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Carlson Environmental is now a Nova Group, GBC Company!

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Nova Group, GBC (“Nova”), an industry leading commercial real estate due diligence advisory firm, announces the acquisition of Carlson Environmental Inc. (“Carlson”), a full-scale environmental consulting firm.

As with previous strategic acquisitions, Nova Group, GBC sees Carlson Environmental as an ideal fit with Nova’s commitment to providing quality turnkey services to their global Commercial Real Estate client base while continuing to support the Chicagoland area. Carlson’s long term client relationships speak to their own history of quality work and trust among their base in the Greater Chicago area and beyond. The addition of Carlson Environmental will allow for expanded services, reach, and capacity in the US Market.

Steve Cummings, CEO of Nova Group, GBC, said that “at Nova, we have known, competed, and collaborated with Ed Garske and the Carlson team for many years. Their outstanding reputation for quality work has resulted in extreme loyalty from their clients. Carlson’s dedicated employees have been with Ed for many years and will immediately become significant contributors to Nova’s growing team. Ed and I share the belief that the quality and commitment from and to our employees is critical to our success as a company.”

“I have known Steve Cummings for many years. His philosophy and manner in which he runs Nova mirrored how we have run Carlson since its inception. There is no doubt, Nova embraces the same beliefs and family culture Carlson employees are accustomed to and service that clients have come to rely on. In the past, when Carlson has collaborated with Nova it has been a great experience. Nova’s commitment to their employees allowed me to feel content in knowing that the heart and soul of Carlson Environmental will continue long into the future, once I retire. I am also comforted knowing that our clients will see no change in the dedicated service that we have provided for over 33 years. They will now have the added benefit of expanded services provided under the Nova umbrella, as well as continuing to be able to trust Carlson to provide solutions for the commercial real estate industry, now and forever,” commented President of Carlson Environmental Edward Garske.

About Nova Group, GBC

Nova Group, GBC (Nova) is an international, multidisciplinary advisory firm providing environmental, engineering, and energy services throughout North America and around the globe. Incorporated in Minnesota in 1987, Nova has proudly become one of the largest privately held environmental and engineering firms. This pride shows through in our company-wide commitment to service excellence. With a broad depth of experts across the globe, coupled with understanding our clients’ needs, we are able to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions for all your due diligence needs. Our commitment to our clients has placed Nova as one of the top five providers of real estate due diligence services.

With a broad depth of experts across the globe, coupled with understanding our clients’ needs, we are able to provide innovative and cost-effective solutions for all your due diligence needs.

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About Carlson Environmental Inc.

Carlson Environmental Inc. is a privately-owned full-scale environmental consulting firm founded in 1988 by Dr. Richard J. Carlson, following his seven years as the Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and currently owned by Dr. Carlson’s longtime partner Mr. Edward Garske. Since our founding, we have obtained a strong track record of helping our clients achieve their business goals, whether it is closing a real estate deal, addressing an environmental regulatory issue, or assisting in site redevelopment. We have a consistent record of success thinking outside the box, finding practical, cost-effective solutions for clients faced with increasingly complex regulatory systems and more challenging financial demands. As many of our clients have stated, Carlson has always been able to “Cage the Environmental Risk” for their projects.

Carlson is very nimble, able to quickly change gears as deals evolve, site redevelopment plans change, or unexpected environmental conditions come to light. This core strength is important to our clients, particularly in these times when business moves at the speed of technology and due diligence periods shorten. Our responsiveness to clients is one of our greatest assets. Our staff of engineers, geologists, and environmental specialists is committed to our clients’ success and they take comfort in knowing that we are their advisors and a part of their team and considered each project our own. We are not just project managers.

While our projects were initially situated within the Chicagoland area, including Wisconsin and Indiana, Carlson has grown to keep up with the demand of our Clients. Though we still maintain our main office in downtown Chicago, we are also licensed and have offices in Florida and Michigan. In addition, we have formed long-standing strategic alliances and teaming agreements with other reputable firms in locations throughout the U.S. to support our clients’ needs in other parts of the country.

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