L. E. Peabody & Associates, Inc. was founded in 1956 when Dr. Ford K. Edwards, a preeminent economic expert in transportation cost accounting, established the firm of Ford K. Edwards. In 1959, Dr. Edwards formed the partnership of Edwards & Peabody with Leroy E. Peabody, Jr. For six years, the partnership performed economic analyses and provided expert testimony on a wide range of railroad freight and passenger issues. With the retirement of Dr. Edwards in 1965, L. E. Peabody & Associates, Inc. was incorporated.
From its early emphasis on transportation economics and operations during the decade of the 1950's, L. E. Peabody & Associates, Inc. has evolved into a firm that is highly experienced in the many aspects of rail, motor, pipeline and water transportation, and the interaction of these various forms of transportation with the supply, availability and production costs of numerous industries. We also have developed a depth of knowledge on a myriad of non-transportation economic issues involving energy commodities, including electricity, coal and natural gas markets, purchasing and sale of energy commodities and valuation of energy assets.
L. E. Peabody & Associates, Inc.'s primary orientation is market economics. Invariably, our efforts center on strategies designed to bring maximum benefits and competitive advantage to our clients. Achieving competitive advantage involves using various elements of our expertise, such as developing negotiating strategies, internal management and planning options, accurate forecasts and models, or litigation support.
Our extensive and varied experience allows the Firm to translate complex problems into solutions which become clear and easily understood. Even though many complexities may be encountered in pursuing solutions, it is our philosophy that issues must be reduced to understandable proportions if they are to be solved pragmatically, efficiently, and successfully. L. E. Peabody & Associates, Inc.'s reputation rests firmly on a foundation of client trust that the Firm will treat each client's project efficiently and achieve a favorable solution by the most cost effective means.
The Firm's ability to deal with diverse issues is made possible by the broad experience and educational background of our staff, which includes senior level experience in the management transportation services and electricity production and marketing as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics, finance, mathematics, accounting, business administration, government, computer science and operations research. In addition, L. E. Peabody & Associates, Inc. works closely with prominent members of the academic, business, and legal communities in utilizing supplemental expertise where required.