BAKERSFIELD, CALIF. — North American design firm Stantec will add significant strength to its oil and gas, and industrial service capabilities in the United States by acquiring Processes Unlimited International, Inc. (ProU). Based in Bakersfield, Calif., ProU is a 450-person multidisciplinary engineering, project management, and design firm founded in 1985 with seven offices across California, Texas, Georgia, and Tennessee. This transaction is expected to close in March 2014.

“ProU shares our cultural focus on clients, with a deep technical expertise that is instrumental to servicing key industrial clients across the U.S.,” said Bob Gomes, Stantec president and chief executive officer.

ProU operates in a diverse range of markets, including oil and gas, alternative energies, power, utilities, chemicals, food and beverage, packaging, plastics, cement, minerals, mining, and building products. During ProU’s near 30-year history, the company has expanded its initial service offerings from mechanical engineering and design to include process, chemical, civil, structural, automation, instrumentation, and electrical engineering, along with control panel fabrication. The firm has amassed a sizeable portfolio of design projects located primarily throughout the United States as well as internationally.

“Stantec’s presence in communities and industries across the United States will allow our people access to new resources and collaborate with a broader team while pursuing major U.S. projects,” said Dan Bernstein, ProU president and general manager.

Stantec currently has more than 5,000 employees working across 125 offices in the United States. Practitioners from ProU will join Stantec’s U.S. Industrial practice area unit.