Middleton, Wis. — Mead & Hunt acquired EMR, an engineering and construction management firm in the food sector.

“Mead & Hunt’s business philosophy is to grow profitably while maintaining our focus on excellent service and preserving our culture. We diversify our business by expanding services offered in existing offices and starting new initiatives. This makes EMR the perfect fit,” said Andy Platz, President of Mead & Hunt. “Our success hinges on the principle that clients hire people. The EMR staff’s strong relationships with valued clients and teaming partners will play a large role in our continued success.”

The food and beverage industry capital spending has been on the rise over the past several years. Changing demographics are driving manufacturers to develop new products at an increasing rate to satisfy the interests of their customers. This demand is further backed by the need to prepare for the Food Safety Modernization Act regulations and Global Food Safety Initiative certification. Mead & Hunt is positioned well to help food and beverage manufacturers address these challenges.

“We were looking to join a company that’s corporate culture reflected ours and was focused on growth in the food and beverage industry. We also knew how important it would be to provide our employees with long-term opportunities to excel. Mead & Hunt offered us that. This was further backed by Mead & Hunt embracing our client focused, entrepreneurial values,” said Jamie Horton, former principal of EMR and Food and Beverage Market Leader of Mead & Hunt.

Referring to EMR’s more than a half-century of experience, Horton said, “Our engineers and construction managers live and breathe industrial refrigeration, mechanical utility systems and food plant construction. They work closely with our clients to develop custom engineered solutions to address process support issues. Add this to Mead & Hunt’s diverse services and locations, and it’s a great complement to our resources.”

Together the two firms’ engineering and construction teams offer clients’ turnkey solutions. The engineering expertise and design of sophisticated applications address their clients’ needs for food safety and production efficiency, the firms said.

“We need enough depth to quickly and nimbly address food industry drivers – manufacturing capacity, food safety, cost control and energy and environment,” said Greg Marconnet, Business Unit Leader for Mead & Hunt’s Food and Beverage team. “The addition of EMR staff enhances our bench strength and allows us to better serve our clients.”