LaBella Associates announces the acquisition of Highland Technical Services, Inc. (HTSI) of Birmingham and Mobile, AL, effective October 1st. The new offices complement LaBella’s existing presence in Opelika. Led by owner and founder William “Billy” Cooch, PG, HTSI has developed expertise in various project types including hazardous waste; solid waste; brownfield redevelopments; stormwater; air permitting; underground storage tank management; and various types of environmental assessments and permitting. Their portfolio includes projects for institutions of higher education, municipalities, private, and industrial clients across the state of Alabama.
Known for its ability to provide cost-effective solutions to complex environmental problems, HTSI clients will now benefit from additional services under the LaBella brand, including solid waste engineering and construction services, civil engineering, renewable energy, buildings engineering, and architecture. “There is a lot of synergy between both firms’ service offerings,” says Cooch, “but we also feel that culturally we are closely aligned. Our clients will feel right at home.”
LaBella and HTSI have collaborated to serve clients in Alabama for years. “Uniting with HTSI was a natural progression of our relationship,” says Waste and Recycling Division Director Jenny Johnson. “We have shared a successful partnership with Billy and his firm for the past several years, working side-by-side to serve clients across the state. Their knowledge of local ADEM regulations as well as technical expertise is an invaluable asset.”
This merger provides enhanced serviceability and an expanded depth of resources for both LaBella’s and HTSI’s existing clientele in the state. All of HTSI’s current employees will remain with the company, which will continue to operate as Highland Technical Services, Inc. until transitioning to the LaBella brand in January 2021.