About NHWL Engineering

NHWL Engineering was incorporated in March of 1991. The primary focus of our firm is to provide detail design engineering services to industrial clients. Our business has grown from providing services to clients within our immediate geographical area to providing services across North America, Asia and South America.

Focus on Improvement & Competitiveness

We have concentrated on positioning our firm to be able to effectively compete on large projects and remain competitive on small maintenance type projects. We believe our continued success as a company is being able to balance obtaining large project work and maintaining client contact and service through the implementation of smaller projects.

A major part of our success has been our use of PDMS 3D software coupled with the continued development of programming to streamline PDMS and the strong work ethic of our personnel. We have been a PDMS user since 1994 and have steadily invested in developing programs to make the PDMS easier and quicker to use.

This investment in programming and the skill of our designers allows us perform projects with smaller amount of staff than our competitors and has enabled us to compete anywhere in the world. The same software development tools we invested in to make us effective on large jobs are routinely used on all projects, large and small.

Design Team with Construction Background

NHWL’s designs incorporate previous project experience as well as our design team’s background in construction.  NHWL has been the design engineer/general contractor on several lump-sum turnkey projects.

Over half of our staff of designers were previously welders, pipe fitters and electricians. Our approach to hiring designers has been to look for the craftsmen that are the trouble-shooters on the job then teach them how to draft and use CAD.

We have learned that it is much easier for a craftsman to learn CAD versus a CAD trainee learning industrial construction. The end result is our design team is experienced with the problems facing construction and we draw on our background to provide constructable designs.

Commitment to Staff and Client Relations

One of our goals, as a company, is to provide our staff with steady, loyal employment and in return offer to our clients a team of people who are experienced in industrial work and who have consistently worked together. Hiring and firing per project has become common place in engineering today and we strive to be different.

Our business is based upon receiving the repeat business of our clients. We do not employ a sales staff to constantly look for new business but rather focus on earning the repeat business and referrals of our clients.

NHWL’s goal is to provide quality engineering services with a personalized touch that will satisfy our client’s needs and establish a long term working relationship.

Our Principals

Joseph Alan Lane, P.E.

Senior Electrical & Instrumentation Engineer
Email: jlane@nhwl.com
Mobile: 850-545-7725

William Yates Wilkie, P.E.

Vice President
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Email: ywilkie@nhwl.com
Mobile: 850-980-0251

Chuck Wester

Vice President
Design Manager & PDMS Administrator
Email: cwester@nhwl.com
Mobile: 229-400-5139

Our Valued Clients

  • A&M Products
  • Alabama River Pulp
  • Andritz
  • Asia Pulp & Paper
  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • Babcock Power
  • BASF – Attapulgus, GA; Jackson, MS; Quincy, GA; Savannah, GA; Seneca, SC
  • Bowater – Catwaba, SC,; Thunder Bay, Ont.
  • Carbo Ceramics
  • Domtar
  • ERCO Worldwide
  • Espoma
  • Excel Minerals
  • FLSmidth
  • Georgia Biomass
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • Glatfelter
  • Inco Services
  • Huber Engineered Wood
  • Interstate Paper
  • JM Huber
  • Nashtec
  • Naprotec
  • New Indy
  • Oil-Dri Corporation
  • Primex Technologies
  • Siemens Westinghouse Power Corporation
  • Southern Ionics
  • Unimin
  • US Silica
  • Valmet

More Information

Core Disciplines

Gadgets in particular are small tools powered by electronic principles.

Design Systems

We utilize Aveva’s PDMS and AutoCAD for detail design and drafting projects.

Global Projects

We provide intelligent 3D modeling and projects documentation across the globe.