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H.C. Nutting Changes Name to Terracon

CINCINNATI, Ohio — H.C. Nutting Company (HCN), headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, officially changed its name to Terracon Consultants, Inc. on Jan. 1, 2012. HCN joined Terracon in 2007. As Terracon, they will continue to offer geotechnical, environmental, construction materials and facilities services.

“We have had a great five years as a Terracon company and look forward to fully transitioning,” said R. Jack Scott, P.G., president of HCN. “With our combined expertise and resources, we can be valuable partners with our clients nationally.”

Harry C. Nutting founded The H.C. Nutting Company in 1921 in Cincinnati to fill a distinct need for architects, engineers and owners that specialize in testing and inspections. HCN opened the Charleston, W. Va., office in 1980 and continued the expansion with offices in Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio and Lexington, Ky.

Swaminathan Srinivasan (Vasan), P.E., remains the division manager of the HCN offices. Jess Schroeder, P.E., remains the office manager of the Cincinnati office.

“Although there is a change in name, you can rest assured there will be no change in the quality of services offered or the clientele served,” Srinivasan said. “Over the past 90 years, HCN has worked on tens of thousands of projects throughout the United States and abroad serving individual clients on more than 1,000 projects during that span.”

HCN History:

In the beginning, HCN consisted of chemists and technicians trained to perform the tests necessary to establish the compliance of materials with governing specifications.

The first drilling service offered by the company was in connection with the extraction of cores from finished concrete pavements for checking specifications. Nutting received a U.S. Patent for his True-Core drill in the early 1920s. The company then further developed and manufactured the specialized drill and sold the product to numerous municipalities and contractor organizations. These services were provided in many major cities east of the Mississippi from Boston to Miami. HCN had an office in Havana, Cuba, but was forced to leave when relations between the U.S. and Cuba disintegrated.

Services then expanded to include deep drilling for roadways and structure foundation studies. In the 1940s, the soils engineering profession developed and at this time professional engineering personnel became an integral part of HCN. The engineers directed project operations and performed engineering services for HCN clients. A soil mechanics laboratory was also established to aid the soils engineers in material properties evaluation, and remains one of the largest in the industry.

At this stage, the evolution of the company had produced a full-service professional engineering and consulting firm. HCN has been providing environmental support services for years, but in 1985, when environmental regulatory requirements became critical, the company emphasized and further developed these services to meet the pressing needs of the industry.

In addition to traditional services, HCN’s abilities include underwater diving, petrography, welding and inspection services, and other specialized laboratory and field testing services unique to the industry. They also provide testing and inspection not only for quality control purposes, but also in conjunction with research and development of new construction products.

Terracon is an employee-owned engineering consulting firm with more than 2,700 employees providing geotechnical, environmental, construction materials and facilities services from more than 130 offices in 39 states nationwide. Terracon currently ranks 38th on Engineering News-Record’s List of Top 500 Design Firms. For additional information about Terracon, please visit