Appointed Dirk Applegate as lead advisor to Bernhard Capital; A veteran of the environmental services industry leading a new company

BATON ROUGE, The., July 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Bernhard Capital Partners Management, LP (“Bernhard Capital”), a private equity management firm focused on services and infrastructure, today announced the launch of a platform dedicated to environmental services through the acquisition of KC Harvey Environmental, LLC (“KC Harvey”), a leading environmental and natural resources consulting, land reclamation and field services company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Serving a diverse base of clients around the world, KC Harvey provides environmental consulting and field services, with proven expertise in water, soil, vegetation, wildlife science and engineering and from land reclamation to mining and energy industries, and government land management. agencies. Bernhard Capital will leverage its proprietary Blueprint investment approach to build on its thesis around the emerging ESG market and the need for technical, on-site environmental and natural resource restoration services, and create a company leading national organization to meet today’s growing and increasingly complex needs. commercial, federal, state and local customers.

Dirk Applegate, who recently joined Bernhard Capital as a senior advisor, will oversee the platform and work closely with KC Harvey management to identify and implement a shared vision for the company’s long-term growth and success. Mr. Applegate joins Bernhard Capital with more than 30 years of experience leading teams responsible for strategy, sales and marketing, operations, acquisitions and integrations, financial management and recruitment in the environmental industry.

“We are thrilled to welcome such a talented leader and industry veteran to Dirk, as we use our proven Blueprint approach to build an unparalleled national leader in environmental services and consulting,” said Jeff Jenkins, Founder and Partner of Bernhard Capital. “The environmental consulting and services market continues to be highly fragmented and a very high growth sector with high barriers to entry. We believe that KC Harvey’s deep expertise and integrated consulting approach will position themselves as the ideal cornerstone from which to evolve and grow our platform.”

Chris DillonManaging Director of Bernhard Capital, added, “We look forward to working closely with Dirk and the KC Harvey team to implement an active pipeline of opportunities to drive both organic and acquisition growth.”

“I have dedicated my career to helping companies develop, implement and market effective environmental solutions,” said Mr. Applegate. “I couldn’t be happier to partner with Bernhard Capital – who have been a leading investor and company builder in the environmental services space for nearly a decade – to oversee the launch of this new platform. I look forward to getting started alongside the Bernhard Capital and KC Harvey teams in the months to come, and I am confident that together we will provide our clients with unparalleled solutions.”

KC Harvey will retain its head office at Bozeman, Montanaand its existing management team, led by the CEO and Chief Scientist Kevin Harvey, will work alongside Mr. Applegate to support the company’s long-term growth and success. Mr. Harvey, a contractor, soil scientist and land reclamation specialist who brings more than four decades of technical solutions and management success, will continue to lead the KC Harvey business and execute a shared vision with Mr. Applegate and Bernhard Capital to build a leading national ESG-focused company.

“Kevin’s leadership in the environmental services industry is unmatched,” added Mr. Applegate. “His strategic vision, out-of-the-box thinking and innovative, solution-focused approach to environmental management have consistently led to breakthroughs and tangible results that have a positive and lasting impact, and we are thrilled to have the chance to to build on this success together.”

“This is an incredible opportunity to join forces with a leading investor in critical infrastructure services at such a dynamic and important time for our industry,” said Mr. Harvey. “I look forward to working with Dirk to utilize this team’s unparalleled knowledge of the environment and natural resources as we develop and build a state-of-the-art environmental consulting and field services platform. industry.”

Mr. Harvey is credited with many technical achievements that are applied around the world today, including innovative approaches to the neutralization and revegetation of mine wastes at the watershed scale, modernizing the process of remediation of developments large-scale oil and gas, and the invention and implementation of techniques. for the beneficial use of industrial wastewater. With the formation of KC Harvey, he has combined reclamation consulting with field services to create a truly integrated land reclamation service provider. Since 2010, KC Harvey has been a differentiated partner of choice for a growing client base and continues to outperform financially with consistent industry-beating margins.

About Bernhard Capital Partners
Bernhard Capital Partners is an operations-focused private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies that provide essential services for critical infrastructure in North America. Bernhard Capital Partners was established in 2013 and has deployed capital across three funds representing approximately $2.5 billion of gross assets under management and is ranked among the 300 largest private equity firms in the world according to Private Equity International. Bernhard Capital Partners seeks to create sustainable value by leveraging its experience in acquiring, operating and growing service and infrastructure businesses. For more information, visit bernhardcapital.com.

About KC Harvey
KC Harvey Environmental, LLC is an environmental consulting and field services company headquartered in Bozeman, Montanawith offices at Wyoming, North Dakota, Utah and Idahosupporting project sites throughout North America and internationally. KC Harvey’s agile team includes approximately 75 field service professionals and staff, including scientists, engineers, data scientists, construction managers, and professionals. KC Harvey fully integrates world-class applied science consulting expertise with professional, on-the-ground services to achieve effective, quality environmental solutions for the oil and gas, mining and energy industries, as well as government agencies. KC Harvey’s expert technical platform encompasses soil science, plant and wildlife ecology, geology and hydrology, environmental chemistry and geochemistry, GIS and data management, and retrieval science/ land restoration. This comprehensive blend of natural resource science expertise enables the company to serve the entire environmental management lifecycle of large-scale oil and gas, mining, power and industrial projects. remediation of contaminated land. For more information, visit kcharvey.com.

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