Brindley Engineering News & Press

Brindley Engineering Hires Top Process Engineer Executive Gavin Palmer

Long time industry executive to lead Process Team initiatives for company’s long-term growth and scale.

LISLE, IL November 13, 2018 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in maintenance, reliability and constructability, announced the addition of Gavin Palmer to its executive leadership team as Process Team Lead.  This is another milestone for the growth story of Brindley Engineering, an innovative, tech-forward, engineering firm founded with a vision to provide the highest level of service to clients in the maintenance, reliability, and constructability arenas.

Palmer is an industry veteran in Technical Process leadership on small, mid and large capital projects in the refining, energy and chemical industries. He will be responsible for directing and building out the Brindley Engineering Process department infrastructure, serving client needs for small, mid and large capital work in refining and other industries. Palmer’s strategy includes an emphasis on the recruitment and mentorship of top young Process Engineering talent, with a focus on the development of their careers.

This hire comes at a time when the industry is growing, and engineering resources are at a premium.

“We need to encourage younger generations that engineering is an exciting field of study, and offers a promising career,” said Palmer. “I’m excited to join a company with dynamic leadership and help Brindley Engineering with targeted growth in both size and services in the coming years.”

“Maintaining current infrastructure in refineries and chemical plants for our clients remains critical to ensuring safe, efficient and reliable operations of these facilities in the future,” said founder and president, Tom Brindley. “Gavin and the team he is building will provide clients with FEL/FEED and project scoping services allowing Brindley Engineering to tackle larger projects, while maintaining their current values of providing a creative, meticulous and reliable customer-focused environment.”

Palmer joins Brindley Engineering most recently from Ambitech. Previous to Ambitech, Palmer worked at Stepan Company, leading teams of operators in the day-to-day operation of site utilities.  Palmer has held Process Engineering roles of increasing responsibility for nearly 20 years.

Palmer has a master’s in chemical engineering from Loughborough University in England. He lives in Mokena with his wife and 4 children.

About Brindley Engineering

Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering focuses on asset evaluations and efficient repairs rather than costly and time-consuming replacement of infrastructure. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment.

Brindley Engineering Hires Industry Recruiting and Human Resources Executive Mark Manalad

Long time industry executive to lead talent acquisition and human resources initiatives for company’s long-term growth and scale.

LISLE, IL November 2, 2018 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in maintenance, reliability and constructability, announced the addition of Mark Manalad to its management team.  This is another milestone for the growth story of Brindley Engineering, an innovative, tech-forward, engineering firm founded with a vision to provide the highest level of service to clients in the maintenance, reliability, and constructability areas.

Manalad is a seasoned recruiting and human resources leader whose career spans two decades of work in the engineering sector. Manalad joins Brindley Engineering most recently from Ambitech. Previous to Ambitech, Manalad worked in both staffing agencies and well-known engineering consulting firms as well as  operated his own boutique search firm.

Manalad joins Brindley as a Manager of Talent Acquisition and Human Resources who will be making a major impact in the growth and culture of Brindley Engineering. Over the past 12 months, Brindley Engineering has added to its client-roster ExxonMobil Joliet, the CITGO refineries in Lake Charles, LA, Corpus Christi, TX, and Aruba; Graycor Inc., Praxair, and others.

“Building the right teams and culture are imperative to successful outcomes for our clients,” said founder and president, Tom Brindley. “Mark knows this industry well and understands what it takes to thrive at our company. We are looking forward to seeing his talent and culture-building efforts in action.”

“At Brindley Engineering your voice is heard and ideas implemented,” said Manalad. “It’s a truly special place with a culture that reflects compassion, passion, and meticulous attention to detail. I can’t wait to see this place grow and wow clients like no other firm can.”

Manalad has a BS in Psychology  from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He lives in Oswego with his wife and daughter.

About Brindley Engineering

Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering focuses on asset evaluations and efficient repairs rather than costly and time-consuming replacement of infrastructure. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment.

Brindley Team Presenting at the ASCE Forensic Engineering 8th Congress Conference

Come see the Brindley Team present at the ASCE Forensic Engineering 8th Congress Conference in Austin, Texas that occurs between November 29th through December 2, 2018 at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capital located at 701 E. 111th Street in Austin, TX.

Brindley Team Speaking Topics and Times:

  • Chris Naegele – Artic Structure Forensic Study – Saturday December 1st at 1:30 PM
  • Kathy Sitko – Oil Refinery Failed Wire Ropes Case Study – Sunday December 2nd at 10:30 AM
  • Mike Buckley – Material Deterioration, Fitness-For-Service Analysis and Repair of a Streel Tank – Sunday December 2nd at 10:30 AM

Conference Sponsors:

  • Gold Sponsors: Exponent Engineering; ZS Architectural
  • Silver Sponsors: Element Analytical, PLLC; Nelson Forensics; Simpson Gumpertz &Heger Engineering of Structures and Building Enclosures; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
  • Corporate Sponsors: Bank of America; Geico; Pearl Insurance; UPS
  • Cooperating Organizations: Construction Leadership Council; SEA of Texas

Brindley Engineering Announces Hiring of Industry Executive Bernie Gunn


Long time industry executive to lead innovative customer-centric initiatives for
company’s long-term growth and scale.

LISLE, IL September 18, 2018 — Today, Brindley Engineering, one of Chicago’s world-class engineering firms in maintenance, reliability and constructability, announced the addition of Bernie Gunn to its executive leadership team.  This is the next chapter of the growth story for Brindley Engineering, an innovative, tech-forward, engineering firm founded with a vision to provide the highest level of service to clients in the maintenance, reliability, and constructability areas.

Gunn is a seasoned leader whose career spans three decades of client and employee-development positions and has led some of the highest-performing engineering teams across a multitude of disciplines. Gunn joins Brindley Engineering from Ambitech and Zachry Engineering groups, where he spent over 20 years and held leadership positions as Vice-President of Engineering and Vice-President of Major Projects.

Gunn joins Brindley as a Principal who will be leading business development as well as overseeing operational execution strategy to help Brindley Engineering continue to scale and provide the best client service in the industry. Over the past 12 months, Brindley Engineering has added to its client-roster ExxonMobil Joliet, the CITGO refineries in Lake Charles, LA, Corpus Christi, TX, and Aruba; Graycor Inc., Praxair, and others.

“Our people set us apart,” said founder and president, Tom Brindley. “Bernie is another strong addition to our team, he brings a level of expertise that our organization and clients will benefit from. We are looking forward to seeing his technical acumen, creativity and passion in action.”

“Technology is more advanced and more important than ever before in our industry,” said Gunn. “Brindley Engineering is well positioned to help clients function in high tech environments using 3D, relevant data and software platforms. Our talent thrives in high tech environments and will bring a level of efficiency unimagined by our clients. I’m excited to be part of this journey.”

About Brindley Engineering
Headquartered in Lisle, IL, Brindley Engineering was founded by President Tom Brindley, P.E., in 2004. After years in the field, Brindley saw a growing need to improve reliability and decrease overall infrastructure life cycle costs. Brindley Engineering focuses on asset evaluations and efficient repairs rather than costly and time-consuming replacement of infrastructure. Brindley Engineering services clients in a variety of industries including Oil & Gas Extraction and Pre-Processing (Upstream), Pipelines and Terminals (Midstream), Petroleum Refining (Downstream), Gas Processing, Chemical Plants, Steel Mills, Petrochemical Plants, Power Plants, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing, Water Treatment.