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Jacobs targets US rail sector with acquisition

8 Dec 15 Jacobs Engineering Group has completed its acquisition of California-based JL Patterson & Associates (JLP).

JLP specialises in the rail sector
JLP specialises in the rail sector

JLP is a consulting and professional services engineering firm specialising in rail planning, environmental permitting, design and construction management.

Jacobs said that the acquisition significantly enhances its overall rail services capability. JLP's design concentration in the West Coast combined with Jacobs’ national systems resources enables it to bid for full-service work in the growing US West Coast rail markets. The acquisition will provide additional capacity to pursue the anticipated US$17bn of work in commuter rail and transit capital programmes. In particular, the acquisition increases the company’s capability in supporting planning, design and construction management for North America’s seven ‘Class 1’ railways.

Jacqueline Patterson, president of JLP, founded the company in 1990 as a certified Women Business Enterprise/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. She said: "We are delighted to be combining forces with Jacobs. This decision enables us to leverage the additional resources of the Jacobs network to meet the needs of our clients in a growing market. In addition, this move provides many additional opportunities for our employees to contribute to larger, more complex rail projects."

Jacobs senior vice president buildings and infrastructure Randy Pierce said: "We are already very familiar with JLP’s outstanding credentials, having worked closely with it to deliver rail projects for many years. JLP is a premier rail company that has grown rapidly to become a recognised leader in rail consulting.”

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