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NEWBERRY ‒ A veteran owned small business specializing in environmental emergency response and training broke ground at their Newberry location on Sept. 17, 2020. Alpha-Omega Training and Compliance, Inc. (AOTC) specializes in environmental engineering, occupational health and safety training and compliance, emergency response, and utility support services. AOTC provides professional services to private, commercial, industrial, municipal, and federal government clients.

While the company had its beginnings in Cocoa, Florida in 2008 when Coast Guard veteran Todd McDowell and Army veteran Brian Barnett began an environmental and work safety consulting business, they have long-term ties to Newberry. They worked with AAG Environmental, and when that firm disbanded, ATOC took over their business and kept their ties to Newberry as well as with lifelong resident Clint Daugherty who also works for AOTC. Newberry was selected as a good location to maintain a north Florida division that could also cover clients in South Georgia as well as Alabama.

Growing their new company in Cocoa while working out of their homes, their client list grew, and they expanded their services to cover a wider range of company training, health and safety training, emergency spill cleanup and environmental reviews.

Today the firm has 35 employees with the main office in Cocoa and additional personnel in Tampa and Fort Meyers to be able to respond quickly to client needs in different parts of the state. Personnel includes engineers, construction managers, equipment operators, and specific industry specialists such as emergency management, compliance auditing, industrial hygienists, certified safety professionals, emergency spill response, and remediation.

They have contracts with multiple municipalities such as Cocoa and Daytona Beach as well as Orange County. Because of their home location in Cocoa, they also have contracts with the Space Center, Missile Defense program and Space X. But a large portion of their business in with individual private companies or utility services throughout the state.

AOTC covers all aspects of environmental health and safety from company employee training and education on compliance rules to using heavy equipment for 24-hour emergency response for waste and spill cleanup operations services to a variety of hazardous material and bio-hazardous incidents, including fuel spills, commercial truck accidents, truck wreck services, industrial incidents, and medical-based spill cleanup. They work with public and private sector clients to minimize the effects of hazardous materials, chemicals, and bio hazardous materials on human health and the environment.

AOTC also offers industrial waste management services designed to minimize long-term liability and control costs, both of which are highly beneficial to the client. They will characterize, profile, and dispose of remediation, assessment, and generator waste streams in an effort to eliminate the risks of violating industrial risk regulations, which can be costly. Other services are noise and air sampling for the protection of client's employees.

McDowell said that safety and environmental issues are the primary focus of AOTC and that communication is key, and success is dependent on the planning, development, and implementation of the quality solutions and services to each client no matter how big or small.

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