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Chapman Technical Group, a St. Albans, WV-based engineering and architectural firm, has been acquired by Kentucky-based GRW.

GRW is a full-service engineering, architectural, planning and digital mapping firm.

GRW's president is Ron Gilkerson, a Wayne, WV, native and a Marshall University graduate. GRW maintains offices in Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Ohio. He currently serves on the engineering advisory board at Marshall.

"We were looking to expand into West Virginia for some time," Gilkerson said. "We have clients there, in Charleston, Martinsburg, in Gilmer County and at Camp Dawson. We were looking for a more eastern presence than Lexington."

Gilkerson said Chapman Technical Group will be "a wholly owned subsidiary of GRW. It gives them continuity. It's a win-win for everyone."

"Chapman added a few things that we didn't have," Gilkerson said. "They have a strong landscape architectural engineer staff. Our two firms complement each other very well.

Chapman has provided engineering, architectural, interior design, surveying and landscape architectural services for clients throughout West Virginia. It will maintain its corporate identity, but will be able to offer more experience and a wider range of services, including the most technologically current geospatial services offered anywhere.

Chapman Technical Group was founded by Harvey Chapman, a native of Nitro, WV, in 1984. When he died in 1996, the firm had 30 professionals and support staff in offices in St. Albans and Buckhannon. Sharon Chapman took over the firm and oversaw its continued growth. She will remain with the firm and provide interior design services.

"It is a nice-size firm," said Gilkerson. "We are real pleased – it's a big move for us.

"It's a big move for me personally too," he added. "I want to have an office where I grew up."

GRW is well-known for its work in water treatment and services, Gilkerson pointed out.

"Every day, we can go home knowing that we helped make our world a better place," he said.