Electrical engineering firm will augment Coffman’s multidiscipline services in Los Angeles

Coffman representatives and N.A. Cohen owners, Jack Arslanian and Youssef Matta, on Dec. 17, 2021.

LOS ANGELES, California, December 20, 2021 – Multidiscipline engineering consulting firm Coffman Engineers, Inc. (Coffman) announced they have finalized a merger agreement with Los Angeles-based electrical engineering firm, N.A. Cohen Group, Inc. (N.A. Cohen). Coffman welcomes eight (8) engineers and designers to the firm. Representatives from both firms finalized the agreement in a signing ceremony at Coffman’s Encino office on December 17. Coffman first announced the two firms’ intent to merge on October 5, 2021.

Joining Coffman’s Encino Office

Jack Arslanian, PE, N.A. Cohen President/Principal will join Coffman as a Principal Advisor and Youssef Matta, PE, RCDD, CTS, N.A. Cohen Executive Vice President will join Coffman as a Principal. In addition, six (6) N.A. Cohen employees will become Coffman employees. They will move a short distance into Coffman’s Encino office.

“This is an exciting new chapter for N.A. Cohen Group and our clients. We are grateful to have had a long history and look forward to a new chapter. It was important for us to find the right firm to partner with that would allow us to offer more while honoring our legacy.” said Arslanian. “Coffman is that firm. We look forward to developing their in-house electrical engineering department in Los Angeles while offering expanded services to our clients.”

Jack Arslanian, PE, President, N.A. Cohen Group

Coffman and N.A. Cohen have many of the same clients and an established working relationship since 2010. N.A. Cohen’s capabilities and portfolio complement Coffman’s existing work and partnerships in Los Angeles, particularly healthcare, hospitality, higher education, and housing. Through discussions beginning in 2019, both firms agreed that merging would benefit clients and provide opportunities for employees.

“Our growth in the region calls for outstanding electrical engineering talent to expand our multidiscipline services,” said Jonathan Wirthlin, SE, Vice President, Managing Principal of Coffman’s LA-OC Region. “N.A. Cohen is that partner. They have built a respected firm in L.A., and we are fortunate to have them bring that legacy to Coffman to establish our electrical department.”

Los Angeles Electrical Engineering Department

This merger is a strategic fulfillment of Coffman’s plan to establish an electrical engineering department in Los Angeles. Presently, Coffman’s Encino and Downtown L.A. offices rely on other Coffman offices to perform electrical engineering services. The addition of N.A. Cohen will establish a local electrical engineering group.

Youssef Matta, PE, RCDD, CTS, Executive Vice President, N.A. Cohen Group

“We want to welcome Jack, Youssef, and the N.A. Cohen team to Coffman. They have built a successful practice in L.A. over several decades and it’s humbling that they have agreed to partner with Coffman,” said Dave Ruff, PE, Coffman’s CEO/COB. “I am very excited at how complementary our work, values, and culture are. There’s no doubt in my mind that we will be successful together.”

Highlights of this merger:

  • September 16, 2021 – Letter of Intent (LOI) signed.
  • October 5, 2021 – Public LOI Announcement.
  • December 17, 2021 – Final Closing.
  • December 18, 2021 – NACG employees become Coffman employees.
  • January 2022 – NACG employees move to Coffman’s Encino office.
  • Post-Closing – Formal communication will be sent to NACG clients about the deal completion and assignment of existing contracts and other business.

Join us in welcoming N.A. Cohen Group to Coffman Engineers!

For more information, view the Press Release and Fact Sheet.


About N.A. Cohen Group, Inc.

In 1954, Norman A. Cohen established his practice as a sole proprietorship. Since then, the firm went through several partnerships starting with Frumhoff and Cohen Associates in 1956 and culminating in N.A. Cohen Group, Inc., founded in 1997. The company has provided professional electrical engineering and illumination design services for more than six decades. N.A. Cohen’s services emphasize electrical power distribution, illumination, and low voltage systems including voice/data, security, and audio-visual systems design.