California firms tap Albany for growth 02.22.2013

THE ALBANY BUSINESS REVIEW
by MICHAEL DeMASI

FEBRUARY 22, 2013 – The other firm to open an office, Plump Engineering Inc., is much smaller than T.Y. Lin, but has had its share of high profile projects, including safely moving the Space Shuttle Endeavor through the streets of Los Angeles last fall.

Plump opened an office on Wolf Road in Colonie and expects to increase staffing to roughly 20 employees over the next two years.

Based in Anaheim, Plump had $6 million in billings last year, said Ann D’Alessandro, director of business development.

As of now, the sole engineer in the local office is Nicolas Nitti, who grew up in Cobleskill and graduated from Rensselaer in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

Nitti moved to California to get his master’s degree and work at Plump Engineering. Last year, he and the firm’s president, Richard Plump, started talking about opening an office in Albany because of the growing high-tech economy.

The new jobs are driving demand for more residential and retail development.

“Those are really some of our key markets that we do engineering in,” Nitti said. “We thought it was a great fit for the business. The other part is my roots are here. I really enjoy this community.

When I put those two together, it’s a no brainer.” Nitti, 27, moved back to the area last summer and got married in September.

 


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