LJA Acquires Paragon and Expands Engineering Services in Georgia

LJA Acquires Paragon and Expands Engineering Services in Georgia

March 17, 2022

LJA has acquired Paragon Consulting Group (Paragon), a corporation based in Griffin, Georgia. Paragon is a respected engineering consulting firm specializing in the private, government, and corporate sectors. Their team of professional engineers, planners, and landscape architects focuses on water resources and transportation projects.

“Paragon has a deep commitment to their region. Similarly, this directly aligns with LJA’s philosophy of being active and involved in the communities we serve,” says Scott McDonald, PE, Vice President, LJA.

Paragon has been instrumental in the economic development of several municipalities. They’ve helped to analyze sites for industrial prospects for development authorities throughout central Georgia. For example, assisting Caterpillar to locate their generator production facility in Griffin, Georgia demonstrates Paragon’s attention to sustainable local development.

Brian Upson, PE, President of Paragon, founded the firm in 2003. He has carefully and thoughtfully built Paragon into a team of consultative experts in high demand by government and private sector clients. Evidently, Paragon brings a uniquely qualified, full-service engineering and consulting firm to the Georgia market.

“Paragon’s reputation in their local industry made this relationship a great fit with LJA and our commitment to expanding throughout the Southeastern US. We are excited to call them employee-owners. LJA’s growth benefits our clients and their project needs with full-service, in-house capabilities in the areas where we live and work,” says James Ross, President and CEO of LJA.

LJA and Paragon’s combined strength brings over 300 services and 1350 personnel to Paragon’s core offerings. Some of these offerings include but are not limited to Wastewater Services, Master Land Planning, Drinking Water Services, Airport and Roadway, and Construction Management.

Paragon’s south-Atlanta location will become LJA’s 39th office. Additionally, this expands LJA’s total Southern US presence in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and South Carolina to over 50 employee-owners in the region.


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About LJA

LJA is an employee-owned, full-service, comprehensive multi-disciplinary consulting firm. With offices across the nation, we offer one-source, one-stop reliability for all of our clients, when and where they need us. We operate within eight comprehensive sectors, enabling us to effortlessly assemble successful project teams. These teams consist of but are not limited to civil, structural, and electrical engineers, along with hydrologists, GIS designers, and surveyors.