Kyer now part of JHA?Companies

ST. CLAIRSVILLE – Engineering firm JHA Companies is proud to announce the asset acquisition of Kyer Surveying & Mapping in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Kyer Surveying has served the mining and development industries for 19 years. Located in southeastern Ohio just west of Wheeling, West Virginia, its staff of four is now employed by JHA. The St. Clairsville office will serve local private, commercial, institutional and industrial clients to include the coal and natural gas industries of Ohio, western Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

While JHA has been primarily providing the natural gas industry of Pennsylvania with engineering, land surveying, and environmental services since November 2008, coal will be a new venture for the company. The employees of the St. Clairsville office are experienced in both the mining and petroleum industries, including Office Leader Don Kyer, who has over 30 years of experience as a licensed Professional Land Surveyor in Ohio and West Virginia.

Also joining the JHA team in Ohio is Jon Blaine, who is a licensed Professional Land Surveyor in West Virginia and just returned from working in the oil producing Bakken formation of North Dakota, managing the pipeline survey activities of 14 survey crews. In the future, JHA plans to grow this office by hiring additional professional design, engineering and environmental staff. In the meantime, the St. Clairsville office will be provided with those services from one of JHA’s five offices in Pennsylvania.

The St. Clairsville office will be JHA Companies’ sixth location. President Joe Hunt never could have imagined such rapid growth when he organized Joe Hunt & Associates, LLC just 4 years ago. The natural gas boom and subsequent related development in northeastern Pennsylvania allowed Joe to open offices in Equinunk and New Milford in 2009, Towanda in 2010, Tunkhannock in 2011 and Reading in 2012. Joe Hunt & Associates, LLC incorporated this past year and organized Jacobs, Hunt and Associates, PC in 2011, all operating under the name JHA Companies, to accommodate expansion into other business opportunities, including work in New York, Ohio, and West Virginia.

JHA Companies now employs over 50 staff. Professional services include land surveying, engineering and land development, environmental and biological services, regulatory administration and compliance, natural gas well pad and pipeline permitting and design, and GIS mapping.

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