HISTORY OF THE FIRM
Johnson Environmental was formed out of a dream and necessity. Hired in 1995 to spear head business development and project oversight for an environmental remediation company’s new and revolutionary Thermal Recovery process, our Principal, Barry Johnson, left the chemical manufacturing industry following nearly 10 years of dedicated service. However, along with many fledgling startups, the revolutionary technology failed woefully short of working consistently and operating with the speed and efficiency necessary to make money. So, after some $12M dollars invested in research and development of the unsuccessful technology, the parent company pulled the plug. It’s a matter of “semantics” at that point; Barry was out of a job or an overnight entrepreneur.
1996 marks the beginning of Johnson Environmental and our focus of offering technical and environmental consulting services to industrial clients. Our industrial environmental experience includes permit expertise in all environmental media: Air, Water, and Soil / Solid Waste. Specification, evaluation, and testing of treatment technologies and then permitting and employee training were the focus of early Johnson Environmental.
Then, following the landfalls of Hurricane’s Bertha and Fran in 1996, Johnson Environmental began applying our multidisciplinary technical knowledge to disaster recovery. Johnson Environmental was subcontracted through Killam and Associates (Freehold, NJ), to perform as a TAC (Technical Advisory Consultant) to the State of North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, with specific direction in design and construction oversight of water treatment, wastewater treatment facilities and emergency shoreline protection. Killam and Associates completed its primary contractor obligations in 1997. However, Johnson Environmental was requested by the State of North Carolina to continue overseeing disaster recovery operations for all coastal communities for an additional year. While performing in this capacity a niche was discovered that local governments needed technical assistance with regards to many disaster related issues.
Following requests from several communities Johnson Environmental & Disaster Consulting was fully committed to service local governments with emergency planning, disaster recovery, closeout documentation, debris monitoring and contractor oversight. Our client list has grown significantly over the past few years, and we hope to develop a relationship with your local government or private non-profit organization and add you to the top of our list.