Since 1981, The GEL Group Inc. (GEL) has provided a unique breadth of analytical testing, environmental consulting, civil engineering and geophysical engineering services that meet high standards of quality and accuracy. Our people and our corporate culture make the difference: every member of our team is committed to accuracy and integrity and brings a consultative approach and an optimistic attitude to every project. That is why we have been selected through the years to work with some of the country’s highest-profile companies and organizations. It is also why we give every project on which we embark the same dedication to achieving accurate results and quality results.
- Business Type:
- Service provider
- Industry Type:
- Soil and Groundwater - Geotechnical
- Market Focus:
- Nationally (across the country)
- Year Founded:
- $10,000,000 US - $100,000,000 US
Two decades ago, environmental regulations were growing in number and complexity. Many businesses were having difficulty keeping pace with the implications. Out of this problem, a consulting company was born.
Today, GEL Engineering, LLC's services have expanded to include environmental consulting, civil engineering, and land and topographic surveying. We have three offices in the Carolinas (Charleston, SC; Greenville, SC; and Research Triangle Park, NC) staffed with some of the most highly respected and experienced leaders in their fields. Yet throughout our history, our client-centered approach remains the foundation of our business.
We're not a large, nationwide conglomerate. We don't want to be. We are a privately-held, woman-owned business that focuses on what we do best: solving clients' problems one at a time with innovation, science, and skill. The result is that our clients – many of whom have been working with us for two decades – know they can be certain of a successful outcome that is precisely appropriate for their situation. And, when business decisions and significant costs are at stake, certainty is what our clients value the most.
Since 1981, the men and women of The GEL Group, Inc. (GEL) have been committed to providing technically accurate, cost effective, and timely solutions to our clients' problems. These problems are diverse and challenging, requiring a unique combination of state-of-the-art facilities, instrumentation, equipment and systems.
It is our people that make the difference. Whether it is the analysis of a simple water sample or the remediation and reclamation of a Brownfields site, our people are dedicated to bringing the necessary resources together to provide the best possible solution to the challenge.
But this dedication does not stop as we leave our front door. That is why our men and women spend time building homes for Habitat for Humanity, providing Christmas gifts to children who otherwise would not receive any, and supporting the United Way, in deed as well as financially. That is why sixteen of our employees spent their Thanksgiving of 1998 in Honduras, providing the means to supply clean drinking water to six communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch. This effort led to the formation of a Christian non-profit organization dedicated to providing clean drinking water to millions of people worldwide. These are but a few examples of their dedication. It is this dedication, this commitment to excellence that is brought to bear on every challenge presented to us that sets The GEL Group apart.
A Passion for Excellence – We strive consistently for greatness everyday:
- Use our knowledge and seek to learn
- Stay focused in both thought and action
- Solve problems proactively and instill confidence in others
- Do what it takes to get the job done right
- Strive for continuous improvement and learn from our mistakes
Safety – We consider safety and health to be of primary importance:
- Embrace the belief that all incidents can be prevented
- Commit to an employee owned safety process
- Ensure resources are available to train employees to perform their jobs safely
- Identify and control all workplace hazards
- Require strict compliance with safety and health laws and regulations
Quality Service – We consider the client in all we do:
- Build long term relationships through feedback and on-going contact
- Anticipate and know their needs and expectations
- Keep open lines of communication so that everyone knows what to expect
- Exceed those expectations internally and externally
- Provide services and products that are above reproach
Responsiveness and Flexibility – We build our success and greatness:
- Be accountable for our conduct and decisions
- Make realistic commitments, then do what we say we'll do
- Be willing to roll up our sleeves and 'pitch in' - teamwork
- Recognize that situations change – be adaptable
- Depend on each other – count on each other
A Stimulating and Stable Work Environment – We take care of today to ensure our future:
- Create an environment where we are valued and given the opportunity to achieve our individual goals in balance with the company's mission and where we enjoy working with other talented professionals
- Manage resources wisely within our company with a look to the future and our long term viability
- Exercise freedom to take smart risks; be innovative and entrepreneurial
- Be sensitive to our impact on the community
Commitment - to the Fundamentals of our Faith:
- Ethical Standards
The GEL Group, Inc, was founded in 1981 by George and Molly Greene. With just a handful of employees, George and Molly immediately began to grow the business the only way they knew, by providing accurate, cost effective, on-time solutions to their clients' problems. In the mid 1980s environmental consulting and field services were added to analytical services as the company continued to meet the needs of their clients.
After several expansions, the company outgrew its facilities and moved to its current location in 1988. Growth continued at a strong pace, fueled by work for the Departments of Energy and Defense. In the early 1990s, the company developed radiochemistry capabilities, followed quickly by radiobioassay. The environmental consulting group grew as well, with the addition of stack sampling and industrial hygiene and geophysical services. These additional services provided clients with a single site solution to their varied environmental needs. The 1990s brought about the development of traditional civil engineering as well as geophysical services. In 2001, George and Molly Greene decided to concentrate their efforts on creating a Christian non-profit organization, Water Missions International, dedicated to providing clean drinking water to people in developing countries and those affected by natural disasters.
In March, 2001, The GEL Group, Inc. was sold to its current owners, who have been active in the business for many years. With a committed staff at all levels, they continue to lead the growth of the company by providing accurate, cost effective, on-time solutions to their clients' problems.
Located in Charleston, South Carolina, The GEL Group, Inc. campus is comprised of 73,000 square feet of laboratory, office and field service space. Our facilities are designed to maximize our ability to provide our clients with the most cost effective, accurate and timely solutions to their problems, no matter how complex. Whether it is a laboratory requiring special and unique capabilities to safely conduct complex analyses, or office and meeting space for our project managers, environmental consultants and engineers, we have the right space for the job.
Special attention has been given to the ventilation, security and safety infrastructure of our facility to insure that our employees can devote their full attention to your needs. State of the art information and communications systems provide yet another tool for our employees to help you solve your most complex problems.
This single site facility allows us to bring to bear all the resources necessary to be one of the most cost effective and efficient operations in the industry. Operations, quality, project management, information technology, data storage, and field services – we have it all under one roof.
In addition to our Charleston campus, we have service centers in Salt Lake City, Utah; and Richland, Washington; and branch offices in Greenville, South Carolina; Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; and Atlanta, Georgia.