Burns & McDonnell Acquires AZCO

Pictured: The Empire Riverton Power Plant, which had a recent upgrade via a collaboration between Burns & McDonnell and AZCO.

By Editors of Power Engineering

Burns & McDonnell Inc., an engineering, architecture, construction, environmental and consulting solutions firm, announced the acquisition of industrial contractor AZCO Inc.

The acquisition will create a comprehensive environmental, engineering, procurement and direct-hire construction and fabrication company, as AZCO also operates a 71,000 square-foot fabrication center that produces carbon steel, stainless, chrome-moly and exotic alloy pipe and metal fabrication.

“Acquisitions are common in our industry, but extremely rare at Burns & McDonnell,” said Ray Kowalik, CEO-Elect, Burns & McDonnell Inc. in a press release. “AZCO is a natural partner for us. Their industry-leading construction and pipe fabrication capabilities are a perfect fit into our multibillion dollar construction arm.”

A purchase price was not disclosed.

Burns & McDonnell and AZCO have collaborated on multiple projects over the last 20 years, most recently the conversion of a combustion turbine generator to combined-gas-fired power Empire Riverton Power Plant in Riverton, Kansas.

Additionally, both organizations have been employee-owned and will remain that way.

“Together we share a unique blend of ownership culture and rich industry experience,” Kowalik said.

AZCO employees will remain in their Appleton, Wisconsin headquarters and the satellite offices in northeast Wisconsin, Minnesota and Colorado. AZCO’s relationships with trade unions will also remain in place.

“At AZCO we repeatedly experience unprecedented growth and are getting ready to close out another record year,” said John Trottier, president and CEO of AZCO. “We look forward to joining the Burns & McDonnell family and continuing that growth while maintaining our local commitment to the community we call home in northeast Wisconsin.”

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