Why Beta?

A High Voltage Partner Focused on Supporting You

High voltage project execution with limited resources can be frustrating and overwhelming. You need a solution that fits your budget and schedule, and provides the expertise to get your project done. Here's how we help you achieve your goals.

A Laser Focus on Your Needs

Our personable staff of high voltage experts has a laser focus on your needs that sets us apart from the...Read More

Our innovative Agile by Beta® EPC approach leverages Factory-Built Substations to fast-track construction and reduce cost.

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Experience + Flexibility
To Help You Succeed

Beta has the 45+ years of high voltage project experience needed to support you through complex jobs...Read More

Our Engineering Services team of expert engineers provides quality high voltage designs according to your standards and specifications.

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Earning Trust for the Long Term

We have proven our ability to complete cost-effective, fast-track projects and have an exceptional record for...Read More

We value our customer relationships.

more than

75

%
Of our projects are performed for repeat customers

Who is Beta?

A Trusted Expert in High Voltage Services Since 1975

Beta Engineering designs and builds high voltage projects, specializing in services for gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) projects, switchyards, substations, FACTS and transmission lines. We maintain the engineering and construction qualifications to perform work across the U.S. No matter what challenges you are facing, we can provide the resources, experience and expertise to help you meet your project goals. We have been exceeding customer expectations on substation and transmission line projects for more than 45 years.

Take a look at a few of our previous projects to see how we have helped our customers, and contact us to learn what we can do for you. Want to know more about Beta and the services we offer? Using the button below, you can check out our answers to common project and industry questions.

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San Diego Office

9990 Mesa Rim Rd., Ste 150
San Diego, California 92121

858.750.2370

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Pineville Office

4725 Highway 28 East
Pineville, LA 71360

318.487.9599

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Canton Office

5590 Lauby Road, Ste 150
North Canton, Ohio 44702

330.452.4434

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Three Locations To Support You and Your Projects

Beta Engineering’s home office is located in Pineville, LA. Our additional offices in San Diego, CA, and Canton, OH, provide services for our customers and projects across the U.S.

Our Affiliated Companies Help Fast-Track Your Projects

Beta Engineering is a subsidiary of Crest Industries. Several of our affiliated companies are manufacturers, suppliers or distributors in the electric power industry. Beta's relationship with these companies helps facilitate our turnkey projects.

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Across all Crest's businesses, we emphasize transparency and accountability, and we empower our teams to uphold these values each day. We are always looking for ways to improve and innovate at every level in all of our businesses.

At Beta, we are creating a better future by:

Interconnecting more than 4,000MW in renewable energy projects to the U.S. power grid.

Working with local, state and federal agencies to protect plant and animal species near project sites and to mitigate environmental impacts during construction.

And giving back to our communities through fundraising, sponsorships and volunteering.

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Beta Leadership

Brad Fontenot

President

Brad Fontenot

President

As Beta’s president, Brad Fontenot oversees company operations, works with the executive leadership team and determines the company’s strategic direction to ensure the success of Beta’s team, partners and customers.

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University, Brad first worked in the specialty chemicals industry where he scaled multiple pilot projects to multi-site, full-scale production operations. In 2017, he transitioned into the electric power delivery industry at Crest Industries, Beta’s operating company, and used these skills and experiences to create processes that improved operations, planning, and quality at DIS-TRAN Packaged Substations (DTPS).

Brad assumed the role as President of DTPS ten months after joining the team, and in February 2021 he helped launch Avant Organics, a new Crest company that uses the art of biotechnology to redefine traditional organic chemistry and create sustainable products for its customers in multiple industries. He transitioned from DTPS to his current role as President of Beta Engineering in 2021, which he holds along with his ongoing role as President of Avant Organics.

Brad is passionate about teamwork and emphasizes that “building strong teams is the foundation of success and allows us to accomplish more than we ever could as individuals.” He wants to leverage this teamwork to provide the right solutions for Beta’s customers in the power delivery industry.

Brad enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and is very involved in youth sports, fishing, reading, and homebrewing his own craft beer.

Ross Twidwell, PE

Executive Vice President

Ross Twidwell, PE

Executive Vice President

Ross joined Beta in 2000 as a civil engineer and has extensive high voltage project experience. He became Vice President of Projects in 2004, transitioned to Vice President of Civil Engineering in 2007 and moved into his current role as Executive Vice President in 2021. He has played an integral role in Beta’s growth as a premier provider of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the high voltage industry.

Ross takes pride in leading Beta and partnering with customers on complex projects that ultimately support our nation’s critical power infrastructure. Beta’s approach to working with customers especially resonates with Ross. “Beta’s purpose is to meet the customer’s needs by bringing together a community of individuals to accomplish together what we cannot accomplish individually. We strive to do so in a way that we all win by providing extraordinary results.”

Ross has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and is a licensed registered professional engineer of civil engineering in 42 states. He is a subcommittee member of IEEE Standard 605, Standard 693, Standard 1527 and ASCE 113. In addition to his professional activities, Ross enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

Perry "Pat" Smith, PE

Executive Vice President

Perry "Pat" Smith, PE

Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President, Pat Smith oversees the operations, construction management and project execution teams for Beta’s three product families and helps identify ways to improve Beta’s performance and efficiency. His goal is to make Beta competitive in the marketplace and remove barriers that hinder Beta from helping its customers.

Pat has been working in the high voltage industry since 1997 and has extensive experience in the engineering, fabrication and business side of the industry. After starting with a Beta services group in 1997, Pat transferred to one of Beta’s sister companies, where he worked as a civil engineer, project engineer, estimating manager, quality assurance/quality control manager, Vice President of Estimating and Quality Control for 14 years and Vice President of Business Operations for three years. Pat transitioned to Beta in 2018 as Vice President of Operations and became Executive Vice President of Business Operations in 2019.

Turning challenges into success is a Beta core value that is particularly meaningful to Pat because he says he enjoys seeing “the personal growth and team growth that happens as a result of overcoming something difficult together.” Pat also loves the challenge of learning new business methodologies, finding opportunities for continuous improvement and experiencing the moments when others begin to see the impacts process improvements can have on business.

Pat has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and is a licensed professional engineer of civil engineering, registered in six states. Pat enjoys doing outdoor activities with his family and tackling new types of challenges like blacksmithing and hopes to eventually learn to play the violin.

George Brashear, PE

Executive Vice President

George Brashear, PE

Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President, George Brashear manages the proposal and business development teams for Beta’s product families, develops strategies for positioning the product families for growth and seeks new opportunities for our core business and potential new markets. He is also responsible for developing long-term personnel strategies to support the growth of Beta and ensure that the growth is aligned with our purpose and values.

George started at Beta in 1995 as a Project Engineer, later becoming a Project Manager and then the Vice President of Projects. He led the sales team as the Vice President of Business Development for several years until in 2012 he moved into the role of Executive Vice President. He has extensive experience in EPC work, management, networking and sales.

Two of George’s favorite parts about his job are the people he works with and working on challenging projects, which he sees as opportunities for learning and growth. He says that his favorite problems to solve for customers are the ones “that don’t have a clear solution or don’t appear to be solvable.”

George has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and is a licensed registered professional engineer of civil engineering in nine states.

In addition to spending time with his family, George enjoys hunting, fishing and volunteering with organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Sierra Service Projects and helped lead a youth basketball league for several years.

Sarah Halbert, PE

Vice President of Business Systems

Sarah Halbert, PE

Vice President of Business Systems

As Vice President of Business Systems, Sarah Halbert is responsible for developing and refining systems, procedures and tools to enhance productivity and performance for all departments to promote transparency and accountability throughout Beta.

Sarah has been with Beta since 2004 and has extensive experience in the design, management and construction of substation and transmission line projects. In 2014 she became the Civil Engineering Team Lead, transitioning to Vice President of Civil Engineering in 2016 and Vice President of Business Systems in 2019.

One of Sarah’s favorite parts of her job is solving customers’ problems by collaborating across disciplines. “Realizing that each of us carries a small piece of the puzzle and it’s not until we’re all working together that we can see the whole picture is immensely satisfying,” she explains. Winning as a team is something Sarah values, not only because teamwork is essential for solving challenges, but because it makes a daily difference to work with people you respect and trust, and “victories are much more satisfying when you’re able to share them with your team.”

Sarah is a licensed registered professional engineer of civil engineering in nine states. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Construction Engineering & Management from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Sarah’s commitment to the people around her extends beyond her team at Beta, and one of her favorite pastimes is sharing her baking and quilting skills with family and friends.

Clint Jones, PE

Vice President of Engineering

Clint Jones, PE

Vice President of Engineering

In his role as Vice President of Engineering, Clint Jones is responsible for managing and growing the engineering department for Beta EPC. He plans, implements and oversees engineering strategies, procedures and goals in accordance with Beta’s vision.

Clint started at Beta in 2008 as an electrical engineer and has extensive experience in the design of substation projects. He became an Electrical Engineering Team Lead in 2014, Vice President of Electrical Engineering in 2017 and Vice President of Engineering in 2019.

Building relationships with his team and with customers is one of Clint’s favorite aspects of his work at Beta. Clint enjoys meeting customers’ expectations and leaving Beta top of mind for future needs. “Each customer’s needs are unique and challenging in their own way and ultimately,” he says, “being able to deliver on the customers’ expectations is what brings satisfaction.”

Clint explains that, while Beta’s core value of turning challenges into success “really drives home the pride I have in what we do each day…ultimately the ‘we give our all for our team’ is what keeps me coming back day after day” and the “TEAM bond that we have built over the years of facing the challenging work head on and fighting through it together is what brings the most fulfillment.”

Clint has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and is a licensed professional engineer of electrical engineering in 48 states. In addition to spending time with his family and being active in church, Clint enjoys completing home improvement projects, hunting and camping.

Jake Woodard, PMP

Vice President of EPC Operations

Jake Woodard, PMP

Vice President of EPC Operations

In his role as Vice President of EPC Operations, Jake Woodard oversees all aspects of Beta’s EPC business, including project execution, financial performance, productivity and strategic planning. His goal is to facilitate an execution strategy specific to each customer’s needs, which allows Beta’s project team to become an extension of the customer’s resources.

Jake has been working in the high voltage industry since 2015 and has extensive project management experience. He started at Beta as a Project Coordinator, became a Project Manager in 2016, Manager of Project Management in 2018, and Director of Project Management in 2019 before starting his current role as Vice President of EPC Operations in 2021.

Beta’s purpose and core values are important to Jake because they closely align to his own personal values. Jake explains, “The work that we do at Beta allows us to be a part of something larger than ourselves. I truly love being part of a team that is eager to take on some of the most challenging projects in our industry.” Whether tackling tough projects or stepping up to new opportunities to build Beta’s teams, Jake is always up for the challenge. He has been a key player in developing greater collaboration between departments and creating a cohesive, winning team. Jake says, “I take pride in our team’s ability to support our customers in overcoming challenges, no matter the size or stature.”

Jake has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering Technology from Louisiana Tech University and is a certified Project Management Professional. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and one of his favorite pastimes is enjoying good company in a duck blind or while fishing.

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Our
Purpose
We pursue that which challenges us, growing our community to provide critical, creative solutions that achieve extraordinary results.
Our
Core
Values
We do what we say, treat everyone with RESPECT, and build lasting RELATIONSHIPS.
We AMBITIOUSLY turn challenges into success through GRIT, DETERMINATION, and a WILL TO WIN.
We give our all for our TEAM. We win when WE ALL WIN TOGETHER...our customers, our partners, and ourselves.
we do what we say
we turn challenges into success
we win together
We do what we say, treat everyone with RESPECT, and build lasting RELATIONSHIPS.
We AMBITIOUSLY turn challenges into success through GRIT, DETERMINATION, and a WILL TO WIN.

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