SALINA — Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C. (B&L) has expanded its footprint into Connecticut with the acquisition of a firm in Hartford.
B&L has acquired Anchor Engineering Services Inc. (Anchor Engineering), a multidisciplined engineering and land-surveying company. The local firm didn’t release any details on how much it paid to acquire the Connecticut company.
The acquisition closed Oct. 5, says John Brusa, Jr., president and CEO of Barton & Loguidice. The two firms have been discussing a possible acquisition for about two years, he adds. Brusa spoke to CNYBJ in an Oct. 19 phone interview.
Salina–based Barton & Loguidice is an engineering, planning, environmental, and landscape-architecture firm that serves clients in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.
The new office will allow B&L to “further develop” its existing services in New England, as well as add land surveying to the company’s list of practice areas. Land surveying — which includes boundary and right-of-way surveying, property and title research, flood certification and topographic surveying — will initially remain a Connecticut–based service.
Land surveying is a licensed profession like licensed engineers, Brusa notes. B&L has not been in the land-surveying profession for “a couple decades,” he adds.
“They have a licensed land-surveying practice, so it brings that practice back into B&L. Probably not locally here in New York state. They’re licensed in Connecticut and the surrounding states, so it would really be more service out of Hartford until we analyze it and look to grow it further in the future … initially, it’s got to be in New England,” says Brusa.
Anchor Engineering’s ownership will join B&L’s existing leadership team. Mark Zessin, former president and principal owner of Anchor Engineering, becomes senior VP and executive manager of the new Connecticut office.
Zessin was familiar with Barton & Loguidice through its work in the engineering sector, according to Brusa. Both firms also have a many of the same clients.
“We had a lot of discussions and we thought it was the right move,” he adds.
In addition, Scott Atkin, Bill Wertz, and Matt Brown will join B&L as senior associates. Besides the leadership group, an additional 27 employees will also join the B&L team.
“We couldn’t have chosen a better company than Barton & Loguidice to join forces with,” Zessin said. “Despite the many challenges this year has brought, B&L has continued to grow, largely due to the company’s incredible team and its valued relationships with clients, industry colleagues and community members for more than 60 years.”
“[Zessin] was looking for a way for him and his partners to take care of their people and their clients,” says Brusa. “It was a really great fit culturally between the two firms.”
Besides its Salina headquarters, B&L operates additional New York offices in Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Rochester, Watertown, New Paltz, and Somers in Westchester County — along with offices in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania; Annapolis and Baltimore in Maryland; Fairfield, New Jersey; and now Hartford, Connecticut.