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Press Release: F&V Announces Four Promotions

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 Michigan has necessitated these changes in our organization,” said Paul Galdes, PE Vice-President.

Gary Bartow and Michael Labadie, PE will co-manage F&V’s East Michigan Services Group that has over 20 employees in Midland, Grand Blanc and Farmington Hills offices. The East Michigan Services Group serves both the municipal and private development market.

Bartow has over 35 years of experience in consulting engineering, the last seven at F&V. Labadie, who joined F&V in 2013, has over 35 years of experience in the field of transportation engineering.

F&V also announced the promotion of Jeffrey Pugh, PE, and Richard Grant, PE. Pugh will lead the firm’s Process Design group, replacing Grant, who has been promoted to head the newly-formed Water Resources Specialties group.

Pugh, a senior project manager at F&V since 2011, will now oversee F&V’s water and wastewater process engineering team. He has over 30 years of experience in water and wastewater process and design, plan and design and construction engineering and is well-known in the industry, Galdes said.

Galdes said the Process Group has undergone a major growth spurt due in part to SAW (Stormwater, Asset Management and Wastewater) projects and that a number of large design and construction projects that will take place this year and in 2016.

Grant, a principal of the firm who joined F&V in 1997, has over 30 years of experience in consulting engineering. He will oversee the newly formed Water Resources Specialties Group.

“Rich has headed up the Process Group for nearly 20 years,” Galdes said. “He initiated the use of the Mass Flow Monitoring technique at F&V and that program has been successful enough that we decided to split the group and expand its horizons to potentially include providing a variety of hydraulic specialties in support of our clients.”

The full-service engineering and architectural firm has 170 employees including 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. Over the last few years, F&V has received multiple engineering and surveying excellence awards from the American Council of Engineering Companies – MI (ACEC/M).

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