Black & Veatch

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Black & Veatch
Founded Kansas City, Missouri (1915)
Headquarters Overland Park, Kansas
Key people

Steven L. Edwards, Chairman and CEO

Edward Walsh, President of Black & Veatch Power

Hoe Wai Cheong, President of Black & Veatch Oil & Gas

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 Consulting

John Murphy, President of Black & Veatch Construction & Procurement
Revenue $3.6 billion (2013)
Number of employees
10,285 (2013)
World headquarters in Overland Park

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.

Black & Veatch has in excess of 100 offices worldwide and has completed projects in more than 100 countries on six continents.[3][4]


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.

Company Timeline


  1. ^ The Employee Ownership 100: America's Largest Majority Employee-Owned Companies National Center for Employee Ownership, August 2013
  2. ^ Forbes: Black & Veatch December 2013
  3. ^ Construction and Engineering: Company Overview of Black & Veatch Corporation, Inc. Company Summary at Business Week March 06, 2014 3:00 AM ET
  4. ^ [1] Company Overview at Hoovers
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-10-26. Retrieved 2010-10-26.  Black & Veatch Web site
  6. ^ a b c d [2]
  7. ^ [3] "Oral History Interview with Nathan Thomas (Tom) Veatch." Harry S. Truman Library
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-08. Retrieved 2010-10-26.  "Black & Veatch and Binnie consortium." Water Desalination Report. May 11, 1995.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-10-27. Retrieved 2010-10-26.  Chief Executive Magazine, September/October 2010 issue
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-10-26.  "Black & Veatch acquires Fortegra." Water & Wastewater, October 11, 2005.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-10-26.  Water & Wastewater, November 2, 2006
  12. ^ [4] Kansas City Business Journal, May 8, 2008
  13. ^ [5] "Black & Veatch completes purchase of world HQ building." Kansas City Business Journal. July 6, 2009.
  14. ^ [6] Kansas City Business Journal, October 19, 2009.
  15. ^ [7] Kansas City Business Journal

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