(Wyoming Business Report, November 19) – Bucking the trend in which out-of-state companies gobble up Wyoming establishments, Coffey Engineering is reaching across the border to acquire the Loveland, Colo. branch of Westwood Professional Services.
Coffey Engineering & Surveying LLC got its start in Laramie 60 years ago, changing its name to the present one in 2005 after the third generation took ownership. The current CEO, Dave Coffey grew up working on survey crews in high school and college, so it was only natural that he take over after his father died suddenly. With the help of the Wyoming Technology Business Center, Dave Coffey was able to take the reigns and charge ahead.
“Before 2005, the company was a practice, and I wanted to turn it into a business,” Coffey told about 600 attendees at Gov. Matt Mead’s Business Forum at Little America this afternoon, where his company was being honored as one of Wyoming’s success stories.
In 2004, the firm served the state of Wyoming. Today, the firm serves the core area of the Mountain West (Idaho, Montana, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Nebraska and Colorado.) The firm’s extended service area includes California, Arizona, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama and, less obviously, Germany. Coffey has an office in Laramie, and a second office in Swan Ranch in Cheyenne.
Coffey’s licensed professionals serve a wide range of civil engineering, land surveying and geospatial needs—from construction materials testing and land platting to 3D scanning and custom GIS mapping. Coffey’s multidisciplinary team approach allows ideas to percolate among a variety of industry specialists to find solutions for complex projects.
Westwood Professional Services is a Minneapolis-based group specializing in engineering and surveying services for commercial and residential development, wind and solar projects, power delivery and oil and gas.
Michael Lang, an established professional surveyor in Northern Colorado with a long resume of significant projects, will continue to manage the Loveland office. He will assume the position of Vice President at Coffey Engineering and maintain a robust professional network in the region, including serving on the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation Board and as chairman of the Loveland Creative Sector Development Board.
Coffey Engineering will maintain a relationship with Westwood Professional Services and expects to partner with the firm on projects in the future, leveraging the Minneapolis-based company’s broader footprint and experience in related industries.