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Perfecting Operations.
Creating Value.

To compete in a global marketplace, manufacturers and distributors need a lean, value-engineered approach to every operation, and a design team that understands efficiency, profitability, and adaptability. Through close collaboration and analysis, our integrated teams use industry-tested tools and methodologies to optimize operations. Whether remodeling an existing space, updating for sustainability, or planning and creating a brand new facility, we apply 55 years of industrial project experience to create right-sized solutions that are safe and operationally excellent.

The manufacturing industry accounts for 12 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

9 percent of the U.S. workforce is employed in manufacturing.

Food, Distribution & Manufacturing Leadership

Jeremy J. Klysen

Jeremy J. Klysen, PE

Vice President

Market Sector Leader – Food, Distribution & Manufacturing

Profile

Jeremy specializes in the design of food, distribution and manufacturing facilities. He enjoys a deserved reputation for innovation — from designing and developing a smarter way to transport perishable items, to fine-tuning, right-sizing and value-engineering a $300 million distribution center. His projects include expansions, renovations, and new campuses that encompass distribution, corporate offices, processing and packaging spaces, and asset recovery and transportation maintenance facilities. With a special expertise in refrigeration engineering, Jeremy is an expert in the design of industrial refrigeration and cooling systems, and in enhancing the efficiency of these facility types.

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Daniel J. Rathbun

Daniel J. Rathbun

Market Sector Leader – Food, Distribution & Manufacturing

Profile

Dan is a highly regarded industry leader with extensive expertise in the utility, technology, manufacturing and food processing industries. His special proficiency with food and beverage processing operations supports the firm’s growth in Food, Distribution & Manufacturing.In addition, Dan has extensive knowledge in sustainable water, wastewater, and energy conservation design, capitalizing on synergies with LEO A DALY’s program-management brand, LAN. His years of practice provide industrial clients with safe, efficient and sustainable infrastructure design.

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Russell L. Schertz

Russell L. Schertz

Market Sector Leader – Food, Distribution & Manufacturing

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Russell has designed and managed an array of expansion projects directly for major food companies over the last 21 years, managing projects that include ammonia refrigeration, automated crane systems and robotics. He is experienced in design of the site, building envelope, utility systems, manufacturing lines, control systems, material handling and finished goods distribution for both green field projects and plant expansions. His specialties include ammonia refrigeration and clean room design details.

With a unique perspective as an owner’s representative, Russell always maintains focus on the owner’s needs and expectations by continually communicating with the client and right-sizing the engineering effort to provide the best value.

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Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt, AIA, NCARB

Project Manager - Food, Distribution & Manufacturing

Profile

Michael has more than two decades of experience in all aspects of architectural design. He is highly skilled in designing and managing multi-disciplinary teams in the execution of large-scale projects. While he was a senior manager of architecture for a large national retailer, Michael developed a passion for food, distribution and manufacturing. With a solid background in a variety of projects, including retail and commercial space planning and development, he brings diverse architectural knowledge to each project he manages.

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