Hard Hat Services Acquires Ely Energy, Forms Aether DBS

Hard Hat Services (HHS), an industrial environmental engineering and construction management firm headquartered in Naperville, Ill., has acquired Ely Energy, of Tulsa, Okla. The new combined company, called aether dbs, will offer clients full service design/build solutions and engineered modular systems for air, water, energy, infrastructure, and environmental projects. “Aether” is the mythical fifth element that fills the universal void and connects all other elements.

Tom Blair, aether dbs president and former HHS chief executive officer, expressed his enthusiasm about the new company. “The strategic acquisition of Ely Energy represents an exciting new stage of our corporate growth. It places us firmly in the energy sector and allows us to continue expanding our services and capabilities for our clients. In addition, HHS’ turnkey project capabilities bring an added dimension to the Ely Energy customer base. The combined company, aether dbs, delivers value to our clients by providing practical, sustainable concept-to-completion solutions. With solid relationships in the U.S. and a growing presence in a number of international markets, our expanded resources will result in continued success and more opportunities for our employees, for our clients, and for aether dbs.”

Joe Ragosta, aether dbs vice president of of Manufacturing Operations and former Ely Energy chief executive officer said, “Collectively, our companies have been solving uncommon problems for a long time, in fact, Ely Energy dates back to 1898. We look forward to forging new relationships and providing our services to clients around the world.”

With five offices in the U.S., and key partnerships in international markets, aether dbs brings the essential elements of people, talent, technology, and action together to deliver value for their clients' complex problems.

Hard Hat Services, founded in 2000, is a full-service general contractor and licensed engineering firm offering construction management and engineering services. Ely Energy, Inc., designs and manufactures gas vaporizers, blenders, and process systems used in air pollution control.

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