An award-winning international firm of geotechnical engineers, geologists, environmental scientists and hydrologists has chosen the Sunshine Coast as the home of its first Australian office.
Founded in the United States in 1971, and with a strong presence in New Zealand since 2010, ENGEO officially opened its Maroochydore office at the Hive Business Space today after opting for the Sunshine Coast ahead of opportunities elsewhere.
Its investment will have an estimated annual recurring impact of $3.26 million to the Sunshine Coast economy.
ENGEO focuses on providing comprehensive geotechnical, geological and environmental services to construction projects and has been named as one of the Top 5 Best Places to Work in both New Zealand and the United States.
It has plans for eight full-time staff on the Sunshine Coast over the next two years.
The employee-owned company also has offices in Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland, Tauranga and in California with around 270 employees servicing a diverse range of public and private clients in New Zealand and the United States.
Economic Development and Innovation Portfolio Cr Steve Robinson welcomed ENGEO to the Sunshine Coast business community and wished them well for a prosperous future in the region.
“ENGEO has built a great reputation overseas and we’re honoured that they’ve selected the Sunshine Coast for their initial office in Australia,” Cr Robinson said.
“That’s a great tick of approval.
“They’ve shown their confidence in what our healthy, smart, creative region offers now and in the years to come.
“Having ENGEO here is great news for our economy and it aligns with our goal to develop the Knowledge Industries and Professional Services sector - one of our seven high-value industries identified in our Regional Economic Development Strategy.
“I’m pleased that council’s investment attraction team has been able to assist ENGEO by providing access to market information and industry development contacts.
“ENGEO also has a history of building strong relationships with universities, including an internship program, and that’s something we will be doing our best to encourage to happen here on the Sunshine Coast.”
ENGEO Australia director Guy Cassidy said there were a number of excellent reasons why the Sunshine Coast was chosen as the first location for the firm to touch down in Australia.
“Firstly, the positive reception we received from Sunshine Coast Council and the willingness council showed by supporting our company in helping to make important local connections,” Mr Cassidy said.
“We could see the growth potential and various commercial opportunities that exist when we made our various visits to the Sunshine Coast and that really cemented the decision.
“There’s a market demand there for the responsive geotechnical and environmental engineering services we provide.
“ENGEO has completed all types and sizes of projects in multiple market sectors and it’s exciting for us to get underway on the Sunshine Coast.
“We’re looking forward to assisting local companies in every phase of project development from the due diligence for land acquisition and planning through entitlement, permitting, construction and project build-out.
“Over the past 45 years, we’ve built a reputation for finding solutions instead of problems and embracing project challenges as opportunities to serve and innovate.”
- Serves projects in residential and mixed-use communities, transportation, infrastructure, water resources, geologic hazard mitigation, flood control facilities, civic structures, healthcare, education, energy, manufacturing, ports, waterfront development and urban infill
- Around 270 staff in New Zealand and the United States
- Four offices in NZ – Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington and Christchurch.
- 12 offices in the California – Oakland, Treasure Island, Santa Maria, San Ramon, San Jose, Lathrop, Valencia, Irvine, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Rocklin and Reno in Nevada
- Equal fifth place in the small-medium category of the 2017 IBM Best Workplaces Awards in New Zealand.
- Two Merit achievements at the 2017 ACENZ Innovate Awards of Excellence