BG Consulting Engineers | December 07, 2022
WSP Global Inc. (TSX: WSP) (“WSP” or the “Corporation”) today announces it has entered into an agreement to acquire BG Bonnard & Gardel Holding SA (“BG Consulting Engineers” or “BG”), one of Switzerland’s leading engineering consulting firms, with a strong presence in France. Headquartered in Lausanne, BG offers consulting, engineering, and project management services in the infrastructure, building, water, environment, and energy sectors. It has a workforce of approximately 700 professionals, including 480 in Switzerland and 210 in France. BG also has operations in Portugal and Italy.
Following the closing of the proposed transaction (currently expected in the first quarter of 2023), WSP’s Swiss workforce will more than quadruple to over 600 professionals. WSP is expected to gain a foothold in the French-speaking region of the country while also enlarging its presence in the German-speaking region. Also, as a result of the transaction, WSP is expected to almost double its workforce in France, adding offices and clients in Paris, Lyon, and Marseille.
Joining forces with BG will capitalize on WSP’s strengths and further scale its capabilities in key sectors, with significant growth opportunities, in Buildings, Environment, Renewable Energy, Water and Industry sectors. It will also add BG’s renowned tunnel expertise, including ventilation, fire protection, and system design, to WSP’s European service offering. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory and closing conditions.
“We are very pleased to announce the proposed acquisition of BG Consulting Engineers, a company with strong technical know-how and a solid reputation in the Swiss and French markets, Integrating BG into WSP will secure our leadership position in Switzerland, strengthen our presence in France and enhance our offering to clients of both firms.”
-Alexandre L’Heureux, WSP’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
This acquisition fits well into WSP’s European strategy. Once completed, it will reinforce our presence in the region and bolster our expertise in our top three markets, Transportation & Infrastructure, Property & Buildings and Earth & Environment, said Mark Naysmith, WSP’s Chief Executive Officer for the UK, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Through this transaction, we propose to combine two firms with closely aligned values and cultures and a clear focus on clients, projects, people and technical excellence.
“This transaction is an opportunity for both companies, BG’s position will be strengthened in its traditional markets; our clients will benefit from an even wider range of services and our employees will benefit from the advantages inherent in being part of a global organization. We look forward to new growth and development opportunities as we draw on WSP’s international network of experts and contribute to exceptional projects.”
-Pierre Epars, BG’s Chief Executive Officer.
Empire Southwest | November 15, 2022
Arizona-based Empire Southwest (“Empire”), the Cat dealer serving the service territory of Arizona and Southeastern California, has agreed to acquire Nevada-based Cashman Equipment (“Cashman”), the Cat dealer serving the service territory of Nevada and parts of Eastern California.
Empire and Cashman are both third-generation, family-owned Cat dealers. They share similar rich histories, values-driven corporate cultures, and strong reputations for exceptional customer and community service. Empire, which was founded in 1950, operates 22 dealership locations; Cashman, founded in 1931, operates 7 locations. Together, the combined dealership will be positioned to provide even stronger service and solutions to clients in the construction, mining, energy, agricultural, and industrial sectors as well as expanded capabilities to serve one of the country’s fastest growing areas.
“We have tremendous respect and admiration for MaryKaye Cashman and her team. Cashman is a very high performing dealership that has been dedicated to their people, customers, and communities for generations. We are honored and humbled by the trust MaryKaye and Caterpillar have placed in us. Like Empire, the Cashman organization is full of amazing men and women who are committed to making things better. I’m confident that the new combined team will take the business in both service territories to new levels of client success by building on the industry-leading strengths of both dealerships.”
-Jeff Whiteman President, and CEOEmpire.
MaryKaye Cashman, Owner, CEO & Chairman of Cashman Equipment, said, Since taking the reins of the company in 1995, I have dedicated my life to Cashman Equipment and our fantastic team, which has done such exceptional work supporting our customers and rallying around me in my unique and new role as the head of a Cat dealership. Empire has long had a reputation for excellence among Cat dealers and, as I pursue a new chapter in my life, it is an exciting opportunity for our teams to be able to join forces. I have known the Whiteman family for decades and appreciate not just what their company does but how they have built it – with honesty, respect, and integrity, and with employees and customers always at the center. Our cultures and values share a lot of common ground, and I know that our team members will thrive in this new, combined business that will deliver even more for the customers and communities we serve.
This transaction is expected to close in December 2022. The combined company will be led by Empire’s current CEO Jeff Whiteman and will continue to provide exceptional support to its clients while focusing on growing the business and attracting great people in one of the country’s fastest growing regions. All Cashman and Empire employees will be important for the continued success of the combined company.
About Empire Southwest:
Empire Southwest is an authorized Cat® dealer for heavy equipment and power systems throughout Arizona and Southeastern California. In addition, Empire is a provider of Tier 1 commercial solar products and microgrids, an authorized AGCO equipment dealer representing Fendt and Massey Ferguson, an authorized Trimble dealer through SITECH Southwest, and a premiere distributor of Maintainer, Trail King and other leading truck and trailer brands. The third-generation, family-owned company was founded in 1950 and has over 2,300 employees across 22 locations.
About Cashman Equipment:
Founded in 1931 by James "Big Jim" Cashman, Cashman Equipment is one of the highest-rated Cat equipment dealers in North America. A full-service dealership, Cashman provides new and used equipment for sale and rental, as well as high-quality parts and service to construction, paving, mining, truck engine, technology, and power system industries throughout Nevada and the Eastern Sierras.
Trimble | November 09, 2022
Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) and HP are collaborating on the integration of Trimble's latest robotic total station with HP's new SitePrint robotic layout solution. The solution focuses on transforming the layout process for indoor construction projects.
The construction industry faces a variety of challenges including the shortage of skilled workers and productivity. HP and Trimble can address these challenges with an integration of HP SitePrint and the recently introduced Trimble® Ri total station. The integrated solution can deliver an autonomous layout workflow that empowers efficiency and productivity on the job, while delivering layouts faster than traditional methods. Augmenting the contractors' work, SitePrint can avoid obstacles and print lines and complex objects with pinpoint accuracy and consistent repeatability. In addition, text printing capabilities bring additional data from the digital model to the construction site to prevent errors.
Using optical technology, the precise positioning and navigation of HP SitePrint robot is driven by the Trimble Ri total station. Equipped with automatic level detection, self-calibration, and Trimble VISION™ technology for advanced tracking, the Trimble Ri enables the HP SitePrint robot to achieve autonomous, high-accuracy indoor layout work.
"The integration of Trimble Ri and HP SitePrint can transform the layout process on complex construction sites with pinpoint accuracy, and in a fraction of the time, This is an opportunity for layout contractors to improve accuracy and productivity and handle more projects with the same size of team."
-Aviad Almagor, vice president of Technology Innovation, Trimble.
Technology adoption and increased digitization can help construction firms bridge this productivity gap, said Daniel Martínez, vice president and general manager, HP Large Format Printing. HP has played a key role in bridging digital and physical worlds with print solutions for architects and engineers over the last thirty years. With the integration between HP SitePrint and Trimble Ri, we can make it easier than ever for layout professionals to bring an idea to life on site, while also enabling increased digitization of the construction industry as a whole.
HP Inc. is a technology company that believes one thoughtful idea has the power to change the world. Its product and service portfolio of personal systems, printers, and 3D printing solutions helps bring these ideas to life.
Trimble is an industrial technology company transforming the way the world works by delivering solutions that enable our customers to thrive. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics connect the digital and physical worlds to improve productivity, quality, safety, transparency and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble is transforming industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation.