Like the little engineering firm that could, Precis Engineering
in Ambler has seen steady growth, through bad times and now good.
Founded in 2005 with two, the company just added five new engineering and administrative positions, bringing its workforce to 42. "Our backlog has us busy and we foresee staying that way," says Principal Robert Dick, making more hiring likely. He anticipates adding another three jobs in the next six months and possibly another five or six within the next year.
Precis' focus on the pharmaceutical, biotech, university, utility and research and development markets helped keep the firm busy, even through the worst of the economic downturn in 2008 and 2009, says Dick. "Whether they're growing, shrinking or consolidating, [these clients] need engineering services," he says, for maintenance, physical plant and equipment upgrades.
Looking ahead, he sees "a fair amount of still-untapped market share in the area… We see that most companies still have significant capital expenditure budgets looking forward. We think we'll be a key part of that success."
Precis offers a range of engineering services including mechanical, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, fire protection, life safety and process automation engineering and commissioning services. Its client list is populated with big names including Teva, Merck, GlaxoSmithKline, Verizon Wireless, the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton.
Precis was on the team behind the award-winning Morphotek
pilot plant in Exton. That project, which included brownfield reclamation and a highly sustainable design, was awarded LEED Gold certification this summer and has received much recognition. "That was a great project for us," says Dick.
Source: Robert Dick, Precis Engineering
Writer: Elise Vider