headquartered McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd. has merged with Beam, Longest & Neff, LLC (BLN), an infrastructure engineering firm based in Indianapolis. The combined organization will employ more than 800 engineers, project managers and technical experts from 21 offices across North America, the companies said in a statement last Wednesday (Aug. 18).

“We are excited to be combining forces with McIntosh Perry as we create a large, dynamic North American engineering consulting firm that brings together the best people, industry leading knowledge and decades of experience so that we can continue to serve the growing needs of our clients and put forward the best solutions possible,” said BLN CEO Tom Longest

A third-generation company founded in 1945, BLN has provided services to hundreds of clients on thousand of projects, including the two signature bridges forming the US$2.3 billion Ohio River Bridges Projects and most recently the US$4.4 billion Gordie Howe International Bridge. BLN’s team will form the foundation for the company’s expansion into the USA.

“We are energized by this partnership for two important reasons. One, it creates professional development and career path opportunities for our employees and two, it ensures a deep bench of technical and professional talent for our clients,” said BLN president Jim Longest.

“One of the key factors in forming this relationship is our similar core purpose, core values and strategic ambition.” Jim and Tom Longest, the third generation to lead the consulting firm, will continue to manage operations and support client relations at BLN, and will also serve on the Board of Directors at McIntosh Perry.

“It is very exciting to see our company fulfill our strategic vision and evolve into a full-service North American engineering consulting company,” said Gus Sarrouh, CEO of McIntosh Perry.

“As the COVID restrictions are lifted across North America, we are ideally positioned to take advantage of opportunities on both sides of the border, including the $1.2 trillion stimulus that the United States plans to spend on rebuilding aging infrastructure. We are very fortunate to have found a firm with the history, reputation, and capability that BLN has, and we look forward to working with their people to build a unified firm that provides rewarding career opportunities and delivers high-quality projects.”

The company will carry on business in Canada as McIntosh Perry and continue as BLN in the United States.

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