A Recap of 2022 and Looking Forward to 2023

2022 was an excellent year for Sain Associates, with revenue growth, notable projects, and team member additions. I’m thankful for our amazing clients and outstanding staff. This year’s highlight was celebrating 50 years in business for our company.

Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame

It was an award-winning year at Sain. Sain was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame. Our founder, Charles “Hack” Sain, was previously inducted into the Hall of Fame as an individual member in 2006. Other 2022 awards included:

  • ACEC National Recognition Award for the Carvana Distribution Center in Bessemer
  • Irondale Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Award
  • Finalist in the Business Council of Alabama and Alabama Chamber of Commerce Association’s Small Business Awards
Other highlights included:
  • We added 13 team members and continue to grow and diversify our services.
  • HR Manager Caroline Young was presented with the 5th annual Spirit of Lauren Award.
  • Our staff was very involved in community and professional organizations.
  • Project Manager Erin Curry, from our Pulaski, Tennessee office, was reelected to the Giles County Commission.
  • A large group of staff completed an Introduction to Leadership Course facilitated by COO/Sr. Principal Becky White.
  • Several employees celebrated promotions, Drone Pilots certifications, and other professional registrations.
  • Traffic Team Leader/Associate Jeff Stephenson and Senior Project Manager/Associate Paul Gilliam participated in Leadership Shelby County, and President/CEO Jim Meads participated in Leadership Trussville.
  • I presented across the state on the Alabama ASCE 2022 Report Card.
  • We continued to expand our GIS services with multiple Broadband Planning Studies across the State of Alabama.
  • We provided CE&I services at the Redland Road/Firetower Road Intersection in Elmore County and Opelika Sportsplex Roundabout and Design.
  • We also expanded our aviation services by adding the Air Cargo Road Extensions at the Huntsville International Airport and the Huntsville Executive Airport Runway Embankment.
  • We continued to expand our work for municipalities, counties, and DOTs with new projects in Irondale, Auburn, Opelika, Prattville, Vestavia, Madison, Hartselle, Alabaster, Jasper, Huntsville, Birmingham, Anniston, Hoover, Mountain Brook, Phenix City, St. Clair County, Calhoun County, Autauga County, Elmore County, Shelby County, and other cities/counties. 
  • The Industrial Economic Development market continued to be a bright spot for us in 2022, which included work with Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority, Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, DF Chase, Freedom Real Estate, Dunn Building Company, ARCO, Doster, and others.
  • We assisted our clients in pursuing grant projects, including TAP, Industrial Access Road, EDA, and ATRIP II. 
  • Some other projects of note include:
    • Improvements to Baldwin County Intersections
    • Birmingham Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) & Regional Traffic Operations Program (RTOP)
    • Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Local Road Safety Initiative
    • Site Design and Construction Staking for a $1.2 billion food and beverage project in McCalla
    • Old Tuscaloosa Highway Improvements in McCalla
    • A Rural Statewide Transit Study for Alabama
    • TDOT Wrong Way Driving Prevention Study in Regions 3 & 4
    • Kelly Creek Commerce Park in Moody
    • Project Ocean – a large industrial project in De Soto, Kansas
    • Surveying and civil engineering at the Preserve at Lake Wedowee
    • Redstone Gateway in Huntsville
    • Pulaski Pike Industrial Park in Huntsville
    • Gadsden Area Advanced Corridor Management for ALDOT
    • Comprehensive Plans for various Cities, including Rainbow City, Enterprise, and Helena
    • Downtown Dothan/Main Street Study

We are optimistic as we move forward into 2023 based on the current backlog of work and the diversification of our business. We are continuing to hire staff moving into next year. As we move into the next 50 years of business, Jim Meads and Becky White are leading an advanced leadership training program for selected staff to help us move toward the fourth generation of ownership.