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Lehigh Valley engineering firm acquires Cumberland County firm

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A Lehigh County-based engineering firm has acquired a small Cumberland County firm, expanding its territory in Pennsylvania.

Barry Isett & Associates Inc. this week said it has acquired CenterPoint Engineering Inc. and assumed the firm's office at 2 Market Plaza Way in Upper Allen Township.

John Lewis, the founding principal of CenterPoint, has been retained to lead the new Isett branch, which is off South Market Street (Route 114) and Cumberland Parkway.

The deal gives Isett seven offices in Pennsylvania and adds eight employees. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Founded in 1977, the employee-owned Isett is based in Upper Macungie Township near Allentown. Its other offices are in Hazleton, Wilkes-Barre, Phoenixville, Stroudsburg and Doylestown. Isett employs about 150 people.

Isett President Kevin Campbell said the CenterPoint deal was a natural fit. The two firms share common clients and offer similar services, including specialties in structural engineering and service in mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering, also known as MEP work.

Isett also sees a lot of growth opportunities in Central Pennsylvania, he said, especially work in the growing warehouse and distribution center market. Warehouses continue to rise along the interstates, with multiple projects underway near the I-78/I-81 split in Lebanon and Berks counties and I-83 in York County.

In addition, Campbell said medical office and higher education remain strong sectors for his company.

"A surge in projects in the capital region led us to this market," Campbell said. "Our team is currently working in the Middletown, Cumberland Valley, Carlisle and Mechanicsburg school districts. Our new office allows us to better serve a growing client base."

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Jason Scott

Jason Scott

Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jscott@cpbj.com. Follow him on Twitter, @JScottJournal.

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