Eco Engineering was founded in 1993 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 evolved to add engineering and design skills to the actual implementation of lighting upgrades.
2015 - Current
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, a specialist 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 assets of Lighting Optimizers and hired nearly all 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.
In the second half of 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.
In 2019, Eco Engineering acquired InVision Technologies, Inc. to boost its capacity and capabilities in the C&I marketplace, particularly in the movie theater and cinema market. The acquisition added core personnel and a back-office operation in Dallas, Texas. Eco Engineering has become one of the largest independent lighting services providers in the US. Clients included both ESCOs looking for a lighting specialist and Fortune 1000 companies who required a programmatic approach across multi facilities in a diverse geographic footprint. Staff expansion occurred in the engineering, project management and market development functions to serve an increased customer base and dynamic lighting technologies.
2005 - 2014
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.
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.
1998 - 2004
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 workspace.
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 via written testimonials 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.