History

1970

The Story Begins:</br>A Humble Foundation

The Story Begins:
A Humble Foundation

Rosebush, Michigan: Herbert L. Fluharty establishes Fluharty Engineering—civil engineering and land surveying for the municipal, realty, and private sectors.

1974

U.S.A. Expansion on</br> Service and Reach

U.S.A. Expansion on
Service and Reach

Fluharty Engineering takes on Dow Chemical USA for pipeline construction projects and expands its service footprint in the Midwest through pipeline engineering.

1975

An era of</br>M.E.A.R.S.

An era of
M.E.A.R.S.

Herb Fluharty sells part of Fluharty Engineering to Welded Construction Company to his uncle, Hank Mogg, to become MEARS Engineering: Management, Engineering Accounting, Rental, Sales.

1980

We Are A</br>Solutions Provider

We Are A
Solutions Provider

Dow Chemical collaborates with Mears to assist with cathodic protection problems on its pipeline system resulting in Mears performing close-interval surveys to identify poor or low cathodes protection on pipelines.

1981

Leaders in</br>Pipeline Integrity

Leaders in
Pipeline Integrity

After the acquisition of Welded Construction, Mears—led by founder Herbert Fluharty—focuses on pipeline integrity and engineering.

1983

National Attention</br>for Programing Services

National Attention
for Programing Services

Working with emerging micro-computers programmers, Mears creates a complete cathodic protection data management system targeting the needs of pipelines companies resulting in national attention and opening the door to providing cathodic protection services.

1988

AnodeFlex Niche:</br>An Installation System

AnodeFlex Niche:
An Installation System

For Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corporation, Mears develops an installation system to carry the carbon-based backfill to surround the AnodeFlex.

1991

A New Step:</br>HDD Markets Leadership

A New Step:
HDD Markets Leadership

Mears expands its services into Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) to install AnodeFlex in environmentally sensitive areas. Mears becomes one of the largest and respected HDD contractors in the world—completing crossings over 11,000 feet in length, and installing pipe sizes up to 60-inches in diameter including long, complicated intersects.

1997

Telecommunication</br>and Rail Plowing</br>Specialization

Telecommunication
and Rail Plowing
Specialization

Mears leverages its HDD and pipeline construction expertise to become one of the largest long-haul telecommunication contractors in the country, specializing in rail-plowing and specialized services.

1998

Patenting the Rehabilitation System Process

Patenting the Rehabilitation System Process

Mears’ Herbert, Scot & John Fluharty develop and perfect a patented plowed system of installation for AnodeFlex, thus recognizing Mears as the preferred designer/installer of this rehabilitation system.