Eco Engineering was founded in 1993 and today is one of the largest lighting upgrade services providers in the U.S. Since the ownership change in 1998, Eco Engineering has successfully completed more than 2,100 projects, involving 216 million sq feet of facility space, yielding clients a total of $418 million in savings and 4.1 billion kWh of energy use.
Eco Engineering was originally founded as a specialized provider of energy efficient lighting services for local commercial and industrial facilities in the greater Cincinnati area. Most projects completed in the early years were single building projects involving the retrofitting of old lighting systems to newer, energy-saving lighting technologies. However, one common value was a focus on doing the job right the first time.
Eco Engineering soon evolved to add engineering and design skills to the actual implementation of lighting upgrades.
1998 - 2008
Tom Kirkpatrick, a former P&G executive, took control of the company in 1998 and began to build a professional management team with both Fortune 1000 and Energy Services Company (ESCO) experience. That team further expanded Eco Engineering’s skill set attracting new lighting specialists, designers and field managers who had already done upgrade projects covering several hundred thousand square feet of commercial and industrial work space.
The new engineers and designers enhanced the company’s services dictating where the lamps and fixtures were placed, which ballasts were used, how temperature and sensing devices could impact lighting performance and which brand of lighting equipment was best. These changes all had a major impact on the energy savings that could be realized.
In the decade following the ownership change, Eco Engineering continued to add process, discipline and financial expertise to the core business. Project scheduling and execution skills were noticed by customers who consistently applauded Eco Engineering by writing testimonials to the company after a project was completed.
The company became increasingly sophisticated at complex financial modeling to help a customer understand the payback criteria associated with a lighting upgrade. Eco Engineering began to take advantage of the substantial number of custom local utility rebates, incentives and federal tax credits that would help customers achieve a quicker return on investment and to offer financing and shared savings payment options to customers.
Eco Engineering began its expansion beyond Cincinnati, initially to a broader Midwest region. The company began serving other facilities including warehouses, hotels, office complexes, retail stores, and malls. Government, hospital and school/university facilities were added to the list of satisfied customers. Ultimately, Eco Engineering customers demanded coast to coast service.
2009 - 2014
By 2009, Eco Engineering had become a major player on the national scene known for providing a comprehensive service involving energy efficient lighting. Customers included a variety of Fortune 1000 companies from many sectors of the economy and an expanded group of ESCO clients who relied on Eco Engineering’s expertise for the lighting portions of very large energy savings projects in the governmental and institutional markets. Projects were designed, engineered, implemented and properly closed out across all regions of the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean; involving millions of square feet of space; resulting in a meaningful reduction in kWh usage among American businesses.
2015 - 2016
In early 2015 Eco Engineering acquired Lighting Optimizers USA to provide more capacity and broader access to the ESCO market in the Midwest. Lighting Optimizers USA was founded in 2011 to provide turn-key, professional lighting retrofit design and implementation services for affiliated company Energy Optimizers USA which specializes in the Educational and Government market segments. Over time, Lighting Optimizers grew to provide services to other Energy Service Companies (ESCOs) and directly to end user customers. Eco Engineering acquired all of the assets of Lighting Optimizers and hired nearly all of the 30 employees on staff.
The acquisition gave Eco Engineering increased capacity and specialized skills to offer expanded lighting upgrade services to its ESCO customers who focus on K-12, higher-education and government facilities.
Also during 2015, Eco Engineering expanded its national footprint through an Asset Purchase Agreement with Eco-Shift Power (ECOP) of Cambridge, Ontario. The agreement involved the absorption of specific personnel and energy efficient lighting contracts with customers in the western region of the US and Mexico. This strategic initiative added experienced resources, technical and project management expertise and new projects in the California, Texas, Colorado and Oregon regions. With the expansion, Eco Engineering solidified its capabilities across the entire North American market, a significant benefit to large, multi-facility customers who seek a consistent project design and implementation model in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
Our largest client in 2015 in terms of number of sites where we were contracted to provide services was a national retailer with 835 distinct sites. We received contracts for work in every State in 2015 except for Hawaii; we also received contracts for work in DC, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The State with the highest number of sites under contract was California (146 distinct sites).
Our largest client in 2016 in terms of number of sites where we were contracted to provide services was a Fortune 50 national retailer with more than 500 distinct sites. We received contracts for work in every State in 2016 except for Oregon and Hawaii; we also received contracts for work in DC and Puerto Rico. The State with the highest number of sites under contract was California (119 projects) followed by Ohio (47), Texas (44), Illinios (33), Missouri (31), Georgia (22), Indiana (22) and Florida (21).