JACKSON, Mississippi – Neel-Schaffer, a Jackson-based planning and engineering firm, has opened an office in Brandon at 20 Eastgate Drive, Suite C. It will be managed by Brandon native Derick Milner.
“We are excited to be serving the city of Brandon and assisting with their engineering needs out of our new Brandon office,” said Keith O’Keefe, PE, who manages the Central Mississippi offices for Neel-Schaffer.
Neel-Schaffer now has 39 offices, including 16 in Mississippi, spread throughout nine states. Neel-Schaffer also has a subsidiary surveying firm, Maptech Inc. in Pearl, which represents an additional office in Rankin County.
“We are going to fill the void between here and Meridian (where Neel-Schaffer also has an office),” said Milner. “We are the only firm in Rankin County that offers the full slate of services that Neel-Schaffer offers.”
Since helping found the company, President Hibbett Neel has said that one of his core principles is to serve the communities where employees live. In that spirit, Milner, who was born and raised and resides in Brandon, points out that 27 Neel-Schaffer employees live in Rankin County. Said Milner: “We are now serving another community in which we live.”
Founded in 1983 as a transportation planning firm, Neel-Schaffer is now a multi-disciplined firm with about 400 professional and technical employees. Neel-Schaffer’s core disciplines include traffic/transportation, civil, environmental science, water/wastewater, storm water, aviation, structural and hydraulic engineering. It also provides geotechnical, electrical, highway and bridge engineering services and employ highly trained hydrologists, cost estimators, urban planners, landscape architects and public outreach specialists.