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TruHorizon Environmental Solutions Announces Acquisition of Phase Engineering

TruHorizon Environmental Solutions | November 26, 2021

TruHorizon Environmental Solutions
TruHorizon Environmental Solutions (TruHorizon) announced that it acquired the assets of Phase Engineering, Inc. (Phase), a leading environmental engineering and consulting firm serving clients throughout the United States.

“This transaction represents an excellent strategic opportunity for TruHorizon as we continue to expand our environmental consulting business. Over the past 28 years, Phase has developed a reputation as one of the highest-quality environmental consulting firms in the country and we are pleased to welcome the team to TruHorizon. We plan to expand both the geographic reach and services offered by Phase during the coming months,”

-Michael W. Harlan, Chief Executive Officer of TruHorizon

Founded in 1993 by James Dismukes and co-owned with Melanie Edmundson since 1996, Phase with its dedicated, in-house staff of professionals, has provided over 20,000 environmental and property condition assessments to commercial lenders, real estate developers, property owners, companies, and other organizations involved in the purchase or sale of real estate, buildings, and other properties.

“After almost three decades, I felt now was the time to transition ownership of Phase. I know that TruHorizon shares our vision to provide the highest quality product in the environmental industry, combined with outstanding customer service to our clients. I look forward to helping TruHorizon continue to grow the Phase business.”

-James Dismukes, founder and President of Phase 

About TruHorizon Environmental Solutions
Founded in 2011, TruHorizon’s mission is to protect the health, welfare, and surroundings of the communities it serves. TruHorizon is a full-service environmental solutions company headquartered in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, with operations strategically located in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Texas. TruHorizon supports the North American construction, industrial, and energy markets with turnkey solutions for noise and vibration control, air quality monitoring, stormwater management and inspections, and compliance management. For more information, visit TruHorizon Environmental Solutions at www.TruHorizon.com.

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TYLin | December 22, 2022

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Trimble | December 12, 2022

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