What can happen when you combine a national leader in transportation with a home-grown civil engineering company with 60 years of experience in Iowa? The state of Iowa (and the Midwest) is about to find out.
McClure Engineering Company announced today that effective January 3, 2017, Paul Trombino, former Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation, will begin as the company’s next President, a strategic move to position the company as a leader in transportation economics for the Midwest. Terry Lutz, who has been President of the company since 1985, will continue with the company as CEO and Chairman of the Board.
“This is an exciting time for our company,” explained Lutz. “Paul has brought a vision to our state focused on economic development by leveraging freight movement, specifically leading the development of freight commodity data. His vision and thought process align perfectly with our culture at McClure Engineering Company.”
McClure Engineering Company (MEC) was founded in 1956 and provides a full spectrum of professional civil engineering services to both public and private clients. In the past year, approximately 80 percent of MEC’s business has been in the public sector with 40 percent of that focusing on transportation-related projects. MEC has 10 offices throughout Iowa and Missouri and is currently working in 35 states throughout the country. Lutz pointed to this statistic as one of the driving factors to bring Trombino on as the leader of the company, noting that his expertise and ideas for future transportation will be transformational for the state and the company’s clients.
“Transportation economics have a broad application for helping communities and the states of the Midwest,” shared Paul Trombino. “I am looking forward to working with such a talented group of engineering professionals who wake up every day thinking ‘how can we help our clients build better infrastructure for the future?’… it is exciting to be a part of it and I am humbled to become the company’s next President!”
Trombino has recently completed a term as President of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and as Vice Chair for the executive committee for the Transportation Research Board this month. Both organizations are known for leading the way in transportation research. Trombino, who will be based in MEC’s Clive office, plans to bring the knowledge and innovative ideas he gleaned by leading these two organizations back to the Midwest through McClure Engineering Company’s 10 offices scattered throughout Iowa and Missouri.
“During my time as President, one of my responsibilities has been to continually embed strong leadership within the company that focuses on the future,” added Lutz. “Paul embodies all of the core values we have worked to develop within our company – integrity, constant attention to detail, innovative, fun, hard-working and focused on continually improving self and ideas for clients – and, under his leadership, we are thrilled for the future of our staff and clients!”