AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Atlas Intermediate Holdings LLC (“Atlas”), a leading provider of professional testing, inspection, engineering, program management and consulting services under the name Atlas Technical Consultants, announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire Long Engineering, Inc. (“Long Engineering”). The acquisition will further strengthen Atlas’ operational footprint and deepen key client relationships throughout the Southeast. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, Long Engineering provides civil engineering, land surveying, transportation engineering, subsurface utility engineering and construction engineering and inspection services.
As previously announced, Atlas has entered into a definitive agreement with Boxwood Merger Corp. (Nasdaq: BWMC, BWMCU and BWMCW) (“Boxwood”), a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company, whereby Atlas will become a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of Boxwood. Boxwood has scheduled a stockholder meeting for December 12, 2019 relating to the approval by its stockholders of the business combination with Atlas (the “business combination”) and certain related matters. Atlas and Boxwood expect to close the business combination in mid-December 2019, subject to the approval of Boxwood’s stockholders and other closing conditions.
The Long Engineering acquisition demonstrates Atlas’ commitment to driving long-term revenue growth by identifying and acquiring companies that enhance Atlas’ footprint, client base and services. Atlas’ acquisition of Long Engineering is expected to close prior to the end of the calendar year.
Established by Ellen Long, PE in 1997, Long Engineering is a well-known leader in transportation and civil engineering services and was recognized in 2018 as a Hot Firm, and one of the Best Firms to Work For by the Zweig Group.
“This transaction is part of Atlas’ multi-faceted growth strategy to expand our service offerings and become the preferred provider of professional and technical services in this industry,” said Atlas’ Chief Executive Officer, L. Joe Boyer. “Long Engineering allows us to leverage Atlas’ resources to win larger, more complex projects through expanded technical capabilities. Moreover, this strategic acquisition aligns with our clear path to grow our business offerings, broaden our customer base and provide significant revenue opportunities for the future.”
“As we move closer to the merger between Atlas and Boxwood, we are excited to continue identifying and executing accretive tuck-in acquisitions like Long Engineering. This acquisition and our robust pipeline of future purchases validate our overall strategy,” said Stephen Kadenacy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Boxwood, who will serve as Executive Chairman of the combined company following the business combination. “We look forward to building on this momentum and to leveraging our experience to fuel Atlas’ attractive growth strategy.”
The acquisition of Long Engineering will expand Atlas’ operations in Georgia and Alabama to include bridge hydraulics and private civil site expertise as well as subsurface utility engineering. In addition, Long Engineering will complement Atlas’ existing services in roadway and bridge design, transportation-related surveying and construction engineering and inspection services. The acquisition will also allow Atlas to cross-sell its diverse set of services to existing clients while attracting new customers through its enhanced platform of capabilities.
“Since the founding of the firm by Ellen Long, PE in 1997, we have upheld our commitment to provide quality services for our clients and to embrace a culture of passionate, empowered and valued employees,” said Long Engineering’s Chief Executive Officer, Shepherd Long. “We are excited to begin this next chapter in our growth with Atlas, a company with shared values and a consistent focus on excellence.”
Since its inception, Atlas has strategically strengthened its capabilities and widened its footprint through acquisitions of premier national and large regional technical service companies to create an industry-leading platform. This includes the acquisitions of: PaveTex Engineering, specializing in materials engineering and testing, quality control testing and construction quality assurance; Moreland Altobelli Associates, a full-service engineering, design and program management firm; Engineering Testing Services, a provider of innovative quality control testing and inspection solutions for construction material manufacturers; SCST, an environmental science and geotechnical engineering firm; and Piedmont Geotechnical Consultants. Earlier this year, Atlas extended its nationwide footprint to more than 40 states by combining with ATC Group Services, a leading integrated environmental engineering consulting firm with over 40 years of experience.
Terms of the Long Engineering transaction were not disclosed.
About Atlas Technical Consultants
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Atlas is a leading provider of professional testing, inspection engineering and consulting services under the name Atlas Technical Consultants, offering solutions to public and private sector clients in the transportation, commercial, water, government, education and industrial markets. With more than 100 offices in 40 states and 3,200+ employees, Atlas provides a broad range of mission-critical technical services, helping clients test, inspect, certify, plan, design and manage a wide variety of projects across diverse end markets. For more information, go to https://www.oneatlas.com.
About Long Engineering, Inc.
Long Engineering is a land surveying and civil engineering firm headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, providing land development, land surveying, subsurface utility engineering, transportation/bridge design and construction engineering and inspections services. The firm employs 100+ professional, technical and support personnel within three offices. For more information, go to www.longeng.com.
About Boxwood Merger Corp.
Boxwood Merger Corp. is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. In August 2019, Boxwood announced its proposed business combination with Atlas, and filed a definitive proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on November 12, 2019 relating thereto. Boxwood’s shares of Class A common stock, units and warrants trade under the ticker symbols “BWMC,” “BMWCU” and “BWMCW,” respectively.
No Offer or Solicitation
This press release is for informational purposes only and shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities pursuant to the proposed transactions and other transactions described herein or otherwise, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which the offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to the registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Important Information for Investors and Stockholders
In connection with the business combination, Boxwood has filed on November 12, 2019 a definitive proxy statement with the SEC. The definitive proxy statement and other relevant documents has been sent or given to the stockholders of Boxwood as of November 6, 2019, the record date established for voting on the proposed transaction and contains important information about the business combination and related matters. Boxwood stockholders and other interested persons are advised to read the definitive proxy statement and any amendments thereto in connection with Boxwood’s solicitation of proxies for the meeting of stockholders to be held to approve, among other things, the business combination, because the proxy statement contains important information about Boxwood, Atlas and the business combination. The definitive proxy statement has been mailed on November 12, 2019 to Boxwood stockholders as of November 6, 2019, the record date established for voting on the proposed transaction. Stockholders are also able to obtain copies of the proxy statement, without charge, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by Boxwood can be obtained free of charge at https://www.cstproxy.com/boxwoodmc/2019 or by directing a written request to Boxwood Merger Corp., 8801 Calera Drive, Austin, Texas 78735 or by telephone at 512-575-3637.
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Boxwood and Atlas and their respective directors and executive officers may be deemed participants in the solicitation of proxies of Boxwood stockholders in connection with the business combination. Information about such persons, including their names and a description of their interests in Boxwood, Atlas and the business combination, as applicable, are set forth in the proxy statement for the proposed transaction. The proxy statement is available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, or by directing a request to Boxwood, 8801 Calera Drive, Austin, Texas 78735 or by telephone at 512-575-3637.
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