LEWISBURG - Herbert, Rowland & Grubic is a six-employee consulting engineering firm celebrating its 50th year in 2012.
"We do all facets of civil engineering," said Erin Threet, an engineer and office manager.
Partly as a result of the Marcellus Shale gas industry in the region, it's been a busy time for the company.
The firm at 130 Buffalo Road works with a diverse clientele looking for solutions in any number of areas including land development, wastewater, transportation, electrical surveying, landscape engineering, and GIS services.
Services include planning, environmental assessment, construction administration, even financial planning.
The Lewisburg office, Threet said, is among some seven sites statewide and in West Virginia.
"We all have these offices, but we all work pretty well together," she said.
HRG offers its expertise to help develop and revitalize commercial and industrial centers as well as residential institutional and park projects.
"We have stayed pretty busy on the municipal side," Threet said. "There's always lots of problems out there. They don't go away with the economy."
Gas drilling companies have benefited from HRG's expertise in wastewater treatment, she noted.
Many of HRG's municipal clients have been with the firm for 50 years.
"Most of our relationships are long-term," she said.
A strength of the firm, she said, is the direct and hands-on relationship it has with clients, helping guide them in the decision-making process.
It involves responding to needs and anticipating challenges that may arise.
"HRG solves problems for our clients in an as cost-effective and innovative means possible," she said.
One of the challenges of the business, she said, is marketing the firm's services.
"If you want to continue to grow, you have to reach out," she said.
Threet, a native of Mifflinburg, started her career with HRG in Harrisburg right after graduating college.
But she had an eye on coming home and when the opportunity came, she took a job with the office in Lewisburg.
The Union County site, she said, is a good fit, not only for her but the company.
"Most of my clients are within a half-hour drive," she said.