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CP&Y completed 2009 in good stead, with more than $30 million in regional revenue. The Dallas-based engineering consulting firm will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year.

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The firm began with water projects and now offers full civil engineering on infrastructure jobs across Texas. It has regional offices in Austin, Fort Worth, McKinney and in Oklahoma.

“Last year, we did pretty well,” says Arnold A. Cohen, president of CP&Y. “We had one of our better years in our history, and we owe it to what we did in the years coming up to that.”

Cohen credits employee ownership with shaping the firm’s destiny. It practices open-book management, shares information and trains future generations. The 180-person firm competes with multinational corporations.

“We have employees thinking they can impact what happens with this company,” Cohen says. “That’s what we want. That’s what we need them to do. They will drive the success.”

All customers work with an owner, and Cohen says many clients appreciate employees having a stake in the long-term success of a project. Repeat clients represent more than 85% of business. Design-build projects have opened up opportunities to more closely collaborate with construction companies.

Cohen considers long-term relationships with clients and employees key to the firm’s success. “People saw us as truly a partner,” Cohen says. “That has made a huge difference.” In 2009, CP&Y completed a rebuilding of the IH-20 bridge over SH 31 in Tyler. The company also worked on projects for the Dallas Area Rapid Transit program and at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

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