Expansion into Atlantic Canada - Dessau Joins Forces with Maritime Testing

MONTREAL, Jan. 31, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Dessau Inc., one of Canada's largest engineering-construction firms, today announced that it has acquired Maritime Testing Ltd., a company based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, that specializes in geotechnical, materials and environmental engineering.

"Dessau now has a solid standing in Atlantic Canada, thanks to Maritime Testing's 27 years of experience and outstanding reputation. This acquisition strengthens our service offering in geotechnical, geoenvironmental and materials engineering, while extending our presence from coast to coast with a total of nearly 80 offices in Canada," stated Mr. Jean-Pierre Sauriol, President and Chief Executive Officer at Dessau.

"We are very pleased to join Dessau, one of the country's leading firms in the engineering-construction field, as it will allow us to broaden our expertise and offer clients new services. What is more, our employees will have the opportunity to work on exciting, large-scale projects and advance their careers within a major company," added Mr. Kim Strong, President of Maritime Testing.

The firm will become part of LVM, Dessau's largest subsidiary, which employs more than 1,400 people and provides geotechnical, materials and environmental engineering services.

About Maritime Testing
Established in 1985, Maritime Testing Ltd. specializes in geotechnical, materials and environmental engineering. The company, which employs 60 people, operates its head office and laboratory in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a permanent office in Moncton, New Brunswick, as well as field offices throughout the Maritimes.

About Dessau
Founded in 1957, Dessau is the fifth-largest engineering-construction firm in Canada and is ranked 57th in the world. With expertise in a wide range of fields, Dessau plans, designs, builds and manages infrastructure for clients in the private and public sectors. Dessau employs nearly 5,000 people and posts annual revenues of $750 million. The company also operates offices in North Africa, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Dessau is one of "Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies."

SOURCE DESSAU INC.

For further information:

Jessie-Kim Malo
External Communications Advisor
Dessau Inc.
Tel.: 514.281.1033, ext. 2032

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