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Scott Stone’s firm acquires Gannett Fleming’s Charlotte office

American Engineering Associates, a Charlotte firm led by former mayoral candidate Scott Stone, has purchased the Charlotte operations of global engineering firm Gannett Fleming.

Stone, managing principal of American Engineering, said the firm is picking up eight employees by acquiring Gannett Fleming’s Charlotte office. American also picks up the Gannett Fleming office’s assets and projects.

Stone said the deal brings his firm to 14 employees. He said he expects to have 20 by early next year.

Terms of the deal weren’t announced.

William Stout, Gannett Fleming’s chairman of the board and chief executive officer, said in a statement that the move gives the firm’s former Charlotte employees more growth and development opportunities.

Stone said American has focused on private sector projects, while the Gannett Fleming office specialized in public sector projects for clients such as the city of Charlotte and the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Chris Johnson, who led the Gannett Fleming office, becomes a principal with American Engineering, focused on leading public sector projects.

“We’re excited about it. It’s a good fit,” Stone said. “It gives us more depth, it gives us more breadth of services.”

Stone ran unsuccessfully for Charlotte mayor in 2011.

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