After their many decades of working for and with the US Department of Energy and its contractors at the executive level, FE&C’s founders saw an opportunity. By necessity, large contractors were looking more and more to outside firms to complete their work while keeping costs down. What was needed was more flexible, responsive expertise. In 2001, FE&C opened its doors to meet this challenge.
By late that same year, FE&C had won and was 100% self-performing work on a multi-million dollar, multi-year, sizeable and complicated environmental remediation project at the 300 area of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation – digging up hundreds of aging drums of nuclear waste known for spontaneously igniting when exposed to air. This project may have seemed risky as a first-time contract for a growing firm, but FE&C’s record at completion of zero accidents in 2003 sealed their reputation as a force to be reckoned with in the world of hazardous materials remediation.
Through the next several years, FE&C’s visibility at Hanford became much more prominent as they began winning more and more work. Soon, FE&C had under its belt not only much more environmental work but several high-profile construction jobs. FE&C performed a couple of construction services jobs for the Hanford Tank Farms in 2002, safely cocooned the 105 D reactor for safe storage and designed/constructed the simulator training facility for the Hanford Waste Treatment plant from 2003-2004, and partnered with a small business to construct and test a ¼ scale pretreatment system for Hanford’s vitrification plant in 2007. Not to be outdone in its construction services division, the environmental division of FE&C reached an impressive milestone: it completed more acres of hands-on nuclear remediation than any other company in the United States. Many companies that experience this kind of exponential growth have problems with underlying issues, but FE&C‘s safety rating continued to be exceptional.
FE&C’s exponential growth enabled the opening of two overseas offices: in 2005 and 2006: one in the UK in 2005 and on in Canada in 2006. The UK’s office was primarily tasked with assisting contractors in finding innovative ways to decommission outdated Magnox reactors there. $20 Million of work to date has been completed. FE&C Canada went to work on the mining market, assisting demolition of an oil sands plant in Alberta and completing a $19 million job dismantling a gold mine in Ontario.
To expand into other markets nationally, FE&C opened doors to two more offices in 2010 – one in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and one in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In October of 2010, FE&C reached a safety milestone – achieving a million man-hours without a lost-time incident.
Today, FE&C’s growth and record of excellence continues. Our safety record is improving even as the number of hours worked goes up and our projects continue to grow larger and more complex.