LaBella Associates has added a new area of expertise to the firm’s diverse portfolio: waste and recycling management. LaBella’s acquisition of industry leader, Joyce Engineering, became effective November 1st.

Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Joyce Engineering has additional offices in Charlotte, North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina. Since its founding in 1983, Joyce has specialized exclusively in responsibly serving the solid waste industry for both public and private clients. Services include engineering, environmental consulting, planning, permitting, and operational consulting and training.

“Joining LaBella was as much about finding a cultural synergy as a business synergy,” said Leonard “Butch” Joyce, President of Joyce Engineering. “We found plenty of alignment in engineering and environmental services, but more importantly, a shared philosophy of building client relationships.” Environmental Financial Consulting Group ( assisted Joyce in completing the ownership change. All Joyce Engineering employees will be retained in the acquisition, with Butch Joyce continuing to lead the firm’s waste and recycling service area.

Together, LaBella and Joyce will be able to serve a larger geography of clients, as well as offer additional services to Joyce clients from the LaBella brand, such as architecture and engineering for facilities and buildings. LaBella’s extensive experience with solar farms may also be attractive to landfill owners initiating energy projects. “Solid waste to energy is a growing area of the industry,” Joyce said. “LaBella also brings experienced energy engineers to the table.”

“Adding waste and recycling services to our firm is a natural extension of LaBella’s commitment to helping communities solve complex problems,” LaBella President Robert A. Healy said. “We’re proud to introduce our firm to the communities Joyce serves in the Southeast.”