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Clockwise from far left: Richard A. Smith, CEO of raSmith; Richard A. Smith, Jr., president of raSmith; with Matsen Ford staff Pat Ford, Katie Benjamin, Pat Hainault, Jeff Klatt, Ryan Lever, Mike Ford, Derek Putz, Jake Wagner, Kyle Poquette, Will Sanford, Sandy Moldenhauer.


Brookfield, Wis. — R.A. Smith, Inc. (raSmith) announced that it significantly expanded its position in the building and structural engineering market with the August 1 purchase of the assets of Matsen Ford Design Associates, Inc. Since 1987 Matsen Ford has worked on projects nationwide in conventional structural system design, cold-formed steel framing design and finish systems design. Matsen Ford is a pioneer in cold-formed steel engineering that has leveraged its vast expertise into a growing building design practice. Matsen Ford has moved its office from Waukesha, Wis. to raSmith’s headquarters in Brookfield, Wis.

“With the addition of Matsen Ford, raSmith will significantly grow its structural engineering practice by leveraging the strengths of each firm and enhancing expertise in cold-formed steel engineering,” said Richard A. Smith, Jr., P.E., president of raSmith. “Bringing together raSmith’s staff of 17 structural engineers and technicians and Matsen Ford’s staff of 11 allows us to better serve our existing clients and positions us to make significant strides in reaching new markets.”

“We are excited about the opportunity to join raSmith and offer multi-disciplinary services to our existing and new clients on projects nationwide,” said Patrick Ford, principal and co-owner of Matsen Ford. “We look forward to working with raSmith to integrate our mutual passion for quality work and responsiveness under the raSmith brand.”

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