MCP Buys Black & Veatch’s Public-Safety Consulting Division
Wednesday, January 08, 2020 | Comments

Mission Critical Partners (MCP) announced it acquired Black & Veatch’s Public Safety (BVPS) consulting division. The value of the acquisition was not released.

The acquisition strengthens MCP’s capabilities to design and deploy reliable, advanced radio and wireless broadband systems targeting the public-safety sector, MCP said.

BVPS was created in 2015 through the $3.1 million acquisition of RCC Consultants, a nationwide consulting and engineering firm. Since then, BVPS has designed and/or implemented more than 200 wireless communications systems and more than 300 clients.

The acquisition helps increase MCP’s geographic footprint and expand into adjacent critical-infrastructure markets including utilities, smart and safe communities, transportation and education.

“Mission-critical communications systems are becoming more integrated and interconnected, and clients need added support managing this complexity,” said Kevin Murray, MCP’s cofounder, chairman and CEO. “Black & Veatch’s public-safety consulting business reinforces MCP’s ability to provide independent expertise regarding mission-critical communications systems, and their professionals share MCP’s commitment to helping our clients improve emergency response outcomes.”

MCP acquired Athena Advanced Networks, which provides specialized IT services to public-safety agencies, in 2018. Fourteen BVPS consultants will join MCP, which will have 134 employees after the acquisition.

“The consultants joining Mission Critical Partners are well respected and highly experienced within the public-safety communications market,” said Fred Ellermeier, Black & Veatch vice president of connected communities. “They bring a focus on modernizing complex networks and emergency communications systems, making them an ideal complement to MCP’s existing team of professionals.”

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