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Berks engineering firm acquires environmental consulting firm

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Reading's Liberty Environmental Inc. has acquired environmental consulting firm Hafer Environmental Services, also of Reading.

Hafer’s owner, Christopher Kern, and its senior environmental scientist, Michael Bingaman, have joined Liberty’s office.

Both have more than 20 years of experience in site assessment, site characterization, storage tank management and soil and groundwater remediation.

It is Liberty’s second acquisition in the past three years. In 2012, Liberty acquired Alternative Environmental Solutions of Lancaster.

James Cinelli, president of Liberty, said the acquisition is part of strategic growth, particularly in the firm’s site assessment and remediation work.

“This acquisition fuels continued growth of our site assessment and remediation practice areas. We are thrilled to add the experienced staff from Hafer Environmental Services and build upon our client base in the region,” Cinelli said.

Hafer was founded in 1989 by Larry Hafer. Kern bought the practice in 1998 upon Hafer’s retirement.

Liberty Environmental Inc. has been in operation since 2004.

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