Plant consultant goes bankrupt

The steady, unassuming progress being made on the wastewater treatment facility owned jointly by the city of Port Orchard and Karcher Creek Sewer District was thrown off course last week when representatives of the project’s manager, Entranco, Inc., announced the company had filed for bankruptcy.

According to a letter sent by Entranco’s president, CEO and Bellevue branch manager Dennis Cearns to Port Orchard Public Works Director Maher Abed on July 27, Entranco filed for bankruptcy several weeks ago and immediately sold “substantially all of its assets” to DMJM Harris.

DMJM Harris is the flagship transportation company of AECOM Technology Corp., a global company providing design and management services in the transportation, facilities and environmental markets through a family of operating companies.

According to Cearns, DMJM Harris will assume most of Entranco’s current project, including Port Orchard’s wastewater treatment facility upgrade, and continue to staff the projects with Entranco employees.

However, Abed said that with some modifications, the city’s contract with Entranco would pass to DMJM Harris.

“Having engineering turnover at this time would be detrimental to the project,” Abed said.

It’s still unclear exactly why Entranco filed for bankruptcy.

“It’s a really long story,” said Alan Lobdell, former Port Orchard interim public works director, who knew knew the company might eventually fold. “I guess they just got too big. They ended up getting themselves into some financial trouble.”

Other Port Orchard City Council actions:

--  The council authorized the mayor to sign a consultant agreement with Berger/Abam Engineers for the Tremont Street Widening Project.

--  The council voted to defer contracting with a structural engineer for an evaluation of the marquee until after the Public Property Committee had reviewed the structure’s overall design.

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