McIntosh Perry buys US-based Beam, Longest & Neff

19 August 2021 2 min. read

McIntosh Perry, a Toronto-based design and engineering consulting firm, has expanded into the US with the acquisition of Beam, Longest & Neff (BLN), an Indianapolis-based infrastructure engineering firm.

Founded in 1945, BLN provides full-service engineering consulting for infrastructure projects, from planning and funding application assistance to design, public presentation, and final project acceptance. The firm delivers services for bridges and structures, environmental, water resource, transportation, real estate, emergency management, construction and demolition, and surveying.

BLN has worked on thousands of projects over the last 76 years, including recent work on the US$2.3-billion Ohio River Bridges Projects and the US$4.4-billion Gordie Howe International Bridge.

The firm has approximately 200 people in 11 offices across Indiana, Michigan, West Virginia, Kentucky, Colorado, Arizona, and Puerto Rico.

McIntosh Perry buys US-based Beam, Longest & Neff

McIntosh Perry’s acquisition of BLN will expand the Canadian firm’s presence into the US and bring its headcount to more than 800 engineers, project managers, and technical experts in North America. The firm previously counted approximately 600 employees across 14 offices in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, and BC.

"It is very exciting to see our company fulfill our strategic vision and evolve into a full-service North American engineering consulting company," said Gus Sarrouh, CEO of McIntosh Perry." As the Covid restrictions are lifted across North America, we are ideally positioned to take advantage of opportunities on both sides of the border, including the $1.2 trillion stimulus that the United States plans to spend on rebuilding aging infrastructure.”

BLN will continue to operate under its own brand, and firm leaders Jim and Tom Longest will continue to manage operations and client relations at BLN. They will also serve on McIntosh Perry’s board of directors.

“We are energized by this partnership for two important reasons. One, it creates professional development and career path opportunities for our employees and two, it ensures a deep bench of technical and professional talent for our clients," said Jim Longest, president of BLN.

Founded in 1972, McIntosh Perry provides design and engineering services for buildings, public infrastructure, sustainable communities, and energy. The firm’s offerings include project management, contract administration, land development engineering and planning, environmental and geotechnical engineering, transportation structures, and surveying.