Westwood Professional Services acquires O’Dell Engineering to expand California presence

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Westwood Professional Services, Inc. (Westwood), a leading national design and consulting firm, has announced its strategic acquisition of Northern California-based O’Dell Engineering (O’Dell). This acquisition marks Westwood’s first venture into California, adding four new offices in Modesto, Pleasanton, Fresno, and Merced to its portfolio. The move is aligned with Westwood’s expansion strategy, aiming to grow its existing markets and services.

Bryan P. Powell, PE, Chief Executive Officer of Westwood, emphasized the complementary nature of O’Dell’s culture and team, which he believes will enhance Westwood’s geographic reach and professional services. “O’Dell’s culture and people are a strong complement to Westwood’s team. The acquisition expands our geographic reach and the professional services we provide, advancing the capabilities we offer our clients. We look forward to the benefit that this partnership will bring to our clients and employees,” Powell stated.

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Dylan Crawford, PLS, President of O’Dell, echoed Powell’s sentiments, expressing enthusiasm for the partnership and the expanded capabilities it will bring to O’Dell’s clients and employees. “We are excited to partner with the Westwood team and to have expanded capabilities for our clients. This partnership allows us to offer more services to our existing client base and more opportunities for our employees. We are very excited to be a part of Westwood and to help the organization grow in California and the surrounding states together as one team,” Crawford reflected.

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O’Dell will continue to operate under its name as O’Dell Engineering, a Westwood company, serving clients from their current locations. Lawson & Weitzen, LLP and Morrissey Goodale served as legal counsel to Westwood and O’Dell, respectively, with Morningstar Law Group also advising O’Dell.

This acquisition represents a strategic move by Westwood to not only penetrate the California market but also to diversify its service offerings and client base. By integrating O’Dell’s expertise, particularly in public infrastructure and land development, Westwood strengthens its position as a market leader in these sectors. The partnership signifies a mutual commitment to growth, innovation, and enhancing value for clients and employees alike.

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