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Marietta, GA, (February 1, 2020) – GDS Associates, Inc. (GDS), an engineering and consulting firm in the electric utility industry, has announced their acquisition of EES Consulting, Inc. (EES), an engineering and consulting firm based in Kirkland, Washington who has been providing services to electric utilities on the West Coast for the past 30 years.  Both companies provide engineering and consulting services predominately to public power electric utilities and this acquisition creates a combined nationwide presence.EES Consulting logo

“GDS has been fortunate to know Gary Saleba for many years and EES is a wonderful addition to the GDS family, as both companies have similar skill sets, cultures, and visions for serving public power utilities,” stated GDS President David Brian.  “With our combined expertise and service offerings, we look forward to creating a nationwide presence in the electric utility industry and expanding GDS services to existing and potential public power clients on the West Coast.” Going forward, EES will operate as “EES Consulting, a GDS Associates Company” and current President Gary Saleba will continue to manage EES offices in Washington and Oregon.  All existing EES employees are remaining in their current roles, with the additional benefit of offering clients extended capabilities, expertise and resources from GDS skilled professionals nationwide.


Gary Saleba, EES President and Kevin Mara, GDS Executive Vice President celebrate the acquisition of EES.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to merge EES with GDS which allows the EES personnel the ability to continue to do what they do best – provide high-quality services to our electric utility clients on the West Coast,” stated EES President Gary Saleba.  “Our existing clients will continue to receive the same excellent, personal service EES has been known for, with the added benefit of having access to additional service offerings and experience of the GDS team.”

GDS Associates is headquartered in Marietta, Georgia, with offices in Alabama, Florida, Maine, New Hampshire, Texas, and Wisconsin.  Since 1986, GDS has been a multi-service engineering and consulting firm providing services to a broad range of clients associated with, or affected by, electric, natural gas, water, and wastewater utilities.  Services provided include Power Supply Planning; Wholesale and Retail Rates; Regulatory and Financial; Transmission Planning and NERC/CIP Compliance; Distribution System Planning and Line Design; DSM and Energy Efficiency; Utility Distribution Services; Natural Gas; and other specialized services including renewable energy, sustainability, emerging smart infrastructure, data analytics, electrification, and DER integration.  Visit  for more information about GDS.

EES Consulting is a multidisciplinary management consulting firm providing a wide array of economic, engineering and environmental services to clients in electric, natural gas, and water related businesses. Their offices are located in Kirkland, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Visit  for more information about EES.