(Livingston, NJ – December 14, 2012) VDA (Van Deusen and Associates), a leading provider of elevator consulting services for Architect/Engineering firms, Developers, Government and Property Management companies, announced today that it has acquired the San Francisco based specialty consulting firm Hesselberg, Keesee & Associates, Inc.

This acquisition significantly improves VDA’s ability to provide comprehensive elevator consulting services on the West Coast and internationally, specifically in the Asia market. Additionally, a diverse portfolio of projects and increased local representation allows us to offer an even higher level of service to our clients in the San Francisco and the surrounding major markets.

“Hesselberg, Keesee & Associates, Inc., is a well-run company with a strong brand and an excellent track record of providing the highest level of customer service,” said M. Wade Smith, VDA’s President and CEO. “This is a great fit, and is another big step toward our goal of expanding our presence in key North American markets.”

“This transaction improves our ability to achieve our mission of developing and delivering vertical transportation solutions…worldwide,” Smith added. Tom Wendt, Principal of Hesselberg, Keesee & Associates, Inc., will serve as Vice President of VDA’s new West Coast operation. “We are looking forward to being a part of VDA, a firm with a stellar reputation in our industry,” stated Wendt. He further added, “Since Ed Hesselberg started the company in 1963, this firm has been committed to providing quality service to its clients.”

About Hesselberg, Keesee & Associates, Inc.:
Founded in 1963, Hesselberg, Keesee & Associates, Inc. is a consulting firm specializing in the business of vertical and horizontal transportation. Its client base consists of architects, developers, building owners and managers, contractors and public agencies such as city, county, state and federal entities.  The firm assists its clients in the development of people and material transportation systems for commercial office buildings, retail, hospitals, hotels, residential, parking facilities, museums, schools, correctional facilities, public transit facilities, merchandising marts and other institutional facilities.