GEL is a professional engineering, environmental, and surveying firm providing consulting services to industrial facilities, municipalities, and private entities.
In her role, Manning assists industries with complying with and reporting on environmental regulations under which they operate. “It is both challenging and exciting work,” she says.
Read more about GEL Engineering of NC in our full Q&A with Manning below.
Tell us about your business and the role you play in it.
GEL Engineering of NC, Inc. (GEL) is a professional engineering, environmental, and surveying firm. We provide those consulting services to industrial facilities, municipalities, and private entities. GEL’s parent company, The GEL Group, Inc., traces its origin back to 1981 when it was established as a result of expanding environmental regulations. My role as a professional engineer (PE) is to assist industries in complying with and reporting on numerous environmental regulations under which they normally operate. It is both challenging and exciting work.
Where did your vision begin? How has it grown?
Growing up, I did very well in math and science, and I developed a love for the environment. I also loved learning how things were made. These interests were a natural fit for me pursuing engineering. Environmental engineering allows me to work with the community and industries to provide clients with solutions that are both sustainable and in compliance with regulations.
What made you choose the Asheville area?
My husband and I moved here 13 years ago. We moved here originally for the outdoor activities that are available so close by, as well as for the vibrant community. I have been lucky enough to work in environmental engineering while we’ve been here. My husband is a big beer nerd and is co-founder of Riverbend Malt House. Asheville is a great place to be for those in the beer industry as well!
Who are your key partners?
First and foremost, they are my fellow professionals at GEL. They are a wonderful and diverse group of experienced people that help our clients achieve their goals every day. Allied partners, like the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, help us to tell our story, meet with existing and new clients, and remain connected to our vibrant community.
What has been your greatest challenge? Your greatest victory?
Environmental regulations are complex. Balancing the needs of our clients while protecting our environment can be a difficult, yet worthy pursuit.
What is a little-known fact about your organization?
GEL was started in 1981 by a husband-and-wife team to provide laboratory services to industries. The company grew out of a converted gas station into a regional firm with international reach. Our founders, Dr. George and Molly Greene, went on to found Water Mission, a not-for-profit organization providing drinking water and sanitation solutions to people around the world.
What does the word “community” mean to you?
To me, a “community” is a place in which our families can work, live, and play. Our community is composed of individuals working towards the common goal of having spaces where we can all thrive. My role as an engineer in my community is to help my clients be successful in their work. As a mother, wife, and resident of Asheville, I want to live in a great town that can offer the best for my family and others.
Do you have anything else you’d like to share?
Manufacturing is undergoing an exciting transformation to become more environmentally sustainable, energy-efficient, cleaner, diverse, and driven by technological advancement. This is going to require a workforce with the knowledge and skills to work on the “shop floors” of the future.