Huron Capital’s Hughes Associates completes merger with RJA

Hughes Associates, a portfolio company of Huron Capital, has closed its merger with RJA. No financial terms were disclosed. Headquartered in Baltimore, Hughes Associates is a fire protection and life safety engineering firm while Chicago-based RJA provides engineering and construction management services on projects involving life safety, fire protection and building codes for commercial, institutional and industrial clients.

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Detroit, Mich. – June 30, 2014 – Huron Capital Partners (”Huron Capital”) today announced that its portfolio company Baltimore-based Hughes Associates and The RJA Group (“RJA”) have completed their merger, creating the fire protection industry’s leading engineering services company.

The companies are the two most experienced and respected names in the fire protection engineering profession and the merger creates a global professional consulting practice of more than 500 employees engaged in the broadest scope of specialty engineering services available to the built environment. The RJA Group is the Chicago-based parent company of Rolf Jensen & Associates. Both companies will continue to operate under their existing Hughes and RJA brands, while benefiting from the added resources, team and complementary expertise of the combined organization.

According to Phil Rogers, chief executive officer of the newly combined organization, the integration process has already begun and numerous opportunities exist for growth. “Our goal is to establish best practices for every facet of our practice and business. This will enable us to better serve the current and future needs of our clients regardless of their fire protection engineering or research challenges or their location across the globe.”

David Boswell, president of Hughes Associates, commented: “Our groups have many qualities in common. Both firms exhibit the highest level of technical excellence, we offer proven on-time and on-budget performance on projects, and we retain long-term client relationships. Our cultures are also very similar, which positions us well for the future. In terms of service scope, Hughes has strengths in areas such as research, testing, forensic engineering and power/energy risk analysis to complement RJA’s code consulting, performance-based design, construction management and security expertise.”

“For our clients, it is an ideal situation,” stated Martin Reiss, president of RJA. “The combined organization provides our clients with the ability to meet their fire protection and security challenges anywhere in the world. RJA has participated in over 50,000 projects across the globe and together with the additional Hughes resources, we have the unmatched technical strength and global presence today’s multi-national clients require.”

Nick Parker, partner at Huron Capital, added: “Huron Capital is excited for the future growth opportunities in the specialty engineering and consulting services market. Both companies have tremendous capabilities and complementary strengths that will bring new resources to clients and new potential for growth, and we look forward to continue our momentum.”

About Huron Capital Partners LLC
Huron Capital is an operationally-focused private equity firm with a long history of growing lower middle-market companies through its customized buy-and-build investment model. Huron prefers unique situations where it can help companies reach their full potential by combining its operational approach, substantial capital base and transaction experience with proven operating executives. Founded in 1999, Huron has raised over $1.1 billion in capital through four committed private equity funds and its portfolio companies have employed over 7,500 people throughout North America. With offices in Detroit and Toronto, Huron sponsors recapitalizations, family succession transactions, market-entry strategies, corporate carve-outs and management buyouts of companies having revenues up to $200 million. Huron’s sector focus includes Specialty Manufacturing, Business Services, Consumer Goods & Services, and Healthcare. For more information, please visit www.huroncapital.com.

About Hughes Associates
Hughes Associates, Inc. operates as a fire protection and life safety engineering and consulting company. It offers services in the areas of fire protection engineering and design, building and fire code compliance and representation, accessibility code consulting, and fire protection systems commissioning. Hughes is a technical leader in specialized consulting, including fire research and testing, dust hazards, forensic, and risk and external hazards. Core fire protection capabilities are supplemented by electrical engineering, environmental, training, and security services. The company serves healthcare, transportation, higher education, A&E services, government, DoD and DoE, power generation, transmission and distribution, historic buildings and museums, and industrial and petrochemical clients. Hughes was founded in 1980 and is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with offices worldwide. For more information visit www.haifire.com.

About RJA
Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. (RJA) is a professional consulting firm providing an extensive range of value-added engineering and construction management services on projects involving life safety, fire protection, and building codes for commercial, institutional and industrial clients worldwide. Operating from offices in the United States, Asia and The Middle East, RJA consultants have participated on more than 50,000 projects across the globe. Founded in 1969, RJA is recognized as a global leader in fire protection engineering, construction management, life safety and building code consulting. For more information visit www.rjainc.com.

 

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