Wheeling Engineering Firm Reinvents Itself

Wheeling Company Reinvents Itself

WHEELING — Whether it’s the tallest mountain peak in North America or the No. 1 architecture and engineering firm in West Virginia, the McKinley name is widely known for great things.

On Thursday evening, McKinley & Associates in Wheeling announced a reinvention of the firm’s brand, including a new name, at a re-launch event attended by clients and community and business leaders. Before the crowd of well-wishers at the Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, David H. McKinley, chairman of the board, revealed the company’s new name — McKinley Architecture and Engineering.

McKinley, the third generation to lead the company, said he’s returned to the roots of the business established more than 60 years ago by his grandfather, the late Johnson McKinley, and his father, current U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, R-W.Va. The reveal included a new logo identity that maintains the three recognized vertical bars, a signature statement and a refreshed website. The website can be found at mckinleydelivers.com.

The signature statement, “McKinley Architecture and Engineering — Experience. Innovation. Delivered,” represents the firm’s foundational principles, according to McKinley.

“The new brand identity celebrates the company’s legacy and also looks to the future. It reinforces the principles that drive our firm — delivering successful projects through experience and innovation.”

McKinley, who spent the past 25 years as an investment broker with McKinley & Carter Wealth Investments, said as chairman of the board of McKinley Architecture and Engineering, he is focusing on “how to invest in the community.”

“We have invested $1 million in capital into the firm for employment, preparing us to grow,” he said. “We plan to invest more capital in acquisition and expansion. It’s exciting. It’s about the people.”

McKinley said he believes it’s a great time for investment and development in the Ohio Valley in light of a possible ethane cracker plant development in Dilles Bottom, the cracker plant in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, and the recent passage of a multi-million bond issue for Ohio County Schools.

He said the McKinley firm’s new branding helps position it for an “exciting future” in construction and redevelopment including historic structures important to many in the community.

Ernest Dellatorre, president of McKinley Architecture and Engineering, said the company has built “an incredible record of designing well over $1 billion in construction projects.

“We decided it was time to implement a new corporate identity,” said Dellatorre. “We’re proud of all the hard work everyone on the McKinley team put into creating this new vision and identity.

“This company already has a great history and now we are moving into a new phase,” he said. “I see a bright future for us.”

Dellatorre acknowledged the many people and organizations whose projects have added to the quality of life in the Ohio Valley, including local county commissions, school boards, regional development boards and others.

Founded in 1981, McKinley Architecture and Engineering is a multi-discipline, full service Architecture & Engineering firm. It is comprised of over 25 architects, engineers and professional staff and has offices in Wheeling, Charleston and Pittsburgh.

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