To continue meeting its clients’ current needs while increasing service capacity, engineering firm Alfred Benesch & Co. recently announced the company will merge with Lincoln, Neb.-based HWS Consulting Group (HWS).  Uniting the firms’ respective practice areas will significantly broaden the services the combined company has to offer existing and future clients.

Both Benesch and HWS were founded in the 1940s and have substantial histories of service to both public and private clients. The combined firm will have approximately 370 employees and will practice under the Alfred Benesch & Co. name. In addition to its Chicago headquarters, Benesch will expand to include HWS’ offices in Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Iowa. Benesch will continue to maintain offices in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

This merger brings together the expertise of two leading and award-winning engineering firms and allows for expanded services in both technical capabilities and personnel resources. Both firms are well known for their expertise in civil and traffic engineering, transportation planning, and rail and roadway design. In addition, Benesch is recognized for its structural, municipal, water/wastewater systems, and value engineering services. These offerings are complemented by HWS’ broad range of environmental services, geotechnical engineering and aviation planning and design.

“The merged firm’s increased capacities will ensure our clients will continue to benefit from the highest quality engineering, innovative solutions and outstanding level of service they have come to expect,” said Benesch CEO John Carrato. “Our business cultures have always put our clients first. This merger exemplifies that commitment.”

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