History


  • Rosebush, Michigan: Herbert L. Fluharty establishes Fluharty Engineering—civil engineering and land surveying for the municipal, realty, and private sectors.

  • Fluharty Engineering takes on Dow Chemical USA for pipeline construction projects and expands its service footprint in the Midwest through pipeline engineering.

  • Herb Fluharty sells part of Fluharty Engineering to Welded Construction Company to his uncle, Hank Mogg, to become MEARS Engineering: Management, Engineering Accounting, Rental, Sales.

  • Dow Chemical collaborates with Mears to assist with cathodic protection problems on its pipeline system resulting in Mears performing close-interval surveys to identify poor or low cathodes protection on pipelines.

  • After the acquisition of Welded Construction, Mears—led by founder Herbert Fluharty—focuses on pipeline integrity and engineering.

  • Working with emerging micro-computers programmers, Mears creates a complete cathodic protection data management system targeting the needs of pipelines companies resulting in national attention and opening the door to providing cathodic protection services.

  • For Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation, Mears develops an installation system to carry the carbon-based backfill to surround the AnodeFlex.

  • Mears expands its services into Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) to install AnodeFlex in environmentally sensitive areas. Mears becomes one of the largest and respected HDD contractors in the world—completing crossings over 11,000 feet in length, and installing pipe sizes up to 60-inches in diameter including long, complicated intersects.

  • Mears leverages its HDD and pipeline construction expertise to become one of the largest long-haul telecommunication contractors in the country, specializing in rail-plowing and specialized services.

  • Mears’ Herbert, Scot & John Fluharty develop and perfect a patented plowed system of installation for AnodeFlex, thus recognizing Mears as the preferred designer/installer of this rehabilitation system.

  • Armed with expert growth in Pipeline Integrity, Horizontal Directional Drilling, and Telecom Construction, Mears expands operations to South America with offices in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • To tackle larger, more complex projects, Mears joins forces with Quanta—the largest infrastructure provider (power, telecom, pipeline solutions) in North America.

  • Founder Herb Fluharty hands the reigns to son, Scot Fluharty, as President & Chief Executive Officer of Mears.

  • Mears dedicates state-of-the-art 15,000-square-foot NACE-approved training facility—Herbert L. Fluharty Training & Testing Facility—specially designed for rig-testing and pipeline integrity training.

  • Mears develops No-Set™, a unique thermal grout that is a quick-acting thixotropic (non-cementitious) to completely occupy annular space between casing and conduits, which is implemented in an electrical project for Florida Power & Light.

  • As a leading underground solutions provider, Mears expands its reach by partnering with some of the largest gas distribution utility companies in North America thanks to garnering operations of several Quanta Services sister companies.

  • Mears receives the NACE Distinguished Organization Award for outstanding contributions in the field of corrosion science, engineering or a major technological contribution in either field.

  • Quanta Services opens The Lazy-Q Ranch training facility in La Grange, Texas for: hands-on instruction from master trainers focusing on safety, skill development and certifications as well as custom-solution pipeline training for challenging projects.

  • Mears completes a record-setting drill—7,357 linear feet, 24-inch steel pipeline under the Elizabeth River—as part of the Hampton Roads Crossing constructed by Virginia Natural Gas.

  • Mears adds more trench-less solutions to its HDD capabilities with Direct Pipe® for the oil, gas, electrical and water/wastewater industries.

  • Jim Walton’s JW Pipeline Integrity Services, LLC of Dallas, Texas joins the Mears Family to better serve the needs of its expanding client base.

  • Mears further expands its capabilities by creating a Midstream Division focused on the construction of Oil & Gas Pipeline and Gathering Systems.

  • Dating back to 1970, Mears has always been a leading energy engineering firm. In 2018, Mears restructured internal resources to start an Engineering Division specifically focused on providing engineering, design, and project management services to utilities and pipeline operators.