Despite inquiries into the matter, no information has been made available on the job status of URS employees following the company’s purchase for $4 billion by AECOM Technology Corporation, a Fortune 500 engineering design firm.
The Aiken Standard reached out to both URS and AECOM media affairs on the issue. An unnamed URS source said, in regards to background information, that there have been several inquiries about jobs. However, company leaders have not released any information on employment yet.
AECOM did not offer comments on employment status either, and instead directed the Aiken Standard to an acquisition sheet on its website that briefly mentions employees.
The sheet reads, “The combined company’s 95,000 employees, serving clients in more than 150 countries around the world, create an extraordinary talent pool and experience base that few others, in any industry, can match.”
URS has more than 50,000 employees worldwide.
The president and chief executive officers for both URS and AECOM Technology made statements about future employment in a press release sent out on July 13. Still, the press release did not address whether there is an intent to retain all employees from both companies.
Martin Koffel, of URS, said the move is a compelling strategic combination that will benefit clients, stockholders and employees.
“We anticipate that employees from the combined company will benefit as the organization integrates its leadership talent and capitalizes on its greater scale to invest in its people, improve their career opportunities and advance their capacity to compete globally,” Koffel wrote in the press release.
AECOM executed an agreement under which the company will acquire outstanding shares of URS for a combination of cash and stocks valued at $4 billion, according to the press release.
URS has a large, local presence in Aiken, with the headquarters office of URS-GMOS located downtown on Newberry Street. The Aiken branch leads Savannah River Remediation, the Site’s liquid waste contractor, in waste cleanup and tank closures.
URS Corporation is a provider of engineering, construction and technical services for public agencies and private sector companies around the world.
AECOM, according to its website, offers a “fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm, with a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.”
Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June 2013. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.
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