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I N D U S T R Y

BDB C L U S T E R S

Aerospace/ Aviation/ Engineering

WGI

A Leader in Providing Engineering Solutions For more than four decades, Florida cities, WGI has a municipal division that works with cities in transportation agencies, land planners and South and Central Florida, as well as Palm Beach, developers have relied on the Wantman Martin and St. Lucie counties. The company’s civil Group, Inc. (WGI) for professional engineering engineering group does development work for services. By investing in talented professionals and residential, commercial and institutional clients. Other innovative technology, the multidisciplinary West Palm WGI business units include a land planning and Beach company has carved out a leading position in landscape architecture group, a structural engineering team and an environmental department that conducts both the public and private sector. “We have a great base of repeat clients who assessments prior to new project commencement. WGI is nationally recognized for its geospatial appreciate our willingness to go the extra mile for their needs,” said David Wantman, president. “We services, ranking #23 in Point of Beginning magazine’s list of “Top 100 Firm Awards 2015 for have also invested in marketing and Surveying, Mapping and Geospatial business development, and that has Revenue.” Last year, the company helped us grow rapidly in the past is a national leader in the purchased a Terrestrial Mobile LiDAR few years.” David’s father, Joel Wantman, aviation/aerospace/ engineering (TML) unit, a cutting-edge survey industry, with more than 20,000 tool that allows for topographic data founded the company in 1972 and is employees in 629 businesses. to be collected while travelling the still active in the business. David Areas of expertise include roadway at posted speed. This Wantman began his engineering research, development and method provides for comprehensive career with a consulting firm in production of commercial and data collection and documentation Tampa, before joining the familyprivate aircraft, helicopters, of corridor conditions in up to half owned company in 1999. Today, rocket and propulsion systems, the time of traditional field surveying, WGI has more than 300 employees and aircraft parts. without placing a person in or near in eight offices throughout Florida,

Palm Beach County

compared with 75 three years ago. To accommodate its growth, the firm is building an 18,000 square-foot addition to its 34,000 squarefoot headquarters on Okeechobee Road. “We’re also expanding our offices in Tampa, Orlando and Tallahassee,” Wantman said. WGI’s largest clients are the Florida Department of Transportation, the Florida Turnpike and the South Florida Water Management District, said Brian LaMotte, PE, vice president and chief marketing officer. “Our biggest projects are highways and bridges on the state’s expressways,” he added. Along with its transportation group engineers, 38 PALM BEACH COUNTY BUSINESS PROFILE | BDB.ORG

traffic. LaMotte added that many engineering firms dropped surveying services in the past decade. “Now, we are being contacted by large engineering firms who want to subcontract this service from WGI, adding to our company’s revenue and client base.” In that same entrepreneurial spirit, WGI has turned its investment in graphic design equipment and creative services into a revenue center. “A lot of hard work goes into preparing an RFP (request for proposal) for a project,” LaMotte said. “We have a whole team here that can handle digital, print and other media, so we have just started marketing our

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