UK-headquartered engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald has moved to increase its share of the US engineering market with the acquisition of two specialist firms there in quick succession.
It comes as lawmakers attempt this week to push through a $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes some $579bn in new spending for bridges, roads, ports and other public works.
One 20 July, the company announced it had acquired The Kercher Group, a Delaware-based company specialising in transportation asset management and engineering.
And the following day it said it had acquired Pacific Groundwater Group (PGG), a Seattle-based company specialising in hydrogeology, ground- and surface-water modelling and regulatory strategy.Â
It said Kercher has extensive expertise in highways, pavement, bridge, and maintenance management, serving state and local agency clients throughout the US.
Nick DeNichilo, president and chief executive of Mott MacDonald in North America, said: "They bring expertise, knowledge, and relationships to our company that, when combined with our capabilities, deepen our ability to serve our clients throughout North America and the world."
PGG serves private clients as well as many counties and cities throughout the Pacific Northwest.
"Their expertise in hydrogeology, hydraulics, and soil and water chemistry allows us to bring even more critical skills to the clients we serve,"Â DeNichilo said.
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