Black & Veatch
|Founded||Kansas City, Missouri (1915)|
|Headquarters||Overland Park, Kansas|
Steven L. Edwards, Chairman, President and CEO
Dean Oskvig, President & CEO of Black & Veatch's Energy business
Martin Travers, President of Black & Veatch's Telecommunications business
Cindy Wallis-Lage, President of Black & Veatch's Water business
William Van Dyke, President of Black & Veatch's Federal Services
John Chevrette, President of Black & Veatch Management ConsultingJohn Murphy, President of Black & Veatch Construction & Procurement
|Revenue||$3.6 billion (2013)|
Number of employees
Black & Veatch is a global engineering, consulting, construction, and operations company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal, and environmental markets. Black & Veatch is the 11th largest majority Employee-Owned company in the United States. With revenues of $3.6 billion, the company is also ranked by Forbes as one of the largest privately owned companies in the United States. Engineering News-Record, which compiles and publishes rankings of the largest construction and engineering firms annually, measured by gross revenues, ranked Black & Veatch 1st in telecommunications, 3rd in power, 6th in water, 6th in wastewater, 15th in international markets, and 16th in the overall top 500 design category, in the United States in 2013.
Founded in 1915, Black & Veatch develops infrastructure solutions including conceptual and preliminary engineering services, engineering design, procurement, construction, financial management, asset management, program management, construction management, environmental, security design and consulting, management consulting, and infrastructure planning.
- 1915 Ernest Batemen Black and Nathan Thomas Veatch form a partnership called Black & Veatch with 12 employees on the payroll.
- 1940 War Department requests that Black & Veatch rebuild Camp Robinson in Little Rock, Arkansas. Other camp projects include Camp Chafee in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Camp Hale in Pando, Colorado, and other military installations in the Midwest.
- 1948 Work begins for the Atomic Energy Commission at Los Alamos, New Mexico.
- 1950 N.T. Veatch appointed by President Harry Truman to the President's Water Pollution Control Advisory Board.
- 1963 Black & Veatch International is formed.
- 1976 Black & Veatch opens new building at 11401 Lamar Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas.
- 1985 Black & Veatch acquires Pritchard Corporation.
- 1995 Black & Veatch merges with Binnie & Partners.
- 1996 Black & Veatch acquires Paterson Candy Ltd., a UK-based water treatment process contractor and expands building at 11401 Lamar Avenue.
- 1999 Black & Veatch changes company structure from general partnership to an employee-owned corporation.
- 2005 Black & Veatch acquires RJ Rudden Associates, Lukens Energy Group, and Fortegra, a move that doubles the size of its management consulting business.
- 2006 Black & Veatch acquires the water business of MJ Gleeson in the UK, more than doubling the size of its existing UK water operations.
- 2008 Black & Veatch selected by Eskom to provide project management and engineering services for a 4,800 megawatt power generation facility in South Africa.
- 2009 Black & Veatch repurchases 11401 Lamar Avenue office building in Overland Park, Kansas, and establishes the location as the company's World Headquarters.
- 2009 Black & Veatch launched the infraManagement Group LLC (www.inframanagementgroup.com), a wholly owned subsidiary to assist asset owners with management of water, wastewater, and power-generating assets.
- 2010 Black & Veatch acquired Enspiria Solutions Inc. to expand its scope of smart-grid services.
- 2013 Steve Edwards assumes role as Black & Veatch Chairman, President, and CEO.
- The Employee Ownership 100: America's Largest Majority Employee-Owned Companies National Center for Employee Ownership, August 2013
- Forbes: Black & Veatch December 2013
- Construction and Engineering: Company Overview of Black & Veatch Corporation, Inc. Company Summary at Business Week March 06, 2014 3:00 AM ET
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