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I.C. Thomasson Associates, Inc. Merges with Salas O'Brien

March 12, 2024

I.C. Thomasson Associates (ICT) announced today that it is merging with Salas O’Brien, creating a combined presence of more than 80 North American offices with over 2,800 team members. The ICT team’s continued local leadership, combined with Salas O’Brien’s entrepreneurial mindset, will drive growth in ICT’s five current office locations.

ICT is positioned at the forefront of the healthcare, institutional, industrial, power generation, advanced manufacturing, and renewable sectors. And like Salas O’Brien, ICT is regularly ranked among top engineering firms by Engineering News-Record and Building Design+Construction. The two firms share a high-performance track record and commitment to fostering technical excellence and regional prosperity.

"I.C. Thomasson Associates has everything that makes sense for our culture: strong governance, community leadership, long-standing relationships with clients and team members, and proven success. Their community and industry reputation speaks for itself. With expanded employee-ownership and material continuing ownership in Salas O’Brien, our future together is very bright."

Darin Anderson
CEO and Chairman, Salas O'Brien

Since its inception in 1942, ICT has provided a broad range of engineering solutions, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, controls, information technology, fire protection, sustainability/resiliency, commissioning, and process design. Today, ICT is among the largest engineering firms in Nashville, Tennessee, one of America’s fastest-growing metro areas.

"We are incredibly proud of and humbled by our 80-plus-year legacy and everything our team has achieved. Alignment of values, character, and approach to clients and team members was a requirement for us when deciding to merge. Taking care of our clients and team continues to be our top priority, as always. It’s the driving force behind our employee-owned model, strong industry reputation, and now, the decision to join Salas O’Brien. We couldn’t be more excited about our future. We are stronger together."

John Wimberly
Chairman and CEO, ICT

Management consulting and research firm Morrissey Goodale advised ICT throughout the merger process and assisted in maintaining an uncompromising commitment to company values. Salas O’Brien and ICT share a unified vision for the future, including expanded employee-ownership and growth opportunities for team members.

"This merger will expand services, add resources, and create virtually unlimited opportunity for our team, including more widespread and diverse ownership. We are excited to see what the future holds as we continue serving our clients with the same passion and dedication they have come to expect over the past 80 years."

Shane Kirby
President, ICT

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