Apex Companies opens new field office in Asheville 

April 8, 2019

We’re excited to welcome Apex Companies’ field office into the Asheville area. In the Q+A below, Project Manager Christopher Shaw talks with us about this environmental firm’s culture of safety, cloud-based innovation, and company vision.

Tell us about your business and the role you play in it.

My name is Christopher Shaw and I’m a Certified Industrial Hygienist with Apex that’s local to the Asheville area. My role within Apex is to ensure safe handling and management of hazardous materials, as well as provide worker safety assessments and solutions to our Clients. This takes the form of building inspections for hazardous constituents in materials (e.g., asbestos, lead-based paint, etc.) and employee monitoring for constituents of concern (e.g., silica dust, noise, etc.).

Apex Companies, LLC is a full-service environmental firm with over 700 employees across more than 50 offices nationwide. In North Carolina, Apex has a field office in Asheville with established offices in Charlotte and Raleigh. Apex offers comprehensive professional and field services to assess, prevent, and cure environmental issues related to water, ground, facilities, and air quality. To support such offerings, Apex’s services include Industrial Hygiene (e.g., worker safety), Due Diligence (e.g., Environmental Site Assessments supporting transactions), Traditional Environmental (e.g., soil and ground water assessments and contaminant remediation), as well as Stormwater Management.

Tell us about your company culture.

At Apex, health and safety is our top priority. Whether it is with regard to our own employees in our offices, at a job site, on the road, at home, or for a client evaluating employee exposures and safety risks, we make safety personal. We reinforce our safety commitment to our employees and clients through our WorkSafe continuous improvement program which is rooted in the understanding that occupational injuries and illnesses are preventable, and safety is everyone’s responsibility.

What experience do you strive to create for your customers?

Apex prioritizes client satisfaction by helping our customers achieve environmental, health, and safety excellence in their businesses and community; we are committed to thinking strategically, executing projects safely, and growing responsibility. We strive for our clients to be at ease while we manage their environmental needs and feel confident that we are on their side ensuring that the project is completed safely, as well as in accordance with all applicable regulations.

What’s been your company’s most innovative idea?

Apex has developed a cloud based environmental management system, ARTEMIS. ARTERMIS can help capture and manage your information so you can achieve regulatory compliance, meet your business metrics, and drive the efficiencies that matter most to your company’s bottom line. Using a smartphone app that can be used on multiple devices and operating systems (iPhones, iPads, Android, Microsoft, etc.) and a digital upload, data can be viewed, queried, filtered, and reported on quickly and easily. ARTEMIS is highly customizable and/or site specific, the information can be tailored for your use in reports, budgets, board publications, etc.

What is your company vision? How do you reflect it in your daily work?

As stated, safety is Apex’s top priority for both employees and clients; we strive to help our clients create livable and management environments whether it is within a work environment, home, or community setting. As a Certified Industrial Hygienist, I identify and investigate hazards, as well as suggesting plans to either eliminate or minimize those hazards; safety is not just the culture of Apex, it is my profession.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Apex has established offices in Charlotte and Raleigh but is new to the Asheville area. With several employees living locally to Asheville, Apex is excited to begin servicing and becoming part of the community. We welcome any questions with regard to the services we offer. Feel free to contact us at 980-474-4218 or email at Christopher.Shaw@apexcos.com. You can also find Apex on LinkedIn and Facebook.