PRnewswire | June 07, 2023
Kojo, the construction industry's leading materials and inventory management platform, today announced it has expanded to serve mechanical contractors.
"At Kojo, our mission has always been to simplify processes for our customers so that they can have more time back to do what's really important – build," said Maria Davidson, Kojo's founder and CEO. "Our mechanical Beta launch has been our most successful to date. We're thrilled that our mechanical customers are already seeing so much value with Kojo and we're excited to continue to onboard many more all over the country."
Since the offering launched in Beta, mechanical contractors have sent over 6,000 field requests to the office and created 17,000 purchase orders worth $50 million in Kojo. "By our calculation that's almost 6,000 times the field and office didn't have to call and email back and forth to figure out what was being ordered," Davidson added.
Alex Eldridge at Tharco, a leading mechanical contractor in Maryland, said, "Kojo has been really smart in the way they've customized this build for mechanical contractors. For example, there are many nicknames for parts out there and this can create confusion for communication between the field and office. Kojo has a preset catalog field users can order from that even supports slang terms for easy field-to-office part name translation. It's details like this that convinced us Kojo was for us."
The mechanical contracting market in the U.S. is huge and rapidly growing. More than $123 billion of mechanical work is done in the U.S. annually. The sector employs nearly 400,000 workers and that number is expected to grow by 5% through 2031.
Kojo's expansion into mechanical follows the launch of its Automated Invoice Matching product, which streamlines the accounting process for commercial trade contractors. This builds on Kojo's purchase order and delivery functionality, making Kojo a true all-in-one platform that allows customers to manage the full end-to-end materials procurement process. Automated Invoice Matching launched in Q2 of 2023 and to date has processed $9.2 million in invoices, catching mistakes on 27% of invoices processed.
Kojo announced their Series C in September of 2022. Kojo has now powered more than 10,000 construction projects across 47 states, saving customers 75% of the manual entry they previously had to do and reducing materials waste on jobsites by up to 90%.
Kojo is the construction industry's leading materials and inventory management platform. Kojo enables trade and self-perform general contractors to streamline every step in the procurement and inventory management process from takeoff to closeout. By connecting field, office, warehouse, accounting, and vendors teams on one software platform, Kojo gives contractors visibility into real-time materials spending and usage, helps them source the best prices and availability across vendors, reduces material waste, and increases labor productivity. To learn more, visit www.usekojo.com.
UES | March 16, 2023
Universal Engineering Sciences (UES), a renowned engineering and consulting firm, acquired Tampa-based Faulkner Engineering Services, an environmental service, geotechnical engineering, and building materials testing firm on March 14, 2023. This acquisition has enhanced expertise of UES in Florida. Faulkner Engineering works with engineers, design build and site contractors, developers, FDOT, and government agencies. The projects include municipal, industrial, commercial and infrastructure projects throughout Florida. For example, the corporation supported the Pasco Counties' FL DOT S.R. 54 Widening Project, MacDill AFB Military Family Housing and the University of Tampa sports fields.
Faulkner Engineering Services, founded in 2005 by David W. Faulkner, protects public safety, manages risks, and exceeds customer expectations on every project. Faulkner Engineering joins UES's Florida Region under North Florida Region President Rick Kushner, PE, Faulkner Engineering's management team will continue to run the firm.
UES serves commercial, residential, and civic clients nationwide with about six decades of recognition and experience as the leading geotechnical engineering and consulting organization. Since 2019, UES acquired prominent organizations such as Universal Engineering Sciences, GFA International, Dan Brown and Associates, and more, making it one of the nation's largest, most resourceful groups.
CEO, Dave Witsken at Universal Engineering Sciences, stated, "We're excited to add Faulkner Engineering to our portfolio of companies." He added, "This acquisition bolsters our growth and development initiatives in Florida, and we look forward to having the Faulkner team as part of UES."
(Source – CISION PR Newswire)
David Faulkner, President at Faulkner Engineering Services, remarked, "This acquisition allows our company to expand upon the services we provide."
He further added, "It also provides a national footprint to service our clients from coast-to-coast, as well as offers our incredible teammates more opportunities for career growth and advancement."
(Source – CISION PR Newswire)
UES is a private engineering and consulting firm that has existed since 1964. It is expanding and has about 60 years of experience in testing building materials, geotechnical engineering, building code compliance, environmental consulting, and threshold inspections. UES consults on projects for public and private clients in healthcare, transportation, residential, commercial, and education industries with around 3,400 specialists in more than 70 branches in U.S. cities. UES was Zweig Group's 'Hot Firm' of the Year in 2021 and 2022.
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Prnewswire | April 12, 2023
UES, a national leading engineering and consulting company, has acquired Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt, a geotechnical engineering and materials testing firm headquartered in Little Rock, AR.
Founded in 1964, Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt includes an experienced professional and technical team based in the Little Rock headquarters, the firm's branch office in Springdale, AR, and the satellite office in El Dorado, AR. The firm focuses on solving foundation and earth structure problems, offering services such as geotechnical investigations, engineering analysis and design, subsurface exploration, and field and laboratory testing.
With its experienced personnel and fleet of exploration equipment, Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt has provided services to numerous roadways, bridges, airports, low and high-rise structures, earthen dams and levees, landfills, and hazardous waste facilities.
Noteworthy projects include: Interstate 30 improvements in Saline and Pulaski Counties, ARDOT Connecting Arkansas projects, The Clinton Presidential Library, ARDOT Bridge Replacement Program, Pulaski County Big Dam Bridge and Two Rivers Bridge, Little Rock National / Clinton National Airport expansion projects, ARDOT Interstate 630 Improvements, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Expansion Project, and Cypress Cold Storage-Springdale, among others.
Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt joins the Midwest Region of UES, led by Ed Alizadeh, PE, JD, President of the Midwest Region. Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt's leadership team will continue to operate the day-to-day business.
"We're proud and excited to expand our geotechnical expertise with the Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt team," said UES CEO Dave Witsken. "Their reputation as geotechnical problem solvers is well regarded, and, with their addition, we look forward to growing our services in the southern portion of the Midwest Region."
Mark Wyatt, President of Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt, said that "The opportunity to join the UES team accommodates the long-term goals for our firm to provide quality geotechnical testing and materials testing services throughout Arkansas and gives us the opportunity for expansion. We have previously teamed with the Geotechnology group on numerous projects, benefiting both firms. Becoming a part of the Midwest Region of UES will bring additional personnel and equipment and a broad increase in capabilities to our firm."
With nearly six decades of experience and recognition as the premier engineering and consulting firm in the geotechnical engineering space, UES is well-positioned to serve the needs of commercial, residential, and civic customers across the country.
Beginning in 2019, UES' acquisitions have included prominent engineering firms including: Universal Engineering Sciences, GFA International, Inc., NOVA Geotechnical & Inspection Services, Contour Engineering, Wallace-Kuhl & Associates, Construction Testing & Engineering, SUMMIT Engineering, Laboratory & Testing, GEOServices, McGinley & Associates, Geotechnology, Alpha Testing, GSI Engineering, Speedie & Associates, Rock Engineering Testing & Laboratory, Dan Brown and Associates, Carmichael Engineering, Faulkner Engineering Services, and now Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt, which have made UES one of the largest, most resource-rich organizations of its kind nationwide.
UES is a privately held, rapidly growing engineering and consulting firm with nearly six decades of experience in geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, building code compliance, threshold inspections, and environmental consulting. With nearly 3,400 professionals across more than 70 branches in high-growth markets in the U.S., UES consults on projects of all sizes for public and private clients in industries ranging from transportation and healthcare to commercial, residential, and education. UES was named the Hot Firm of the Year by the Zweig Group for 2021 and 2022.
About Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt
Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt, Inc. is a geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing firm founded in 1964 in Fayetteville, AR. The firm relocated to Little Rock in 1964, where it remains headquartered, with a branch office in Springdale, AR, since 1995, and a satellite facility in El Dorado, AR, since 2016. The firm includes more than 40 team members, including engineers; geologists; soils, laboratory and materials technicians; drillers; and support personnel. The firm has certified laboratory facilities at each of the three locations. Grubbs, Hoskyn, Barton & Wyatt, Inc. has provided geotechnical investigations and performed construction observation and materials testing for a large number of commercial, industrial, and municipal facilities throughout Arkansas and surrounding states over the past 59 years.