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Orange County Transportation Authority Awards TRC Two Highway Projects

LOWELL, MASS. - TRC Companies, Inc. has been awarded two contracts for a combined total of $8.5 million in highway improvement projects for the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). Work on the projects will be ongoing over the next three years.

TRC has been selected to prepare plans, specifications and estimates (PS&E) to renovate the Santa Ana Freeway (I-5) stretching from Alicia Parkway to North of El Toro Road in Orange County. It is a Measure M-funded project that will ease traffic congestion by adding a general-purpose lane and extending an existing high-occupancy vehicle travel lane. The results are estimated to have far-reaching effects into other cities within Southern California including Mission Viejo, Laguna Hills, Lake Forest and Laguna Woods.

OCTA also awarded a contract to TRC for a PS&E for rehabilitating the 91 Express Lanes on the Riverside Freeway (SR-91). Located in northern Orange County, the Riverside Freeway is one of the region's most vital, and also most congested, highways in this important commuter and commercial transportation corridor. The project will remove and replace roadway pavement in order to improve safety and maintain ride quality.

“TRC is proud to work on these important transportation projects for the Orange County Transportation Authority,” said Chris Vincze, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The modernization and improvement of our nation’s aging infrastructure ensures efficient and safe travel for motorists and is essential for the steady flow of commerce.”

TRC has successfully delivered three major OCTA projects over the past five years. TRC was awarded the 405/605 West County Connector PS&E, which is one of the largest construction contracts awarded by OCTA, and the construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year. In addition, TRC has been selected to design I-5 HOV Improvement project, which is under construction. The construction will be completed in 2017.

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Stephanie C. Hildebrandt Nominated for Election to TRC Companies’ Board of Directors

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc. announced today that Stephanie C. Hildebrandt, 50, has been nominated for election to its Board of Directors at the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders on December 3, 2014. Friedrich K. M. Bohm, 72, Board member since 2004, is retiring from the Board and will not stand for re-election. Ms. Hildebrandt is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Enterprise Products Partners L.P., a major provider of midstream energy services to producers and consumers of natural gas, NGLs, crude oil, refined products and petrochemicals.

“We are delighted to add a director of Stephanie’s caliber to TRC’s Board,” said Chairman and CEO Chris Vincze. “Stephanie has deep experience working in the oil and gas markets. She is a member of the executive management team of a leading energy company and has been a trusted advisor to its board of directors during a period of exceptional growth.

“I also extend my sincere gratitude, on behalf of TRC and the entire Board, to Friedl for his invaluable service and numerous contributions over the past 10 years. We wish him the best in his future endeavors,” concluded Vincze.

Ms. Hildebrandt joined Enterprise in 2004 as Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, and was named Vice President in 2006, General Counsel in 2009 and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in 2010. Earlier in her career, she served with the Texaco legal department and with the legal department of El Paso Corporation/GulfTerra Energy Partners prior to GulfTerra’s merger with Enterprise in 2004. She received her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University and her Juris Doctor from the Tulane University Law School. Stephanie is also active in civic and professional organizations and is a governing director of the Houston Symphony Society.

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TRC Acquires NOVA Safety & Environmental

LOWELL, MASS. - TRC Companies, Inc., a recognized leader in engineering, consulting and construction management services to the energy, environmental and infrastructure markets, today announced it has acquired NOVA Safety & Environmental(NOVA), based in Midland, Texas. NOVA’s approximately 60 employees provide safety training, environmental services as well as oil spill response, remediation and general oil field construction services to customers in the oil and gas industry. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. NOVA reported gross revenues of $16.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. TRC expects the transaction to be immediately accretive.

“The acquisition of NOVA further enhances TRC’s position in the robust oil and gas market,” said TRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Vincze. “NOVA is a profitable and growing company with an impeccable safety record that delivers best-in-class services. NOVA’s presence in the Permian Basin region of West Texas and New Mexico also offers TRC significant opportunity for growth and cross-selling of additional services.”

Todd Hebert, CEO of NOVA said, “With its strong national presence, resource base and engineering expertise, TRC is an ideal home for NOVA, and together we will capitalize and expand on business development opportunities within existing and new markets.”


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TRC Wins Prestigious Telly Award for Employee On-Boarding Video

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc., a recognized leader in engineering, consulting and construction management services to the energy, environmental and infrastructure markets, has won a Telly Award for its new employee on-boarding video, “Finding Your Voice.” TRC’s marketing and communications team created the video for its Human Resources Department to educate new employees about the culture, mission, vision and values of the Company through the experiences and commentary of TRC staff with a focus on the projects and opportunities that await them.

“Video is the perfect vehicle for telling the TRC story through the voices of those who work here,” said Angela Cincotta, Vice President, Marketing and Strategic Communications. “Finding Your Voice greatly shortens the amount of time it takes to orient new employees to TRC and its culture. The feedback on the video, which has been tremendously positive, highlights the strong sense of connection that new employees make with the Company.”

The Telly Awards honors the very best film and video productions, groundbreaking online video content, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. More than 500 industry professionals evaluate entries based on a high standard of merit. Approximately 12,000 entries compete for either Silver (first place) or Bronze (second place) Telly Awards.

Finding Your Voice was produced in-house by TRC’s marketing communications department with assistance from Video Visuals, Inc., of Brighton, Mass. The music composition and production was created by RAMS Recording and Music Services of Boston and design and animation by Viewpoint Creative of Newton, Mass.

To view an excerpt from TRC’s new employee on-boarding video, Finding Your Voice, click here.


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TRC Names Lauren O’Donnell Vice President, Oil and Gas

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc., a recognized leader in engineering, consulting and construction management services to the energy, environmental and infrastructure markets, announced today that Lauren O’Donnell has joined as Vice President, Oil and Gas. In this role, O’Donnell will be an integral member of TRC’s focused oil and gas initiative, developing and implementing strategies to assist TRC’s clients in securing federal permits for new energy infrastructure projects.

“Lauren O’Donnell is a valuable addition to our team as we strengthen our expertise in the oil and gas markets, where there is significant opportunity for profitable near- and long-term growth,” said TRC’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Vincze. “Her knowledge of the U.S. regulatory environment is formidable, and her expertise will complement the wide range of strategic consulting services TRC provides to oil and gas clients.”

Prior to joining TRC, O’Donnell was the Director of the Division of Gas-Environment and Engineering at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). She directed the preparation, review, and approval of environmental documents for interstate natural gas pipelines, storage facilities, and liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals across the U.S., and ensured compliance with the FERC’s requirements during construction and operation.

O’Donnell said, “I am excited to join TRC where I will apply my deep understanding of U.S. regulatory processes and breadth of experience at the FERC in providing our clients with solutions to their most challenging problems. I look forward to upholding TRC’s solid reputation for helping clients develop and implement oil and gas projects in an environmentally responsible manner.”

During a 35 year career at FERC, O’Donnell was involved in and responsible for developing and implementing processes to carry out the Commission’s environmental responsibilities. She was a principal developer of FERC’s pre-filing process for LNG facilities and interstate natural gas pipelines and continued to promote and improve the process over the course of her 35-year career with the FERC. In managing the FERC’s natural gas environmental program, she worked collaboratively with a wide variety of stakeholders including federal, state and local agencies, NGOs, and landowner groups. O’Donnell earned a BA in geology from Ball State University.

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TRC Names Jeff Butler Senior Vice President

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc., announced today that Jeff Butler, PE has joined as Senior Vice President of Power and Utility Development. In this role, Butler will lead the strategic growth of the Company’s engineering, environmental and infrastructure services within the power and utility market sectors, developing innovative strategies to maximize new business opportunities and supporting the delivery of creative solutions to client challenges.

“With more than 30 years of industry experience, Jeff’s knowledge and relationships will create value for our Company and our clients,” said TRC’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Vincze. “Jeff is an influential leader, and we look forward to his contributions to the success of our Power and Utility Development Initiative.”

Prior to joining TRC, Butler was President and Chief Operating Officer for the Connecticut Light and Power Company where he was responsible for the development of the business strategies, overall operation, maintenance and construction of the electric distribution system as well as regulatory and legislative matters.

“For over 40 years, TRC has served the electric utility industry with engineering and environmental compliance support,” said Butler. “I look forward to growing TRC’s power and utility related business, building relationships with clients, and expanding TRC’s service portfolio to meet the needs of the power and utility industries.”

Previously, Butler spent more than 28 years at Pacific Gas and Electric Company retiring as Senior Vice President Energy Delivery. During his time at PG&E he held leadership positions covering all aspects of electric and gas transmission and distribution, including operations, maintenance, construction, engineering, as well as hydro generation.

Butler is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical - Electronic Engineering from the California State University, Chico. He later completed the Executive Development Program at the University of Chicago.

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TRC Acquires Covino Environmental Associates, Inc.

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc. a recognized leader in engineering, consulting and construction management services to the energy, environmental and infrastructure markets, today announced it has acquired Covino Environmental Associates, Inc. (Covino), based in Woburn, Massachusetts. Covino’s 40 employees provide building sciences, industrial hygiene and related consulting services to private and public clients including major educational institutions. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“We are excited to strengthen our building sciences and industrial hygiene service capabilities with the addition of Covino Environmental Associates,” said TRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Vincze. “Recent regulatory guidance for the identification, removal and disposal of old building materials is driving an increase in related spending in the education and healthcare markets where Covino has a solid reputation. This acquisition expands our footprint in the Northeast, making us one of the largest providers of building sciences and industrial hygiene services in New England, and helps TRC capitalize on the growing decommissioning and real estate markets in the U.S.”

Sam Covino, President of Covino Environmental Associates, said, “Our joining TRC will offer significant advantages to our clients. Not only will they continue to receive the personalized service that they have come to expect, but they will benefit by having access to additional services and deeper resources. We look forward to the many new opportunities our combined organizations will create for both our clients and employees.”

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TRC Awarded Storm Hardening Contract by Public Service of New Hampshire

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc. was recently awarded a $1.5 million contract by Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) to support the hardening of transmission lines and structures throughout the state as a preventative measure against outages caused by weather events.

“Public Service of New Hampshire is a long-term client of TRC, and we are proud to support them on this important project,” said Chris Vincze, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our experience in hardening Northeast Utilities’ system in Connecticut after the 2011 storms made us uniquely qualified to manage this transmission engineering project, ensuring a stronger electrical infrastructure for PSNH and more reliable service for its customers.”

TRC will analyze 101 power lines (115 kV, 230 kV, and 345 kV) totaling 1,019 miles and approximately 11,500 structures within PSNH’s transmission system. Based on that analysis, TRC will recommend design improvements for overloaded structures and prioritize them for replacement. The project is anticipated to be complete in 2015.

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TRC Awarded Substation Engineering Contract by FirstEnergy

LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc. was recently awarded more than $3.3 million in transmission and substation infrastructure improvement projects by FirstEnergy Corp. As a primary supplier of substation engineering services for FirstEnergy’s “Energizing the Future” initiative, TRC will design improvements to existing infrastructure at 69, 138 and 345 kV substations in Ohio and Western Pennsylvania during the initial phase of the program. Through “Energizing the Future,” FirstEnergy will invest more than $2.8 billion in transmission system upgrades over the next four years.

Improving our nation’s power grid is critical, and TRC is proud to play an important role in FirstEnergy’s system improvement initiatives,” said Chris Vincze, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The upgrades will increase FirstEnergy's load-serving capability; improve system reliability; reduce line losses; and improve FirstEnergy’s high voltage transmission infrastructure.”

The project work will be supported by TRC engineers who live and work in FirstEnergy’s service areas.

About FirstEnergy Corp.
FirstEnergy is a diversified energy company dedicated to safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems and a diverse generating fleet with a total capacity of nearly 18,000 megawatts.

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TRC Awarded Substation Engineering Contract by Public Service of New Mexico

LOWELL, MASS. - TRC Companies, Inc. was recently awarded a contract by Public Service of New Mexico (PNM) to harden the utility’s substation in Tome, New Mexico. TRC will design, procure, and construct substation improvements using cutting edge technology to enhance existing facility protections. The new security systems will help PNM meet current and future NERC CIP compliance requirements and will provide sophisticated analytics to better understand and prevent security incidents.

“We are pleased to expand our power engineering services to Public Service of New Mexico and to enhance the security of their Tome substation,” said Dan Banks, RCDD, TRC’s National Communications Engineering Manager. “The upgraded designs and the physical hardening of major assets in the electric grid is a necessary component of any utility’s efforts to provide uninterrupted, reliable and cost effective service.”

TRC’s scope of work also includes oversight of installation subcontractors and the integration of the project into PNM’s existing Security Operations Center. The pilot project is expected to be completed in May, and is the first of five to be completed in the 2014-2015 timeframe.

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