Mead & Hunt acquires EMR, leading food and beverage engineering and construction management firm

December 5, 2017


Jamie Horton (EMR) and Andy Platz (Mead & Hunt)
(l-r) Jamie Horton, Food and Beverage Market Leader of Mead & Hunt and Andy Platz, President of Mead & Hunt.

Two leaders in the engineering industry are joining forces. Mead & Hunt, one of the largest and well-recognized architectural engineering firms in the nation, has acquired EMR, a leading 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 our clients’ needs for food safety and production efficiency.

Mead & Hunt acquires EMR
This acquisition further diversifies the Mead & Hunt portfolio allowing the firm to capture greater market share in existing areas of expertise. This growth is supported by embracing innovation, investing in employees, maintaining safety as a top priority and giving back to the communities they serve.

“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.”

EMR delivers custom-designed refrigeration, HVAC and heat transfer systems to manufacturers in the food and beverage industry. The 30-person firm is in Fenton, Missouri, just outside St. Louis. Recognized nationally for quality services, their nationally recognized clients are involved in all aspects of food processing. The EMR team of engineers and construction managers guide clients through all phases of a project from feasibility studies to project closeout and operational commissioning.

Mead & Hunt is an employee-owned firm with more than 600 engineers, architects, planners, historians, scientists and administrative and technical staff who provide professional consulting services to clients nationwide. Founded in Wisconsin in 1900, the company has expanded beyond its Midwest roots to embrace opportunities in new markets and locations. Today, the 30-plus offices are in 19 states. Multi-discipline teams work on projects throughout the country and provide solutions to meet a wide range of clients’ needs. The depth and diversity of the Mead & Hunt staff allows them to complete many projects simultaneously, maintain high quality and keep projects on schedule and within budget.