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Going for Global Growth
January 26, 2012   
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In January 2012, Scott Wilson officially changed its name to URS. To learn more about this change, we talked to URS Poland & Lithuania Country Director, Tomasz Krawczyk.

What is the background to this change?
URS Corporation had been growing very steadily in the U.S. over the last 30 years, up to the point where they reached basically the pinnacle of this type of business. Further growth was possible only by going global. Because their global capacity was relatively limited (they had only a few offices in Western Europe, UK, Australia and New Zealand), they decided that they needed to acquire another company well versed with international operations and with a wider footprint.

What benefits does the acquisition have for the company and its employees?
From our point of view here in Poland and Lithuania, it’s very beneficial because now we have a much bigger presence in Europe and around the world, which gives us potentially many more opportunities. It is now much easier for our staff to work abroad, because we have offices in Western Europe from where some work can be requested, and vice versa. For example right now Polish employees are collaborating with the Nordic offices on the Stockholm Bypass Project.

How will this acquisition benefit clients?
Certainly the private sector clients are going to see much more of us; we are now able to offer them our services drawing on the experience of our colleagues and refocusing towards the private sector. The public sector will see some benefits in the future, since we will actually develop some other capacities than our traditional ones (transportation, roads, railways).

What do the next five years look like for URS?
Our plans are very ambitious. We will continue to increase our turnover and size and capacities around the world. In Poland and Lithuania we hope to secure a diverse mix of work from our traditional public infrastructure sector and from a wide spectrum of private sector clients. One major growth opportunity for us in Poland is into the power sector. We are involved already in work on shale gas developments in Poland. I am very pleased to mention that we have been short-listed to provide technical assistance and environmental services in the construction of the first nuclear power plant in Poland. We are also transferring to Poland our strong expertise in soil and ground water investigation and industrial sites clean-up.
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