History

EWI’s History Helps Guide Our Future

In September 1992, business partners Robin Melton and Deborah Paulsen founded Environmental Works, Inc. (EWI). Against an attorney’s advice that owning a business was too risky, they moved into a two-room office in Springfield, Missouri. They began a small project for Bass Pro Shops, their very first client. They did fieldwork, consulting report writing, and office administration on their own.

After three years, the two business partners made the decision to transition the company to a sole ownership structure. Robin gained 100% ownership of EWI.

Industry leader

EWI has grown from two employees to a staff of over 85 professionals with four current office locations – Springfield, Kansas City, St. Louis, Missouri and Bentonville, Arkansas.  EWI quickly became an industry leader with an impressive list of clients including BNSF Railway Company, Exxon Mobile, Bass Pro Shops, Inc., the Federal Aviation Administration, Commerce Bank, Tracker Marine, Alcatel-Lucent, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Water One, and a host of other local, regional, and national companies and government organizations.

On September 15, 2012, EWI endured the great loss of our Founder, Owner, and President, Robin Melton.  Ms. Melton was a devoted company owner, community leader, and friend to many. Her high standards and values are embedded in EWI’s culture and impact all that we do.

Ms. Melton had built a strong management team, which allowed for continued operation.  In accordance with her succession plan, EWI named a Board of Directors and officers were elected.

The EWI Board of Directors’ combined expertise represents decades of experience in company leadership and the proven capability to drive positive results in difficult business environments.  This team is well balanced in strategy, business development and operational execution – a recipe that brings successful results to EWI, our clients, and business partners.

In June of 2013, five employees purchased the company from the Melton Trust. Since the purchase date, the company has experienced an annual growth of over 40% and opened an office in St. Louis and one in Bentonville, AR. EWI will continue to expand its leadership position in the marketplace.