Verdantas acquires Florida-based Flatwoods Consulting Group

17 January 2024 2 min. read

Verdantas, a Columbus-headquartered engineering and environmental consulting firm, has acquired Flatwoods Consulting Group, a Tampa-based environmental consulting firm.

Founded in 2009, Flatwoods provides natural resource consulting services to utilities, mining, water management district, and waste management clients in the Southeastern US. The firm has expertise across special status species surveys and conservation, natural resource planning and management, environmental compliance monitoring, geospatial analysis, and aquatic, wetland, and water resource monitoring, mitigation, and compliance. Flatwoods has 40 professionals.

Verdantas’ acquisition of Flatwoods will strengthen its capabilities in natural resources, environmental permitting, and compliance, as well as expand its presence in Florida, where it has offices in Orlando and Tallahassee.

Verdantas acquires Florida-based Flatwoods Consulting Group

“The addition of Flatwoods perfectly aligns with Verdantas' overarching strategy to establish regional Natural Resource and Environmental Planning hubs, but also represents a strong cultural fit," said Jesse Kropelnicki, CEO of Verdantas. "This team brings a wealth of local expertise, talented staff, and invaluable agency relationships into our fold, reinforcing our commitment to environmental stewardship and positioning us to navigate the evolving landscape of the power sector.”

Verdantas was launched by private equity firm RTC Partners in January 2022 via the combination of several portfolio companies – Hull & Associates, Duffield Associates, HSW Consulting, GeoInsight, and Alden Research Laboratory, Inc.

At its launch Verdantas had 450 people across 26 offices; today it has nearly 1,000 people in 44 offices nationwide. The company’s practices include environmental assessment and remediation, environmental health and safety, environmental planning, geotechnical engineering, site and roadway civil engineering, process engineering, infrastructure design, and hydrology.

Verdantas last year acquired Watcon Consulting Engineers, a Columbus-based civil engineering firm.