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Widseth Smith Nolting merges with water management firm

Two well-established regional engineering firms have joined forces.

Widseth Smith Nolting announced November 15 that it has merged with JOR Engineering of Alexandria and Crookston. The combined companies will operate under the Widseth Smith Nolting name.

JOR specializes in water resource management relating to flood control, stormwater, and water quality. The firm was founded in 1987 and has been operated since 1995 by well-known water resources expert Charles Anderson, PE, who will stay on, as will six other JOR employees.

The merger creates a new water resource management division within Widseth Smith Nolting.

Widseth Smith Nolting is a 150-employee multidiscipline engineering, architecture, land surveying and environmental services firm primarily serving outstate communities throughout Minnesota and the surrounding states.

Established in 1975, Widseth Smith Nolting maintains seven offices in Minnesota and North Dakota.

The merger is the result of ongoing discussions between the two firms arising from a desire by each to add complementary services to its existing offerings. The firms have enjoyed a positive working relationship for 20 years.

"Our firms had been collaborating on projects for several years when we decided that pooling our talents would greatly benefit everyone involved, especially our clients," said Widseth Smith Nolting President Tim Moe.

The merger became official on Saturday, November 13, 2010.

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