Huron Capital’s Hughes Associates and The RJA Group Complete Historic Merger
Detroit, MI – June 30, 2014 – Huron Capital Partners (”Huron Capital”) today announced that its portfolio company Baltimore-based Hughes Associates and The RJA Group (“RJA”) have completed their merger, creating the fire protection industry’s leading engineering services company.
The companies are the two most experienced and respected names in the fire protection engineering profession and the merger creates a global professional consulting practice of more than 500 employees engaged in the broadest scope of specialty engineering services available to the built environment. The RJA Group is the Chicago-based parent company of Rolf Jensen & Associates. Both companies will continue to operate under their existing Hughes and RJA brands, while benefiting from the added resources, team and complementary expertise of the combined organization.
According to Phil Rogers, chief executive officer of the newly combined organization, the integration process has already begun and numerous opportunities exist for growth. “Our goal is to establish best practices for every facet of our practice and business. This will enable us to better serve the current and future needs of our clients regardless of their fire protection engineering or research challenges or their location across the globe.”
David Boswell, president of Hughes Associates, commented: “Our groups have many qualities in common. Both firms exhibit the highest level of technical excellence, we offer proven on-time and on-budget performance on projects, and we retain long-term client relationships. Our cultures are also very similar, which positions us well for the future. In terms of service scope, Hughes has strengths in areas such as research, testing, forensic engineering and power/energy risk analysis to complement RJA’s code consulting, performance-based design, construction management and security expertise.”
“For our clients, it is an ideal situation,” stated Martin Reiss, president of RJA. “The combined organization provides our clients with the ability to meet their fire protection and security challenges anywhere in the world. RJA has participated in over 50,000 projects across the globe and together with the additional Hughes resources, we have the unmatched technical strength and global presence today’s multi-national clients require.”
Nick Barker, partner at Huron Capital, added: “Huron Capital is excited for the future growth opportunities in the specialty engineering and consulting services market. Both companies have tremendous capabilities and complementary strengths that will bring new resources to clients and new potential for growth, and we look forward to continue our momentum.”
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