75 years and counting for engineering firm

Michael Baker International was the design consultant for the Eighth Street Bridge rehabilitation project, which is underway in Allentown. (Contributed photo)

Few businesses last 75 years.

Few businesses last 75 years.

Of those, few become global entities.

One of those few is Michael Baker International.

The Pennsylvania-based engineering firm turns 75 this year by making a significant investment in the Greater Lehigh Valley – and in downtown Allentown’s renaissance, in particular.

A presence in the region since the 1990s, last August the company opened an office in Two City Center on Hamilton Street in Allentown – in the heart of what has been $1 billion in new development and investment.

A provider of engineering and consulting services around the world, Michael Baker International is looking to leverage its knowledge and experience both in the epicenter of Allentown’s explosive growth and beyond.

“Transportation is our core, but one of our growth strategies is to enter new markets in eastern Pennsylvania,” Michael Baker International vice president Eric Frary said.

The company has invested heavily in technology and plans to hire staff in the region. And it all comes as it marks its 75th anniversary on May 1 with a host of events and celebrations.

“We see growth in the Lehigh Valley as one of our biggest opportunities to add staff,” Frary said.

Aviation, transit and urban planning are just a few of the industries that have proven to be strong growth areas for the company.

Brian Pedersen
Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108.

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