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Huron Capital’s JENSEN HUGHES merges with RBA Engineering

JENSEN HUGHES Inc, a portfolio company of U.S. private equity firm Huron Capital Partners, has agreed to merge with Randal Brown & Associates Engineering Ltd (RBA), a Toronto-based life safety and fire protection engineering business. The financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. JENSEN HUGHES said the combination with RBA will enhance its position as a provider of specialty engineering and consulting services in numerous vertical markets. Based in Baltimore, Maryland, the company was recapitalized by Huron Capital in May 2011.


JENSEN HUGHES and Randal Brown & Associates Announce Merger

April 02, 2015

BALTIMORE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–JENSEN HUGHES and Randal Brown & Associates Engineering, Ltd. (RBA), located in Toronto, Canada, announce that the two companies have reached a merger agreement. This merger further enhances the position of the combined organization as a global leader providing specialty engineering and consulting services in numerous vertical markets, including corporate real estate, education, healthcare, hospitality, institutional, industrial, power and transportation.

“This merger is mutually beneficial for JENSEN HUGHES and RBA”

JENSEN HUGHES CEO, Phil Rogers, said, “The combination of the two companies represents a new force in lifecycle consultancy services for clients all over the world. In order for our practice to continue the growth cycle we’ve been experiencing, we needed to add the skilled and complementary services to fulfill the requirements that our clients are seeking. RBA provides JENSEN HUGHES with a strong presence in the Canadian market as well as staff with vast experience and widespread technical expertise.”

As the largest provider of specialty engineering consulting services, with combined revenues approaching $120 million and 500 employees, the JENSEN HUGHES / RBA merger will expand the expertise and global resources available to provide risk analysis, system design, code consulting, commissioning, research, testing and project management solutions that encompass fire protection, life safety, security and related disciplines.

The two companies have been preparing an integration plan designed to communicate the combined firms increased capabilities to both current and prospective clients and staff. The integration planning process will quickly proceed into an implementation period throughout which the combined organization will provide increased capabilities and seamless services to client’s projects anywhere in the world.

“This merger is mutually beneficial for JENSEN HUGHES and RBA,” said Randal Brown, President and CEO of RBA. “The completion of this merger is a significant step forward and enables us to execute on our long-term vision of providing increased value to our clients.”

“Companies are looking for ways to meet the evolving needs of our clients,” said Dave Boswell, President of North America Operations for JENSEN HUGHES. “We are a company of engineers, consultants and scientists who advance the science of safety each and every day. With unparalleled expertise and our expanded global reach, the newly combined firm is perfectly positioned to offer our clients practical, innovative, data-driven, and evidence-based solutions for all their safety and protection challenges around the globe.”


JENSEN HUGHES, Inc. (JENSEN HUGHES) is the global leader in specialty engineering consulting services for the built environment. Our engineers, consultants and scientists develop innovative and cost effective solutions involving fire protection systems design and analysis, code consulting, hazard and risk assessments, forensic engineering, fire research, development and testing, commissioning and security services. Operating from offices in the USA, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, JENSEN HUGHES consulting teams participate on projects around the world. For more information call +1 410.737.8677 or visit

About RBA

Randal Brown & Associates Engineering Ltd. (RBA) provides consulting engineering services of the highest quality in the fields of fire protection engineering and building code consulting. Since 1984, RBA has built a solid reputation for effective, meticulous, and technical precision, and a committed approach to working with clients, developers, architects and government clients. This strong combination of professionalism and innovative engineering is the underlying basis for the trust and respect earned from our wide portfolio of clients.


Heather Stickler

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