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Hargrove Controls & Automation’s process safety specialist John Binion will serve on the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) TC 56, a technical committee of the International Electrotechnical Commission managed in the U.S by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), with members from across the world to ensure our dependability standards contain the latest techniques and processes to benefit both users and producers.

(Mobile, AL) – Hargrove Controls & Automation, a subsidiary of Hargrove Engineers & Constructors, a global EPC firm and a leading industrial automation system integrator, today announced Controls & Automation Engineer John Binion, P.E., FS Eng (TÜV Rheinland) has been accepted to serve on the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Technical Committee TC 56, which is managed in the U.S. by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

IEC, based out of Geneva, Switzerland, is the world’s leading organization for the preparation and publication of international standards for all electrical, electronic ,and related technologies. The TC 56 committee works on over 60 different published standards focused mainly on dependability and risk management.

“ECIA, as the administrating organization for U.S. participation in the process, operates a US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to TC 56,” said Vice President, Standards and Technology, Edward F. Mikoski Jr, CStd, FSES of the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA).    “We are pleased to announce that Mr. John Binion representing Hargrove Controls & Automation has now become a member of this U.S. TAG where he will be sharing his experience and expertise working with the rest of the TAG members to develop official U.S. National Committee positions, comments, and votes in the development of these important international standards for industry. We look forward to his active participation.”

“John Binion is the latest Hargrove Controls & Automation Teammate in our Process Safety Group to be actively involved in developing relevant process safety management (PSM) industry standards,” said Hargrove Controls & Automation’s Process Safety Group Lead Chet Barton. “I’m really proud to be associated with such an exceptional group of subject matter experts who take an active role in the PSM community. John has become a respected authority on risk assessment, and his participation in TC 56 Dependability standards committee will no doubt advance the field.”

Hargrove Controls & Automation Safety Instrumented System (SIS) Specialists and Process Hazard Analysis (PHA) facilitators are highly trained, having completed the industry’s most rigorous and comprehensive Functional Safety Training Program to earn certification as TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety (FS) Engineers. Experienced in the practical application of industry standards, Hargrove’s safety team designs and implements safety systems in the process industries including refining, petrochemicals, chemicals, oil and gas, and manufacturing.

About Hargrove Controls & Automation

Hargrove Controls & Automation, a CSIA Certified system integrator, is a subsidiary of Hargrove Engineers & Constructors, a global EPC firm. The company is one of few multi-service automation groups in the country for plant automation, safety systems, industrial internet of things and industrial digitalization. Since its inception in 2012, Hargrove’s Controls & Automation team has grown to over 130 control systems engineers and specialists across Hargrove’s 17 offices. The team consists of panel builders, instrumentation designers, programmers, certified process safety engineers and process control engineers specializing in DCS/PLC/SIS system integration, IT/OT, Industry 4.0 digitalization, and Cybersecurity. Customer satisfaction and project success earned the company placement in Control Engineering Magazine’s 2022 System Integrator of the Year. For more information, visit Hargrove Controls & Automation’s website and LinkedIn.

Founded in Mobile, Alabama, in 1995, Hargrove Engineers & Constructors is a full-service EPC, automation, life sciences and technical services firm whose success stems from building the most talented engineers and construction professionals while maintaining long-term client relationships. For more information about Hargrove, please visit


(Mobile, AL) – Hargrove has acquired interest in TC North America S.A. de C.V., Tecnoconsult’s Mexican subsidiary, jointly owned with Saldivar Engineering. With the incorporation of a third partner, the company name will change to Tecnohargrove and will continue to be based in Monterrey, Mexico, serving the Mexican market, as well as Tecnoconsult and Hargrove clients in other countries. 

After several years of a close relationship, in which Hargrove Engineers + Constructors has teamed with Tecnoconsult Inc., an engineering company headquartered in Miami, to support projects for US-based clients, both companies have agreed to join forces in a partnership that will ensure top quality as well as world-class engineering and project management services for years to come. Based in Monterrey, Mexico, this office will serve as Hargrove’s 16th full-service operation, and first international base. 

Tecnohargrove will bring together 80 years of combined experience in the successful completion of thousands of projects for the hydrocarbon, petrochemical, power, infrastructure, manufacturing, and industrial sectors, that will provide best-in-class services at the most competitive rates. 

“What we build best are relationships, and I have no doubt this relationship with Tecnoconsult will lead to mutual and sustained success for both groups, as well as our clients,” said Ralph A. Hargrove, President and CEO of Hargrove Engineers + Constructors. “We’re proud to continue to show up for our clients in the ways that they need and to remain the Right People in the Right Place at the Right Time™.” 

Equally, Mr. Tony Marzuka, President of Tecnoconsult’s Board, said “This partnership brings together both companies’ vast experience accumulated over many years in a variety of sectors, and the synergy generated will undoubtedly be of great benefit to their respective clients and all other stakeholders.” 

Tecnoconsult, established in 1967, has extensive experience in North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, and has operated its Mexican subsidiary in Monterrey for the past five years. 


The Hargrove Foundation has reached a milestone in giving as of spring 2021 – they have now contributed over $2 million dollars to charitable causes across the country! Since inception in 2012, the Hargrove Foundation has been on a mission to support groups and organizations making a difference in the areas of health and human services, education, arts and culture, and qualified sports activities. Reaching this milestone would not be possible without the support of Hargrove Teammates and partners in all Hargrove office locations.

“We are excited to reach this point in our charitable giving,” says Micki Kohn, President of the Board for the Hargrove Foundation. “It’s incredible to think of the thousands of lives that have been positively impacted by the $2.1MM we’ve now funneled back to our communities.”

The Hargrove Foundation hosts several events across the country each year to raise funds and awareness including fishing rodeos, golf tournaments, auctions, block parties, and an annual black-tie Gala event. The Hargrove Foundation was originally founded after Hargrove realized a desire to mobilize in support of victims when several tornadoes devastated northern Alabama in 2011. Disaster relief efforts remains paramount to our Team, having supported victims of many flooding and hurricane disasters over the last decade, and having given $100,000 in COVID-19 relief.

“We look forward to continuing to give back to the communities that surround our 16 offices and beyond,” says Ralph A. Hargrove, President and CEO of Hargrove Engineers + Constructors. “As our family of companies continues to grow and serve clients in new areas, it also creates opportunities to show leadership and renew our Team’s passion for community outreach.”


Hargrove Engineers + Constructors is excited to announce the expansion of its presence in the Gulf Coast region by opening a new office at 12000 Aerospace Ave., Suite 200 in Houston, Texas. This is Hargrove’s 16th full-service operation, with 15 domestic offices and one international. As Hargrove’s fourth operation in the state of Texas, this office will support Hargrove’s clients in the oil and gas, refining, chemical and manufacturing industries, as well as other industrial sectors in the area.

“It is exciting to grow our full-service presence in this region,” said Hien Nguyen, Hargrove’s vice president of refining and petrochemicals. “We look forward to continued opportunities to provide the quality, speed and level of service characteristic of the Hargrove ‘One Team’ approach.”

On schedule to operate by May 1st, 2021, the office will offer the full range of engineering, procurement and construction services, as well as laser scanning, dimensional control, reliability and mechanical integrity, IT/Cybersecurity, process safety and controls and automation expertise, including panel fabrication and in-office factory acceptance testing.

Hargrove has grown steadily each year with an excellent track record of delivering superior results to industrial clients across the United States. As Engineering News-Record’s No. 1 ranked firm for chemical plants and No. 8 in refining, as well as Hargrove Controls + Automation’s No. 23 ranking in Control Engineering’s annual list of system integrator giants, Hargrove is well-positioned to provide superior service and commitment to clients across many sectors. Hargrove is actively recruiting in the Pasadena area for those seeking career opportunities with an industry leader.

“Having boots on the ground near our clients is one of our largest differentiators,” said Ralph A. Hargrove, president and CEO. “We’re proud to continue to show up for our clients in the ways that they need and to remain the Right People in the Right Place at the Right Time™. Each move we make is client-driven as we focus on their needs, plans and expectations, which ultimately leads to mutual success.”


Hargrove Controls + Automation ranked #23 out of 100 in the annual list of System Integrator Giants, according to the 2021 Global System Integrator Report, jumping seventeen spots from last year’s ranking of #40. Published by Control Engineering and Plant Engineering magazines, the list ranks the top global companies involved in system integration projects throughout manufacturing.

Companies making the top 100 list come in all shapes and sizes, with some assigning more than 1,000 people to system integration functions, while others have just a handful.

“To jump from #40 to #23 is very exciting for our Team,” said Karen Griffin, Hargrove Vice President of Controls + Automation. “It is a true representation of the dedication of our Teammates and clients, and well as our ever-growing capabilities, quality, and overall customer experience. It continues to be an honor to be counted among the System Integrator Giants.”

Hargrove Controls + Automation is one of few multi-service automation groups in the country for plant automation, safety systems, industrial internet of things (IIoT), and industrial digitalization. Since its inception in 2012, Hargrove’s Controls + Automation Team has grown to over 100 control systems engineers and specialists across all of Hargrove’s 14 offices. The Team consists of panel builders, instrumentation designers, programmers, certified process safety engineers and process control engineers specializing in DCS/PLC/SIS system integration. Hargrove’s digitalization expertise extends into advanced process control, equipment failure predictions, reliability and availability analyses, multi-variate analysis, and advanced dashboarding and workflow management, implementing the vision of Industry 4.0.

Hargrove Controls + Automation, a subsidiary of Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, implements control systems for pulp and paper, chemical, refining, life sciences, power generation, petrochemical, and other industrial facilities. Tormod, our commissioning and operations group, specializes in transitioning engineered facilities into operating assets, with both short term commissioning assistance and long term operations contracts.


Hargrove Controls + Automation was recently re-certified by CSIA (Control System Integrators Association). This certification program is a rigorous audit process to ensure industry standard best practices for execution and quality are implemented to reduce risks for companies seeking to hire automation system integration firms. Every three years companies must undergo an audit process to ensure continuous improvement, and Hargrove is thrilled to remain among their elite list of certified system integrators.

“CSIA has brought tremendous value to our company.  We began the process of adopting CSIA’s Best Practices as an organization very early in our membership.  The value Best Practices has brought to our organization as well as to our clients we serve cannot be measured,” said Karen Griffin, P.E., Vice President of Hargrove Controls + Automation. “Maintaining CSIA certification is a priority for Hargrove. By continuing to undergo this process, we show our dedication and commitment to excellence in the field of automation services.”

Hargrove Controls + Automation is one of few multi-service automation groups in the country for safety systems, industrial internet of things (IIoT) and plant automation. Since its inception in 2012, Hargrove’s Controls + Automation Team has grown to over 100 control systems engineers and specialists across all of Hargrove’s 14 offices. The Team consists of panel builders, instrumentation designers, programmers, certified process safety engineers and process control engineers specializing in DCS/PLC/SIS system integration.

CSIA is a not-for-profitglobal trade association whose goal is to advance the control systems integration industry. CSIA certification is a standard for best practices in project management, financial benchmarks, and quality assurance, staff development, as well as many other business aspects. Clients are looking to CSIA because the organization offers the only complete set of best practices as a standard for the systems integration industry.


The Hargrove team continues to grow and is moving to a new location at 17 Park of Commerce Blvd, Savannah, GA in early August, having had a presence in the area since 2005. The new space provides both improved workspace for our current employees as well as room for growth.  

The newly relocated office is one of two Hargrove offices in Georgia, and one of fourteen full-service office locations nationwide.

“It is exciting to see our growth in Savannah”, said Donald Brown, PE, operations leader for Hargrove’s Savannah office. “We’re honored to continue to provide our local and national clients with the quality, speed, and service, that is characteristic of our Hargrove One Team culture.”

The Savannah office offers full-service engineering and construction support, executing projects in all phases including full turnkey design-build solutions. Supporting local and international projects, this team has a breadth of project experience including the following markets: commercial designs, government/defense contracting, pulp and paper, mining, chemical manufacturing, power generation, oil and gas as well as environmental consulting services.

The Hargrove team has grown steadily and organically year over year, with technical and professional staff supporting clients in the Chemical, Pulp and Paper, Refining, Power and other industries. Having earned several top 10 rankings in Engineering News-Record’s national Sourcebook, including #1 in Chemicals, #3 in Industrial Process, #4 in Pulp + Paper, #8 in Refining, and #9 in Aerospace, Hargrove is well positioned to continue its growth.

“We continue to listen to our clients and grow with their needs in mind,” said Ralph A. Hargrove, president and CEO. “This has been our approach from the beginning. Each move we make is client-driven as we focus on their needs, plans, and expectations, which has ultimately led to mutual success.”


The 2020 Engineering News Record (ENR) Sourcebook ranking, published in July of 2020, shows Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, holding tight to the #1 spot in the Chemicals sector for the second year in a row, up from a #3 ranking in 2017 and 2018. Hargrove moved up in many of their ranked sectors, including Industrial Process, Pulp + Paper, and Refining.

“We are dedicated to supporting the chemicals industry on projects from conceptual design through commissioning and start-up,” says Hamid Zoghbi, Vice President, Chemicals Operations and Strategy at Hargrove. “We have continued to grow in this market, and all of our ranked sectors, by consistently delivering high-quality work safely, and with the right team – bringing value to our clients.”

Hargrove earns their place in ENR’s Sourcebook moving up to #3 in Industrial Process, #4 in Pulp + Paper, #8 in Refining, #16 in Fossil Fuel, and for the first time, earning a top 10 Aerospace ranking at #9. In ENR’s Top 500 Design Firms list, Hargrove rose to #47 nationally this year, up from #51 in 2019.

“We’ve worked hard over the last few years to diversify the industries we serve. We are delighted to rise up three spots to #8 in the refining industry, which has been a targeted growth sector for Hargrove, with the addition of our Integrated Gulf Coast Refining Team,” notes Micki Kohn, Executive Vice President. “We’ve also continued to support our clients’ plant-level project programs, maintenance and reliability-driven work, and controls + automation projects. Our service to the manufacturing, industrial process, and power generation industries has continued to be a pillar of Hargrove, and we’re growing our support to industries like automation, marine, government, and infrastructure.”

The Hargrove Team has grown steadily year-over-year, with new offices opening consistently. The firm now has 14 United States offices and is celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2020. Hargrove’s technical and professional staff includes discipline engineers experienced in the specialized areas of the diverse clients we serve. Hargrove’s technical and professional staff includes process discipline engineers experienced in the special needs of the diverse clients they serve. Company leadership states that Hargrove’s success stems from their time-tested culture of relationship-building – working as “One Team” with their clients – and their ownership structure, as 100% employee-owned through one of the largest minority-owned ESOPs in the country.

Engineering News-Record reports on the top design firms, both architects and engineers, and the top construction companies and projects in the United States and around the world. The ENR Top 500 Design Firms is an annual ranking of the 500 largest both privately and publicly held U.S.-based design firms based on design revenue. ENR publishes a variety of “Sourcebooks” which provide a more in-depth ranking of the largest professional service and construction firms who participate in the ENR surveys.

Hargrove and Aspen Technology Partner to Deliver Digital Twin Services

Hargrove, a full-service EPC, automation, life sciences and technical services firm, is partnering with Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ:AZPN), a global leader in asset optimization software, to deliver engineering services for a “digital twin” to better manage the operations and maintenance phase of a plant’s lifecycle. Hargrove will provide digital twin services that will rely on key technology and domain expertise from Aspen Technology. 

The digital twin represents the historical, current and future behaviors of both the physical plant asset and the physical and chemical processes occurring within that plant. Customers will experience increased throughput, quality and equipment uptime as well as lower operating costs.

“We are constantly striving to provide more value to our customers,” said Karen Griffin, PE, vice president of Controls + Automation for Hargrove. “Our technical services/on-site team has been adding value for owner-operators in the areas of planning and scheduling, O&M and turnarounds for years, and now we will augment those services by delivering full, digital twin services to our clients to further improve their operations. AspenTech is an ideal partner for us given their long history and expertise in plant operations.”

Hargrove will license aspenONE® Asset Performance Management (APM), aspenONE® Engineering and aspenONE® Manufacturing and Supply Chain software suites to help create, deliver, and maintain the digital twin services and assist customers in leveraging the twin to improve operations. The services offered will include equipment analysis and troubleshooting, optimizing real-time process controls and predictive maintenance.

“AspenTech has been helping owner-operators optimize their operations for more than 35 years,” said Luc Martin, senior vice president at Aspen Technology, Inc. “Our customers, including EPCs, are getting great business value from digital twins that range from focusing on one unit to a complex set of assets. We are now embedding AI across our portfolio, which means that customers who are already deploying digital twins with us – and Hargrove – will get a future-proofed pathway into upgrading those digital twins with embedded AI.”


Hargrove Engineers + Constructors ranked No. 47 on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) 2019 Top 500 Design Firms list, jumping 4 spots from last year’s ranking of 51. The magazine’s annual national rankings are based on design revenue for architecture, engineering, and environmental firms. Hargrove has also advanced 5 spots in ENR Magazine’s list of Top 20 U.S. Design Firms Supporting the Industrial Process/Petroleum industry, now ranking at #8.

Founded in Mobile, Alabama in 1995, Hargrove has been recognized nationally as one of the fastest-growing engineering firms for the past twelve years. Today, the company has 14 offices across the United States. Hargrove first submitted for the ENR ranking in 2012 and placed 175 on the list. Since then, the ranking has steadily improved to #90 in 2015, #76 in 2016, #73 in 2017, and #70 in 2018, and #51 in 2019. The company has seen continuous growth over the years, which has resulted in gains both on the ENR list and within the market.

“We are honored to continue to advance in ENR’s Top Design Firms list,” said Ralph A. Hargrove, President and CEO of Hargrove Engineers + Constructors. “I am grateful to see the hard work of our Team and our clients recognized in this way. We continue to put our clients’ needs at the forefront of everything we do and expand our capabilities and offices to meet their needs. When you put client relationships first and constantly mobilize to support them in the ways that matter most, mutual and sustained success is a natural product.”