EM-Assist Merges with Cardno to Expand Federal-Sector Services

Jul 03, 2012, 06:00 ET from Cardno

FOLSOM, Calif., July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- EM-Assist, a 150-person environmental compliance and information management firm, merged with Cardno TEC, an environmental engineering firm specializing in serving the federal sector. Cardno TEC and now EM-Assist are part of Cardno, a global infrastructure and environmental services company with over 7,000 employees working on projects in more than 85 countries.

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Lynn Meland, President of EM-Assist, remarked, "Our motivation to seek a partnership with an international firm like Cardno was three-fold. First to provide our clients with a wider range of services and locations; second to provide our talented staff with additional opportunities for career development; and third to accelerate EM-Assist's growth across the US and overseas."

Cardno's clients include federal defense and civil agencies, as well as private entities ranging from industrial companies to energy and development firms. Cardno's clients will now have access to EM-Assist's specialized services and expertise, including environmental compliance, information management, and training services. In addition, EM-Assist's clients such as the U.S. Air Force will now have access to Cardno's specialized services and expertise, which include environmental planning, port and harbor infrastructure management, and asset management. Both Cardno TEC and EM-Assist will be able to build on their reputations in the federal sector.

EM-Assist specializes in environmental management and compliance services, encompassing air quality, hazardous materials, hazardous waste, and environmental restoration. In addition they market a portfolio of software products which augment their core service offerings. Such products are used by EM-Assist's clients to manage environmental information associated with compliance with federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.

Dick Heiderstadt, Cardno TEC's President, commented, "Serving the U.S. federal government and defense agencies in particular requires a very specialized skill set and deep understanding of global and national market drivers. Adding EM-Assist strengthens our ability to support defense agencies in the U.S. and Australia. We see many opportunities to address challenges in the defense industry such as realignment of existing U.S. Department of Defense installations. We are pleased EM-Assist has joined our team and look forward to creating enhanced solutions to serve our clients together."

When asked about how EM-Assist's clients will be affected by the merger, Paul Gardiner, President of Cardno USA, stated, "EM-Assist's clients will experience business as usual with the same strong service they've received from the same professionals they know and trust. All Cardno companies share similar client philosophies and qualities such as providing responsive client service, delivering high-quality performance and employing great people. The only difference is now EM-Assist clients will have access to more services across the globe."

With the addition of EM-Assist, Cardno further enhances its position as an environmental consulting market leader in the U.S. In 2011, Cardno ranked #1 on ZweigWhite's Hot Firm list while also achieving the #6 ranking on Engineering News Record's (ENR's) 2011 Top 20 Environmental Sciences Firms.

Following Cardno's normal strategy, EM-Assist's key management will become Cardno shareholders and remain active in the company.

About EM-Assist: EM-Assist specializes in providing comprehensive environmental solutions to federal agencies to ensure current compliance, address past impacts, and prevent future issues. EM-Assist helps clients achieve their environmental program objectives by offering customized environmental service solutions in the areas of compliance management, information management, conservation and planning and restoration. The firm also provides customized training solutions to support agency-specific environmental compliance standards.

To learn more, visit. www.em-assist.com.

About Cardno TEC: Cardno TEC is an environmental engineering firm specializing in providing environmental management, asset management and infrastructure management services to government and commercial clients worldwide. Cardno TEC has conducted projects in over 50 countries and helps clients manage their total relationship with the natural and built environment.

To learn more, visit www.cardnotec.com.

About Cardno: Cardno is a professional infrastructure and environmental services company, with expertise in the development and improvement of physical and social infrastructure for communities around the world. Cardno's team includes leading professionals who plan, design, manage and deliver sustainable projects and community programs. With over 200 offices in the Americas and over 300 worldwide, Cardno provides clients with access to more than 7,000 specialized professionals focused on delivering tailored solutions to address critical social, physical and economic business needs.

Founded in 1945 in Brisbane, Australia, Cardno is an international company listed on the Australian Securities Exchange [ASX: CDD]. To learn more, visit www.cardno.com.

Lynn Meland
Ph: 916.355.1488

Dick Heiderstadt
Cardno TEC
Ph: 434.295.4446

Paul Gardiner
Cardno USA, Inc.
Ph: 503.734.1800