About ESG


ESG Operations provides full-service operation, maintenance, management, and consulting services to the government and private sector across the Southeast. We also provide a partnership based on shared values and goals and a deep understanding of the challenges that face communities. ESG is recognized as the fastest growing utility operations and public works management company and has received more awards for operations excellence over the past 16 years than all of its competitors combined.

Our Beginnings

In 2002, J. Clay Sykes and Daniel E. Groselle, Jr.  founded the ESG family of companies with a clear vision: to provide unparalleled commitment to our clients, our associates, and to our core beliefs and principles. 

Even with its unprecedented growth, ESG’s foundation and guiding principles have not changed. ESG is unique with its ability to truly integrate engineering and technology-based solutions tempered by years of real-life operations and maintenance experience, providing operations and maintenance costs savings to its clients, and helping them eliminate personnel challenges and achieve guaranteed regulatory compliance.

Our Present

ESG uses the professional contract operations concept to meet one of the greatest crises facing municipal utilities over the last 20 years—how to maintain services with eroding tax bases and aging infrastructures within an even more demanding regulatory environment. Larger utility operations and public works management companies are struggling in the declining economy but, because of our experienced management team and innovative technologies, ESG has continued to grow.

We have successfully transitioned multiple utility operations jobs from large companies since starting operations. In fact, no other contractor in the industry has successful transitioned more jobs in the past eight years than ESG. We have grown to more than 23 locations with over 800 full-time personnel and are now the largest utility operations company in the Southeast.

Our Future

ESG is dedicated to providing innovative, state-of-the art, environmentally-sound solutions for our partners. We are a cutting-edge company that prides itself in being a leader in utility operations and public works management. Our partners receive immediate cost savings, employee enrichment opportunities, streamlined operations and management, and enhancement of the standard of living in our partner communities.

What we do is not unusual, the way we do it is!


To work in partnership with our clients to solve utility challenges while enhancing the value of their assets through the integration of life cycle planning, innovation, risk management, and operations efficiencies.