Plus Group and Salas O’Brien join forces as engineering leaders in manufacturing sector

Salas O’Brien announced today that Plus Group has joined the company. Together, the firms will partner with clients to advance society and improve communities as market leaders in manufacturing, industrial, chemicals, pharmaceutical, food & beverage, and agribusiness.

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The merger creates significant shared value through strengthened leadership, enhanced opportunities for employee ownership, broader service capabilities, and virtually unlimited personal and professional team member growth.

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Salas O’Brien and Plus Group are perfect complements for each other. Our culture, values, leadership approach, and governance are totally aligned. Plus Group’s strong leadership, dedicated talent, reputation for technical excellence, and strength in important market sectors make this merger a huge positive for our combined team and clients.
Darin AndersonChairman and CEO, Salas O’Brien

For over 27 years, Plus Group, composed of Process Plus, Automation Plus, and Design Build Plus, has been the firm of choice for major corporations in pharmaceutical, food and beverage, agribusiness, chemical, consumer products, and renewable fuel. The firm has been repeatedly noted as a Top Workplace, System Integrator of the Year, and an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Company in the Midwest. Plus Group has also spent the last two decades climbing the ranks of System Integrator Giants, as listed by Control Engineering and Plant Engineering magazines.

Plus Group empowers our team to do the right thing for clients, finding the best solutions with passion and ingenuity. Our leadership team did not take lightly the task of planning the next 25 years and beyond for this talented organization. The decision became easier when we saw how completely our values and skill set aligned with Salas O’Brien. We are excited to see how this merger will strengthen us together.
Grant MitchellCEO of Plus Group

As the next step in Salas O’Brien’s strategy to be local everywhere, with international resources, the Plus Group team will continue to be managed by its current leaders.

In recent years, Salas O’Brien has invested significantly in talent and expertise to serve the manufacturing sector, and this merger is a logical next step. Plus Group has an outstanding reputation for technical leadership and client relationships. I am excited for the industry to see how we bring even more value together.
Tim BurnhamSenior Managing Principal, Process and Manufacturing, Salas O’Brien

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