Volkert acquires CEI division of Rodriguez Transportation Group.

Mobile-based Volkert Inc. has acquired the Construction Engineering Inspection division of Texas-based Rodriguez Transportation Group.

Perry Hand, president and chief executive officer of the employee-owned engineering firm, called the acquisition an “exciting opportunity” for Volkert to grow its presence in Texas and better serve clients.

“We are a client-oriented company and we are always looking for opportunities to grow and increase our services and geographic reach,” Hand said in a prepared statement.

RTJ operates offices in Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas.

The acquisition, financial terms for which were not disclosed, involves 24 employees in the CEI division and is expected to augment Volkert’s existing presence in the Austin, Houston and Fort Worth areas.

In its 90th year of business, Volkert operates a total of 31 offices in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The firm employs a total of 825, including 169 in Mobile and 283 in Alabama.

Engineering News Record ranks Volkert as 98th among the Top 500 Firms in the United States for 2015, marks the company’s 50th year on this list.