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, Grand Blanc, Kalamazoo and Farmington Hills.
“We’re responding to growth in our market areas,” said Fleis of the engineering and architectural firm which is headquartered in Grand Rapids but has offices is six other communities.
Fleis added that he’s seen an additional workload and signs that the state’s economy is rebounding.
”And we need to be in a position meet our client’s needs,” he added.
The new additions bring the number of employees at the F&V companies to nearly 170. The design, build and operate company also includes F&V Construction and FVOP (Operations & Resource Management Group).
The three employees added in Traverse City are Craig Brown, PE, Ian Neerken and Michael Spencer.
Brown, of Maple City, has worked as a civil engineer, project manager and in the field doing construction. As a professional engineer he brings extensive experience in stormwater and storm sewer utility design, construction management and designing and managing transportation projects. Brown has assisted with studies and project design, construction administration and testing.
Neerken is a civil engineer-in-training (EIT). The Traverse City resident with several years of local experience in construction observation on environmentally impacted sites and site design, soil erosion plans and water resources engineering. He will be serving as a field technician, assisting with project design and construction and will also complete field condition assessments for Asset Management.
Spencer, of Suttons Bay, joins the marketing group. He is a former newspaper reporter, copy editor and photographer, most recently at the Leelanau Enterprise. Spencer will working throughout the company assisting with articles and promotional pieces highlighting community projects designed by the company. Spencer’s experiences will enhance and round out a wide range of marketing talents.
Robert Decker, Jason Bonnell and Logan Stevens have joined the Midland staff.
Decker, a retired Bay County wastewater treatment plant operations specialist, is a part-time field technician. Decker will work with Bay County and other communities with SAW and other projects. He’ll also be collecting data in other communities along the east side of the state.
Bonnell, a Central Michigan biology student, joins the municipal group as an intern. He will assist Decker in the field with data collections.
Stevens joins the Midland staff as an office assistant. The Midland High School student will be helping the engineering team.
Steffan Schaffer is rejoining F&V as the survey crew chief at the Grand Blanc office. Schaffer has more than 15 years of experience in surveying and engineering. Schaffer will provide additional support for the survey group by helping conduct topographic surveys, construction layout and boundary surveys.
Matthew Gilbert joins the Grand Blanc staff as an engineering GIS technician. He is a former GIS technician / analyst with the City of Grand Blanc Department of Public Works.
Gilbert will assist in the field collection, assessment and GIS integration of wastewater and storm water data in several communities as part of their asset management plan development. His experience will be a valuable resource for clients looking to create, improve or enhance their GIS.
Adam F. Barnes, a civil EIT (engineer-in-training, and intern Blake Nichols join the municipal group in Kalamazoo. The entry level staffers will be working on municipal engineering projects. Barnes, who also interned with MDOT, spent the last two years as a project engineer for Terra Contracting. Nichols, a Western Michigan University civil engineering student, will assist with various design, inspection and field work projects.
Charles K. Saint Cyr will be a traffic (EIT) at the Farmington Hills office. Saint Cyr, a Michigan State University civil engineering grad, interned with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
His duties will include performing traffic engineering analyses and report writing for a “Road Diet” project and traffic impact studies for new development projects. He will also working on parking and access improvements at an existing high school in Birmingham.
With seven offices in Michigan, F&V is a full-service engineering / architectural firm with specialists in the municipal, private and industrial sectors. The firm has been locally and nationally recognized as one of the “101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For” and a “National Hot Firm” for its revenue growth and outperforming the economy and competitors. In 2014, F&V received the top two 2014 first place awards for both engineering and surveying from the American Council of Engineering Companies – MI (ACEC/M) branch and the “James L. Bliskey Quality of Life Project of the Year” for a shoreline restoration project in Marysville.