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BEND, OREGON – AKS Engineering & Forestry, LLC (AKS) rang in the new year with the completion of their planned merger with Bend-based DevTech Engineering. The deal became effective January 1, 2018. The company begins the year with six employees and has immediate plans to hire additional staff. The office is co-managed by Brian Wilkinson, PE, and former DevTech owner, Chris Chambers, PE.


AKS and DevTech decided to merge when mutual clients were asking for additional resources in Bend. The two firms share similar clients, services, and project work. Both firms provide civil engineering and surveying to a mixture of private development clients, including Pahlisch Homes. AKS adds more capabilities and services to the Bend area with land use planners, certified arborists, forest engineers, natural resource specialists, water resource engineers, and landscape architects. The merger brings AKS’ total employee count to 190 companywide. AKS Principal Alex Hurley commented that “Both companies share the same commitment to developing long-term relationships with clients. Combining our resources made sense because it will enhance the level of service we can provide to our Bend clients.” The new office builds upon the existing clients of AKS, DevTech, and Brian Wilkinson. The company will provide services for residential, industrial, commercial, resorts, recreation, education, streets, and public works projects.


The new AKS office is located at 3052 NW Merchant Way, Suite 100, Bend, OR 97703, until a permanent location is found. Wilkinson and Chambers can be reached at (541) 317-8429. For more information, visit AKS’ new website at