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Ryken, Clapsaddle-Garber merge

In 1955, Hollis Ryken put out his shingle in Ackley and started Ryken Engineering & Land Surveying. Then in 1959, Jack Clapsaddle hung his shingle in Conrad to start Clapsaddle Engineering, which evolved to Clapsaddle-Garber Associates in 1967 with the addition of Dwayne Garber. In the following years the two firms grew and evolved into well respected companies that provide a variety of civil engineering and land surveying services throughout Iowa.

Effective October 1, 2017, Clapsaddle-Garber Associates and Ryken Engineering & Land Surveying are announcing their merger. The two civil engineering and land surveying firms combined resources to better serve their existing and new clients in central and north-central Iowa. Both firms have been very successful with histories of more than 55 years each.

Matt Garber, president of CGA, and Lee Gallentine, president of Ryken discussed the possibility of a merger earlier this year. During initial conversations both parties discovered each firms’ culture and approach to civil engineering and land surveying to be very similar, and believed a merger would be beneficial for both existing client bases. CGA brings offices in Marshalltown, Ames and Cedar Falls to the fold. Ryken’s offices in Ackley, Webster City and Mason City will expand the service footprint of the combined firm. Under the CGA banner they look forward to continued service to all clients with expanded resources, covering more of Iowa.

About (the new) CGA: Clapsaddle-Garber Associates provides municipal and private civil engineering, airport facility development, land development, planning, traffic and transportation engineering, land surveying, agriculture drainage, water/wastewater treatment, utility development, right of way acquisition, materials testing and inspection services. They have served central Iowa well for more than 55 years. Now with the combined resources, they have extended their range to north-central Iowa and broaden the services provided to all of their clients. For more information visit:

Local volunteers honored for dedication to Girl Scouts

DES MOINES — Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa recently announced Jasmine and Robert Hazen, who lead Troop 00980 in Marshalltown, as recipients of recent annual awards.

Jasmine Hazen was recognized as a Rookie of the Year. The honor recognizes adult volunteers new to Girl Scouting and GSGI. Robert Hazen was named Man of the Year. That award recognizes an adult male who has given extraordinary or uncommon service in his community with GSGI.

Award recipients are nominated by parents, girls and volunteers.

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