Archives March 2015

A Seabee Birthday Message!

MSG would like to wish the Seabee's a Happy 72nd Birthday!!!

For more information on the Seabee's click here...http://seabeemagazine.navylive...

Construction has Begun on the OCE Project


MSG is excited to have been an integral part of the Oregon Clean Energy project, which is an $800M, 800- megawatt, gas-fired power plant located in Oregon, Ohio. MSG provided survey, environmental, ecological and geotechnical engineering services for the project. Find out more about this project by clicking the link below...

Happy 60th Birthday MSG!


MSG Commemorates its 60th year in business with Special Logo.

MSG Secures more than $100M in Funding

The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG) recently reached a milestone in securing more than $100 million in funding dollars for nearly 60 communities, agencies and private sector clients throughout Ohio and Michigan.

For 15 years, MSG has been active in identifying and assisting with the development of funding strategies for moving planned projects to the implementation stage. The firm, which provides planning, infrastructure design, and environmental services, identifies funding sources to assist clients offset the rising cost of construction materials, declining tax revenues and the tightening of local, state and federal budgets.

According to Pat Etchie, MSG chief planner/grant strategist, these strategies often involve a mix of local matching funds, state funds and federal funds. MSG assists clients in the preparation of the funding applications or prepares the complete submittal. 

"There are also public-private partnerships that can be explored along with Tax Increment Financing, Transportation Improvement Districts and other non-traditional ways of funding projects," explained Etchie. "The diverse services that MSG offers, allows us to identify a planned approach to securing funds for a project. We believe in setting specific incremental goals to bring each application to fruition in a timely manner." 

Projects funded by MSG-assisted applications include a variety of projects such as roadway safety; bridge load ratings; bridge replacements; storm water management; streetscapes; signal systems; multi-use paths; brownfield clean-ups; and recreational projects. MSG has provided successful funding applications for more than 100 projects since 2000.

TMMI Receives 2015 Concrete Achievement Award

MSG's project at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana (TMMI) Plant in Princeton, Indiana (home of the Sequoia, Highlander and Sienna) recently received the 2015 Concrete Achievement Award for Excellence in Concrete Construction from the Indiana Ready Mixed Concrete Association. For the TMMI Container Yard Project MSG provided engineering design, topographic survey, and construction materials testing services. Notably, MSG developed a custom designed cement stabilization soil subgrade treatment with roller compacted concrete pavement. MSG also developed and implemented a specialized field and laboratory CQA testing program to satisfy Toyota's stringent expectations for construction quality and integrity. MSG was retained by Toyota for this project to replace a competing engineering firm and the MSG design resulted in over $1.5 million in savings for Toyota over the previous design.

MSG Named Top Workplace


The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG) is pleased to announce that it has been selected as one of The Toledo Blade Top Workplaces in Northwest Ohio.

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement. Thirty firms in the Toledo-area were selected for the award this year. Employees were surveyed on everything from training and work-life balance to company values and retention. 

"We are very pleased that our employees see MSG as a great place to work and build a career," said MSG Chief Executive Officer and President Richard F. Bertz, "We attribute our success to the skills and dedication of every individual staff member. They are truly our greatest resource."

MSG was honored last year with a Top Workplace Award for Northeast Ohio and also earned the Nation's Best & Brightest Companies to Work For Award, with a local award for the metropolitan Detroit area.

Ben Plowman - 2015 Young Engineer of the Year


The Toledo Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) has named Benjamin W. Plowman, PE, a structural engineer with The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. (MSG), as the 2015 Young Engineer of the Year. The award was presented to Plowman February 23 at the annual Engineer's Week Luncheon, co-sponsored by TSPE and the Technical Society of Toledo. Plowman was selected based on his technical knowledge, professional interests, personal character, leadership, civic spirit, and contributions to the community.

Plowman joined MSG in the firm's Columbus office in 2011 and earned his professional engineering license. He later transferred to the MSG Maumee office and has worked on numerous major bridge design projects.

In recommending Plowman for the award, MSG President and Chief Executive Officer Richard F. Bertz said, "Since his beginning as a young bridge design engineer, he [Ben] has provided a significant and continual improvement to our Transportation Engineering Group. We believe he exemplifies the meaning of 'Engineer' and is a true benefit to the local profession and supporting organizations." 

Plowman graduated from Ohio Northern University in 2008 and earned his Level II Certification from the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) in 2009. Using his abilities as a certified rope access technician and structural engineering skills, Plowman worked throughout the US as one of only 60 individuals nationwide with SPRAT certification and bridge inspection skills. In this role, he served as a team leader for the inspection of more than 300 bridges nationwide, including 18 major river crossings.

As a professional engineer, Plowman is a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the Ohio Society of Professional Engineers, and the Toledo Society of Professional Engineers where he serves as a Trustee. He is presently spearheading the charter of an Association for Bridge Design and Construction chapter for northwest Ohio in Toledo. A three-time NCAA wrestler while in college, Plowman also volunteers as a wrestling coach at various local schools and as a USA and AAU Wrestling referee for Youth Biddy Tournaments, Freestyle and Greco-Roman Tournaments.

U of M Driverless Vehicle Testing Facility is Nearing Completion

Mannik & Smith's design of the one-of-a-kind, U of M Driverless Vehicle Testing Facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan for autonomous & connected vehicle research is nearing completion. Click on the link below for a video sneak peek...[video src="


Check Out the State of Ohio's First Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon

Check out this informational video that ODOT did for the first Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB) placed on a State Route in Ohio.

" ]The Delta Ohio PHB was actually developed in concept by our Planning/Funding staff and then designed by our Traffic Engineering staff for the Village of Delta. We assisted the Village in securing 100% funding for the project through ODOT as a Pilot Project.