June 23rd, 2021

Clearwell Group Brings Alpha EMC and HydroSpec Together to Create the Largest Full-Scope Environmental Service Company in the Southeast United States

Clearwell Group, a family office investment advisory firm, is proud to announce its partnership with Alpha EMC and HydroSpec to create the largest full-scope environmental services company in the southeastern United States.

Clearwell Group is joined by Sovereign’s Capital and T-street Capital in this investment, with further financing support provided by Fifth Third Bank.

“Clearwell Group is thrilled to be partnering with Alpha EMC and HydroSpec,” said Tyler Franz, Vice President, Clearwell Group. “We are committed to being part of a very talented team to take the combined business to the next level. This partnership allows us to service customers in all phases of the construction process, from land development through vertical construction and project completion.”

Alpha EMC, based in Winter Springs, Florida, and HydroSpec, based in Ball Ground, Georgia, are each leading providers of erosion control, best management practices, and other environmental services for various projects.  The partnership of these two teams creates the largest full-scope environmental services company in the southeastern United States. 

“The word ‘partner’ is significant. We are excited to bring on partners that share in our vision, culture, and stewardship for our clients and teammates. Who we are is as important as what we do, and this partnership helps reinforce our values,” said JJ Mandato, founder of Alpha EMC.

“The collaboration of erosion industry leaders and their goal to expand boundaries with the same hands-on dependable service is paramount to what we strive to provide,” said Chris Geist, founder of HydroSpec.

Additional services, including stormwater inspection, compliance, quality assurance, and energy and safety audit work will continue to be provided through an expanded strategic partnership with Path Light Pro.

“Both Alpha EMC and HydroSpec have a legacy of serving their customers and employees with excellence, and Clearwell Group is proud to support the combination of these two teams in continuing that legacy. This transaction is a great example of our mission to support the growth and transition of family-owned businesses,” said Ryan Cortner, Partner, Clearwell Group.


Clearwell Group is a family office facilitating strong family culture through investment management, estate planning, philanthropic advisory and family business consulting. Our Direct Private Equity team makes control and meaningful minority investments in companies located in the southeastern United States, with a focus on the state of Florida. We invest with the belief that businesses should generate positive investment return in addition to positive significance. To that end, we support high-integrity entrepreneurs with a collaborative approach to creating value that leverages experience and network.


Alpha EMC is a full-service erosion control, land services, street sweeping, and site maintenance company providing cost-effective and need-based solutions to residential, commercial, and government clients across 20 states.           


HydroSpec is a leading erosion control management company providing stormwater project management and related services to hundreds of developers, contactors, and builders throughout the southeastern United States.


Sovereign’s Capital provides capital and strategic partnership to values-driven, market-leading companies. Sovereign’s is distinct in our capacity to match values-motivated entrepreneurs with values-aligned investors, our ability to hold investments long-term, our willingness to customize solutions to owner needs, and our ability to drive value through disciplined strategic, operational, and financial partnership.


T-Street is an independent investment firm whose primary mission is to partner with founders and management teams to support the growth and strategic development of small to mid-size businesses focused on the consumer, manufacturing, and business services sectors. We can do both non-control and control investments, primarily in lower middle market companies based in North America. The team has a diverse background of investing and operating expertise that can be supportive in providing a flexible and tailored equity solution for accelerated expansion. T-street was founded in 2013 by the General Partner, Dale Cheney.


For more information about this transaction, please contact Ryan Cortner ().


We are a family office based in Tampa, FL. The goal of our direct investment effort is to build a family of businesses continuing the legacies started by great family entrepreneurs.

Our principals have over 40 years of investment experience covering hundreds of individual investments in dozens of industries. Clearwell Group makes control and meaningful minority investments in companies located in the southeastern United States with a focus on the state of Florida.

Financial criteria for our investments is as follows:

Industries of particular interest include manufacturing, business services, healthcare, software, and financial services. We work with exceptional, entrepreneurial-minded management teams with a vision for growth. We welcome family businesses into our family and are committed to building lasting, well-capitalized, meaningful businesses and brands.