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F&V Sponsors APWA Wine Tour

F&V staff helped the American Public Works Michigan Chapter kick off their 2018 Great Lakes Expo “Shut Up & Listen: How to Tell Our Stories” as a sponsor of their wine tour. Guests visited three wineries in beautiful Traverse City: Brys … Continued

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Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Administrative assistants help cross the T’s, dot the I’s, and make sure we don’t leave with the office without our heads on our shoulders. Thank you for making us look good. Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

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Surveyors Week: Meet Sam!

Name: Sam Lipscomb Surveying Discipline: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Years in the field: 5 Hobbies outside of work: Trying new breweries, riding my bike, and playing video games Fun fact about yourself: For my thesis in college, I spent around … Continued

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Surveyors Week: Meet John!

Name: John Scott Surveying Discipline: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Years in the field: 6 Hobbies outside of work: Playing golf, guitar, and being a Dad. Fun fact about yourself: I have been to 18 different countries. Djibouti, Africa, Afghanistan, Tasmania, … Continued

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Engineers Week: Meet John!

Name: John DeVol, PE Engineering Discipline: Civil with municipal focus Years in the field: 19 Hobbies outside of work: Boating, hunting, family time When did you know you wanted to be an engineer and what drew you to your specific … Continued

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Engineers Week: Meet Julie!

Name: Julie Kroll, PE, PTOE Engineering Discipline: Traffic Engineering Years in the field: 18 Hobbies outside of work: Shopping, travel and shopping while traveling Fun fact about yourself: I have a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Karate When did you … Continued

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Engineers Week: Meet Sydney!

Name: Sydney Preston Engineering Discipline: Process Design Years in the field: 1.5 years Hobbies outside of work: Listening to music or going to concerts, spending time with friends and family, visiting one of Grand Rapids’ many breweries Fun fact about … Continued

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Engineers Week: Meet Tyler!

Name: Tyler Sutkowi, PE Engineering Discipline: Civil Engineer Years in the field: Two years in the oil industry, and almost four years in Civil Engineering Hobbies outside of work: Spending time with my wife and son, skiing, rock climbing, hiking, … Continued

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Engineers Week: Meet Jay!

Name: Jay A. Stankiewicz, PE ….(Not JASON….only my mother can refer to me as that…LOL) Engineering Discipline: Civil – Transportation Years in the field: 19 Years Hobbies outside of work: Spending time with my kids, home improvement, backpacking/camping, playing Minecraft … Continued

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Press Release: Five new Associates, one Sr. Associate named

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) announced today five new Associates and a new Senior Associate. “It’s pretty awesome to welcome so many new Associates and one Senior Associate on our 25th anniversary,” said Paul R. Galdes, PE, … Continued

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F&V Celebrates 25 Years

Twenty-five years ago, an engineering firm was founded on honest and responsive communication, listening to and understanding clients and their needs, and delivering successful projects on-time and on-budget. That firm was Fleis & VandenBrink. Congratulations to the F&V Team and … Continued

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F&V Culture: Spirit Week, Day 5

F&V staff sure knows how to put their best foot forward! Crazy Sock Day kicks off the weekend and brings F&V Spirit Week to a close. Thanks to all F&V staff for making our first spirit week a success!  

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F&V Culture: Spirit Week, Day 3

At F&V, “We do care and help others in our communities and at work.” That’s why this 3rd day of Spirit Week, in support of promoting F&V’s culture, and upcoming holiday season, our offices have found local charities and families … Continued

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F&V Culture: Spirit Week, Day 2

Trick or Treat! F&V staff celebrated Halloween and the second day of spirit week with a costume contest! Meanwhile, Traverse City staff celebrated the day with a pumpkin carving contest. There were so many Boo-tiful costumes and pumpkins it was … Continued

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F&V Culture: Spirit Week, Day 1

Over the past 25 years, F&V companies have grown from four employees to over 200! Just as we’ve built our services around the needs of our clients, we’ve evolved our culture around the needs of our employees. This year, we’re … Continued

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Final Round of MEDC ICE award winners

The City of Harrison today received a $2.028 million check today from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) for much-needed water and sewer improvements. “Thanks to the MEDC ICE grant, we’re going to be able to make vital improvements for … Continued

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More MEDC ICE Grant awards!

Congratulations to the Village of Deckerville for receiving a $1.26 million grant award Monday from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The Village received an Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement (ICE) grant for water storage tower improvements totaling $1.4 million. F&V helped write the … Continued

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More congratulations to MEDC ICE winners

Congratulations to the Village of Vernon for receiving a $1.125 million check Friday from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The Village is one of 14 communities to receive an Infrastructure Capacity Enhancement (ICE) grant for sanitary and storm sewer improvements. F&V … Continued

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Congratulations to MEDC Winners

Several congratulations are in order for the 14 communities receiving $23.2 million for infrastructure upgrades from the MEDC ICE program. F&V attended two award ceremonies yesterday. Congratulations to the Village of Roscommon for receiving a $2 million check Thursday from … Continued

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After 24 Years, F&V Companies Announces Leadership Moves

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Co-founder Larry J. Fleis, PE, the President of the F&V Companies, Inc. announced to staff yesterday that the board has moved forward with some leadership transition moves.  The Board of Directors has appointed Fleis as the Chairman of the Board.  … Continued

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Transformation Tuesday: Boardman River Boat Launch – Traverse City

Congratulations to The City of Traverse City on the re-opening of the Boardman River Boat Launch. A new boat launch, piers, universally accessible canoe/kayak launch and resurfacing the parking lot was completed in time for the National Cherry Festival (July 1-8). F&V used a … Continued

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F&V Cares: Goodwill 5K Run/Walk for Shelter

A dozen F&V staff and family members ran for shelter Saturday to support Goodwill Northern Michigan in Traverse City. The non-profit organization, which offers programs and services that support the basic needs including the Goodwill Inn, hosted the 5K Run/Walk … Continued

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Maish Road Ribbon Cutting

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The City of Frankfort celebrated the official opening of South Maish Road with a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 3rd. Mayor Chris McBarnes gave high praise to F&V’s design and inspection work on the reconstruction and stressed the benefits that … Continued

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F&V helps sponsor “No Water, No Beer” event

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) hosted a night of celebrating the value of water last Thursday at Founder’s. The “No Water, No Beer” event, which was attended by leaders in engineering and … Continued

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2017 Pioneer Group Chamber Open Sponsorship

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Yesterday was a wonderful day for golfing at the 2017 Pioneer Group Chamber Open! F&V is proud to have sponsored a hole and see the City of Big Rapids take a break from the green to pose with our sign

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Large USDA Grant Helps Fife Lake with Urgent Sewer Upgrades

The Fife Lake Utility Authority (FLAUA) at Fife Lake, Mich. had a big problem and little money in their reserves to fix sewer issues. And the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) was pushing the northern Michigan utility authority for … Continued

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Environmental Group Respirator Training

This week, engineers from our Environmental group participated in fit testing for a respirator. The training was facilitated by a representative from Accurate Safety Distributors who fit the guys with half face piece respirators and sprayed an irritant to confirm … Continued

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F&V MFMs in Carleton

Our Mass Flow Monitoring (MFM) crew is all smiles as they work out in the sunshine in the Village of Carleton!    

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Field Staff installs MFM in Pontiac.

F&V field staff spent a week in the City of Pontiac installing mass flow monitoring devices, developing flow profiles of the sewers and working in conjunction with County staff to clean and unclog pipes. Work will help identify sources of … Continued

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Employee Appreciation Day

Lunch was on F&V today!  Shout out to our passionate, hard-working fantastic employees for all that you do to make F&V a great place to work and provide top-notch services.

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F&V Adds New MDOT Prequalification

Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) has been approved for the Design – Traffic: Signal prequalification. This prequalification allows us to evaluate design signals on MDOT roadways and in municipalities that require MDOT prequalification for signal design in their communities. We can also … Continued

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Engineers Week – February 19 – 25, 2017

It’s Engineers Week! Engineers help make a difference in our communities so we’re doing our part to share the good they do and how to help future and current engineers dream big! Each day we’ll be featuring our engineers to … Continued

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Village Hall shows off new Architectural Design

Congrats to Suttons Bay Village officials for showing off their new Village Hall during an open house on Wednesday afternoon. F&V provided architectural engineering services for the 3,000-square foot building which features a spacious meeting room as well as office … Continued

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Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

It’s Introduce A Girl to Engineering Day and some of our fierce female engineers share their thoughts on female engineering.  

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F&V Celebrates GIS Day

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is more than a map; it’s a tool that can help communities analyze, assess, quantify and inform. “GIS gives communities the opportunity to have access to any information they want to know about their area. It … Continued

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F&V Congratulates Employee on 2016 ACEC MI Emerging Leaders!

Congrats to Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) project manager Brian Rowley, PE, and the rest of the 2016 graduating class of ACEC MI Emerging Leaders! The Michigan Emerging Leaders Program is for individuals committed to developing their leadership abilities. The program imparts specific skills … Continued

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West Michigan AWMA Scholarship

The West Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association (WM-AWMA) is pleased to announce the availability of up to four individual scholarships, each in the amount of $2,500, to be awarded to selected college juniors, seniors, and graduate … Continued

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Article: Support growing for regional trail (Tri-County Times)

The wheels are continuing to turn on the Linden-Argentine-Fenton-Fenton Township (LAFF) non-motorized trail, as each community in its path commits to support of the project. At Genesee County Metropolitan Alliance meeting on Wednesday, it was announced that Argentine Township has … Continued

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Water Quality Month – How To Get Involved

Water Quality Month reminds us to take a long, hard look at what your household and community are doing to protect sources of fresh water. Some simple ways to get involved include: Don’t flush medications – Flushing expired or unwanted medications … Continued

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Urgent Alert: Road and Pedestrian Safety Grants

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is offering $12 million in grants to fund transportation safety programs, including $6 million for High Risk Rural Road communities. Deadline for the federally funded 2018 HRRR program is Sept. 2. High Risk Rural … Continued

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Presentation: SWIM for Safe Water

During the 2016 Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) conference, F&V’s Rich Grant presented “SWIM for Safe Water,” talking about the Safe Water International Ministries which is saving lives worldwide. Learn more and view the SWIM for Safe Water presentation.    

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Lower Muskegon River Drone Flight Video

Our partnership with GEI Consultants is helping the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission restore over 50 acres of fish and wildlife habitat and wetlands. Recently we had a drone adventure to photograph and videograph the wetlands for our mapping … Continued

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Article: Asset Management: Data at Your Fingertips (MWEA)

F&V’s Elaine Venema and Ben Kladder co-authored an article in the Spring edition of the Michigan Water Environment Association’s Matters called “Asset Management: Data at Your Fingertips.” The article talks about the Fife Lake Area Utility Authority (FLAUA) and F&V … Continued

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Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

We can’t think of a better way to say it than: Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to our administrative staff for all that you do! Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

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F&V Celebrates National Geologist Day!

Today is national Geologist Day and we celebrate the hard work of our “down to earth” geologists! “Due to glacial impacts, the Michigan and Indiana geology is very unique,” according to an F&V geologists. “I enjoy helping communities learn and … Continued

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F&V Celebrates National Surveyors Week

National Surveyors Week, March 20 – 26, is a week-long celebration of surveyors and how they shape our world. Check out our Facebook and Twitter for daily updates to learn more about the surveying profession, the cool work they do, the … Continued

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Congrats and Well Wishes to Harrison DPW Superintendent!

Steve Phelps Sr., the DPW superintendent for the City of Harrison, stepped down Thursday night after 35 years of service to the City. Officials honored Phelps with a retirement open house at the City Hall / DPW Garage. “Phelps has … Continued

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F&V Celebrates National Engineers Week

National Engineers Week, February 21 – 27, 2016, is a week-long celebration of engineers and how we make a difference. Check out our facebook for daily video updates from our engineers talking about the positive contributions engineers make and what they … Continued

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Press Release: FVOP Hires Seven Employees

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F&V Operations and Resource Management, Inc. (FVOP) of Grand Rapids announced today the hiring of seven new employees for its expanding operations. Blair Selover, FVOP group manager, said the additions were needed to keep up with a growing client demand … Continued

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Article – Retrofit “Up On The Roof” – Muskegon, MI

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Since performing its first concert in 1939, the West Michigan Symphony, a professional orchestra in Muskegon, Mich., has been a vital part of the region’s cultural landscape. In spring 2013, the symphony decided it was time to expand its administrative … Continued

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F&V Celebrates 23 Years in Business!

This past Tuesday, Fleis & VandenBrink celebrated 23 years in business. Back in 1993, cofounders Larry Fleis & Steve VandenBrink started with just a phone and two card tables. We have seen many changes over the years from fax machines to e-mail, blue … Continued

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Happy New Year!

Cheers to a happy and prosperous New Year from your friends at F&V. Let’s make 2016 great!

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Happy Holidays

May your holidays be filled with love and cheer. Happy Holidays from your friends at F&V!

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F&V Adds INDOT Prequalifications

Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) has added four new INDOT prequlifications to our list of services. Complex Traffic Capacity & Operations Analysis allows us to do highly complex analysis of the capacity and operations of traffic. Examples of this include multiple, … Continued

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F&V Adds Another MDOT Prequalification

Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) has been approved for the ‘Design – Traffic: Safety Studies’ prequalification. This allows us to evaluate the safety performance and operations of roadways. MDOT requires a safety analysis on all 3R (resurfacing, restoration and rehabilitation), 4R … Continued

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F&V Is Looking For Interns!

Fleis & VandenBrink is currently filling internship spots – apply now at on our careers page to reserve your real life experience!

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F&V Wraps up Food Drives

That’s a wrap! Today marked the end of our food drives in Grand Rapids and Traverse City. Hundreds of pounds of food items, personal items and cash were collected to be donated to either Mel Trotter Ministries or the Father Fred … Continued

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F&V Continues to Expand Adding 4 People

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Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) added four new employees, three of them senior-level including a director for its expanded Human Resources Department. Allen Wiltse is the new Human Resources director for the full-service engineering and architectural firm, which has nine offices, … Continued

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Local Residents Optimistic About Road Diet’s Success

Birmingham’s residents are finding that the West Maple Road restriping from four lanes to three is successfully decreasing speeds, lessening crashes and making their commute more enjoyable. Following Complete Street and Road Diet principles, early local opposition to the geometric … Continued

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Press Release: FVOP adds 7 Operators

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F&V Operations and Resource Management (FVOP) announced today the hiring of seven new employees for its expanding operations. Larry Fleis, PE, President, said “We’re continuing to grow our business, And we’re still hiring at all levels.” FVOP, which was formed … Continued

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Road Commissions Face Increased Challenges Without Funding

The Oakland County Press and Construction News recently published articles highlighting the road funding issues facing the Road Commission for Oakland County. This excerpt summaries the key issues being faced: “Meanwhile the just issued strategic report for the Road Commission … Continued

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F&V Adds New MDOT Prequalification

F&V has added ‘Design – Traffic: Work Zone Mobility & Safety’ to our list of MDOT prequalifications. This allows us to the do the transportation management plan (TMP). These are required for all MDOT projects, from LAP to freeway projects. … Continued

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F&V Celebrates Michigan Trails Week

Michigan Trails Week, September 19 – 26, is a weeklong celebration of Michigan trails – from walking and hiking to bicycling and skating, to snowmobiling and skiing, and more! F&V is joining the celebration of Michigan’s 12,000-plus miles of trail by … Continued

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F&V Congratulates MDOT On New Largest West Michigan Roundabout

Congratulations to MDOT and the City of Walker on their new roundabout! MDOT built the now-largest roundabout in West Michigan to help reduce crashes and improve pedestrian safety. Fleis & VandenBrink provided construction inspection and testing for the roundabout. Learn … Continued

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Press Release: F&V Announces 5 New Hires

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Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) announced today the hiring of five new employees including three senior staff. Two senior engineers will join the East Michigan Services Group. Julie Kroll, a licensed professional engineer and professional traffic operations engineer, and Dan Cabage … Continued

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Press Release: F&V Announces Four Promotions

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Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) announced today the promotion of four employees. This comes on the heels of hiring more than 50 new staff members in the past year across their seven Michigan and two Indiana offices. “F&V’s growth in east … Continued

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Portland’s New Pavilion on the Horizon

Portland residents will soon have another source of pride with the completion of the Red Mill Pavilion. Located on North Water Street, the timber-framed pavilion is a two year labor of love and will soon be home to Portland’s Farmers … Continued

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Press Release: FVOP Promotes Staff to Safety Manager

F&V Operations and Resource Management (FVOP) has promoted a long time treatment plant operator, Brian Lee, to corporate safety manager. Since 2002, Lee has been assisting Metamora and Armada as an operations specialist operating the plants and performing maintenance work. … Continued

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Press Release: F&V Adds 11 Employees in Five Michigan Communities

Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) announced today the hiring of 11 new employees in five different communities it serves in Michigan. F&V’s president Larry Fleis, PE said the additional employees were needed because of an economic uptick in Traverse City, Midland, … Continued

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F&V Congratulates Employees on Recent MWEA Awards

F&V attended the Michigan Water Environment Association (MWEA) Annual Conference in Boyne Falls earlier this week. The conference supports learning about preserving, restoring and enhancing water resources. Several F&V Companies staff were honored at the conference. Catherine Garnham, an operator … Continued

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Press Release: F&V Companies Expand Operations Group Hiring 11 People

F&V Operations and Resource Management (FVOP) announced today the hiring of 11 new employees for its Operations Group. FVOP is a subsidiary of Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V) and provides operations and management services for municipal, industrial and environmental systems. Blair … Continued

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Pilot Study Proposed to Confirm Proposed Road Diet

F&V staff, working with the Birmingham City Commission and local residents, is overseeing a pilot study to confirm the proposed road diet for the busy Maple Road. Concerns over accidents and unsafe conditions for turning into local residential developments have … Continued

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Construction Starts on Northport Water Improvement Project

Construction on a water system project is under way in the Village of Northport. The Village received a 2-1/2% Drinking Water Revolving Fund loan for $790,000 through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to help pay for the work. … Continued

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Press Release: F&V Hires 12 Staff Members

Fleis &VandenBrink (F&V), based in Grand Rapids, has added 12 staff members to the firm. David Bluhm, PE is a senior project manager working with his clients on road and utility projects in F&V’s municipal services area. Allen Gelderloos, PE brings … Continued

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Press Release: F&V Welcomes 17 Staff Members

Grand Rapids, MI, September 2, 2014: In response to a tremendous 2014 including significant grant awards for clients through the MDEQ SAW grant program, Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V), an engineering and architectural firm, has added staff. These employees are supporting … Continued

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Press Release: F&V Welcomes New Fort Wayne Manager

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, NOVEMBER 2013: Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V), a civil/environmental engineering and architectural firm with nine offices serving clients throughout Indiana and Michigan, is pleased to announce Mitch L. Hansel, PE, has joined the firm as manager of the … Continued

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Press Release: F&V Welcomes 5 New Employees

GRAND RAPIDS, MI, NOVEMBER 2013: Fleis & VandenBrink (F&V), a civil/environmental engineering and architectural firm with nine offices serving clients throughout Michigan and Indiana, is happy to announce the addition of several new employees to the firm. John Y. Barber, … Continued