About Us

WHY DID WE FORM HL?

Octavius Locklear our President and CEO and Principal Owner, formed H&L Environmental Services as a Native American Company to advance the growth and awareness of the Lumbee Tribe and Native American communities as a whole. Octavius is a proud member of the Lumbee Tribe and committed to the advancement of Native Americans throughout the United States and Territories. As a certified Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) Technician, Octavius has worked for many years with Military Veterans in the Military Munitions Remediation (MMR) industry and developed high regard and respect for Veterans. Octavius aligned his desire to help and promote the general welfare of the Lumbee and Native American Communities with that of Veterans. With this in mind, Octavius has committed the company to hiring and empowering Native Americans and Veterans as a priority of the company.

Our employees are our greatest asset and value we bring to our clients, partners, and customers. HL is focused on our Clients, Partners, and Customers performance expectations and satisfaction with our work and deliverables. To ensure the accomplishment of Octavius’s goals for creating HL, our ownership and executive management’s guiding principles are to always develop and implement creative and innovative solutions for our Clients, Partners, and Customers.

Our Mission
“We Make the World A Safer Place”

Military explosives, ammunitions, weapons, chemical materials, and related components present a unique and imminent hazard and threat to the environment, populations, and infrastructure worldwide and throughout the United States and Territories. Use of these dangerous systems and materials, along with the widespread production, storage, and abandonment have created a national and worldwide critical danger and threat to good governance, infrastructure development, and environmental protection. 1000s of people around the world are killed and injured yearly in post and active conflict zones. Millions of acres of land in the United States and Territories are unusable due to extensive contamination. Hazardous contamination throughout the United States and Territories are a result of former and active military training on Formerly Used Defense Sites (FUDS) and Active Military Installations and the contaminated lands and water areas not only present an immediate hazard at the location but are a threat to greatly affect communities and areas “downstream” through movement and migration of contaminants. The threat in post and active conflict zones is a result of warfare, abandonment of the hazards, poor storage and security of munitions stockpiles and weapons, and overproduction and acquisition of these weapons and munitions. Regardless of the reason for the uncontrolled and extensive contamination worldwide, the threat remains critical and enormous to the environment, humans, and infrastructure.

Munitions and Explosives of Concern (MEC), consisting of UXO, discarded military munitions (DMM), munitions constituents (MC), and chemical warfare material (CWM) along with explosive remnants of war (ERW) such as landmines, cluster munitions, and improvised explosive devices (IED) are widespread. Proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SA/LW) contribute to the threats and hazards. HL is dedicated to reducing and removing hazards wherever they may exist.

WHAT WE DO

Building on a History of Outstanding Work Performance in the MMR Industry with numerous World-Class Companies for Government and Commercial Clients

HL was formed in 2017 as a Native American Owned Socio-Economic Disadvantaged company, Headquartered in Maxton North Carolina, a recognized HUBZONE and Opportunity Zone. We have the full capability to quickly mobilize manpower and material resources to perform work throughout the United States and Territories with offices and business partners located; Knoxville Tennessee, Aberdeen Maryland, San Diego California, San Antonio Texas, Huntsville Alabama, Baltimore Maryland, Omaha Nebraska, Los Alamos New Mexico, Hawaii, Guam, Quantico Virginia, and Gouverneur New York. Additionally, HL has relationships with partners in Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Zimbabwe, Australia, and South Africa to support international projects.

Octavius along with our other owners and executive management team, Terry M. Collins and Matt Hughs have decades of successful work with industry-leading firms supporting the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of State (DoS) and other federal and state agencies. All of our owners started as operators and progressed through project and program management to executive management at these companies supporting the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), US Navy, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), DoS Bureau of Political and Military Affairs Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA). Terry and Matt are former US Military EOD Technicians and Octavius is a certified UXO Technician. Together HL brings 0ver 75 years of experience having worked throughout the United States, Territories, and Worldwide. Owned and Operated by experienced and certified UXO and EOD Operators, HL has developed and grown relationships with numerous peer companies throughout the industry, government and commercial clients, and hundreds of UXO and EOD Technicians. These relationships are foundational to our development and growth and enhance our capabilities to help you plan, organize manage, and complete your projects on time, within budget, safely, and to the standards expected.

Octavius H. Locklear, a Native American from the Lumbee Tribe, grew up in the southeastern region of North Carolina. For over thirteen years, Octavius has been an integral part of the Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) industry and has quickly worked his way up the corporate ladder. In 2005, Octavius received his UXO certification and entered the workforce as a UXO Technician Level I.

Over the years, Octavius worked extensively in his field of expertise, rising from a UXO Technician Level I to a UXO Technician Level III. At this level, he became a team leader and was in charge of the well-being as well as the production of his team.

Octavius has served in this capacity for over three years, and his team’s performance has always been exceptional. In September 2017, while still working as a UXO team leader, Octavius established H&L Environmental Services LLC, a Small Native American enterprise. Octavius has many years of invaluable experience and encompasses an extensive wealth of knowledge obtained through years of hard work and dedication.

Phone Contact: 704-724-1419
olocklear@hlenvironmental.com

Matt Hughs joins H&L Environmental Services LLC as our Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective July 2019 with over 32 years of EOD/UXO leadership experience.

Matt is a retired U.S. Army Sergeant Major with 23 years of active Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) background. He served in numerous EOD positions and concluded his career leading the U.S. Army Training Detachment at the Naval Joint Service EOD School at Elgin AFB, FL.

He is a Master EOD Technician, certified Army Training Instructor, PMI certified Project Management Professional and an ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence.

He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Columbia College and is a recipient of the Order of Samuel Sharpe Award.

Retiring in 2006, Matt has worked in the UXO industry in a myriad of leadership positions to include Program/Project Manager, Director of Operations and recently as a Corporate Quality Manager. Additionally, he led the University of Tennessee/Relyant Global educational non-credit program, which encompassed the UXO Tech 1 Training program.

Phone Contact: 865-617-5500
mhughs@hlenvironmental.com

Terry Collins assumed the role of H&L Environmental Services, LLC (HL) Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer in February 2018, bringing with him three decades of military service and commercial experience with complex organizations in the military, security, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and unexploded ordnance (UXO) remediation industries. Terry was honorably discharged after a noteworthy military career during which he served worldwide with the US Marine Corps (USMC) including combat during Operation Desert Storm.

As a decorated combat veteran, Terry followed up his service to our country with an exceptional career in the military munitions response program (MMRP) and humanitarian mine action (HMA) profession in the US and worldwide. As part of various corporate leadership teams from 1992-present, Terry has held multiple leadership positions including Director of UXO Services, Program and Project Manager.

Terry prides himself on having begun his MMRP career at the end of a shovel on project sites and progressed through the ranks to his current leadership role at HL.

Phone Contact: 865-337-9346
tcollins@hlenvironmental.com