Tata & Howard Recognized by Zweig Group as One of the Fastest Growing Engineering Firms in Nation
MARLBOROUGH, MA, July 26, 2016 – Tata & Howard, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a Zweig Group Fast Growth Award for 2016. The award is based on both revenue and firm growth over the previous three-year period.
“We are thrilled to receive a Fast Growth Award from Zweig Group,” said Jenna Rzasa, P.E., Vice President and Manager of Finance of Tata & Howard. “Our record growth over the past few years can be attributed to many factors, including new clients and projects, existing client care, and our highly capable and skilled staff.”
Contributing to its record growth, Tata & Howard acquired Leach Engineering Consultants of St. Johnsbury, Vermont in 2013 and Roald Haestad, Inc. of Waterbury, Connecticut in 2014, and opened its newest satellite office in Austin, Texas in 2015. The firm also nearly doubled its staff.
“We are honored to be recognized as one of the fastest growing, privately owned engineering companies in the nation,” added Karen Gracey, P.E., Vice President and Manager of Business Development. “Our strong team atmosphere combined with our talented and dedicated staff enables Tata & Howard to consistently provide superior service and solutions to our clients, which is why we continue to experience such unprecedented growth.”
Zweig Group, an organization that provides market research reports, seminars and executive education offerings, business conferences, and management consulting services to architecture, engineering, and environmental consulting firms, sponsors the award and will recognize Tata & Howard at its 2016 Zweig Group Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference. The conference will be held September 22-23 at the Arizona Biltmore.
James Hoyt Joins Tata & Howard as Senior Project Engineer
MARLBOROUGH, MA, MAY 18, 2016 – Tata & Howard, Inc., a leading innovator in water, wastewater, stormwater, and environmental services engineering solutions, is pleased to announce that James V. Hoyt IV, P.E., has rejoined the firm as a Senior Project Engineer. Hoyt brings over nine years of concentrated wastewater engineering experience to Tata & Howard, including his prior experience with the firm from 2007-2013. He will be a team leader in the wastewater division.
“Our continued growth led us to look for a key addition to our wastewater team,” commented Jack O’Connell, P.E., LEED AP, Senior Vice President. “Having worked with James in the past, we knew both the quality of his engineering work as well as the quality of his character, and we feel fortunate that he has rejoined the team in this increased capacity.”
“I am thrilled to be back at Tata & Howard,” stated Hoyt. “I look forward to working with the team to further enhance their already robust wastewater division, and to contributing to the significant growth the company has been experiencing the last few years.”
Hoyt holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Tata & Howard Participates in 17th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup
MArLBOROUGH, MA, MAY 4, 2016 – Tata & Howard participated in the 17th Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup on Saturday, April 30. The event drew over 3,000 volunteers who helped pick up trash, remove invasive species, and assist with park maintenance. Tata & Howard team members were assigned to remove trash from the Dedham section of the riverbank.
“We were thrilled to be a part of the Charles River Cleanup,” said Karen Gracey, P.E., Vice President of Tata & Howard, who also participated in the event. “As an environmental engineering firm, one of Tata & Howard’s primary objectives is clean water. Volunteering at the Charles River — enjoyed by many of us at Tata & Howard as an area of prime recreation — directly enhances that effort.”
The Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup, organized through the Charles River Watershed Association, is part of the American Rivers’ National River Cleanup, a nationwide annual event focused on removing trash from America’s waterways. Originally launched in 1991, National River Cleanup has grown astronomically and now encompasses over 6,000 cleanups involving over 1.3 million volunteers nationwide. Since the inception of National River Cleanup, over 20 million pounds of trash and debris have been removed from America’s rivers.
“We are proud to be part of a national community that actively participates in bettering our environment, and we look forward to participating in additional river cleanups in the future,” added Gracey.
Environmental engineering firm implements logo change to better reflect services and corporate identity
MARLBOROUGH, MA February 25, 2016 – Tata & Howard announced today that it has updated its logo. The logo was last updated five years ago. The enhanced logo features a new color and a solid river icon.
“Because of the firm’s incredible evolution over the past five years, we decided to modify the logo to truly reflect this change,” said Don Tata, P.E., President of Tata & Howard. “Since the last logo update, the firm has not only experienced record growth, but we have also placed greater emphasis on environmental and corporate responsibility.”
“The vibrant green color reflects the firm’s commitment toward environmental responsibility as well as the growth of its service offering,” added Karen Gracey, P.E., Vice President. “The blue remains the same to reaffirm our longstanding commitment to engineering efficient and safe solutions in the water environment. Public health has always been a priority at Tata & Howard.”
Some of the green changes the firm has made include the switch from individual coffee pods to environmentally friendly coffee brewing, vigorous recycling efforts for all consumables in all offices, switching to reusable flatware and dishes, and mindful printing focused on a paperless mentality. In addition, Tata & Howard prioritizes sustainability and efficiency on projects and has LEED certified team members.
“As an environmental firm speciailizing in water, we are constantly striving to improve the environment in which we live, both for today and future generations,” added Tata.
Tata & Howard expanded its services to include environmental services in 2012 and dam engineering services in 2014 as a result of the acquisitions of Massachusetts firm Loitherstein Environmental Engineering Inc. (LEEI) and Connecticut firm Roald Haeastad, Inc. (RHI), respectively.
Tata & Howard Announces Consolidation of Two Branch Offices
New England-based consulting engineering firm enhances its client service by combining its Connecticut teams
WATERBURY, CT, January 13, 2016 – Tata & Howard, Inc., a leading innovator in water, wastewater, stormwater, and environmental services engineering solutions, announced today that it has consolidated its two Connecticut offices into one centrally-located branch in Waterbury, Connecticut. The consolidation is largely a result of Tata & Howard’s acquisition of Waterbury engineering firm Roald Haestad, Inc. in August of 2014.
“After the acquisition of Roald Haestad, we knew we wanted to combine our two Connecticut offices into one cohesive team to better serve our clients,” said Steve Rupar, P.E., Vice President of Tata & Howard. “Because we also wanted to ensure the satisfaction of our employee-owners and to retain our incredible talent base, we decided to proceed gradually over the course of 2015. The move was finalized at the end of the year.”
Tata & Howard’s Connecticut office provides a full range of engineering services including water and wastewater engineering, dam engineering and inspections, water and energy audits, asset management and business practice evaluations, and pipe condition assessment. Currently, the office is providing engineering services for numerous Connecticut clients including the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority (RWA), Aquarion Water Company, and the Cities of Danbury, Norwalk, New Britain, and Meriden.
“The consolidation makes financial sense and also enhances our teamwork – which is one of our corporate values, and what sets us apart from the competition,” added Sal Longo, P.E., Vice President of Tata & Howard. “The move was completed smoothly with no interruptions to our projects or inconvenience to our clients. We were fortunate to retain our valued team members, and we are all looking forward to a successful 2016.”
Tata & Howard sponsored a water cistern through Navajo Water Project, a subsidiary of DIGDEEP that works to provide safe, accessible drinking water to Native Americans living in Navajo Nation. The 1,200-gallon cistern provides the necessary water storage for a full running water system in one Navajo American Home. The gift was purchased in honor of Tata & Howard’s clients in lieu of holiday cards.
“The western border of Navajo Nation is only 25 miles from Tata & Howard’s Flagstaff, Arizona office, so it really hit close to home when we learned of the Navajo Nation water crisis,” stated Shira S. McWaters, P.E., Manager of the firm’s Flagstaff office. “We as a company have historically supported and will continue to support Water For People, a charity that works to bring clean and sustainable water to developing nations, through automatic payroll deductions as well as corporate sponsorship of benefit events such as silent auctions and golf tournaments. However, in light of the water poverty facing those living right here on American soil, we decided to also focus our efforts on Navajo Nation this year.”
Tata & Howard and its employee-owners had made a previous donation of $2,235 to Navajo Water Project, which is the only water charity that serves people living in the United States, in September.
“The fact that there are people living right here in the United States who lack access to safe, clean drinking water is deplorable,” added Joel S. Loitherstein, P.E., LSP, Vice President of Tata & Howard. “We are proud to support Navajo Water Project in their efforts to bring a sustainable water supply to all who live in Navajo Nation, and are thrilled to do so in honor of our clients.”
In addition to the donation of the water cistern to Navajo Water Project, Tata & Howard employee-owners donated handpicked gifts to foster children in Massachusetts through DARE Family Services, a non-profit whose primary mission is to find, train, and support loving homes that will help children become resilient and overcome the trauma of serious abuse and neglect, and made monetary donations to the Mayor’s Charity Relief Fund of Marlborough, MA, which helps residents of the city in need of financial assistance at times of crisis or hardship. Tata & Howard’s corporate office is located in Marlborough.
Tata & Howard Receives Presidential Sponsorship Award from MWWA
Tata & Howard received the Presidential Sponsorship Award from the Massachusetts Water Works Association (MWWA) during its Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet held at Devens Common Center in Devens, MA on November 6. The award recognizes the firm for its exceptional and ongoing contribution to MWWA.
Also at the Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet, Patrick S. O’Neale, P.E., Vice President of Tata & Howard, was elected to the MWWA Board of Directors, where he will start as Third Trustee and move up the Board year to year until he serves as President in 2021.
“I am humbled to accept the Presidential Sponsorship Award on behalf of Tata & Howard and to be elected to the Board,” said Mr. O’Neale. “I welcome the opportunity to assist in the guidance of MWWA in its continued commitment to the drinking water profession.”
Mr. O’Neale has also been a member of the Program Committee for five years and currently serves as co-chair.
In addition, Paul B. Howard, P.E., Senior Vice President and co-founder of Tata & Howard, served as President of MWWA in 2009, and currently serves on both the Legislative and Finance Committees.
“Tata & Howard commends MWWA’s commitment to the protection of public health in Massachusetts through a safe and sufficient drinking water supply, and we are honored to support such a worthy organization,” added Mr. Howard.
Tata & Howard has supported MWWA as an annual Presidential Sponsor since 2008.
Tata & Howard marks one-year anniversary of ESOP formation
With October being Employee Ownership Month as well as the one-year anniversary, Tata & Howard employee-owners participate in a month-long celebration
October 28, 2015 – Tata & Howard is celebrating their one-year anniversary since forming an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) this month. In addition, the niche water engineering firm celebrated their 23rd company anniversary this October, which is also Employee Ownership Month.
“We have a strong belief that being an ESOP creates a sense of pride in ownership,” said Don Tata, P.E., President of Tata & Howard. “The benefits associated with employee-ownership impel all of us to deliver the absolute best client service combined with the highest quality technical expertise to every single project. Every eligible employee has a tangible stake in the company and can now share in the satisfaction and reward of ownership.”
Employee-owners have been celebrating the anniversaries as well as Employee Ownership Month with a full month of festivities including both educational and fun activities, and all beneficial owners received their first stock certificates. The month-long celebration will culminate this week with the awarding of prizes, the unveiling of the company’s official ESOP slogan, and an evening bowling event that will include Harpoon Brewery’s EHOP beer. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Harpoon Brewery also became an ESOP in 2014, and they celebrated Employee Ownership Month along with fellow ESOP brewer Deschutes Brewery of Oregon by brewing the limited edition amber ale using employee-grown hops, or EHOPs.
An ESOP is a program that provides a company’s workforce with an ownership interest at no up-front cost to employees. ESOPs are implemented for different purposes, often as a way to provide for the future transfer of ownership of a successful, private company from owners to employees. Because all eligible employees are owners, they have increased rights and responsibilities, such as the opportunity to provide strategic input, the right to be informed about the financial health of the company, and the responsibility to provide the highest quality work.
Although now an ESOP, Tata & Howard upholds the same core values of teamwork, efficient solutions, client satisfaction, integrity, and positive attitude that form its cornerstone, and employee-owners still enjoy the freedom to focus on other values such as philanthropy, wellness, and environmentalism. As an example, the company issued a challenge to collect 350 pounds of food for the Greater Boston Food Bank in the month of October, and employee-owners have already surpassed that number.
“We firmly believe that our positive, team-oriented culture has been strengthened by the implementation of the ESOP,” added Karen Gracey, P.E., Vice President. “A company made up entirely of owners who care deeply about their work is a powerful force in the marketplace, and one of which I am proud to be a part.”
About Tata & Howard’s ESOP
According to the National ESOP Association, there are approximately 10,000 ESOPs in place in the U.S., of which only 4,000 are 100% owned by the ESOP. Tata & Howard employees own 100% of the company through their ESOP, making the company part of an elite minority of 100% employee-owned companies. All Tata & Howard employees, regardless of level, are eligible to participate in the ESOP as long as they are 21 years of age, have completed one year of service, and work at least 1,000 hours annually. For more information on the ESOP Association or Employee Ownership Month, visit www.esopassociation.org.
Tata & Howard of Marlborough Honored by the New England Water Works Association
HOLLISTON – Tata & Howard Inc. of Marlborough received the 2015 Sponsor of the Year Award from the New England Water Works Association (NEWWA), the region’s largest and oldest not-for-profit organization of water works professionals.
“This award recognizes Tata & Howard’s significant, long-term support of the association through the volunteer services of employees, participation in committees and programs, financial support of various activities, and major contributions to fund-raisers,” said Raymond J. Raposa, NEWWA executive director.
Tata & Howard is a specialized water, wastewater, stormwater, and environmental services consulting engineering firm dedicated to consistently delivering cost-effective, innovative project solutions. Tata & Howard provides a full range of environmental engineering services, including reports, design, construction administration, and resident observation. Their targeted expertise includes hydraulic modeling, asset management, treatment, water supply and distribution, stormwater management, wastewater collection systems, funding assistance, permitting, and dam engineering.
This year the firm was a Gold level annual sponsor of the association’s major events. Tata & Howard has been sponsor of the Annual Golf Classic since its inception in 1993. The firm has supported NEWWA’s publications through advertising in the Source Newsletter, Member Roster, and the Journal. The firm has also been a consecutive Spring Conference exhibitor.
A member of New England Water Works Association since 2004, a high percentage of Tata & Howard employees have held leadership positions and served on NEWWA Committees. Thomas R. Morgan, P.E., BCEE, Client Service Specialist, is chair of the Innovations Committee, member of the Program Committee, and a winner of the prestigious Fuller Award. Vice President Karen L. Gracey, P.E., is also a member of the Program Committee.
The award was accepted by Vice President and National Director of Business Practices James J. Courchaine, Associate Paul E. Cote, and Thomas R. Morgan on September 20 at NEWWA’s 2015 Annual Conference.
The New England Water Works Association is a nonprofit, independent, member-driven organization dedicated to serving the region’s water works professionals and the public interest. It is the oldest and most active regional water works association in the United States. For more than a century, NEWWA has worked to improve and sustain public water supplies, protect public health and safety, and advance the water supply profession. Visit us at newwa.org.
Tata & Howard donates over $2,000 to Navajo Water Project
Charity provides clean, accessible drinking water to Native Americans living in Navajo Nation
Tata & Howard donated $2,235 to Navajo Water Project, a subsidiary of DIGDEEP that works to provide safe, accessible drinking water to Native Americans living in Navajo Nation. Employee-owners donated $1,235 and the company matched $1,000.
“When we learned of the extreme water poverty in which people right here within the borders of the United States live, we knew we had to act,” stated Donald J. Tata, P.E., President of Tata & Howard. “The company asked employee-owners to make donations to Navajo Water Project and agreed to match up to $1,000. We weren’t at all surprised when the good people here easily surpassed that number.”
“Having worked on several projects in Arizona, I have seen first-hand the difficult and, frankly, heartbreaking conditions in which some Navajo live,” added Jack E. O’Connell, P.E., LEED AP, Senior Vice President of Tata & Howard. “Bringing safe, clean, and accessible drinking water to Navajo Nation should be an urgent priority of the American people, and we here at Tata & Howard are more than happy to do our part.”
While there are dozens of water charities supporting developing countries, including Tata & Howard’s own charity of choice Water For People, Navajo Water Project is the only water charity that serves people living in the United States. For more information on the Navajo Nation water crisis, please click here.
About DIGDEEP Water
Launched in 2011 by international human rights lawyer George McGraw, DIGDEEP Water is changing the way people think about water. By designing water access projects that go hand-in-hand with its education and advocacy programs, DIGDEEP focuses on solving water poverty in marginalized communities at home and abroad while promoting better water consumption and conservation practices globally. DIGDEEP collaborates with local communities in order to find appropriate, sustainable solutions to water poverty in places like South Sudan, Cameroon, and the United States. Since each community is unique, each one of DIGDEEP’s projects is also unique. 100% of all donations support projects. To learn more, visit www.digdeepwater.org.
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