Versar, Inc. Acquires Geo-Marine, Inc.
Versar, Inc. (NYSE MKT: VSR) has acquired Geo-Marine, Inc., a business with more than $20 million in annual revenues. The purchase price was paid with a combination of cash and seller notes. Geo-Marine, headquartered in Plano, Texas, provides engineering design, construction management, environmental planning and programming, and other services in support of a wide range of government, industry, and commercial clients.
Through VersarGMI's work in numerous archaeological and historical studies, our staff has gained significant experience in developing documents that are oriented to a non-technical audience. GMI recognizes the potential public relations/educational opportunities available in cultural resources projects. Products such as kiosks, building entrance display cases, free-standing exhibits, short brochures, interactive CD ROMs, websites and illustrated books provide companies and government agencies with a positive source of interest and public attention.
With on-staff expertise including historic archaeology, Cold War era studies, military history, Native American studies and archival research, VersarGMI has the ability to create products which can demonstrate a company’s longevity, the history of a facility or property, the design and craftsmanship associated with a historic building or local archaeology. Our team has experience in:
- Heritage tourism concepts
- Museum exhibits and displays
- Documentary films and videos
- Reports, brochures, pamphlets, and books
- Public signage
- Web-based compliance documents
- Bronze Telly Award for Best Documentary Video of 1998
- E. Mott Davis Award for Excellence in Public Outreach
- Preservation Texas Award
VersarGMI produced a pamphlet and an electronic web page describing GSA’s historic preservation program. The pamphlet and web page highlighted all 35 properties listed on the NRHP. VersarGMI conducted site visits to numerous courthouses within Southwest Region 7 to obtain photographs and documentation of those buildings used in the pamphlet; existing information was used also. The web page is in an html format and is downloadable and printable.
GMI was contracted to conduct several tasks that would complete Texas Department of Transportation obligations under the Antiquities Code of Texas (Antiquities Permit #991) for investigations conducted at Freedman’s Cemetery. GMI contracted to complete the analysis and to develop a final product that was geared to public education and outreach rather than just scientific research.
The remaining and new tasks contracted to GMI included:
- Interpreting and producing a technical report on the archaeological investigations
- Conducting archival research on and oral histories about Freedman’s Town
- Designing a museum exhibit, including a video, that could be used in a variety of locales for the African American Museum
- Preparing all artifacts, records, and photography for final curation at the African American Museum
- Editing and preparing the technical osteological report previously written by Southwestern University Medical School personnel
- Developing a number of educational materials for use by the museum
- Preparing a Master Plan that would include future educational, informational, and public outreach programs
- Developing a concept for a public-oriented book
The work, though funded by TxDOT, was in cooperation with the local Dallas African American community and, in particular, Black Dallas Remembered and the African American Museum.