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Design & Construction Leader Makes Shift to The Austin Company

National industrial plant design and construction leader makes big move to America’s original industrial design-build firm, The Austin Company.

The Austin Company, March 16, 2016, Cleveland, Ohio: The Austin Company (, a leading international design, engineering, construction, design-build and site location consulting firm is pleased to announce that J. Brandon Davis has joined the firm as Vice President and General Manager of Austin’s Cleveland operations. In this role, Davis will have overall responsibility for Austin’s largest operation, which includes consulting, design, engineering, planning, construction and design-build operations.

“Brandon is a great addition to our executive team and we are confident that he will help drive and continue our growth and our commitment to high-quality, on-time, on-budget, project delivery. We are proud to welcome Brandon to the team – his values, leadership style and commitment to excellence fit in perfectly at The Austin Company,” said Mike Pierce, president of The Austin Company.                              

Davis joins The Austin Company from AECOM, where he most recently served as Sr. Vice President, Industrial Group. He joined AECOM’s legacy company, Morrison Knudsen (MK), as a construction superintendent in the late 1990s and worked in various field and home office roles throughout his career, working through the transitions from MK to Washington Group International, then to URS in 2008, and to AECOM in 2014. At AECOM, he held roles in construction, project controls, facility management, project management, business development, accounting, strategic planning and management, all focused on the company’s industrial business units.

Davis is an alumni of Cleveland State University and the University of Findlay, and is active in the community, serving in leadership positions or on the board of directors of several non-profit organizations. He has received multiple recognitions for business and community leadership, including those from the Engineering News Record (ENR), Crain’s Cleveland Business, Inside Business Magazine and the Oil & Gas Awards. 


New Hires and Promotions Across U.S. Offices

Cleveland, Ohio – The Austin Company is pleased to announce the addition of multiple associates located in Ohio, California and Missouri.

The Austin Company welcomed the following associates as of January 31, 2016:

In Cleveland, Ohio …

  • Jim Neveu, Project Executive
  • Anthony Osuma, Senior Mechanical Engineer
  • Jim Nutter, Estimator
  • Michael Ferguson, Location Consultant
  • Erin Fantozz, Architectural Designer

In Irvine, California …

  • Michael Wright, Assistant Superintendent
  • Frank Alani, Field Engineer

In St. Louis, Missouri …

  • Wayne Hileman, Superintendent

In addition, Austin is pleased to announce the following promotions:  

  • Chris Jackson to Director of Preconstruction Services, Cleveland
  • Steve Francis to Project Executive, Cleveland
  • David Oshins to Manager of Engineering and Design, Cleveland
  • Frank Rowe to Chief Electrical Engineer, Cleveland
  • Mickey Jackson to Senior Process Engineer, Atlanta
  • Brandi Smith to Associate Purchasing Agent, Cleveland
  • Robby Morgan to Associate Project Manager, Atlanta

The following Austin associates advanced their professional credentials:

  • Mark Osborne, Engineer in Irvine, received his Professional Engineer (PE) license.
  • Erica Compton, Austin’s Corporate Manager of BIM located in Cleveland, received her Professional Certification in Autodesk Revit Architecture 2016.
  • Brian Zuzik, Austin’s Corporate BIM Coordinator located in Cleveland, received his Professional Certification in Autodesk Revit Architecture, Revit Structural, Revit MEP Electrical, and Revit MEP Mechanical for 2016.

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Management Team Additions and Promotions

Experienced professionals expand and play key roles on The Austin Company’s management team and provide expertise for continued growth of leading design-build firm.

The Austin Company, Cleveland, Ohio: The Austin Company ( continues its growth through the hiring and promotion of senior personnel. The Company has appointed Jim Neveu, Project Executive; Steve Francis, Project Executive; Chris Jackson, Director of Preconstruction Services; and David Oshins, Manager of Engineering and Design.

“The expertise and leadership of these individuals will drive and continue to support Austin’s growth in the marketplace and continuous improvement in the services we provide our clients,” stated Mike Pierce, president of The Austin Company.

Jim Neveu, Project Executive, Cleveland

Jim’s background includes 35 years of experience in Manufacturing Operations, Engineering and Construction in the food, chemical, pharmaceutical and process manufacturing industries. His focus has been in Project Management, having managed over $2-billion of projects for many Fortune 500 companies on behalf of the Owner, Consultant and Design-Build efforts. He also has significant experience in Project Controls and is a Certified Cost Engineer.

Jim holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Youngstown State University.

Steve Francis, RA, Project Executive, Cleveland

Steve has more than 35 years’ experience in the architectural and engineering design field, with 25 years at The Austin Company. Most recently, Steve served as Manager of Architecture and Engineering in Austin’s Cleveland office. As Project Executive, Steve will advance company-wide continuous improvement efforts in Virtual Design and Construction Technology, Quality and Safety, and Lean Design and Construction.

Steve is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio), with a Bachelor of environmental design degree in architecture, and is a Registered Architect. 

Chris Jackson, Director of Preconstruction Services, Cleveland

As Director of Preconstruction Services, Chris will manage project transitions from the design to the construction phase, matching design needs and market pricing to fit within the client’s budget. Chris’ background includes work with various General Contractors as a Senior Level Lead Estimator, Project Manager, Estimator and Estimating Manager on projects up to $750-million in locations throughout the U.S. and around the world. 

Chris holds a Bachelor’s degree in construction management from Western Michigan University.

David Oshins, PE, LEED®, Manager of Engineering and Design, Cleveland

David has more than 20 years of experience in mechanical engineering and project management, specializing in building design. Previously, David was principal of regional design operations with an international design and construction firm. His background includes significant experience in HVAC, plumbing and fire protection design. 

David holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, is a Licensed Professional Engineer in six states, and is a LEED® Accredited Professional.


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Setting Your Sites on Solid Ground

Setting your sites on solid ground, an article in Food Engineering's December 2015 issue, features Frank Spano, Managing Director of Austin Consulting, and discusses some of the considerations a company must evaluate when selecting a new location for a plant, including utilities and water costs, access to transportation, labor availability, incentives and sustainability issues.


Happy Holidays from The Austin Company

As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped to shape our business. 

Thank you for a great year!

We hope your holidays are filled with peace and joy. We wish you and yours a happy and prosperous New Year.  

Happy Holidays from everyone at The Austin Company!



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Evaluating Facilities: Is an Existing Building Compatible for a Food Processing Operation?

The November/December 2015 issue of Expansion Solutions magazine included a feature article written by Frank Spano and Susan Riffle, on "Determining if an Existing Building is Compatible for a Food Processing Operation".

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Three Key Supply Chain Trends for Manufacturers

The November/December 2015 issue of Trade & Industry Development magazine included a feature article written by Frank Spano, Pete Waldinger and Susan Riffle, on the “Three Key Supply Chain Trends for Manufacturers”.

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The Austin Company, Kiewit Join Forces for Tennessee Valley Authority Design-Build Project

Atlanta, GA – November 10, 2015 — In a joint venture agreement, The Austin Company ( and Kiewit Power Nuclear ( have partnered to design and build a new Maintenance Facility at Tennessee Valley Authority’s Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Alabama.
The existing wood structure that housed the various departments has outlived its life expectancy and needs replaced. Portions of the existing building have become unusable, requiring the development of a new facility.
The project is underway, with Austin performing the Engineering Services required and Kiewit leading the Construction Management services.
The new 87,000 SF Maintenance Facility will replace the existing Maintenance Facility at Browns Ferry, and will house the Electrical Maintenance, Instruments and Controls, Mechanical Maintenance, FIN, Work Control departments and Components Engineering.
The new facility will provide TVA with adequate workspace for the maintenance departments and work control, with an on-site, full-service cafeteria for all site workers. The cafeteria will also serve as an All-Hands meeting space during re-fueling outages and for other site meetings.
Construction of the new facility is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2017.