Our History

Early Corporate History

The history of KCI can be traced to a small firm operating out of the basement of the co-founder’s Baltimore County, Maryland, home in 1955. By its second year, Matz Childs and Associates took up residence in a proper facility, only to change locations several times over the next decade in a succession of moves that paralleled its growth. In 1977, the recently renamed MCA was purchased, along with three other architectural and engineering firms, by industrial products conglomerate Walter Kidde & Company. The Kidde acquisitions merged into an engineering subsidiary that came to be known as Kidde Consultants Inc., or KCI. During the 1980s, KCI expanded throughout the Mid-Atlantic, opening new offices in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Employee Ownership

In August 1987, Hanson Trust PLC of Great Britain, a manufacturing company with diversified holdings worldwide, purchased Kidde, the parent company. Soon thereafter, KCI initiated an employee buyout from Hanson, which was completed in December 1988. KCI became Maryland’s largest employee-owned company. In 1991, the official name was changed to KCI Technologies Inc. In 2008, the corporate headquarters moved to its present location in Sparks, Md.

Continued Growth

In control of our own destiny since that time, KCI has been able to share its prosperity and success with all of our team. Over the years, our stock value has significantly outperformed both the S&P 500 and NASDAQ indices, turning some of our long-time staff members from entry-level employees into millionaires.

With revenues exceeding $205 million, Engineering News-Record has consistently placed KCI among the top consulting engineering firms in the country. Today, our roughly 1,400 employee owners operate out of more than 35 offices in dozens of states across the U.S. The timeline below highlights some of our amazing story since the 1988 buyout that redefined the firm.

1988 Timeline-Dash On December 15, the employee owners of Kidde Consultants Inc. completed a leveraged buyout from parent company Hanson Trust PLC.
1989 Timeline-Dash Kidde forms its first company-wide employee committee.
1991 Timeline-Dash The firm’s name is officially changed to KCI Technologies Inc.
1993 Timeline-Dash KCI’s headquarters is consolidated from four buildings in Towson to a single multi-story office in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
1994 Timeline-Dash KCI pays off our $6 million buyout loan, celebrating with a burn the note party.
1995 Timeline-Dash Terry Neimeyer takes the helm as president.
1997 Timeline-Dash Subsidiary KCI Environmental Technologies and Construction begins building stream and restoration projects.
1997 Timeline-Dash KCI goes live on the Web with www.kci.com.
1999 Timeline-Dash Terry Neimeyer is promoted to Chief Executive Officer.
2000 Timeline-Dash KCI appoints Terry Neimeyer to serve as Chairman of the Board.
2004 Timeline-Dash KCI Convergent Technologies LLC begins offering outside and inside plant communications installation.
2005 Timeline-Dash New Sons and Daughters Scholarship Program gives four students a hand with college costs.
2006 Timeline-Dash Nate Beil is promoted to President, Terry Neimeyer remains CEO and Chairman.
2007 Timeline-Dash KCI creates a Resource Management Discipline to focus on natural and water resource restoration and remediation planning and design.
2008 Timeline-Dash A new growth strategy starts with acquisition of Jacobs Engineering.
2009 Timeline-Dash KCI moves its headquarters into a LEED Gold-certified green building in Sparks, Maryland.
2010 Timeline-Dash KCI acquires ASC geosciencies Inc.
2011 Timeline-Dash Companywide ISO certification documents the firm’s quality management system.
2012 Timeline-Dash KCI acquires Triplett King & Associates and ESPA Corp to move more heavily into South Carolina and Texas.
2013 Timeline-Dash Convergent Technologies becomes KCI Communications Infrastructure with an expanded focus.
2013 Timeline-Dash KCI acquires Summerall Land Surveying and KCE Engineering to expand technical capabilities in Maryland.
2013 Timeline-Dash Our team celebrate 25 years of employee ownership.
2014 Timeline-Dash The firm’s Resource Management Group launches the Blue Current blog.
2016 Timeline-Dash New Utilities Discipline consolidates power, SUE and utilities coordination capabilities.
2016 Timeline-Dash Major expansion plans lead to new offices throughout the Mid-West.
2016 Dash KCI acquires RPM Transportation Consultants to expand capabilities in traffic engineering, transportation planning, roundabout and bicycle design.