About Us

History

EMR emerged as a small startup company in 1988 with three employees to a company with more than 250 employees worldwide. From its inception, EMR’s story is one of leadership, and our history continues to be characterized by the imprint of outstanding individuals — beginning with two of the firm’s founders, Mike and Connie Cook.

EMR began 28 years ago as a Washington-based environmental firm providing asbestos management services, environmental consulting and industrial wastewater treatment plant operation and management services to the railroad industry. As the service needs of our customers continued to expand, so did our company. Today, headquartered in Lawrence, KS, EMR has grown into an award-winning, globally-recognized company that provides expanded services for environment, construction, and emergency management and response.

Along the way, EMR received awards for the SBA National Small Business of the Year, SBA Region 7 Office 8(a) Graduate of the Year, BNSF Distinguished Supplier Award, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Top 10 Small Business and the SAME National Small Business of the Year.

1988:
Environmental Management Resources, Inc. established in Washington
1989:
EMR’s corporate headquarters were moved to Lawrence, KS to better serve our railroad customers; office locations included Washington, Kansas and Nebraska
1990:
EMR completed the first bioremediation project in Kansas for a COOP in Garden City, KS
1991:
EMR added UST removal and hazardous waste disposal options for our railroad customers
1992:
EMR opened an office in Duluth, MN to meet demand for services per customer request
1993:
EMR implemented two years of research and development activity when we opened a large waste minimization project in Superior, WI
1997:
EMR opened an office in Fort Worth, TX to support its railroad customers
1998:
EMR opened offices in Chicago, IL and Minneapolis, MN to provide environmental and emergency response services to its customers
2002:
EMR named SBA Small Business of the Year
2003:
Changed our name from Environmental Management Resources, Inc. to EMR, Inc.
2005:
EMR was awarded a $12 million emergency response contract to cleanup some of the hardest hit areas of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina
2007:
EMR opened an office in the Florida Panhandle to better serve government and railroad customers
2008:
EMR was awarded the $100 million joint total acquisition value (JTAV) AFRC Command Wide Operations and Maintenance Project Execution contract; awarded Distinguished Supplier Award from BNSF Railway
2009:
EMR was awarded the $3 billion JTAV AFCEE Worldwide Environmental Restoration and Construction Contract; named a Top 10 Small Business by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
2010:
EMR completed a $20 million contract in response to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico (EMR’s largest single project to-date)
2011:
EMR received the SAME National Small Business of the Year Award; named a Top 10 Small Business by the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
2013:
EMR opened a branch office near San Antonio, TX to support its new Oil and Gas business line, which offers support services for upstream oil and gas operations, and exploration and production efforts in conventional reservoirs and fracking plays
2015:
EMR was awarded three design-build IDIQ contracts: NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic D-B, D-B-B MACC for Hampton Roads Region, VA ($95M program); USACE Mobile D-B MATOC for Central and South Florida Region ($499M program); and MacDill AFB D-B MACC ($150M proram)
2016:
EMR established an Energy Management division to offer proactive and progressive solutions for energy efficiency as an essential component of sustainable buildings

EMR was awarded a contract for the AFCEC Architect-Engineering 2013 Environmental Services ($500M program)