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  • Veteran Engineer Lynn Wolfe joins Neel-Schaffer

    Lynn Wolfe

    By Rusty Hampton, Editor
    Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

    August 19, 2014

    JACKSON, Miss. (Aug. 19, 2014) – Neel-Schaffer, Inc., is pleased to announce that Lynn Wolfe, P.E., has joined the firm as a Senior Project Manager and will be based in our McComb office.

    A native of Oxford, Mississippi, Wolfe spent the last 8½ years working in construction management for private firms in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen and Kazakhstan.

    “Getting back to Mississippi is wonderful,” said Wolfe. “And being able to join Neel-Schaffer is certainly a highlight of my career. Before going overseas, I was with some other firms here, but I always had a good relationship with Neel-Schaffer.”

    In 2012, Wolfe was awarded the Meritorious Service Award from U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker for his service to the Department of State while managing the prison construction program in Afghanistan for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.

    Wolfe called his time in the Middle East a “real learning experience” that will help him in his new challenge at Neel-Schaffer. “I gained a lot of specific experience in a very short period of time,” he said.

    “Lynn’s experience will be a great asset for Neel-Schaffer,” said Joey Hudnall, the Chief Operations Officer for Neel-Schaffer. “As we continue to grow our presence throughout Mississippi, he will help us serve the City of McComb and all of Pike County.”

    Wolfe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering from Mississippi State University.

  • Neel-Schaffer’s Jones elected to national engineering board

    Chris Jones

    By Rusty Hampton, Editor
    Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

    July 16, 2014

    Neel-Schaffer engineer Chris Jones, P.E., BCEE, F.NSPE, was recently elected to represent the Southeast Region on the Board of Directors of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

    Jones joined Neel-Schaffer in 1991 and works out of the company’s headquarters office in Jackson. He specializes in the disciplines of water and wastewater.

    As the Southeast Region representative on the NSPE board, Jones will represent Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. His term runs through July of 2016, and he replaces Jim Currey of Nashville, who works for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    “Chris and I talked … in Biloxi about the Southeast Region Director,” said Currey. “I really liked him. He is knowledgeable, bright, personable and energetic. He’ll have his hands full but he is just what we need in a leader. Right person at the right time.”

    “It is truly an honor and privilege to have been elected to this position by my peers to assist in fulfilling the NSPE mission of promotion, protection and enhancement of licensure and opportunities for the Professional Engineer,” said Jones. “As the Southeast Region Director, I intend to represent the best interests of the region and profession through education, licensure advocacy, leadership training, multidisciplinary networking and outreach.  I humbly pledge to perform my duties to the best of my ability, while protecting the public health, safety, and welfare above all other considerations.”

    Jones holds two Civil Engineering degrees from Mississippi State University, a Bachelor of Science awarded in 1990 and Master of Science awarded in 1996.

  • Anna Neel named among Mississippi Business Journal’s Top 40 under 40

    By Rusty Hampton, Editor
    Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

    June 24, 2014

    Anna Neel of Neel-Schaffer was recently selected to the Mississippi Business Journal’s prestigious list of the Top 40 under 40 for 2014. More than 100 nominations were received by the magazine. Anna and the others selected were honored during a luncheon in May at the Hilton Hotel.

     

  • Veteran Aillet joins Neel-Schaffer as a Senior Project Manager

    By Rusty Hampton, Editor
    Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

    June 9, 2014

    Neel-Schaffer, Inc., is pleased to announce that Richard Aillet, PE, the former director of engineering services for the City of Ruston, La., has joined the firm and will work out of Neel-Schaffer’s office in Shreveport, La.

     

    Aillet will serve as a Senior Project Manager, with an emphasis on water and wastewater projects. He worked for the City of Ruston for 14 years, eight as the director of water utilities and the last six as the director of engineering services. Prior to that, he worked in the private sector as an engineer and project manager in Louisiana and Texas.

     

    “As a professional engineer with many years of experience in both the consultant and municipal arenas, with an emphasis in utility engineering, Richard will be a tremendous asset to the region and the firm, particularly in north Louisiana,” said Jerry Trumps, Neel-Schaffer’s Southwest Area Manager. “Richard will provide both technical and project support, along with business development support.”

     

    Trumps said Aillet’s addition puts Neel-Schaffer “at an even higher level in north Louisiana, especially considering his engineering background in water and wastewater.” Additionally, said Trumps, “he adds significant depth to the Neel-Schaffer overall discipline as we continue to expand our water and wastewater discipline throughout the Southwest Region and firm-wide.”

     

    “The opportunity to do work back in Shreveport, where I grew up, was really inviting,” said Aillet. “I have a lot of engineering friends in the industry there, and the chance to go back and network and work with them in that environment is something I’m really excited about.”

     

    Aillet holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Louisiana State University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech University.

  • Janis Dinardo joins Neel-Schaffer Biloxi office as a Project Manager

    By Rusty Hampton, Editor
    Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

    May 27, 2014

    Neel-Schaffer is pleased to announce that Janis Dinardo, PE, has joined the firm as a Project Manager and will work out of Neel-Schaffer’s Biloxi office.

    Dinardo has nearly 13 years of experience as an environmental and civil engineer. She has worked in the Gulf Coast area for nearly 10 years, moving to Mississippi in September of 2005 to assist her former employer with Hurricane Katrina damage assessments and other assignments.

    Dinardo’s area of expertise is environmental engineering, with a focus on water and sewer projects. She has designed many major infrastructure projects for cities across the Mississippi Gulf Coast and will handle the same kind of assignments for Neel-Schaffer.

    “We are pleased to have Janis as part of our Neel-Schaffer team,” said Steve Twedt, a Neel-Schaffer Vice President who manages the firm’s South Mississippi operations. “She is a very talented engineer and brings a wealth of experience.”

    Dinardo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston.

  • Neel-Schaffer 199th on Engineering News-Record’s list of Top 500 Design Firms

    By Rusty Hampton, Editor
    Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

    April 24, 2014

    Neel-Schaffer, Inc., is once again ranked among the nation’s Top 500 Design Firms by Engineering News-Record, coming in at 199th on ENR’s prestigious list for 2014.

    It marks the 20th consecutive year Neel-Schaffer has been included in ENR’s Top 500.

    “Retaining our standing on this list is a testament to the hard work of our employees across the company,” said Hibbett Neel, Neel-Schaffer’s President.  “It is our mission to serve our clients as an extension of their staff, and each year we develop new services that will further assist them in meeting their needs and goals.”

    The Top 500 Design Firms list, published annually in April, is based on design-specific revenue earned over the past year.

  • Neel-Schaffer hires Scheitz as planner in Louisville office

    Maria Scheitz

    By Rusty Hampton, Editor
    Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

    April 18, 2014

    Neel-Schaffer is pleased to announce that Maria Scheitz has joined the firm as a community planner in the Louisville office.

    Scheitz previously worked for the Louisville Metro Division of Planning and Design, the Boone County (Ky.) Planning Commission and the University of Cincinnati. She is experienced in land use planning, development review, land use code development, and GIS mapping and analysis.

    “Maria will help us expand our operations in Louisville and the state,” said Karen Mohammadi, the engineering manager for Neel-Schaffer’s Louisville office. “She has a wealth of experience and knows so many people in the metro area that we expect her to hit the ground running and help attract new clients and projects.”

    Scheitz will have a variety of duties, including marketing, data collection and analysis, and research and development of planned studies.

    “I am happy to be a part of a company that encourages active community participation,” said Scheitz. “I am excited about the opportunity to aid Neel-Schaffer in extending the market presence of our Kentucky office by expanding our Municipal Engineering and Planning Services capabilities to regional businesses and municipalities.”

  • Neel-Schaffer’s Sellers is a big hit

  • Neel-Schaffer announces promotion of Robert Walker

    By Rusty Hampton, Editor
    Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

    March 11, 2014

    Neel-Schaffer is pleased to announce that Robert Walker, PE, a Senior Vice President with the firm, was promoted to regional manager of the newly created Central Region. Walker now oversees the efforts of all Mississippi offices, including subsidiary companies Maptech and SoilTech Consultants.

    “This reorganization will allow our offices in Mississippi to work even more as a team to sell the many diversified services of our company,” said Joey Hudnall, Neel-Schaffer’s Chief Operations Officer.

    Walker joined Neel-Schaffer in 1991 and has held a variety of positions. Most recently, he was the overall manager for the Neel-Schaffer Transportation and Structures departments and managed the subsidiaries. His recent project work includes managing the award-winning, $88 million State Route 9 roadway project in northeast Mississippi. Neel-Schaffer was included in the preconstruction design, right-of-way and utilities relocation, as well as management of the QA oversight phase during the fast-tracked construction.

    He also managed a fast-tracked job involving implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems on the four Mississippi River Bridges in Mississippi. The project was funded with federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) funding.

    “Neel-Schaffer has 16 offices located throughout Mississippi to serve our communities,” Walker said. “SoilTech recently expanded to four regional offices. Maptech provides surveying across the state. Through our new management structure, we will further provide our clients engineering expertise in a cost effective and efficient manner.”

    A 1988 graduate of Mississippi State University, Walker is a licensed Professional Engineer in Mississippi.

  • As SoilTech Consultants continues to grow, people are taking notice

    By Rusty Hampton, Editor
    Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

    March 6, 2014

    Recently, WLBT reporter Brandon Artiles spent a few hours at SoilTech’s main office in Ridgeland (Miss.), producing a segment for WLBT’s popular “Business Matters” feature that airs during the Tuesday 6 p.m. news on the Jackson TV station. He interviewed SoilTech President Michael Volk and several others and shot video of SoilTech employees processing samples in the lab.

     

    The feature aired on March 4 and can be seen here.

     

    SoilTech, a subsidiary of Neel-Schaffer, Inc., opened in 2002 and now has four offices in Mississippi. The newest office opened in December in West Point, where SoilTech is working on the Yokohama Tire Company tire plant that is under construction.

     

    SoilTech has 20 full-time employees and 11 part-time employees.

  • Neel-Schaffer Announces Steve Twedt as Vice President

    By Rusty Hampton, Editor
    Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

    Feb. 26, 2014

    Steve Twedt, PE, has been promoted to Vice President in charge of Neel-Schaffer’s South Mississippi operation.  A native of South Mississippi, Twedt joined Neel-Schaffer in 2010 as area manager and works out of the Biloxi office, coordinating work among the Neel-Schaffer offices in Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Laurel and Pascagoula.  Prior to joining Neel-Schaffer, Twedt worked for 23 years as an engineer with the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

    “Steve has been a great addition to our company,” said Hibbett Neel, President of Neel-Schaffer.  “With his engineering expertise, as well as his relationships in the community and throughout the transportation industry, Steve has provided creative solutions for communities throughout South Mississippi.  He has grown our offices in South Mississippi so that our employees can assist our clients further.”

    Twedt’s work includes, state, county and municipal transportation projects throughout South Mississippi, aviation projects at the Gulfport/Biloxi Regional Airport, environmental and civil design, and more.

    “Working at Neel-Schaffer has given me an opportunity to serve my native area,” said Twedt.  “Our team in South Mississippi is creative, innovative and efficient – all keys to providing great engineering projects.”

    Twedt is a graduate of Mississippi State University.  He is a licensed professional engineer in Mississippi and Alabama.

  • Neel-Schaffer Announces Keith Purvis as Vice President

    By Rusty Hampton, Editor
    Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

    Feb. 11, 2014

    Keith Purvis, PE, has been promoted to Vice President of Transportation of Neel-Schaffer. Purvis joined Neel-Schaffer in 2011 after retiring from the Mississippi Department of Transportation as an Assistant Chief Engineer.

    Purvis leads Neel-Schaffer’s transportation department, working out of the firm’s headquarters office in Jackson, providing expertise on projects throughout Mississippi.

    “Keith has been a great addition to our company,” said Hibbett Neel, President of Neel-Schaffer. “With over 25 years engineering expertise and his industry relationships and expertise, Keith has helped Neel-Schaffer continue to implement projects that provide safe and expeditious transportation solutions.”

    His work includes design-build bridge widening projects on I-55 in Pike County and I-20 in Newton County, the US 45 Columbus Bypass, the Mississippi State Port at Gulfport, the statewide Ports Study, and more. “Working at Neel-Schaffer has given me opportunities to work on a variety of projects,” said Purvis. “Our transportation team is creative, innovative and efficient – all keys to provide great transportation projects.”

    Purvis is a graduate of Mississippi State University.  He is a licensed professional engineer in Mississippi and South Carolina.

  • Yokohama project

    By Rusty Hampton, Editor
    Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

    Nov. 27, 2013

    Neel-Schaffer played big roles in the construction of the Nissan and Toyota manufacturing plants in Mississippi, now our firm is helping build a new plant for one of the largest tire makers in the world.

    Neel-Schaffer is working for the Mississippi Development Authority, providing project management services for the $330 million first phase construction for the Yokohama Rubber Company plant in Clay County, just outside of West Point. Neel-Schaffer has a trailer on-site, and SoilTech is testing nearly every day, reports Kevin Stafford, PE, who works out of the Columbus office and manages Neel-Schaffer’s North Mississippi operations.

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  • Bridge to the future

    Harry Sanders, president, Columbus Board of Supervisors;
    Mayor Robert Smith, Columbus; MDOT Commissioner Mike Tagert;
    CCVB Director Nancy Carpenter and CCVB Chairman Dewitt Hicks

    By Rusty Hampton, Editor
    Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

    Nov. 12, 2013

    At one time, Harry Sanders considered the Old Tombigbee River Bridge in Columbus, Miss., an “eyesore” that had seen better days.

     

    In fact, Sanders, the president of the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, told The Dispatch of Columbus he thought the bridge should have been torn down. Now the lifelong Columbus resident is glad that didn’t happen.

     

    Last month, the bridge, which was built in 1927 and closed in 1991, was reopened – and repurposed.   READ MORE

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