PPS Services Group is an engineering and technical solutions provider in the industrial and energy sectors, offering expertise in the design, equipment selection & procurement, construction management, and startup & commissioning of projects.  Our senior staff members have in-depth career experience in excess of 150 years in the industry, and our record of accomplishments are the foundation upon which we have built the company. 


Whether your needs range from FEED studies to repowering existing projects or building “greenfield” renewable energy projects, PPS Services Group's staff has a proven track record of successfully executing and commissioning a wide variety of projects around the world.


PPS Services Group innovates, collaborates and creates bold power solutions for today’s global energy and industrial needs. Our commitment to quality, teamwork, and constructability drives our business, while an effort to remain at the forefront of developing technologies and practices keeps our sights set high. 


Lou Gonzales        President
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Lou has over 40 years of experience; including over 25 years of executive management in steam and power, industrial, and pulp and paper projects.  He has held positions of overall responsibility from project development to design/build, EPC and corporate management where he was fully responsible for profit and loss, division and corporate management, turnkey contract execution, acquisition of existing project assets, and profitable, on-schedule, cost-effective project completion.  Lou has successfully managed numerous development, design, engineering, procurement, construction, and operation projects, including solid fuels plant conversions and troubled project turn-a-rounds.  

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Chase Schwalbe, P.E.
Operations Director
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Chase has 12 years experience in construction and engineering large capital projects. He has construction management experience on several large EPC and design-build project across the United States.  He also spent 5 years as a mechanical, instrumentation and controls engineer on biomass, simple, and combined cycle power plants.  He has performed various project controls functions such as scheduling, contract administration, and control budget.  Chase’s role as Project Manager is to ensure successful project execution and maintain positive client relations.

Dustin Wolford, P.E.
Manager of Electrical / I&C Engineering
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Dustin has over 20 years engineering experience in electrical distribution system design for power generation stations, and is a certified LEED Green Associate. His experience includes several diverse projects such as simple cycle, combine cycle, CHP, biomass, landfill gas to energy facilities, concentrated solar facility, nuclear, and coal handling facility. He has worked on every aspect of an electrical design project from estimating through startup as a support engineer, field construction engineer, field startup engineer, lead engineer, owners engineer, manager of electrical engineering, project manager, and mentor.

Robert Cooper, P.E.
Manager of Civil/Structural Engineering 
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Robert has over 30 years of experience in civil and structural engineering, with a passion for developing constructible design solutions and training/mentoring young engineers and designers. With Professional Engineering licenses in 9 states and 5 Canadian Provinces, Robert has been the Lead Structural or Engineering Manager for natural gas simple and combined cycle power plants, coal fired retrofits, industrial, commercial, medical educational, assisted living and residential projects. Robert uses creative and practical solutions for the unique, challenging, and complex engineering and construction projects that he has been a part of, and has extensive experience with constructability, quality control, estimates, design, schedule, budget, and staffing for a wide variety of projects.

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Michael Drackert, P.E.
Senior Project Engineer - Mechanical 
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Michael has nearly 10 years of mechanical engineering experience in power generation with a history of detailed design and technical consulting services for electric utilities, independent power producers, and industrial clients utilizing various technologies and energy fuel sources (natural gas, renewables, biomass). He is skilled in technical problem solving, client consulting, verbal and written communication, and team leadership with commercial and economic awareness throughout the project development, design, and construction phases. Michael holds an M.B.A. with a focus on Project Management and Leadership from the University of Missouri.

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Ryan Paul, P.E.
Project Engineer - Mechanical
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Ryan has over 6 years of experience in mechanical performance engineering.  He has designed mechanical systems for industrial and utility power plants.  His engineering and design experience

encompass performance engineering, piping design, developing P&IDs, field acceptance testing and field engineering.  Ryan has served as project manager for the Diageo biomass boiler installation projects in Kenya and Uganda.


As an ever evolving engineered and technical solutions company, providing the highest quality work product is key to our success. Our focus is on five key elements:

1.   Well defined project scope, schedule, and budget.

2.   Coordination, cooperation, and alignment of goals between Owner, Engineer, Constructor, Start-Up and Operations.

3.   Experienced people with "Can Do" attitudes.

4.   Ability to identify and assess project issues and deliver timely and cost effective solutions.

5.   First class experience in energy and industrial projects.


PPS Services Group takes pride in thinking globally and acting locally. As we give back to our community, we strive to make the world a better place for future generations. 

The team at PPS Services Group is always excited for new and creative ways to contribute to local Kansas City and surrounding area charities.  

Some examples of our charitable work include:

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