Companies plan to join forces, combining their strengths to create a leading engineering, design, planning, environmental and construction services firm.
Raleigh, N.C., and Nashville, Tenn. (December 18, 2014) – S&ME, Inc., a Raleigh-based engineering, environmental and construction services company, announced its intent to purchase Littlejohn, a Nashville-based planning, engineering and environmental design firm.
The two privately owned firms have complementary services, geographic markets and work cultures. By joining forces, they will create a leading engineering firm with over 1,100 employees in more than 30 locations across the U.S. It will easily rank, by revenue, within Engineering News Record’s top 100 design firms.
As part of the acquisition, which is expected to be completed on December 31, Littlejohn will become a wholly owned subsidiary of S&ME. It will maintain its name, services, talented professionals and a presence in each of its current markets. Financial details were not disclosed.
“Joining these two companies works on many different levels and creates a firm with a broad footprint that can be a single resource to clients facing complex building and development challenges,” said Randy Neuhaus, S&ME president and CEO. “Today’s architecture, engineering and construction industry demands that engineering and design firms provide a complete spectrum of professional, sophisticated and cutting-edge services. By acquiring Littlejohn, S&ME is creating that firm.”
S&ME is organized into five business units. Three focus on service lines: geotechnical, environmental, and construction services. Two focus on market sectors: transportation and energy. Littlejohn will fill an important need within S&ME by becoming its sixth business unit that focuses on design and planning. The combined firm will be equipped to offer more comprehensive engineering and design services for clients’ projects—from beginning to end.
“This acquisition is a great fit for Littlejohn, our employees and our clients from business, geographic and cultural perspectives,” said Jim Littlejohn, president of Littlejohn. “Our firms share a commitment to creating positive work environments that value collaboration, creativity and innovation, and we invest in our employees. We also share a commitment to providing top quality and responsive services to our clients. By merging our cultures and adopting lessons from one another, we can create an even stronger combined company.”
Founded in 1973, S&ME currently delivers engineering, environmental consulting and construction engineering and inspection services for the built environment. The company has approximately 950 employees in 26 locations throughout the U.S. S&ME, which is wholly owned by its employees, stresses work quality and, through a comprehensive program, employee safety.
Littlejohn employs more than 130 engineers, landscape architects, planners, surveyors, environmental scientists, industrial hygienists and support personnel. During the firm’s 25 years, it has completed more than 6,000 projects in 43 states and established nine offices, including a Tampa office opened in October of this year. Littlejohn places heavy emphasis on responsive, quality service through its numerous and talented market leaders and professionals.
“This acquisition will accomplish a goal that both S&ME and Littlejohn set for themselves: to better meet our clients’ needs and to further improve the quality and breadth of our current services,” said Neuhaus. “I am looking forward to the opportunities this acquisition will create for our clients and our employees.”

About S&ME
S&ME delivers engineering, design, environmental consulting, and construction management services for the built environment. Founded in 1973, the firm has grown to a 950-person corporation operating from 26 locations. S&ME is wholly owned by its employees who remain faithful to their core values of safety, quality, honesty and integrity. The goal of S&ME is to provide practical solutions to clients’ infrastructure, development and environmental challenges.
In 1987 Westinghouse acquired S&ME and by 1992 decided to exit the environmental market allowing a group of S&ME’s original owners to buy back portions of the company. Since 1992, S&ME has operated as an employee-owned company dedicated to quality service, employee growth and responsible fiscal operation.
About Littlejohn
Founded in 1989, Littlejohn has completed more than 6,000 projects in 43 states and employs more than 130 engineers, landscape architects, planners, surveyors, economic development professionals, environmental engineers and scientists, industrial hygienists and support personnel spread across nine offices from Florida to Arizona. Littlejohn serves many markets including public sector clients in transportation, municipal planning and engineering and private sector clients in the commercial, land development, institutional, healthcare and industrial fields.
The firm works with its clients across the country to plan and engineer infrastructure for notable projects and progressive communities. Littlejohn provides an array of specialized services for its clients around the U.S. including civil engineering, water/wastewater treatment and design, transportation and aviation, public work and municipal engineering, environmental services, master planning and land development, healthcare, municipal and community planning, ADA remediation, industrial hygiene and health and safety services.