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J.L. Richards acquires Timmins-based engineering firm

Porcupine Engineering Services was founded in 2004

Engineering firm J.L Richards & Associates Ltd. (JLR) has acquired Porcupine Engineering Services (PES).

Based in Timmins, Porcupine Engineering Services is a multidisciplinary engineering firm with specialized expertise in brownfield mining.

Founded in 2004 by partners Mario Colantonio, Frank O’Donnell, and Brian Emblin, PES has a proven reputation in northern Ontario for high-quality design and project management. Mario, Frank, Brian, and the existing PES team will be integrated into JLR’s established industrial and mining group. 

In a news release, JLR said the acquisition would allow the company to expand its existing team in Timmins and offer a diversified suite of services to clients in the mining, industrial, forestry, and energy sectors in Northern Ontario.

“This represents a significant business development and technical growth opportunity for us all,” says Guy Cormier, JLR’s president and CEO, in a news release.

“Where once stood two competitors now stands a stronger, more dynamic, and unified front. The entire JLR team is incredibly excited about the new opportunities that this partnership will bring.”

“This is a very positive and exciting time for us,” adds Brian Emblin. “We truly are better and stronger together.”

Headquartered in Ottawa, J.L. Richards provides integrated engineering, architecture, planning and project management services to clients in the private and public sectors.

Its additional offices are located in Sudbury, Kingston, Timmins, North Bay, Hawkesbury, and Guelph.