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TRC Announces Establishment of London Office as TRC Companies Ltd.

LOWELL, MASS. - TRC Companies, Inc. today announced it will open an office in London, operating under the name, TRC Companies Ltd.

“We are excited to bring to the London marketplace the unique delivery of services and work products of TRC Companies Ltd.,” said TRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Vincze. “This marks for us a significant step in TRC’s long-term global growth initiative, and we look forward to company growth through project opportunities in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.”

Vincze continued, “Our initial focus in London will be in the transactions area focusing on environmental risks on the buy and sell sides. In addition, we will be addressing Environmental Social Governance (ESG) issues, which will be of particular interest to the investor community there.”

John Payne, the founder and principal of The Payne Firm, Inc. and currently Senior Vice President at TRC, will serve as Director of the London office, which opens for business on July 16, 2012. Day to day operations in London will be managed by Senior Program Manager Will Nitch-Smith.

TRC acquired The Payne Firm, Inc. in September 2011. Payne had formerly been operating in London for three years, building relationships in the private equity and law firm communities, providing deal advisory services and post-acquisition support for clients in portfolio companies.

“The London office team already has years of transaction experience with many of the private equity Global 50, so there will now be a dedicated team of professionals to serve their needs in the U.K. and European marketplaces,” said Payne.

As a founding developer of the Eco-Value-Screen methodology for screening ESG opportunities during due diligence, the TRC Companies Ltd. team has years of experience successfully executing the process, identifying opportunities in diligence, and developing execution plans for implementing environmental improvements post-acquisition.

“Since TRC acquired The Payne Firm, our combined strength of services has provided us with an opportunity for significant growth,” said Payne. “Our talented team of professionals looks forward to delivering not only the trusted advisory services that built the former Payne Firm into a respected brand, but also the broader range of TRC’s environmental expertise to clients in the U.K. and across Europe.”

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TRC Begins Final Phase of I-40 Mississippi River Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project

LOWELL, MASS. - TRC Companies, Inc. has been awarded a construction engineering inspection contract by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) in support of Phase 9 of the I-40 Mississippi River Bridge seismic retrofit project. TRC has been involved in the project since it began in 1992.

As one of only two crossings of the River in the Memphis area, the I-40 Mississippi River Bridge is a vital transportation, commerce and defense link between Tennessee and Arkansas. It carries 60,000 vehicles daily including much of the nation’s east-west interstate trucking traffic. The Bridge sits along an active fault zone.

“TRC is proud of our long term relationship with the Tennessee and Arkansas Departments of Transportation,” said Chris Vincze, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our expert engineers are dedicated to improving the safety of the I-40 Bridge and restoring a critical piece of transportation infrastructure that supports both the regional economy and local community.”

The final phase of the project, Phase 9, consists of the seismic retrofit of structures in the Arkansas portion of the Bridge. Under the contract for this work, TRC will oversee the retrofit of an existing P/S I-girder relief bridge consisting of 16 spans, as well as an existing welded plate girder relief bridge consisting of 7 spans. The work will be conducted in a fashion that allows the Bridge’s four lanes of traffic (two in each direction) to remain open. The final construction phase is expected to last through March 2015.

The I-40 Bridge is 3.3 miles long, including the main channel spans, approaches, and ramps. The structure is comprised of 164 spans, 160 piers, and 10 abutments. TRC has provided engineering services for all phases of the project including seismic analysis, retrofit design and retrofit construction.

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TRC Welcomes Robert Callender as Vice President

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc. is pleased to welcome Robert Callender as a Vice President in its Clifton Park, NY office. In this role, he will work closely with a variety of TRC utility clients and utility commissions across the United States to design and implement energy efficiency programs.

“We are excited to welcome Bob to TRC,” said Frank Reilly, Senior Vice President, Energy Services. “His expertise in energy efficiency programs and economic development adds depth to TRC’s capabilities in these areas, helping us deliver superior solutions to our clients.”

Nationally recognized as a progressive leader in energy, Callender has over 20 years of experience as an innovator in energy policy and its implementation in the market. Prior to joining TRC, Callender was the Vice President of Programs for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) where he oversaw NYSERDA’s suite of energy efficiency programs. He was instrumental in introducing the whole building approach to New York’s efficiency programs as well as developing innovative program financing mechanisms.

“TRC has a long and proud history of being a leader in the energy, environmental and infrastructure markets across the country,” said Robert Callendar. “From working with federal and state governments on implementing and delivering energy efficiency programs, to helping its customers develop innovative solutions to challenging energy and environmental problems, TRC continues to lead the way, and I am pleased to be part of this outstanding organization.

Callender held several positions during his 24 year career at NYSERDA, including acting president and CEO. Among his accomplishments are: managing the growth of the organization from $80M per year to $650M per year; overseeing the development and implementation of New York’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; leading the design, development, financing and construction of the Saratoga Technology and Energy Park, the nation’s first clean energy, knowledge based technology park; creating NYSERDA’s economic development unit to support energy-related economic development; and expanding NYSERDA’s portfolio to include public benefits programs designed to provide energy efficiency, low income services, research and development, environmental protection programs, renewable portfolio standards and energy policy analysis.

Callender has a bachelor’s degree in government and management from American University in Washington, D.C., and a master’s degree in public administration from the State University of New York at Albany.

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TRC Engages Ridge Global as Strategic Advisor

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc. has engaged Ridge Global LLC as a strategic advisor in support of business consulting in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and neighboring states. The partnership will expand relationships and teaming opportunities, and support deeper engagement and enhanced service for current and prospective TRC customers in the region.

Ridge Global is led by Tom Ridge, the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former governor of Pennsylvania, and offers international expertise in the areas of energy, security and infrastructure protection, risk and maritime management, emergency preparedness and response, and strategic growth.

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TRC Companies has engaged Ridge Global as a strategic advisor. Ridge Global’s Founder and CEO, and former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge (left) shakes hands with TRC’s Chairman and CEO Chris Vincze (right).

“TRC’s relationship with Ridge Global is an exciting development for our company and our clients,” said Chris Vincze, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Ridge Global’s broad level of expertise will augment our ability to respond to the unique political, economic and cultural framework that shapes the way business is conducted in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. With the support of Ridge Global, TRC is well positioned to deliver creative energy and environmental solutions to an increasing number of customers, markets and industries.”

“We’re delighted to be associated with TRC,” said Tom Ridge, founder and CEO of Ridge Global. “We look forward to putting our strategic capabilities to work in support of its efforts in the Marcellus region.”

TRC has Pennsylvania offices in the cities of Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Export, Philadelphia, Plymouth Meeting, and Allentown in addition to locations throughout Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, New York and New Jersey. The Company’s work includes construction engineering and inspection; geotechnical engineering; and environmental services for upstream, midstream, downstream and power generation projects. TRC is a member of Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale Coalition.

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TRC Announces Strategic Partnership with EORM

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc. today announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with EORM, a leading provider of environmental, health, safety and sustainability (EHS) consulting services based in San Jose, California. Under the agreement, TRC will acquire all assets of EORM’s East Region Operations based in Danvers, Massachusetts. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

EORM provides a comprehensive range of strategic, management and technical EHS and sustainability consulting solutions including assessment, compliance, risk management, reporting, training and communication. EORM’s East Region Operations serves a client base primarily within the manufacturing sector.

“The acquisition of EORM’s East Region Operations is a great fit and further enhances TRC’s position in the Environmental Management, Sustainability and Safety market and within the industrial sector as a whole complementing our recent acquisitions of RMT Environmental and The Payne Firm,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Vincze. “These markets represent an attractive growth opportunity for TRC as business and industry contend with an increasing array of environmental regulations, corporate requirements, and stakeholder expectations for transparency. EORM’s East Region consulting services will add depth to our own Environmental Management and Sustainability (EMS) services, strengthening our cross-selling opportunities and ability to pursue larger, high-margin projects through our combined operations. EORM has an outstanding reputation in the markets it serves and we welcome their talented staff to TRC.”

Glenn B. Fishler, President and CEO of EORM, said, “TRC is a highly regarded company with a well-earned and established reputation in the industry. EORM’s clients will benefit from TRC’s depth of environmental service offerings, expertise and customer-focused business philosophy. This deal allows EORM to continue to focus its strategic growth in the Western United States while partnering with a national firm in areas that will be mutually beneficial. Our East Region Operations staff looks forward to joining TRC and operating as part of a larger company with a strong EMS growth strategy that will provide added services and value to our clients.”

This strategic partnership leverages the geographic locations and consulting strengths of TRC’s and EORM’s offices to give both firms added depth and reach. It enables EORM to better serve their existing clients’ East Coast and Mid-West needs; adds to TRC’s Environmental Management Sustainability services and resources on the West Coast; and, together, enables the two firms to partner nationally on a full range of project types.

Vincze concluded, “This partnership with EORM represents another milestone as we execute on our growth strategy, which strikes a balance between investing in organic growth, strategic partnerships and acquisitions to drive profitability and value to our clients and shareholders.”

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TRC Joins Marcellus Shale Coalition

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc. has joined the Marcellus Shale Coalition to support the responsible development of natural gas resources from the Marcellus and Utica geological formations. As an Associate Member, TRC will provide Coalition partners with environmental consulting and engineering expertise to help them successfully complete their projects and maintain compliance.

“At TRC, our goal is to provide unsurpassed value to our oil and gas clients by seamlessly delivering integrated, full-service support across our energy, environmental, and infrastructure business platform,” said Scott Reed, Director of Oil and Gas Services. “The Marcellus Shale Coalition’s dedication to the safe, environmentally responsible development of domestic energy sources that grow not only the local economy, but have the potential to impact the prosperity of our nation, is aligned with this goal, and we look forward to positively contributing to its mission.”

TRC provides complete environmental and engineering services to the oil and gas industry, including frac water treatment; environmental due diligence and compliance management; air testing, modeling and permitting; pipeline permitting and inspection; LNG storage; road and bridge construction; health and safety planning; and local, state and federal agency consultation.

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TRC Wins Two Business Achievement Awards

TRC Companies, Inc. received two 2011 Business Achievement Awards from the Environmental Business Journal in the categories of Mergers and Acquisitions and Project Merit.

“TRC is proud to be recognized as a leader among our peers in the industry,” said Chris Vincze, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We strive for Performance Excellence with regard to all our activities and initiatives. As we continue to grow our business and expand our offerings, we remain committed to our vision of solving the challenges of making the world a better place to live- community by community and project by project.”

In the category of Mergers and Acquisitions, TRC earned a silver medal for its execution of a highly successful acquisition program to support the company’s growth strategy. The 2011 acquisition of three firms -- Alexander Utility Engineering (AUE), the Environmental Business Unit of RMT, and the Payne Firm -- added depth and capability to TRC’s service portfolio, expanded reach into new markets, and strengthened the company’s presence in key geographical areas.

TRC was also honored in the category of Project Merit for providing environmental and engineering consulting support to the city of Haverhill, Massachusetts, in its effort to transform an abandoned, contaminated former automobile repair and refueling site into a 127,000 square foot parking garage with a pedestrian walkway that connects downtown with many transportation hubs. TRC worked closely with the city to manage all environmental and engineering aspects for the garage, from site investigation to remedial design and implementation through to construction. For 14 years the Environmental Business Journal has recognized outstanding business performance in the environmental industry with the Business Achievement Awards. Winners are divided by size and segment, M&A awards, new practice areas and international expansion. Outstanding projects and new technology development or applications are awarded Project Merit Awards or Technology Merit Awards. The awards will be given in an official ceremony in March.

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TRC Project Honored by Women’s Transportation Seminar

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc. was honored on December 6, 2011 by the Orange County Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) for its role in the I-5 Gateway Reconstruction Project. The project received the WTS Innovative Transportation Solutions Award at the Chapter’s annual Awards and Scholarship Gala.

The I-5 Gateway project involved reconstructing and widening two miles of freeway; adding one mixed flow lane and one HOV lane in each direction; and constructing six bridges, three bridge approaches, one pump station and three retaining walls. The project was completed for the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and Caltrans District 12 through a unique public-private partnership.

“TRC is proud to be part of this innovative project to improve Orange County’s transportation infrastructure,” said Ross Lew TRC Project Manager and Engineer of Record for the northern segment of the I-5 widening in Orange County. “We are dedicated to helping clients like OCTA solve complex challenges and deliver results to the communities in which we live and work.”

TRC was responsible for project management, design oversight, stage construction design and traffic handling, and construction support. The project included an innovative use of a seal slab to prevent ground water from reaching the roadway surface, which eliminated the need to collect, treat and dispose of groundwater. Other elements also included complex shoring systems to maintain nearby rail traffic during construction and the design of a catenary system to protect a fiber optic telephone line during bridge construction.

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TRC Provides Environmental Engineering Services to Guam Power Authority

LOWELL, MASS. - TRC Companies, Inc. has kicked off a project in support of the Guam Power Authority’s (GPA) environmental compliance program. Under a multi-year contract with GPA, TRC is providing environmental engineering and technical services related to strategic environmental planning, ambient air quality monitoring and modeling, regulatory oversight, and training.

GPA provides electricity to the island territory’s 175,000 residents. It has several initiatives underway to address increased demand and strain on infrastructure related to an unprecedented and ongoing population boom caused by US military buildup.

“TRC is proud to be a part of this important environmental compliance project for the Guam Power Authority,” said Chris Vincze, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “As pioneers of many scientific and engineering methodologies used in the air and environmental industry today, our experts are committed to helping GPA meet its goals of delivering economical and environmentally friendly energy to its customers.”

Over the course of the contract, TRC’s work with GPA will include: formulating an overall strategic policy for environmental issues; facilitating the re-designation of non-attainment areas; performing air quality modeling for use in petition to US EPA and Guam EPA; assisting with revisions to the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for achieving compliance with the Clean Air Act; planning continued air emissions monitoring; establishing an air quality monitoring program; supporting responses to the Public Utilities Commission and other environmental regulators; and environmental permitting for GPA’s fuel diversification initiative.

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TRC Awarded $5M Contract by Orange County Transportation Authority

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc. today announced that is has been awarded a $5 million contract by the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) to prepare the engineering Plans, Specifications and Estimates for an HOV expansion project on Interstate 5 in Orange County, California. OCTA is adding carpool lanes to the North and Southbound sides of I-5 from Pacific Coast Highway to San Juan Creek Road in San Juan Capistrano to improve mobility, capacity and safety. This is the second major OCTA contract for TRC’s Transportation Practice in the last nine months.

“TRC is proud to have excelled in a tough competitive market, allowing us to continue our relationship with OCTA and support the I-5 expansion project,” said Chris Vincze, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our experts are committed to delivering results that support OCTA’s ability to improve Orange County’s transportation infrastructure.”

Under the contract, TRC will prepare plans and specifications for an interchange modification, the widening of four bridges, sound walls and stage construction. Recently, TRC completed the design of a similar HOV project for OCTA along I-405/I-605. TRC has supported various OCTA projects since 2004.

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