After working in the environmental consulting industry for 15 years and seeing a growing need for a minority owned environmental consulting firm in Southeast Michigan, Clarence E. Carpenter, III established EKS Environmental Consulting & General Contracting, L.L.C. (EKS) in April of 2000 with it’s first location in a small office out of his home in Southgate, MI.
Shortly after opening its doors EKS hired Jim Cesarz as Vice President of Operations. He came to EKS with 15 years of experience in the environmental industry along with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
These two dedicated themselves to doing professional quality environmental field work in a cost effective manner. By doing so they established a small, loyal client base.
In the middle of 2001 EKS had outgrown their small office in Southgate, MI and moved into Northland Towers located in Southfield, MI. Once there EKS continued to grow its client base and further establish itself as a professional quality environmental firm in Southeast Michigan.
In 2002 EKS moved their office to the New Center Area on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit, MI to be more centrally located to meet the growing environmental needs of its clients.
During this growth EKS looked for, hired and has retained a core group of highly trained professional employees which included Field Technicians, Project Managers and Office Personnel. All of this was possible through the continued loyalty of the client base they established in the beginning and continued to establish throughout their years of growth.
In September 2004 EKS Environmental Consulting & General Contracting, L.L.C. changed its name to EKS Services Incorporated and decided to no longer perform construction management and focus on our core business of environmental consulting. Along with this name change came the realization that EKS had outgrown the offices in the New Center Area on West Grand Boulevard and the search for a new location began. EKS’s search ended when we meet with CDS Properties; formerly Cunningham Drug Stores, and they built out a suite of offices for EKS in what once was the Cunningham Drug Store Warehouse on Rosa Parks Boulevard near the Old Tiger Stadium in Corktown.
Throughout EKS’s growth, name change and location changes EKS has continually established itself as a leading professional environmental firm not only in Southeast Michigan but throughout the Midwest. EKS’s dedication to preserving human health and the environment for every client in a timely, professional and cost effective manner has helped EKS Services Incorporated throughout its short history and will continue to help EKS Services Incorporated grow to one day be one of the leading Environmental Services providers in the industry.