On March 9 ATC Group Services celebrated the return of its corporate headquarters to Lafayette and announced it will hire 50 workers over the next two years. The corporate office is located at 221 Rue de Jean.
In 2009, the environmental consulting firm, formerly known as ATC Associates, relocated its headquarters office from Massachusetts to Lafayette, but several years later Australia-based global contractor Cardno Limited, a publicly traded company, purchased ATC for $106 million and moved its headquarters to Denver, Colo., renaming it Cardo ATC.
Then, late last year, a group led by Baton Rouge-based Bernhard Capital Partners acquired ATC for an undisclosed sum, re-establishing it as a private company and returning its headquarters in Lafayette. Former Shaw Group CEO Jim Bernhard is at the helm of BCP.
The company celebrated the move back to Lafayette with a ribbon-cutting and press conference at the offices of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority.
“We’re in the ‘people’ business, and Lafayette has more than its share of the most experienced and hardest working people you’ll ever meet,” said ATC CEO and President Bobby Toups.
ATC has more than 1,350 employees in 70 offices across 37 states; more than 50 of them work out of the Lafayette office. The company has just created about 25 new positions in the headquarters office and environmental services division. In the next two years, it plans to hire another 25 to 30 workers. These 50 jobs include IT, accounting, human resources, legal, purchasing and marketing positions.
ATC provides services in environmental consulting, industrial hygiene, geotechnical engineering and construction materials testing. It serves clients in both public and private sectors, including petroleum, real estate, retail, manufacturing, financial services, insurance, construction, telecommunications, education, government and hospitality.